Friday, January 26, 2018

The ultimate goal of Baha'ism

The ultimate goal of Baha'ism is literal world domination,

"a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united…a world legislature whose members will…ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations…A world executive, backed by an international Force…A world tribunal…A mechanism of world inter-communication…A world metropolis will act as the nerve center of a world civilization….A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages…A world script, a world literature…currency…weights and measures…A world federal system, ruling the whole earth and exercising unchallengeable authority over its unimaginably vast resources"

- Shoghi Effendi quoted in The Bahá'is, A Profile of the Bahá'i Faith and its Worldwide Community (Oakham, Leicestershire, UK: Bahá'í International Community, 1994), p. 75

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Miracle of the Bab

I was blessed to attend a very inspiring talk by Dr. Mark Halabi at North England Summer School last August on the Twin Manifestations. Dr Halabi said that in one tablet Abdu'l-Baha inferred that They did not meet, and in another hinted that They met. He also drew our attention to a very interesting incident that took place during escorting the Bab under tight security from Isfahan to Mah Ku, when the caravan spent a night in the outskirts of Tehran. It was reported that the Bab disappeared for sometime and when he was spotted again His face showed unusual radiance. Here an assumption is made that Baha'u'llah must have come halfway from His residence in Tehran to meet the Bab. (Dawn Breakers was cited as the source of this story). Thanks for raising this fascinating point.

"Equality of men and women, except in some negligible instances, ..."

The Universal House of Justice wrote on 8 January 1981:

Abdu'l-Bahá asserts: 'In this divine age the bounties of God have encompassed the world of women. Equality of men and women, except in some negligible instances, has been fully and categorically announced. Distinctions have bee utterly removed.' That men and women differ from one another in certain characteristics and functions is an inescapable fact of nature; the important thing is that He regards such inequalities as remain between the sexes as being 'negligible'.

One of these negligible instances is the exclusion of women from the Universal House of Justice—the infallible top-governing body of the Baha'i Faith.

We will chain a Satan unto him

We conclude Our argument with His words—exalted is He—“And whoso shall withdraw from the remembrance of the Merciful, We will chain a Satan unto him, and he shall be his fast companion.” “And whoso turneth away from My remembrance, truly his shall be a life of misery.”

(Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitáb-i-Íqán, p. 257)

Baha'u'llah quotes two verses from the Qur'an to claim that whoever rejects him (i.e. the remembrance of the Merciful) will be chained to Satan and live a life of misery.

But it is known that the pupil of the eye is black

But it is known that the pupil of the eye is black so as to attract the rays of the sun, for if it were another color—that is, uniformly white—it would not attract the rays of the sun.

('Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, pp. 192-193)

Christ is Our Word which We communicated unto Mary

Verily, Christ is Our Word which We communicated unto Mary; and let no one say what the Christians term as ‘the third of three’,5 inasmuch as it would amount to slandering the Remembrance Who, as decreed in the Mother Book, is invested with supreme authority. Indeed God is but one God, and far be it from His glory that there should be aught else besides Him.

(Selections from the Writings of the Báb, pp. 60-61)

The phrase, "the third of three", as the fifth footnote states, comes from the Qur'an 5:73:

They have certainly disbelieved who say, "Allah is the third of three." And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.

(Qur'an 5:73)

The Báb accuses the majority of Christians of slandering Christ (i.e. the Remembrance) with their belief in the trinity.

Declaration of faith of a child

"A Spiritual Assembly may accept the declaration of faith of a child of non-Bahá'í parents, and register him as Bahá'í child, provided the parents give their consent."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom, July 19, 1982)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Verily, no God is there but Me

Verily, no God is there but Me, the Wronged One, the Exile.

The glorious Bab forbade association with Covenant-breakers.

The glorious Báb forbade association with Covenant-breakers. Bahá'u'lláh strictly forbade association with the Covenant-breakers, and even warned the friends against entering if possible a city where Covenant-breakers resided, as their poison polluted the entire area. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's teaching with regard to shunning and having no contact whatsoever with the Covenant-breakers is contained in hundreds of Tablets. The beloved Guardian forbade all association with Covenant-breakers and warned that their poison was so deadly, that it was not permissible to have even their literature in one's possession.

(Universal House of Justice, Ministry of the Custodians, pp. 235-236)

Courageous act of faith...

Already Avarih, the well-known Persian teacher, whom Shoghi Effendi had sent to Europe after the Master's passing to strengthen the faith of the believers, and whom he was later forced to call a "shameless apostate", had left the Cause and begun writing books (and continued for years to write books) against it, attacking not only the Guardian but in the end the Master and Bahá'u'lláh himself in the foulest terms. It is significant that his wife, unlike Mr white, entirely severed herself from him and remained a devoted and much-praised Bahá'í because of her courageous act of faith.

(Mary Maxwell, The Priceless Pearl, p. 120)

Guardian should appoint another Branch...

As to the appointment of a successor, the Master had stated in His Will and Testament that should the ‘first-born’ of the Guardian not inherit his spiritual qualities, he should appoint another Ghusn (Branch). The word Ghusn has been used by Bahá’u'lláh to signify His male descendants exclusively. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was designated as Ghusn-i-A’zam (The Most Great Branch) and Shoghi Effendi as Ghusn-i-Mumtaz (The Chosen Branch). Shoghi Effendi was not in a position to appoint a successor to himself because he had no son and there was not a single Ghusn who was faithful to the Cause of God. Every one of the descendants of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had been declared a Covenant-breaker.

The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, p. 378, Adib Taherzdeh

Baha'u'llah is born !!!

"This is the Dawn whereat was born He Who begetteth not and Who is not begotten."

~Baha'u'llah ( Lawḥ-i-Mawlúd)

1. Say, “He is God, the One. 2. God, the Absolute. 3. He begets not, nor was He begotten.

Quran : 112

There is no one in the kingdom but Me !

My outer being addresses my inner being and my inner being addresses my outer being uttering: "There is no one in the kingdom but Me, the One True God the Omniscient knower of all things."

- Inscribed in one of Baha'u'llah's many seals.

Abdul Baha on Bigamy

`Abdu'l-Bahá on bigamy, Tablets:

I don't know the dates of these Tablets, perhaps Sen McGlinn can help (he translated Tablets 2, 3 and 4)

Tablet 1:
"Know thou that polygamy is not permitted under the law of God, for contentment with one wife hath been clearly stipulated. Taking a second wife is made dependent upon equity and justice being upheld between the two wives, under all conditions. However, observance of justice and equity towards two wives is utterly impossible. The fact that bigamy has been made dependent upon an impossible condition is clear proof of its absolute prohibition. Therefore it is not permissible for a man to have more than one wife". (in Bahá'u'lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, note 89, pp. 205-206)

Tablet 2:
"You asked about polygamy. According to the text (nass) of the Divine Book the right of having two wives is lawful and legal (ja'iz). This was never (abadan) prohibited, but it is legitimate and allowed (halal wa mubah). You should therefore not be unhappy, but take justice into your consideration so that you may be as just as possible. What has been said was that since justice is very difficult [to achieve], therefore tranquillity [calls for] one wife. But in your case, you should not be unhappy".(From Amr va Khalq 4:173)

Tablet 3:
"Concerning bigamy [the number of wives], this has been promulgated, and no one must abrogate it (masusast nasikhi nadarad). 'Abdu'l-Bahá has not abrogated this law. These are false accusations and lies (muftariyat-i rufaqast) [spread by] the friends [i.e., Covenant- breakers?]. What I have said is that He [Bahá'u'lláh] has made bigamy bound on a precondition. As long as someone does not attain certitude regarding the capability to practice justice and his heart is not at rest that he can practice justice, he should not be intent upon a second marriage. But if he should be sure and attain certitude that he would practice justice on all levels [and conditions] (dar jami'-i maratib), then a second marriage is lawful. Just as has been the case in the Holy Land (Ardi-i Maqsud): the Bahá'í friends wished to marry a second wife, accepting this pre- condition, and this Servant [i.e., 'Abdu'l-Bahá] never refrained [from giving permission], but insisted that justice should be considered, and justice actually means here self-restraint (daraji-i imtina'). But they said that they will practice justice and wished to marry a second wife. Such false accusations [concerning 'Abdu'l-Bahá's prohibition of bigamy] are the slanderous whisperings (zamzamih) of those who wish to spread doubts [in people's hearts]. And to what degree they already succeed in making matters ambiguous! [Our] purpose was to state that bigamy without justice is not lawful and that justice is very difficult [to achieve]. (Amr va Khalq 4:175-76).

Tablet 4:
"In the Qur'an the word has been revealed "and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice [to so many] then one [only] . . .', indicating that in the presence of God the acceptable judgment is monogamy". (Amr va Khalq 174f.)

If you ask Baha'is : In the Aqdas Bahá'u'lláh allowed bigamy but now Bahá'ís practice monogamy, why?

They answer that `Abdu'l-Bahá interpreted that this law refers only to monogamy because the condition of justice is impossible.

But then you find two tablets where `Abdu'l-Bahá says that bigamy is legal and He did not change the law of Bahá'u'lláh!!

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]."

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