(Zech. 14:5) should perhaps be rendered "very near" = "the way of escape shall be made easy." If a proper name, it may denote some place near the western extremity of the valley here spoken of near Jerusalem.
For many years Baha acted in Bagdad (1852-67) as factotum for azal, and acknowledged him as supreme.
azal continued to be the head of the Babis, called henceforth also azalis.
Another Bahai, Nabil the poet, at one time wrote "revealed verses," and azal approved of them and sealed their inspiration.
While acting as azal's trusted minister, he was drawing the people to himself.
At least the azalis say that he came "as a thief" and stole the succession from azal.
At the time of azal there was a whole "galaxy" of Manifestations.
Moreover, it was customary to prepare the food for azal in the kitchen of Baha.'
Besides the two, who were with azal in Cyprus, it seems there were two others.
He outwardly supported azal for many years, while secretly planning to supplant him.
The servant, by direction of azal, placed this portion towards my father.