Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal: Was He God or Satan?!

Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal was Bahaullah’s half-brother and the executor of the Bab’s will. He was regarded as the successor to the Bab until Bahaullah succeeded in sending him to the sidelines and taking over the affairs of many of the followers of the Bab. He is greatly hated by Baha’is and regarded as one their greatest enemies. According to the famous Baha’i scholar Fazil Mazandarani in his book Asrar al-Athar (click to download, it is also written as Asraru’l-Athar) this is how Bahaullah referred to his brother Subhe Azal:

“When Mirza Yahya Azal started opposing the works, deeds, and words of his esteemed brother (Bahaullah) in Edirne . . . he dropped down from his [high] stature and the rank of union and agreement [that he had with Bahaullah] and was gradually – in the tablets, works, and revelations [from Bahaullah] – referred to with codes, references, and names such as the polytheist, the calf, the scarab (dung beetle), the tyrant, the Satan, the devil, the foul swamp, the buzzing of a fly, and similar names.” (Fazil Mazandarani, Asrar al-Athar, vol. 5, pp. 345-346.)

Bahaullah’s followers also used these titles to refer to Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal, for instance Professor Edward Browne cites a letter sent to him by a woman who was proselytized in America by Dr. Ibrahim Kheiralla where she states:

“Mirza Yahya is scarcely spoken of, but when he is mentioned he is called Satan.” (E.G. Browne, Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion, p. 117)

Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal

What most Baha’is don’t know or will not tell you is that according to the Bab, Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal, was God. This is how the Bab’s will to Subhe Azal starts:

“Name of Azal, testify that there is no God but I, the dearest beloved. Then testify that there is no God but you, the victorious and permanent.” (Source: Will of The Bab)

First the Bab states very explicitly that he is God (not a messenger from God or a manifestation of God, but God himself), then he tells Subhe Azal that he too is God and should testify to this. These statements being illogical and meaningless aside, according to the Bab Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal is God and according to Baha’ullah he is the Satan and devil! Bahaullah also claims he is the one that the Bab had prophesized about. Go figure…

About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

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