Mother’s dedication of her unborn child
“O my Lord, I dedicate that which is in my womb unto Thee. Then cause it to be a praiseworthy child in Thy Kingdom and a fortunate one by Thy favor and Thy generosity; to develop and to grow up under the charge of Thine education. Verily, Thou art the Gracious! Verily, Thou art the Lord of Great Favor!”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Baha’u’llah, the Bab, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1991, pp. 66-7.
Immortality of undeveloped infant souls
Question: “What becomes of an undeveloped infant's soul?”
Answer by Abdul-Baha: “It rests with the mercy of God and through the eternal bounty it will not be deprived of that mercy.”
Grundy, Julia M., Ten Days in the Light of Acca, U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 2nd ed., 1979, p. 4.
Station of oppressed infants and weak ones
“As to the subject of babes and infants and weak ones who are afflicted by the hands of oppressors: This contains great wisdom and this a subject of paramount importance. In brief, for those souls there is a recompense in another world and many details are connected with this matter. For those souls that suffering is the greatest mercy of God. Verily, that mercy of the Lord is far preferable to all the comfort of this world and the growth and development of this place of mortality.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas, Volume 2, Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909, p. 337.
The Immortality of Children
Question: “What is the condition of children who die before attaining the age of discretion, or before the appointed time of birth?”
Answer: “These infants are under the shadow of the favor of God, and as they have not committed any sin, and are not soiled with the impurities of the world of nature, they are the centers of the manifestation of bounty, and the eye of compassion will be turned upon them.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990, p. 240.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Interpretation of a Dream
"A young girl became evident to me as belonging with the family, but I could not make out who she was. She spoke of a horse that my son had had long ago, but I did not understand what she meant. After a time it became known that she was my daughter, and I felt grieved to think that I had not been conscious of her presence in all the past years. She seemed not hurt, but surprised that we did not understand her. Just as I was waking, I realized that she was our little baby who had passed away over twenty-one years ago, when nine months old." (End of dream.)
Mrs. ___ added: "She was my idol, and because I loved her so much, I tried hard to put her out of my thought, and the dream made me feel that we should not do this."
Abdul-Baha, interpreted it thus:
"That child is your trust within the charge of God. She was a child when she went, but you shall find her full grown in the Kingdom of God. You shall find her mature. You shall not find her there as a child. You shall find her perfect and mature.
"As to the horse once belonging to your son, of which she spoke: Horse in the dream means a wish. It shows that your daughter has fulfilled her wish and her desire, and that shows the loftiness of her station. The wish is one in which your son shared, but she attained to it. It is my hope, God willing, that, he, too, will attain to it."
Surprise was expressed that a child of only nine months could have a wish, and Abdul-Baha said: "The child was born with a wish."
Mrs. __ was crying, and Abdul-Baha continued: "Do not cry. Be happy because you saw her, and you saw her perfected. You must be happy. She is your trust with God. You have not lost her out of your hands. The only difference is this; that you gave her as a trust to God as a child, but you will take her back as a full grown person. I had a son who was four years old, and when he died I did not at all change my attitude. I gave my son to God as a trust, and so at his death I did not grieve."
Mrs. __ said: "But there is a difference, you gave your son to God, but God takes ours."
Abdul-Baha replied: "It is the same thing. In both cases it is a trust of God."
Abdul-Baha said: "The cause of her surprise is this—that you are crying; your daughter would say: 'I have a good mother. She must be happy. Why does she cry? I am surprised.' The cause of her surprise is the thought that you do not recognize her. She belongs to a realm in which everything becomes mature, and she expected you to see her in the state of perfection in which she manifested herself to you; but the fact that you looked at her in this way, and that now you are crying—is a proof of your not having recognized her. For had you recognized her in the dream, you would not be crying now."
Relative to the comment of Mrs. ___ that she tried to put the child out of her thoughts, Abdul-Baha said: "It is not in man's control when to forget one. It is not good for one to try to forget them. One must always remember them."
(Notes by M. H. sent to Acca for approval and returned with the signature of Abdul-Baha as correct.)
M., H., “‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Interpretation of a Dream,” Star of the West, Volume 9, Issue 9, August 20, 1918, p. 102.