Wednesday, January 17, 2018

overdose of opium...

Azal states in an 1890 letter to Edgard Blochet, keeper of the Oriental Manuscripts section of the Bibliotheque National in Paris:

"I simply wanted him [Baha'u'llah] to keep his silence and not compel me to denounce him. In the end he could not contain himself, and by taking an overdose of opium, he threw down the gauntlet, lured thereunto by the temptations of the bald soap-seller [i.e. Mírzá Aqá Ján of Káshán], and by his brother [Mírzá Músá Kalím]."

The murder of Dayyan

"Mírzá Huseyn 'Alí [Bahá'u'lláh], after a protracted discussion with him [Dayyan], instructed his servant Mírzá Muhammad of Mázandarán to slay him, which was accordingly done"

(Hasht Bihisht, p. 302-303).

Who poisoned Baha'u'llah?

Baha'u'llah himself attempted to poison his rival (and his own half-brother) Subh-i-Azal. We have an account of this event from multiple sources:

"It was in fact the Mírzá [i.e. Baha’u’llah] who had sought to poison His Holiness [Azal]. [On the day in question] Sultán Khánúm (entitled the Greatest Holy Leaf), who at the time was still a believer in her most august uncle [i.e. Azal], with blinks and glances, [when the food was brought out by the servants] indicated that that he [Azal] should not partake of the meal placed before him. When the Mírzá [i.e. Bahá’u’llah] insisted that His Holiness should eat, His Holiness refused, thereupon the aforementioned saw that His Holiness had become appraised of their evil intentions [i.e. to kill him], and therefore, in order to deflect attention [from the deed], he proceeded to eat a few portions from that plate of food himself. Immediately his [i.e. Baha’u’llah’s] state was overturned [i.e. he became violently ill]. He then threw the plate of food in the courtyard outside. In that yard there was a dog who immediately began to eat [the discarded food] and thereupon fell dead shortly thereafter. When the Mírzá beheld this scene, he was immediately embarrassed, and so sought out a physician. After regaining his health, he proceeded to spread rumours that His Holiness [Azal] had attempted to poison him." (The True Acccount of Takur of Nur, p. 43-44).

"The first juggle and trick of sorcery which he [i.e. Baha] outlined was this, that he brought to Hazrat-i Azal [i.e. Subh-i Azal] a dish of plain food, with one side of which he had mixed with some poison, intending to poison His Holiness. For hitherto the apportioned breakfast and supper of His Holiness the Fruit [Hazrat-i Thamara, one of the titles conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point] had been from the house of Mirza Husayn Ali [i.e. Baha]. When that poisoned dish was placed before His Holiness, Mirza Husayn Ali pressed him to partake of it. By a fortunate chance the smell of onions was perceptible in the food, and His Holiness, being averse to taste it. Mirza Husayn Ali continued to press him urgently to eat. He replied, “it smells of onions, I will not eat it; if it is so good, eat it yourself. From this answer Mirza Husayn Ali supposed that His Holiness had divined his evil design, and, simply put the view of disguising the truth and putting a better appearance on the matter, ate a little from the other side [i.e. the unpoisoned side] of the dish, in order that the suspicion of His Holiness might perhaps be dispelled and he might eat the poisoned side. But His Holiness, because of the smell of onion would not eat." (Hasht Bihisht, p. 304-305).

he that loveth Me not is indeed of the poor and needy.

The essence of wealth is love for Me; whoso loveth Me is the possessor of all things, and he that loveth Me not is indeed of the poor and needy. This is that which the Finger of Glory and Splendour hath revealed.

The source of all evil is for man to turn away from his Lord and set his heart on things ungodly.

The most burning fire is to question the signs of God, to dispute idly that which He hath revealed, to deny Him and carry one’s self proudly before Him.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-11.html

Respect and regard for the Branches is incumbent upon all

545. Respect and regard for the Branches is incumbent upon all for the honoring of the Religion and the exaltation of the Word; and this Command hath been both previously and afterwards recorded and mentioned in the Books of God. Blessed is he who attaineth to that which hath been commanded from the Presence of the Command, the Pre-Existent!

Respect is enjoined also for the ladies of the Household of God, and the Twigs and Relations. I enjoin you to the service of the nations and to the pacification of the world.

(Compilations, Baha'i Scriptures, p. 261)

..brethren in his Faith..

The beginning of magnanimity is when man expendeth his wealth on himself, on his family and on the poor among his brethren in his Faith.

- Baha'u'lláh

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-11.html

My work is perfect

My work is perfect and My command is binding. Question it not, nor have a doubt thereof.

- Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 12

Monday, January 15, 2018

Miracles of Baha'u'llah


Did you know that there were more than ten assassination attempts on the life of Baha'u'llah in the course of close to fifty years (1844-92), but instead, God meant for this Manifestation of God to live His life and produce some one hundred volumes of Holy Words for posterity in spite of the most severe tortures, imprisonment, deprivations, and exiles?

The first attempt was actually an order to be shot to death by none other than Muhammad Shah, the weakling and corrupt Qajar King, but as fate had it, the man was dead at the age of 40 before his vile edict was carried out and the order was thus repealed.

Several additional attempts were made by Mirza Buzurg Khan, Persia's ambassador to Iraq as well as Sheikho'l-Araghin a vile and powerful mulla in Iraq and the accomplice they chose to carry out their vile intent, Reza Turk. Reza Turk could not carry this out the first time around when he faced Baha'u'llah face-to-face in the public bath. The second time around, Reza Turk came face-to-face with Baha'u'llah while He was walking in a street in the city of Baghdad with His brother, Kalim. But the soonest, Reza Turk came close to Baha'u'llah, he started trembling and the revolver fell off his hand. Baha'u'llah asked Agha Kalim to hand him the revolver and send him on his way!

The last attempt on His life was by a powerful mulla, Sheikh Mahmood, in Akka where Baha'u'llah was still a prisoner. When the guard came to Baha'u'llah and told Him that He has a visitor (the Sheikh), Baha'u'llah told the guard that he can come back to visit Me after he puts his revolver aside. So the Sheikh came a second time without a revolver believing that He can kill Baha'u'llah with His own bare hands. Baha'u'llah told the guard to tell the man to come back for a visit when he can purify his heart... Awhile later, Sheikh Mahmood had a dream remembering what he had intended in this regard. He then goes to visit Baha'u'llah with a pure heart ... and declares his faith in Baha'u'llah after the encounter!!!

Excerpts from "Baha'u'llah, the Promise of All Ages" by Dr. Hooshidar Motlagh, in Farsi, pp 115 -121

People who are inactive should not automatically be removed

People who are inactive should not automatically be removed from the voting list....

- Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, dated April 25, 1947, to an individual believer





At the beginning of the Cause, for certain reasons, He smoked a little...

One of these last prohibitions is the smoking of tobacco, which is unclean, malodorous, disagreeable and vulgar and of which the gradual harmfulness is universally recognized. All clever physicians have judged, and have also shown by experiment, that one of the constituents of tobacco is a mortal poison and that smokers are exposed to different indispositions and maladies. That is why cleanly people have a marked aversion for its use.

His supreme Highness the Báb—may my soul be His sacrifice! —in the beginning of His Cause, openly forbade it and all the friends abandoned its use. But, as it was a time for caution and he who abstained from smoking was ill treated, persecuted and even killed, therefore the friends were obliged, as a matter of prudence, to smoke. Later, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas was revealed and as the prohibition of tobacco was not clearly stated in it, the friends did not renounce it. But the Blessed Perfection had always a marked aversion for its use. At the beginning of the Cause, for certain reasons, He smoked a little, but later He abandoned it completely, and the holy souls who obeyed Him in all circumstances, also entirely gave up smoking. I wish to say that, in the sight of God, the smoking of tobacco is a thing which is blamed and condemned, very unclean, and of which the result is by degrees injurious. Besides it is a cause of expense and of loss of time and it is a harmful habit. So, for those who are firm in the Covenant, it is a thing reprobated by the reason and by tradition, the renouncement of which giveth gradual repose and tranquility, permitteth one to have stainless hands and a clean mouth, and hair which is not pervaded by a bad odor.


- Abdul Baha

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-36.html

Shoghi Effendi about Africa

In passage below he says [referring to Africa], "DARK SPIRITUALLY DECADENT CONTINENT", "BRIGHTEN ITS JUNGLE FASTNESSES", "WORLD'S BACKWARD RACES". In next passage he also states, "child-like members of some of these primitive races"

...TOILING TRIUMPHANT VALOROUS HIGH MINDED COMMUNITY RECRUIT FORCES WITNESSED UNEXPECTED DISPLAY VIGOROUS ACTIVITY RESULTING FIRST VICTORIES AFRICAN FIELD PRESERVATION LABORIOUSLY ESTABLISHED ASSEMBLIES LENGTH BREADTH BRITISH ISLES. TWO YEAR PLAN NOW OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED DEMANDS CONTINUOUS UNSTINTED SYSTEMATIC SUPPORT NATIONAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ALL LOCAL ASSEMBLIES RANK FILE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. AUSPICIOUS RAYS GOD'S DAWNING REVELATION WHICH FIRST STRUCK CORNER VAST DARK SPIRITUALLY DECADENT CONTINENT COURSE BAHÁ'U'LLÁH'S MINISTRY WHICH WARMED ILLUMINATED ITS NORTHERN SOUTHERN FRINGES CONCLUDING YEARS HEROIC AGE FAITH MUST NOW PENETRATE ITS HEART BRIGHTEN ITS JUNGLE FASTNESSES ENVELOP IT WITH SPLENDOUR THEIR RADIANCE COURSE PRESENT SUCCEEDING EPOCHS FORMATIVE AGE BAHÁ'Í DISPENSATION. CONFIDENT BRITISH BAHÁ'Í COMMUNITY WILL ARISE BEFITTINGLY MEET CHALLENGE NOW CONFRONTING IT ACHIEVE THREEFOLD PURPOSE PLAN. PRAYING ENERGETIC COLLABORATION PROSECUTORS `ABDU'L-BAHÁ'S DIVINE PLAN WITH COMMUNITY BELIEVERS BELONGING NATION WHOSE DESTINY BEEN LINKED FORTUNES WORLD'S BACKWARD RACES REINFORCED ASSISTANCE SISTER COMMUNITY CRADLE FAITH NATIONAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES LEADING COMMUNITY AFRICAN CONTINENT MAY ENSURE SUCCESS CRUSADE CONSTITUTING SPIRITUAL LANDMARK PROCESS AWAKENING AFRICAN PEOPLES MARKING OPENING GLORIOUS CHAPTER EVOLUTION WORLD FAITH BAHÁ'U'LLÁH

Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 263

In one of your letters you mentioned some ... who have visited the London Centre and their attitude: great patience must be used in dealing with the child-like members of some of these primitive races. They are innocent in heart and have certainly had a very bad example, in many Christians, of a purely mercenary approach to religion, but if their hearts and minds once become illumined with the Faith they could make very fine believers.

Shoghi Effendi, The Unfolding Destiny of the British Baha'i Community, p. 212

...but only Baha’is can do the work which God !

There are many well-wishers of mankind who devote their efforts to relief work and charity and to the material well-being of man, but only Bahá’ís can do the work which God most wants done. When we devote ourselves to the work of the Faith we are doing a work which is the greatest aid and only refuge for a needy and divided world.

- UHJ's Letter dated 8 February 1970 – To National Spiritual Assemblies in Africa

Friday, December 29, 2017

Shoghi Effendi's opinion about Islam

Strange, incredibly strange, must appear the position of this most powerful branch of the Islamic Faith (Sunni), with no outward and visible head to voice its sentiments and convictions, its unity irretrievably shattered, its radiance obscured, its law undermined, its institutions thrown into hopeless confusion. This institution that had challenged the inalienable, divinely appointed rights of the Imáms of the Faith of Muḥammad, had, after the revolution of thirteen centuries, vanished like a smoke, an institution which had dealt such merciless blows to a Faith Whose Herald was Himself a descendant of the Imáms, the lawful successors of the Apostle of God.

To what else could this remarkable prophecy, enshrined in the Lawḥ-i-Burhán, allude if not to the downfall of this crowned overlord of Sunní Muslims? “O concourse of Muslim Divines! Because of you the people were abased, and the banner of Islám was hauled down, and its mighty throne subverted.” What of the indubitably clear and amazing prophecy recorded in the Qayyúm-i-Asmá? “Erelong We will, in very truth, torment such as waged war against Ḥusayn [Imám Ḥusayn], in the Land of the Euphrates, with the most afflictive torment, and the direst and most exemplary punishment.” What other interpretation can this Muḥammadan tradition be given? “In the latter days a grievous calamity shall befall My people at the hands of their ruler, a calamity such as no man ever heard to surpass it.”

This was not all, however. The disappearance of the Caliph, the spiritual head of above two hundred million Muḥammadans, brought in its wake, in the land that had dealt Islám such a heavy blow, the annulment of the sharí’ah canonical Law, the disendowment of Sunní institutions, the promulgation of a civil Code, the suppression of religious orders, the abrogation of ceremonials and traditions inculcated by the religion of Muḥammad. The Shaykhu’l-Islám and his satellites, including muftís, qádís, hujáhs, shaykhs, súfís, ḥájís, mawlavís, dervishes, and others, vanished at a stroke more determined, more open, and drastic than the one dealt the Shí’ihs by the Sháh and his government. The mosques of the capital, the pride and glory of the Islamic world, were deserted, and the fairest and most famous of them all, the peerless St. Sophia, “the Second Firmament,” “the Vehicle of the Cherubim,” converted by the blatant creators of a secular regime into a museum. The Arabic tongue, the language of the Prophet of God, was banished from the land, its alphabet was superseded by Latin characters, and the Qur’án itself translated into Turkish for the few who still cared to read it. The constitution of the new Turkey not only proclaimed formally the disestablishment and disendowment of Islám, with all its attendant and, in the view of some, atheistic enactments, but also heralded various measures that aimed at its further humiliation and weakening. Even the city of Constantinople, “the Dome of Islám,” apostrophized in such condemnatory terms by Bahá’u’lláh, which, after the fall of Byzantium, had been hailed by the great Constantine as “the New Rome,” and exalted to the rank of the metropolis of both the Roman Empire and of Christendom, and subsequently revered as the seat of the Caliphs, was relegated to the position of a provincial city and stripped of all its pomp and glory, its soaring and slender minarets standing sentinel at the grave of so much vanished splendor and power.

“O Spot that art situate on the shores of the two seas!” Bahá’u’lláh has thus apostrophized the Imperial City, in terms that call to mind the prophetic words addressed by Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, “The throne of tyranny hath, verily, been stablished upon thee, and the flame of hatred hath been kindled within thy bosom, in such wise that the Concourse on high, and they who circle around the Exalted Throne, have wailed and lamented. We behold in thee the foolish ruling over the wise, and darkness vaunting itself against the light. Thou art indeed filled with manifest pride. Hath thine outward splendor made thee vainglorious? By Him Who is the Lord of mankind! It shall soon perish, and thy daughters, and thy widows, and all the kindreds that dwell within thee shall lament. Thus informeth thee the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”

Such was the fate that overtook both Shí’ih and Sunní Islám, in the two countries where they had planted their banners and reared their most powerful and far-famed institutions. Such was their fate in these two countries, in one of which Bahá’u’lláh died an exile, and in the other the Báb suffered a martyr’s death. Such was the fate of the self-styled Vicar of the Prophet of God, and of the favorite ministers of the still awaited Imám. “The people of the Qur’án,” Bahá’u’lláh testifies, “have risen against Us, and tormented Us with such a torment that the Holy Spirit lamented, and the thunder roared out, and the clouds wept over Us…. Muḥammad, the Apostle of God, bewaileth, in the all-highest Paradise, their acts.” “A day shall be witnessed by My people,” their own traditions condemn them, “whereon there will have remained of Islám naught but a name, and of the Qur’án naught but a mere appearance. The doctors of that age shall be the most evil the world hath ever seen. Mischief hath proceeded from them, and on them it will recoil.” And again: “Most of His enemies will be the divines. His bidding they will not obey, but will protest saying: ‘This is contrary to that which hath been handed down unto us by the Imáms of the Faith.’” And still again: “At that hour His malediction shall descend upon you, and your curse shall afflict you, and your religion shall remain an empty word on your tongues. And when these signs appear amongst you, anticipate the day when the red-hot wind will have swept over you, or the day when ye will have been disfigured, or when stones will have rained upon you.”

- Shoghi Effendi

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/PDC/pdc-24.html

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Titles of Baha'u'llah

• the "Light and the Splendor of God"
• the "Lord of Lords"
• the "Most Great Name"
• the "Ancient Beauty"
• the "Pen of the Most High"
• the "Hidden Name"
• the "Preserved Treasure"
• "He Whom God will make manifest"
• the "Most Great Light"
• the "All-Highest Horizon"
• the "Most Great Ocean"
• the "Supreme Heaven"
• the "Pre-Existent Root"
• the "Self-Subsistent"
• the "Day-Star of the Universe"
• the "Speaker on Sinai"
• the "Sifter of Men"
• the "Lord of the Covenant"
• the "Tree beyond which there is no passing"
• the "Judge"
• the "Lawgiver"
• the "Redeemer of all mankind"

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The effect of Bahá’u’lláh’s 200th Birthday Celebrations are staggering!

The effect of this (Bahá’u’lláh’s 200th Birthday Celebrations) has been staggering. A conservative estimate indicates that across India almost 200,000 friends spoke about Bahá’u’lláh and taught the Faith to more than 400,000 others. In addition, proclamation was also done through radio coverage reaching out to a number of cities and the film ‘Light to the World’ was shown in over 150 localities which meant that tens of thousands more heard of Him. Creative activities to befittingly celebrate the bicentenary anniversary ranged from peace rallies, debates, puppet shows, tree plantations, poem recitations, traditional dance performances, book exhibitions, medical camps and even a ‘Wall of Kindness” activity! In one cluster, a number of friends each kept aside a pound of uncooked rice every day for three months and in the weeks leading up to 22nd October they visited 600 homes inviting families to the celebrations and cooking lunch for everyone. Enrollments were on the rise and more than one thousand individuals declared their Faith in Him in the short span of a few months. The upsurge in activities has also had an impact on the movement of clusters across India with 78 clusters having progressed to the next level of intensity.

Now the challenge for every individual, institution and agency will be to consolidate these hard-won victories and ensure that the gains achieved will be taken to higher levels. The Regional Bahá'í Council of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Uttarakhand has taken to heart the words of the Universal House of Justice in its message of 31st October 2017, urging the Bahá'í world “to see in each person who responded to your invitation a potential protagonist in the community-building process” and, with the full support and enthusiasm of the friends, organized eleven institutional gatherings where systematic plans were made to consolidate the teaching efforts during the bicentennial year and increase the number of core activities in the region by a further 11,500 before the end of April 2018.

THE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF INDIA
30 December 2017

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