Bismi’lláh al-Bahíyyu’l-Abhá

The title of this weblog, Samandal (Persian, phoenix), is a metaphor ascribed by Bahá’u’lláh to himself as an allusion to his emergence from the ashes of the past:

“This phoenix of the undying fire (ín samandar-i nárí) can abide nowhere save in the glow of the countenance of the Well-Beloved.”                                (Bahá’u’lláh: The Book of Certitude, page 45)

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“The healer of all thine ills is remembrance of Me.”                                     (Bahá’u’lláh: Persian Hidden Word, number 32)

Alláh’u’Abhá! Bahá’u’lláh Jai!