In the above passage Bahá’u’lláh speaks of cursing by the people. It was a common practice by the enemies of the Faith to curse its Founders. When a Bahá’í was condemned to die for his faith, he would invariably be given a chance to recant. If he did, his life would be saved. But often the mere act of recanting was not considered sufficient. The basic reason for this was that dissimulation of one's faith was considered by the followers of Shí'ah Islam to be a legitimate action to take at times of danger. The practice of dissimulation was widespread among the population of Persia for centuries. Although it amounted to telling a lie concerning one's beliefs, no blame was attached to it. It was considered to be an acceptable way of life, and even some believers in the early days of the Faith followed this practice in order to save their lives. This is why at times some of the enemies of the Faith insisted that it was not sufficient for a Bahá’í to recant his faith. In addition to recanting he had to curse Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Faith, in order that his life might be saved. Cursing was considered to be a test of sincerity for the one who was asked to recant. It must be noted that it is forbidden for a Bahá’í to dissimulate his faith.
The practice of cursing was not limited to these occasions only; it was much more widespread. Cursing Bahá’u’lláh and other Central Figures of the Faith was considered by the Muslim clergy in Persia to be an act of devotion to God and a great service to Islam. They often cursed the Faith from the pulpit during their sermons. Many a devout Muslim of the Shí'ah sect would take pride in hurling imprecations at the Founders of the Faith in public when a Bahá’í passed him by. This was one form of severe mental persecution which many Bahá’ís had to endure day after day.