A new version of the Bahá’í Reference Library is now available. This ‘old version’ of the Bahá’í Reference Library will be replaced at a later date.

The new version of the Bahá’i Reference Library can be accessed here »

Unfolding Destiny

  • Author:
  • Shoghi Effendi

  • Source:
  • UK Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1981 edition
  • Pages:
  • 490
Go to printed page GO
Pages 461-462

Letter of 6 March 1955

6 March 1955
As regards the questions you have asked, as Bahá’u’lláh says categorically that God commanded Abraham to offer up Ismá’íl, as far as we are concerned, it is Ismá’íl who was the intended sacrifice.
In view of the great antiquity of Genesis, it is quite possible that at some period the names were changed, and the error was propagated. 462
Whatever happened, we Bahá’ís must follow the words in our own Scriptures as being the most authentic.
In the Tablet of the Holy Mariner, the Youth means Bahá’u’lláh, Himself.