Writings and Teachings of the Bab
The other implication of the idea of the Promised One is the reinterpretation of the concept of jihad in the writings of the Bab. Since he was the Promised One of Islam, and the Muslims expected him to wage war against all infidels of the world, the Bab kept the symbol of jihad in his writings and yet he undermined it in several important ways. (Saiedi, Gate of the Heart Ch.14) One, and probably the most significant, of these ways is that he postponed the practice of these jihad-like laws to the time after the revelation of the Promised One (Persian Bayan 8:15). Consequently, the practice of jihad becomes an impossibility because after the coming of Him Whom God shall make manifest all laws of the Bab are cancelled and only the laws legislated by the new Manifestation would be binding. Once again, the culture of millenarian expectation turns into an affirmation of a culture of tolerance.
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