Attacks

The Covenant–breakers had been busy in Kenosha trying to take advantage of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit. The previous May, Shu’a‘u’llah, the son of the Arch–breaker of the Covenant, Mirza Mohammad Ali, had written a letter to the Kenosha evening news. Published on the front page, the letter attacked ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, accusing him of trying to substitute his own writings for Bahá’u’lláh’s. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ignored the attack. In July, Ibrahim Kairella wrote to the same paper supporting the claims of Mirza Muhammed-‘Ali. These activities worried the Bahá’ís in Kenosha, but ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had told them that nothing would come of them: “The bats fly away from the rays of the sun and in hiding themselves in dark and narrow niches they blame the Sun saying “Why do not the rays of the sun reach our dark corners and crannies? And why does it not associate and affiliate with us?” What relationship is there between the all glorious sun and the weak-eyed bats! What friendship exists between the nightingale of the rose garden of significances and the gloomy crows! The Sun travels in its own sphere and is entirely above the fluttering blindness of the bats.”
(Earl Redman, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Their Midst, p. 194)