Ignorance

. . . ignorance itself is a torment, but it is a subtle torment . . .

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 265

For example: If every one of the friends (believers) were to establish relations of friendship and right dealings with one of the negligent souls, associate and live with him with perfect kindliness, and meanwhile through good conduct and moral behavior lead him to divine instruction, to heavenly advice and teachings, surely he would gradually arouse that negligent person and would change his ignorance into knowledge.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 385

Hence, it is firmly established that an untrained and uneducated daughter, on becoming a mother, will be the prime factor in the deprivation, ignorance, negligence and the lack of training of many children.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 399

Man must free himself from the weeds of ignorance, thorns of superstitions and thistles of imitations, that he may discover reality in the harvests of true knowledge. Otherwise the discovery of reality is impossible, contention and divergence of religious belief will always remain and mankind, like ferocious wolves will rage and attack each other in hatred and antagonism. We supplicate God that He may destroy the veils which limit our vision and that these becloudings which darken the way of the manifestation of the shining lights may be dispelled in order that the effulgent Sun of Reality may shine forth. We implore and invoke God, seeking His assistance and confirmation.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 76

Now as to the Power that knoweth no limitations; limitation itself proveth the existence of the unlimited, for the limited is known through the unlimited, just as weakness itself proveth the existence of power, ignorance the existence of knowledge, poverty the existence of wealth. Without wealth there would be no poverty, without knowledge no ignorance, without light no darkness. Darkness itself is a proof of the existence of light for darkness is the absence of light.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 344

The antithesis of knowledge is ignorance, and the child of ignorance is superstition.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 240