Muslims will suffer for tormenting 'Him Who is the Father'Islam, at once the progenitor and persecutor of the Faith of Baha'u'llah, is, if we read aright the signs of the times, only beginning to sustain the impact of this invincible and triumphant Faith. We need only recall the nineteen hundred years of abject misery and dispersion which they, who only for the short space of three years persecuted the Son of God, have had to endure, and are still enduring. We may well ask ourselves, with mingled feelings of dread and awe, how severe must be the tribulations of those who, during no less than fifty years, have, "at every moment tormented with a fresh torment" Him Who is the Father, and who have, in addition, made His Herald—Himself a Manifestation of God—to quaff, in such tragic circumstances, the cup of martyrdom.
(28 March 1941, written by Shoghi Effendi to the Baha'is of the World, published in The Promised Day Is Come (Wilmette: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1980), pp. 99-100)