From the Dawn-Breakers

1. Siyyid Kázim describes a dream of Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í about Imám Hasan

2. Siyyid Kázim’s dream about Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í

3. A dream of the Sháh about Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í

4. A dream of an Arab shepherd about Siyyid Kázim

1. a dream of Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í about Imám Hasan

Inspired by the light that shone within him [Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í], he arose with unerring vision, with fixed purpose, and sublime detachment to utter his protest against the betrayal of the Faith by that ignoble people. 

Siyyid Kázim, in his book entitled “Dalílu’l-Mutaháyyirín,” writes as follows:

“Our master [Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í], one night, saw the Imám Hasan; upon him may the blessing of God rest! His Holiness put in his mouth his blessed tongue. From the adorable saliva of His Holiness he drew forth the sciences and the assistance of God. To the taste it was sweeter even than honey, more perfumed than the musk. It was also quite warm. 

“When he came to himself and wakened from his dream, he inwardly radiated the light of divine contemplation; his soul overflowed with the blessings of God and became entirely severed from everything save God.

“His faith, his trust in God and his resignation to the Will of the Most High grew apace. Because of a great love and an ardent desire which arose in his heart, he forgot to eat or to clothe himself except barely enough to sustain life.”

(A. L. M. Nicolas’ “Essai sur le Shaykhisme,” I, p. 6.)

2. Siyyid Kázim's dream about Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í

His [Siyyid Kázim’s] family were merchants of repute. His father was named Áqá Siyyid Qásim. When twelve years old, he was living at Ardibíl near the tomb of Shaykh Safi’u’d-Din Ishaq, the descendant of the seventh Imám Músá Kázim and the ancestor of the Safaví kings.

One night in a dream it was signified to him by one of the illustrious progenitors of the buried saint that he should put himself under the spiritual guidance of Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í, who was at this time residing at Yazd.

He accordingly proceeded thither and enrolled himself amongst the disciples of Shaykh Ahmad, in whose doctrine he attained such eminence that on the Shaykh’s death he was unanimously recognised as the leader of the Shaykhí school.”

(“A Traveller’s Narrative,” Note E, p. 238)

3. A dream of the Sháh about Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í

The distinguished visitor [Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í] and his companions were royally entertained by the Sháh, who visited him in person and declared him to be “the glory of his nation and an ornament to his people.”

The Sháh felt his good will and respect for the Shaykh [Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í] grow increasingly from day to day. He felt obliged to obey him and would have considered it an act of blasphemy to oppose him. However, at this time, a succession of earthquakes occurred in Rayy and many were destroyed.

“The Sháh had a dream in which it was revealed to him that, if Shaykh Ahmad had not been there, the entire city would have been destroyed and all the inhabitants killed. He awakened terrified and his faith in the Shaykh grew apace.”

(A. L. M. Nicolas’ “Essai sur le Shaykhisme,” I, p. 21.)

4. A dream of an Arab shepherd about Siyyid Kázim

Standing beneath the shade of a palm which faced the masjid, he joined the congregation, and had just concluded his devotions when an Arab suddenly appeared, approached the Siyyid, and embraced him.

“Three days ago,” he said, “I was shepherding my flock in this adjoining pasture, when sleep suddenly fell upon me. In my dream I saw Muhammad, the Apostle of God, who addressed me in these words: 

‘Give ear, O shepherd, to My words, and treasure them within your heart. For these words of Mine are the trust of God which I commit to your keeping. If you be faithful to them, great will be your reward. If you neglect them, grievous retribution will befall you. Hear Me; this is the trust with which I charge you: Stay within the precincts of the Masjid-i-Baratha. On the third day after this dream, a scion of My house, Siyyid Kázim by name, will, accompanied by his friends and companions, alight, at the hour of noon, beneath the shadow of the palm in the vicinity of the masjid. There he will offer his prayer. As soon as your eyes fall upon him, seek his presence and convey to him My loving greetings. Tell him, from Me:

“Rejoice, for the hour of your departure is at hand. When you shall have performed your visits in Kazímayn and shall have returned to Karbilá, there, three days after your return, on the day of Árafih, you will wing your flight to Me. Soon after shall He who is the Truth be made manifest. Then shall the world be illuminated by the light of His face.” 

 A smile wreathed the countenance of Siyyid Kázim upon the completion of the description of the dream related by that shepherd. 

He said: “Of the truth of the dream which you have dreamt there is no doubt.” 

His companions were sorely grieved. 

Turning to them, he said: “Is not your love for me for the sake of that true One whose advent we all await? Would you not wish me to die, that the promised One may be revealed?” 

This episode, in its entirety, has been related to me by no less than ten persons, all of whom were present on that occasion, and who testified to its accuracy. And yet many of those who witnessed with their own eyes such marvellous signs have rejected the Truth and repudiated His Message!

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