Thursday, December 15, 2016

Walk not with the ungodly...

“O SON OF DUST! Beware! Walk not with the ungodly and seek not fellowship with him, for such companionship turneth the radiance of the heart into infernal fire,”

(Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah, p. 42, no. 57)

Break all ties...

“Break all ties with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism),”

(Baha’u’llah, Majmu`iy-i alwah-i mubarak-ih, p. 90)

Cleanse your eyes...

“Cleanse your eyes from [seeing] the deniers and the polytheists (meaning non-Baha’is) and turn away from them,”

(Baha’u’llah, Athar-i Qalam-i A`la, vol. 2, no. 81, p. 477)

Keep away from him...

“Run away from he who you do not find my love in his heart, keep away from him, and keep a great distance between you.,”

(Baha’u’llah, Athar-i Qalam-i A`la, vol. 2, p. 345 (surat al-ashab))

It is not permitted to interact, speak, or meet...

“It is not permitted to interact, speak, or meet with those individuals that have turned away and made their objections apparent. This is an order revealed from the heavens of an Ancient Commander,”

(Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 8, p. 74[citing Baha’u’llah])

It is forbidden to meet polytheists and hypocrites

“Know that God has forbidden his friends from meeting with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) and hypocrites,”

(Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 4, p. 280[citing Baha’u’llah])

Keep away from polytheists

It is incumbent on every soul to keep away from the wicked breath of the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism)

(Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 8, p. 39 [citing Baha’u’llah])

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

No Bahá'í in the West can be called a Bahá'í unless he is first Muslim

No Bahá'í in the West can be called a Bahá'í unless he is first Muslim (believer in Muhammad's revelation and teachings and the Imams) and a Sunni Muhammadan can never become a Bahá'í unless he becomes first a Shi'ih Muslim. The Sunnis were following a false line, they must recognize their error and accept the Shi'ih truth and then this Revelation. The fact that the Bab is a lineal descendant of Muhammad is sufficient proof for us that the line of the Imam Husayn (son of Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet) was the authentic one. Could the Bab have descended from a line of usurpers? In the light of Bahá'u'lláh's tribute to the Imam Husayn could we doubt it? So must the Jews first become Christians, then Shi'ih Muhammadans, then Bahá'ís.

http://bahai-library.com/maxwell_haifa_notes&chapter=1

Sanctioning Sen McGlinn

[Update September 2016: It appears that an explanation for my disenrollment has recently been issued : “efforts, spanning over twenty-five years, to promote erroneous and misleading perspectives on the Baha’i teachings.” (NSA of New Zealand, June 17, 2016)

https://senmcglinn.wordpress.com/about/about-dissenrolment/

It is the task of the Bahá'ís to interpret the Quran

It is the task of the Bahá'ís to interpret the Quran, according to the Bahá'í teachings.

http://bahai-library.com/alexander_notes_presence_shoghieffendi

The Mystery of God

‘Abdu'l-Bahá had the gifts of divine insight, of revelation and of prophecy, although He was not a Messenger of God. For this reason His Father gave Him another title: Sirr’u’llah – The Mystery of God. These are also reasons why ‘Abdu'l-Bahá is so highly regarded by Bahá'ís and why His writings and public talks are so strongly valued and so regularly referred to.

http://www.spanglefish.com/epsomandewellbahais/index.asp?pageid=344379

Become blind, deaf and ignorant

"Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody of My voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou mayest partake of My knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou mayest obtain a lasting share from the ocean of My eternal wealth..."

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/HW/hw-84.html

Return - Who is who ?

The full list of mazāhir runs as follows (titles or personae in parentheses)
  1. Mīrzā Yaḥyā [Ṣubh-i Azal]
  2. Mīrzā Ḥusayn ʿAlī [Bahāʾ]
  3. Mīrzā Muḥammad Ḥasan [Mālik-i Ashtar]
  4. Mīrzā Ghulām ʿAlī [Ibrāhīm ibn Mālik (al-Ashtar)]
  5. Mullā Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn [Imām Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn or Imām Ḥusayn]
  6. Muḥammad Taqī Khān [Imām ʿAlī]
  7. Mullā ʿAlī Bābā Buzurg Tākurī [Salmān al-Fārisī]
  8. Mullā ʿAlī Bābā Kūchik Shīrāzī [Abū Dharr al-Ghiffārī]
  9. Mullā (ʿAbd al-) Fatṭ ạ̄ ḥ [Muḥammad]
  10. Muḥammad Taqī, a son of Ismāʿīl Khān [al-Mukhtār]
  11. Ḥājī Ismāʿīl, (another) son of Ismāʿīl Khān [ʿAlī Akbar]
  12. Mullā Ṣāliḥ Nārīdī [Abū Luʾluʾ]
  13. Muḥsin, a brother of Mīrzā Rafīʿ [the angel Gabriel]
  14. Mīrzā Rafīʿ [ʿAbbās ʿAlī].
Ref. "The Messiah of Shiraz" by Dr. MacEoin

Manifestation of Satan

Majid Din is sinking. He is 98 years old - the incited of Muhammad Ali. He lives adjacent to the Mansion at Bahji. The Master has referred to him in his Will and Testament. He has called him the "manifestation of Satan" he was worse than Muhammad Ali - for he incited Muhammad Ali. almost 100 years old - and God has kept him so he might witness the rise of the Faith. He was worse than the Arch-Breaker of the Covenant. He is half- paralyzed.

http://bahai-library.com/levy_pilgrims_1953

Baha'u'llah appointed me as the Center of His Covenant was not because I was His Son...

He (Master) said in part: "That Baha'u'llah appointed me as the Center of His Covenant was not because I was His Son. Nay, I swear by His Holy Spirit, that had He found a negro of Zanzibar more capable than I am, He would have appointed him preferably to me!..."

Source : 1906 Pilgrim Notes of Ali-Kuli Khan

Abdu'l-Baha abuses Mirza Aqa Jan

There were even occasions when Abdu'l-Baha chastised him (Mirza Aqa Jan) with His own hand because of the serious nature of his conduct toward Baha'u'llah.

Ref. The Covenant of Baha'u'llah by Adib Taherzadeh

On one subject Baha'u'llah remained silent

However, on one subject Baha'u'llah remained silent: designating the person who was to succeed Him. There are many wisdoms in this. Let us return yet again to the analogy of the teacher. It is the teacher's duty to impart knowledge to his pupils and help them in their work, and he is always ready to explain the various subjects to his pupils and answer their questions. But on one occasion he must remain silent and refrain from helping them or answering their questions: namely, on the examination day. On that day the students are left on their own and will have to find the answers by themselves. Only those who pass the examinations are elevated to a higher class, and those who fail are not.

Ref. The Covenant of Baha'u'llah, Adib Tahezadeh

Manifestation Of The Third Letter

Abdu'l-Baha said : Regarding the Place Of The Appearance Of The Manifestation Of The Third Letter. "If the sun arises in the west, it would still be the same sun; one must not withdraw from it on account of its rising place nor consider the west to be always the place of sunset."

Abdu'l-Baha in Some Answered Questions, Chap. 14

Duties of the House of Justice

Among the duties of the local house of justice are to provide for the education of a child whose parents are too destitute to afford schooling (K48). He singles out the "deputies," obviously of the local house of justice, as responsible for providing welfare to those incapable of earning a living (K147, p. 72). Adulterers are to be punished by a fine, payable to the house of justice; such a fine would probably be levied and paid at the local level (K49, p. 37). Indeed, a third of all fines is to be paid to the "Seat of Justice" (K52, p. 38). Since the logistics of sending one third of all local fines to the World Center of the Baha'i faith appear forebidding, it seems likely that this verse also pertains primarily to the local house of justice (an important point to which we shall return). In the absence of male offspring, Baha'u'llah says, two-thirds of the estate go to female heirs, while one third goes to the house of justice, "which God hath made to be the treasury of the people" (QA72, p. 128). For the same reason, of logistics, probably the local house of justice is intended. The trustees of the house of justice are to appoint in every city a judge,one of whose duties will be to decide and record divorces.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/bhwmhous.htm

Persian-speaking Bahá'ís are required to learn Arabic

Persian-speaking Bahá'ís are therefore required to learn Arabic to read the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, say their obligatory prayers or recite special prayers for the fast and other holy days. Establishing Arabic as a liturgical language among Persian-speaking Bahá'ís is not dissimilar to the insistence on the part of most Muslims that all believers read the Qur'án in Arabic, even if their first (or only) language is different.

Shoghi Effendi repeatedly urged the Iranian Bahá'ís to learn Arabic and to teach it to their children from an early age, primarily because the majority of the Bahá'í writings were revealed in that language.

The Guardian also believed that widespread competency in Arabic among the Bahá'ís in Iran would be beneficial to the community as a whole, presumably in terms of deepening knowledge and faith.

Shoghi Effendi's commitment to Arabic was no doubt largely based upon numerous pro-Arabic comments made by Bahá'u'lláh himself. Whilst Bahá'u'lláh felt Persian to be "sweeter" (ahlá) than Arabic, he believed Arabic to be the "better" or "more excellent" (ahsan) language.

Bahá'u'lláh went so far as to say that all should learn to speak Arabic because it is the "most comprehensive" (absat) of the world's languages, and that although in this day the Tongue of God (Lisán'ulláh) has spoken in both Persian and Arabic, Persian has always been and – like all other languages – will ever be limited (mahdúd) and – by implication – inferior, to Arabic. 


Caliph Muawiyah is a 'Beast'

"You have asked about the meaning of the "four beasts" referred to in Revelations, Ch. 4. ‘Abdu'l-Bahá in a Tablet has given an explanation for the reference to the "beast" mentioned in Revelations 13:18, saying that the numerical value given to the beast in that passage referred to the date of the year, i.e. 666 A.D., when the Umayyad ruler arose. This is obviously a reference to Mu'áwíyih, the Umayyad Caliph who opposed the Imamate. He speaks further on this subject in "Some Answered Questions", Chapter XI." (1 August 1978)

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_interpretation_biblical_verses

Biblical prophecies by Abdu'l-Baha

In the various Biblical exegeses expounded by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the accurate prediction of diverse individuals and events, both major and minor, are demonstrated in the Bible; the appearance of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali, for example, is foretold alongside the appearance of the Imamate and their major antagonists – primarily the Umayyad Dynasty – including specific references to the 5th Caliph Muawiyah.[1],[2] Similarly, the appearance of major events including World War I are described along­side the appearance of events on a relatively minor scale, such as the earthquake which took place following the Martyrdom of the Báb.[3],[4]


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