12- The advent of
<1>Arabs are the closest race to the Hebrews.
They are descendants of Ishmael, the son of
Abram (Abraham, the
father of the Hebrews). As it was said, the next Prophet would not
come from the
but from another nation.
Prophet Muhammad was the next Messenger who came from the Arabs.
The advent of a
Messiah from the Arabs
Abram) was also promised
-- read Children of Abram
(Abraham), "All Prophecies are Fulfilled"
<2>In the period before
became a Prophet, a great expectation was developed by the people
Messiah would be sent
to humanity. When
announced that he had been chosen as the expected Messenger from
God, in the beginning the
Jews accepted him as the one they were waiting for.
13- The rejection of
Prophet Muhammad and his prediction of a great punishment for
<3>However, later on, when the
Jews realized that
would not conform to their expectations of being exalted as the
chosen people and allowed privileges over others, they started to
oppose him. This then resulted in much conflict and eventually the
Jewish people had to leave the Islamic territories.
prophesied that a great punishment would befall the
Jews. In many verses in
Koran, they were
condemned for changing the Scriptures and killing the
Prophets, and they were warned that they would be punished for
their misdeeds (bad
also realized that the people of
Israel (Jews) deserved
great punishments: "The people of
Israel...! Thus hath
God laid hold of them for
sins, hath extinguished in
them the spirit of faith, and tormented them with the flames of the
nethermost fire" (Baha'i World Faith,
p. 14, Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1976).
14- The third
the Jews were scattered
even more and went through a great period of misery with no land of
their own. <7>However, the greatest punishment in this period
is what happened in the Second World War.
Jews are given another
<8>However, after this third
by that great disaster which befell the
God gave them another
chance to correct themselves and understand the lessons He was
trying to teach them. <9>He was also showing humanity that
the Law of
Karma is not a fancy philosophy of an imaginative yogi, or the
Prophets are not
something to be ignored by humans because they do not fit their
God has a great purpose for creating this universe and will
fulfill it no matter how stubborn the human might be.