Wednesday, March 14, 2018

All the meetings must be for teaching the Cause and spreading the Message...

Abdul Baha :

All the meetings must be for teaching the Cause and spreading the Message, and suffering the souls to enter in the Kingdom of Baha’u’llah. Look at me. All my thoughts are centered around the proclamation of the Kingdom. I have a Lamp in my hand searching through the lands and seas to find souls who can become heralds of the Cause. Day and night I am engaged in this work. Any other deliberations in the meetings are futile and fruitless. Convey the Message! Attract the hearts! Sow the seeds! Teach the Cause to those who do not know.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Woman is superior to man.

"In some respects woman is superior to man. She is more tender-hearted, more receptive, her intuition is more intense."

- ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Guru Nanak is not a Prophet.

"As far as the teaching in Punjab among the Sikhs is concerned, the friends should obviously avoid disputation with the beliefs of the people, who believe that Guru Nanak was a Prophet. Guru Nanak was indeed a saintly character who was inspired to reconcile the religions of Hinduism and Islam, the followers of which religions had been in violent conflict. The world has seen many such well-intentioned reformers, who have derived their inspiration from the religions of God, without themselves being Prophets."

UHJ 1985.10.27 (Obtained from the NSA of India by Badi Villar for his master's thesis)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

No man can obtain everlasting life, unless he becomes a Baha'i

No man can obtain everlasting life, unless he embraceth the truth of this inestimable, this wondrous, and sublime Revelation.

- Baha'u'llah

'Abdu'l-Bahá had always attended the mosque.

Ruhiyyih Khanum :

He [Shoghi Effendi] refused to go to the Mosque. 'Abdu'l-Baha had always attended the mosque. He felt it was wise at that time. The family were virtually prisoners and he felt it was wise not to offend the authorities in the Holy Land.

Everything in [the] Faith is new. The past is destroyed. It is a new age, new Faith, something new and glorious is born. It was all in the teachings but the veil had not been torn in the Holy Land. It was torn in Persia. Then Shoghi Effendi said, "I will not go to the Mosque" and the veil was torn.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Practice of 'Dissimulation' among Baha'is

The topic of taqiyya (dissimulation) among Baha'is is a complex one. Historically it has been alternatively practiced under the name of hikma (wisdom) and condemned. Until the British occupation of Palestine in World War I, Abdu'l-Baha outwardly lived as a Muslim, attending Friday prayers and even writing the Sultan a letter claiming that his tariqa had led many Americans to Islam. Shoghi Effendi, however, denied the voting rights of any Baha'i who denied his religion. Further, after the revolution in Iran, for a period of time any Iranian Baha'i who left Iran via Tehran's airport were denied administrative rights by the Universal House of Justice due to the reason that to able to leave Iran via that route they would have had to deny their affiliation to the Baha'i Faith.

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)

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