Friday, June 30, 2017

All created things are pure in Baha'ism

Verily, all created things were immersed in the sea of purification when, on that first day of Ridvan, We shed upon the whole of creation the splendours of Our most excellent Names and Our most exalted Attributes.

Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas, para 75

Baha'is desecrating the grave of a Covenant Breaker

"ANNOUNCE BAHA'I WORLD REMOVAL FROM IMMEDIATE PRECINCTS HOLY SHRINE BAHA'U'LLAH REMAINS MIRZA DIYA'U'LLAH YOUNGER BROTHER MIRZA MUHAMMAD ALI HIS ACCOMPLICE IN EFFORTS SUBVERT FOUNDATIONS COVENANT GOD SOON AFTER ASCENSION BAHA'U'LLAH. THIS FINAL STEP IN PROCESS PURIFICATION SACRED INTERNATIONAL ENDOWMENTS FAITH IN BAHJI FROM PAST CONTAMINATION WAS PROVIDENTIALLY UNDERTAKEN"

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_messages_1963-86_full&chapter=3

World Centre to decide on the timeliness and wisdom of publishing English translations

The House of Justice has now established a mechanism which will allow for inclusion in books and pamphlets of provisional translations which are of sufficiently good quality for wide distribution. Arrangements have been made for such translations to be checked at the World Centre. When these items are to be included in works intended for publication by a Bahá'í publisher, the trust or publisher involved should forward them here for the necessary clearance. In the case of items to be included in works submitted to non-Bahá'í publishers, the authors or translators themselves should forward the items here for consideration prior to the involvement of any non-Bahá'í publishers. Publications containing such translations, once these have been cleared, should indicate that they are provisional translations.
 
It remains the prerogative of the World Centre to decide on the timeliness and wisdom of publishing English translations of specific Tablets. Some may be identified as not suitable for publication at the present time.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_english_provisional_translations

'Abdu'l-Bahá had lunch at the home of the Persian consul-general Topakyan, causing him to be late to his train...

June 30. On this date in 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá had lunch at the Morristown, New Jersey home of the Persian consul-general Topakyan, causing him to be late to his train departing Montclair, New Jersey, leading to the report in the New York Times that "The departure of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, leader of the Bahá’í cult, from Montclair to-day was attended by excitement...When train time came, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was not in sight. He had been delayed. The baggage of the Persians was aboard the train, and as it moved away they appealed to the trainmen in several Oriental languages to defer the departure for a few minutes. Several of the excited followers of the prophet, when they realized that the train was leaving, jumped to the platforms. One of them, in swinging his arms about, accidentally or otherwise, pulled the bell rope. At the same instant, by a strange coincidence, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá hove in sight in an automobile. To add to the excitement a Persian accidentally knocked off the conductor’s hat. The train came to a halt, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá leaped from the automobile and was hustled aboard the coach by his friends."

Story : We will see whether he baptizes us or we circumcise him.

There was a Christian priest in ‘Akká who regularly attained the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. One day other Christians asked him, “What benefit have you gained from visiting ‘Abbás Effendi so frequently?” He replied, “Soon I will baptize ‘Abbás Effendi!” When this news reached His [‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s] blessed ears, He replied, “Very well. We will see whether he baptizes us or we circumcise him.”

It was not long thereafter that the priest fell ill. No matter what the doctors tried, it had no effect, and indeed he grew worse. Eventually it was decided that a team of doctors would consult on his condition. Those doctors decided to examine him and consulted on his situation and when they completed their examination, they prescribed that no remedy except circumcision would cure him. After they decided conclusively on this, they carried out the surgery.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá – may my life be a sacrifice unto His will – would smile and say, “I made that comment in humor.”

Subsequently, whenever that priest would come before Him, he was most embarrassed and would keep his head low. It became clear from this incident that the Manifestations of Truth do not jest with anyone, since their humor is also serious.

This story is narrated by both Habib Muayyad and Khalil Shahidi. I have taken this from With ‘Abdu’l-Bahá - Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, translated by Ahang Rabbani

https://bahai-library.com/pdf/r/rabbani_reminiscences_khalil_shahidi.pdf

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Baha'i faith and the Qur'an

"Regarding your question as to the meaning of Jin or Genii referred to in the Qur'an, these are not beings or creatures that are actually living, but are symbolic references to the power of men of evil and may be likened to evil spirits. But the point to bear in mind is that these have no positive existence of any kind."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, June 26, 1936: Bahá'í News, No. 105, p. 1, February 1937)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2.html&chapter=4#n1667

Pioneers entering the pioneer field should realize that main aim is to spread Baha'ism

"...The principle is that pioneers entering the pioneer field should realize that they are going there to represent the Cause, in fact, to be the Cause. Their minds and their hearts should be centered in their new tasks and in their new environment. The should not be thinking of when they can return home, or when they can go somewhere else. Only when the Faith is firmly established should they give any thought to moving, and then, only in consultation with the National Assembly."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of Germany and Austria, June 28, 1954)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2.html&chapter=4#n1953

The policy of not teaching Baha'i faith to Israelis

For your information, the people in Israel have access to factual information about the Faith, its history and general principles. Books concerning the Faith are available in libraries throughout Israel, and Israelis are welcome to visit the Shrines and the surrounding gardens. However, in keeping with a policy that has been strictly followed since the days of Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá'ís do not teach the Faith in Israel. Likewise, the Faith is not taught to Israelis abroad if they intend to return to Israel. When Israelis ask about the Faith, their questions are answered, but this is done in a manner which provides factual information without stimulating further interest.

- UHJ

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_teaching_in_israel

Kitab i Aqdas : Elder & Miller Translation (Downloadable)


"both this translation and the earlier translation...can be considered authoritative."



PHW no. 63 vs. GWB, no. CIV

Let us compare passage 63 of the Persian Hidden Words (PHW) with passage CIV of Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (GWB).

PHW: O ye peoples of the world! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity followeth you, and grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not that which ye have committed hath been effaced in My sight. By My beauty! All your doings hath My pen graven with open characters upon tablets of chrysolite.

GWB: O ye peoples of the world! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have committed have been blotted from My sight. By My beauty! All your doings hath My Pen graven with open characters upon tablets of chrysolite.
Interestingly, someone inquired about these differences and the Research Department replied,
The underlying Persian text is the same in both cases. Shoghi Effendi revised his own translations from time to time, particularly in the case of the Hidden Words, and the translation found in Gleanings closely matches the version published in the 1929 edition of the Hidden Words. This translation was revised a final time in 1954 by Shoghi Effendi, and this is the version of the Hidden Words found on the Bahá’í Reference Library Web site. While this most recent version contains the final revisions by Shoghi Effendi, both this translation and the earlier translation published in Gleanings can be considered authoritative.
http://bahai-library.com/uhj_hidden_words_pup

Truly translation is a very difficult job.

Truly translation is very difficult. One has to have the utmost proficiency in science and religion, in divine wisdom, in the current trends of thought in Europe, and in philosophical and scientific terms.

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

https://bahai-studies.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2.3-Volker.pdf

Comment : It seems to me that translations are meant to promote the Faith rather than accurately present the Faith. That's why there can be multiple authoritative translations for a single text and subsequently revised from time to time by the same author. It's all about promoting the Faith...period.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The ABMs for Protection should keep "constantly" a "watchful eye"...

Therefore, in the light of the warnings of the Guardian, the Auxiliary Boards for Protection should keep "constantly" a "watchful eye" on those "who are known to be enemies, or to have been put out of the Faith", discreetly investigate their activities, alert intelligently the friends...

(Universal House of Justice: Lights of Guidance, no. 1112, p. 331. Letter to the International Teaching Centre, dated 10 October 1976.)

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_institution_counsellors

The ITC is invested with the mandate to watch over the security and ensure the protection of the Faith of God.

The International Teaching Centre is invested with the mandate to watch over the security and ensure the protection of the Faith of God. It must investigate all cases of incipient Covenant-breaking — employing, as necessary, the services of the Continental Counsellors and their auxiliaries and evaluating their reports — and decide whether the offender should be expelled from the Cause, submitting the decision to the Universal House of Justice for its consideration.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_institution_counsellors

A copy of the report should be sent to the Hands in the Holy Land

When a member of the Continental Board of Counsellors learns of any incipient Covenant-breaking, the matter should be reported without delay to a Hand of the Cause available in the area, who will deal with the matter. A copy of the report should be sent to the Hands in the Holy Land and to the other members of the Board. Should no Hand of the Cause be available in the area, the report should be sent to the Hands of the Cause in the Holy Land, with copy to the other members of the Board, in which case the Hands of the Cause in the Holy Land will deal with the matter. Such reports should contain full details of actions already taken.

(From a letter of the Universal House of Justice to the Continental Boards of Counsellors, June 24, 1968)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2&chapter=2#n1083

The churches are waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ; we believe He has come again

The churches are waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ; we believe He has come again in the Glory of the Father. The churches teach doctrines--various ones in various creeds--which we as Bahá'ís do not accept; such as the bodily Resurrection, confession, or, in some creeds, the denial of the Immaculate Conception.

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the Bahá'ís of Vienna, June 24, 1947)

http://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance.html&chapter=2#n530

...their breath is infectious, like unto poison.

“Therefore, to avoid these people will be the nearest path by which to attain the divine good pleasure; because their breath is infectious, like unto poison.”

- Abdul Baha

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-128.html

Immediately, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá slapped him...

One day in the birúní[outer section] of the blessed House of Haifa, He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] stated, “I have forgotten my handkerchief.” One of the friends who was known as Ustád Muhammad-‘Alí Banná, remarked to this effect, “How is it possible for the manifestation of Truth to forget anything?” Immediately, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá slapped him and stated, “Over forgetting a handkerchief that man puts a hundred souls to test.”

(Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, pp. 100-101)

https://www.scribd.com/document/2454317/A-Lifetime-with-Abdul-Baha

It is incumbent upon all the friends of God to shun any person...

“Therefore, it is incumbent upon all the friends of God to shun any person in whom they perceive the emanation of hatred for the Glorious Beauty of Abhá, though he may quote all the Heavenly Utterances and cling to all the Books.” He continues—Glorious be His Name!—“Protect yourselves with utmost vigilance, lest you be entrapped in the snare of deception and fraud.” This is the advice of the Pen of Destiny.

- Abdul Baha

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-128.html

The law prescribing the destruction of books.

As a token of grace from God, the Revealer of this Most Great Announcement, We have removed from the Holy Scriptures and Tablets the law prescribing the destruction of books.

- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

Defile not your tongues with the cursing and reviling of any soul

O people of Bahá! Ye are the dawning-places of the love of God and the daysprings of His loving-kindness. Defile not your tongues with the cursing and reviling of any soul, and guard your eyes against that which is not seemly.

- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

The men of God’s House of Justice have been charged with the affairs of the people.

The men of God’s House of Justice have been charged with the affairs of the people. They, in truth, are the Trustees of God among His servants and the daysprings of authority in His countries. ...such affairs should be referred to the Ministers of the House of Justice that they may act according to the needs and requirements of the time. ...It is incumbent upon all to be obedient unto them. All matters of State should be referred to the House of Justice.


- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

Pay the cost of pilgrimages to the House of Justice.

It is not necessary to undertake special journeys to visit the resting-places of the dead. If people of substance and affluence offer the cost of such journeys to the House of Justice, it will be pleasing and acceptable in the presence of God. Happy are they that observe His precepts.

- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

In former religions such ordinances as holy war, destruction of books, the ban on association... had been laid down.

In former religions such ordinances as holy war, destruction of books, the ban on association and companionship with other peoples or on reading certain books had been laid down and affirmed according to the exigencies of the time; however, in this mighty Revelation, in this momentous Announcement, the manifold bestowals and favours of God have overshadowed all men, and from the horizon of the Will of the Ever-Abiding Lord, His infallible decree hath prescribed that which We have set forth above.

- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

The majesty of kingship is one of the signs of God.

Although a republican form of government profiteth all the peoples of the world, yet the majesty of kingship is one of the signs of God. We do not wish that the countries of the world should remain deprived thereof.

- Baha'u'llah

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-4.html

I am God, no God is there but Me.

"Verily, verily, I am God, no God is there but Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/TB/tb-5.html#fn2

Indeed there is no God besides me.

Indeed there is no God besides me. In My most ancient pre-existence I have ever been the King, the Sovereign, the Incomparable, the Eternal, the Single, the Everlasting, the Most Exalted.

- Baha'u'llah

https://bahai-library.com/bahaullah_alwah_shaarat

I am God and that there is none other God but me.

My hair beareth witness for My beauty that verily I am God and that there is none other God but me. In My ancient eternity I have ever been God, the One, the Peerless, the Everlasting, the Ever-living, the Ever-Abiding, the Self-Subsistent.

- Bahá'u'lláh

https://bahai-library.com/bahaullah_alwah_shaarat



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pioneers are "pure souls," "stars," "chosen people"...

In 1923, a letter by Shoghi Effendi described pioneers as "pure souls," "stars," "chosen people," and "are weeping their lives away in order to give light to the world and establish the purpose of their Lord and Saviour, which purpose is the salvation of mankind."

http://bahai-library.com/shoghieffendi_messages_antipodes&chapter=1#22%20June%201923

...time has come for the Babis (Baha'is) to take up arms again...

June 22. On this date in 1866, The Nation published an article titled "A New Religion" which concluded with the following assertion...
Babism is much more in harmony with the subtle and imaginative genius of the Persian people than the Shiite Mohammedanism. The growing spirit of nationality makes their present religion and the present dynasty, both of which was imposed on them by foreign conquest, less and less acceptable every year. The hour when the Bab [sic] shall send word from Baghdad that the time has come for the Babists to take up arms again will be a very critical one for the present dynasty of Persia and for Shiite Mohammedanism.

Baha'i faith and the '2009 Iranian presidential elections'

June 23. On this date in 2009, in the wake of protests subsequent to the June 12 Iranian presidential elections, the Universal House of Justice addressed the Bahá’ís of Iran reminding them that the Bahá'í Faith "strictly prohibits any involvement in partisan political activity by individual Bahá’ís or by Bahá’í institutions."

Mírzá Mihdí died while chanting 'Ode of the Dove'!

In 1870, Mírzá Mihdí, Bahá'u'lláh's youngest child from his first wife Ásiyih Khánum, died at the age of 22 after falling through a skylight while chanting Ode of the Dove on the roof of their home.

Baha’is gradually gaining a reputation for hypocrisy

Denis MacEoin writes this in 1979 when he was still a Baha'i.

Worst of all, I fear, is that the Baha’is are gradually gaining a reputation for hypocrisy and self-interestedness. To give one example, several years ago, when the troubles began in Northern Ireland, a few Baha’is gave help for some time at a refugee centre, along with other groups. Despite the fact that the Quakers, who ran the centre, had asked for no publicity, the Baha’is were the only group to seek and obtain newspaper publicity for their work with refugees. Since then, the Baha’is as a group, in Northern Ireland have done nothing to help anybody, have never even condemned the violence publicly, and have held numerous conferences and teaching activities which even the believers are beginning to avoid.

https://bahai-library.com/maceoin_newsletter_1979-01

One such example can be found  here:

http://bahaism.blogspot.com/2015/02/six-million-dollars-for-maintaining.html

Dishonest and Unethical Baha'is

Denis MacEoin writes this in 1979 when he was still a Baha'i.
To give just one other example: the Public Relations Officer of the U.K. Baha’i Community recently told a Mayor, in the course of a tree-planting (!) ceremony (which seems to be the most radical activity we engage in) that ‘Baha’is the world over were working hard in thousands of centres to help improve the environment and the quality of life of all the inhabitants of the earth. They were also involved in efforts to resist the spread of deserts which themselves resulted from the wholesale destruction of trees. At world level, through United Nations agencies, the Baha’i International Community was constantly involved in this work of improving the environment’. As any Baha’i should know, this is, quite simply, dishonest and unethical — but this type of exaggeration and distortion, coupled with the fact that we only ever become involved in any activity where there is a chance of publicity for ourselves, will, I feel, soon be regarded as the chief characteristic of the Baha’is, if it is not already in many quarters.

https://bahai-library.com/maceoin_newsletter_1979-01

Popular regime which deprives Baha'is of certain freedoms is regarded as evil.


Denis MacEoin writes this in 1979 when he was still a Baha'i.
Baha’u'llah wrote directly to rulers to reprimand them for their brutality and repression, while we today pose for pictures with Pinochet and Amin (thank God for your reference to the Pinochet photograph — I thought I was the only person who had noticed it). Yet, the moment anyone lifts a finger to harm Baha’is, in however a minor way, there is a universal outcry and we appeal for aid to the UN and suchlike. The Iranian regime has been massacring its people for decades, and thousands are dying in the present troubles, but the only thing to excite protests from the Baha’is has been the threat of violence to themselves. No mention is made of the fact that Jews or Christians have been threatened or attacked. The fact is that we seem to judge the justice of a regime according to how well it treats the Baha’is. An unjust regime treating us well is tolerated or even extolled, while a popular regime which deprives us of certain freedoms (perhaps along with other religious groups) is regarded as evil. No one has asked, for example, what the people of Iran, as a whole, want, but what would ensure the safety of the Baha’is there; so if thousands of Shi’i Muslims are killed, who cares? — they deserve it anyway for having persecuted the Baha’is.

Denis MacEoin, "Letter on Bahá'í attitudes towards politics and scholarship"

Baha’i faith is one of the most political movements around.

Denis MacEoin writes this when he was a Baha'i in 1979.

The simple fact is that, in a real sense, the Baha’i faith is one of the most political movements around. ...the abolition of non-Baha’i religious legal systems (such as the Islamic sharia), the retention of a class system, the abolition of tariffs, international police force, and so on are among the hottest political issues around. ...or do we accept that we have these principles and that we intend to establish them, destroying, in the process, any other system or ideology which seeks to oppose them? We should also bear in mind that the apparently non-political activity of just teaching the faith is highly political. It is hardly enough to say that we are ‘non-political’ — after all, we do plan to bring into being a series of Baha’i states and, in the end, a Baha’i world — no less extreme than the aim of every Marxist. And, in the same way that not everyone jumps with joy at the thought of his country becoming Marxist, so we can hardly expect that there will be universal rejoicing at the news that the Baha’i faith is becoming a threat to the established political system. We may say that the old order is destroying itself and that we intend merely to step in when it collapses, not to actively work for its destruction — but take another look at Marx’s theory of the dialectic of history: capitalism destroys itself in order to give way to communism. Instead of engaging in violent revolution to speed up the process, we ‘teach the faith’.

https://bahai-library.com/maceoin_newsletter_1979-01

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Baha'is don't help anyone. They build large buildings and do landscaping.

Then he (Peter Khan) talked about the "completion" of the "Mount Carmel projects." Well, no doubt this was a big accomplishment for a small religious community (there are probably only really about 1.5 or 2 million of us, folks). That is, to be able to spend some $300 million over 15 years on major building projects is remarkable. Of course, a lot of the money came from Gulf Baha'i billionaires. But there was lots of individual sacrifice, too. I can't, however, for the life of me understand what this "accomplishment" has to do with the Baha'i principles. How have we helped humankind by building these terraces? How is anyone's life better? What have we done in the meantime for the poor, the homeless, the persecuted? The national budget of the US community in the 1990s was only about $20 million a year on the average. The Universal House of Justice took an average of $6 million a year from that. It impoverished the US community. It funneled enormous amounts of money to these projects. Local communities were left strapped. And, when one local community expressed its aspiration to build a local Mashriqu'l-Adhkar (house of worship), the UHJ sent agents out to bully these devoted Baha'is and make it clear to them that such a step (which would after all interfere with building terraces in Haifa) was out of the question and they should shut up and sit down, Or Else. Yet `Abdul-Baha commanded the building of local houses of worship, which he said was an urgent goal. And, the problem is that the "projects" are hardly completed. These Baha'i officials in Haifa have thought up loads of building projects. They want to go on spending $20-$30 million a year of our money on these white elephants for the next few centuries. In the meantime, local communities have to sit on the floor of someone's apartment during Feast and the Faith spends almost none of its own money on charity or development. We don't help anyone. We build large buildings and do landscaping. This was the purpose of Baha'u'llah's suffering 40 years in exile??

- Juan Cole

http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ejrcole/bahai/2001/khancole.htm

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Baha'i central figures knew nothing about Hindu religion!


"...The origins of this (Hinduism) and many other religions that abound in India are not quite known to us, and even the Orientalists and the students of religions are not in complete accord about the results of their investigations in that field. The Bahá'í writings also do not refer specifically to any of these forms of religion current in India. So, the Guardian feels it impossible to give you any definite and detailed information on that subject. He would urge you, however, to carry on your studies in that field, although its immensity is well-nigh bewildering, with the view of bringing the Message to the Hindus...."

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi: Dawn of a New Day, p. 198

All Palestine will become the home for Jews!

Old Baha'i Translation :
 
"You can see that from all the parts of the world tribes of Jews are coming to the Holy Land; they live in villages and lands which they make their own, and day by day they are increasing to such an extent, that all Palestine will become their home."

(Abdu'l-Bahá: Some Answered Questions, p. 66, 1985 ed.)

New Baha'i Translation :

Observe how from all corners of the world Jewish peoples are coming to the Holy Land, acquiring villages and lands to inhabit, and increasing day by day to such an extent that all Palestine is becoming their home.

(Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions New Translation)

Literal Translation from Persian :

"You are observing that from around the world the Jewish tribes will come to the Holy land and will acquire villages and lands and will settle there. They are increasing every day in number to an extent that all of Palestine will become their home." 

More details here :
https://www.reddit.com/r/iranian/comments/50lyru/rbahai_bahais_are_debating_about_this_quote_why/ 

The Israelites will gather in the Holy Land

"Moreover, materially as well (as spiritually), the Israelites will gather in the Holy Land. This is irrefutable prophecy, for the ignominy which Israel has suffered for well-nigh twenty-five hundred years will now be changed into eternal glory, and in the eyes of all, the Jewish people will become glorified to such an extent as to draw the jealousy of its enemies and the envy of its friends."

https://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2&chapter=4

Bahá'u'lláh is the most precious Being ever to have drawn breath on this planet.

Bahá'u'lláh is "the most precious Being ever to have drawn breath on this planet".

-UHJ

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_station_bahaullah

Jews will Enter the Faith in Large Groups

"Regarding your question concerning the future of the Jews: They certainly have, as explicitly stated by the Master, a great spiritual destiny, and will gradually enter the Faith in large groups."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, November 13, 1937)

Jews are not the Chosen people

"The belief, according to which Judah represents the Jews and Israel the Chosen people, is erroneous."

From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, July 10, 1939

Baha'ullah's polygamy and the Qur'an!

"Concerning the question of plurality of wives among the Muslims: This practice current in all Islamic countries does not conform with the explicit teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. For the Qur'an, while permitting the marriage of more than one wife, positively states that this is conditioned upon absolute justice. And since absolute justice is impossible to enforce, it follows, therefore, that polygamy cannot and should not be practised. The Qur'an, therefore, enjoins monogamy and not polygamy as has hitherto been understood."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, January 29, 1939)

Bahá'u'lláh as the return of Imam Husayn is a mystical reference

"Imam Husayn has, as attested by the Iqan, been endowed with special grace and power among the Imams, hence the mystical reference to Bahá'u'lláh as the return of Imam Husayn, meaning the Revelation in Bahá'u'lláh of those attributes with which Imam Husayn had been specifically endowed.

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, July 30, 1941

Proof of the validity of the Imamate!

The Bab's descent from the Imam Husayn is no doubt a proof of the validity of the Imamate. According to Nabil the dream the Bab had made him first conscious of His Revelation.

From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, July 30, 1941

After Bahá'u'lláh many Prophets will come but they will all be under his shadow

After Bahá'u'lláh many Prophets will, no doubt, appear, but they will be all under His shadow... They will move and work within the orbit of the Bahá'í cycle."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, November 14, 1935)

Baha'u'llah is the Christ in his appearance as the Father!

"In accepting Bahá'u'lláh you have accepted Christ in His appearance as the Father, as He Himself so clearly foretold."

From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, July 28, 1950
https://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2&chapter=4

Prophet greater than Baha'u'llah only after the passing of 500,000 years

"There is no record in history, or in the teachings, of a Prophet similar in station to Bahá'u'lláh having lived 500,000 years ago. There will, however, be one similar to Him in greatness after the lapse of 500,000 years…."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 24, 1941)
https://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2&chapter=4

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Local & National Houses of Justice

...the Spiritual Assemblies of today will be replaced in time by the Houses of Justice...

Shoghi Effendi

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/wob-3.html

Universal House of Justice and the world’s future super-state

...recognition of the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, not merely as one of the recognized religious systems of the world, but as the State Religion of an independent and Sovereign Power. ...will the Universal House of Justice attain the plenitude of its power, and exercise, as the supreme organ of the Bahá’í Commonwealth, all the rights, the duties, and responsibilities incumbent upon the world’s future super-state. 

- Shoghi Effendi

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/wob-3.html

You are not asses !

Regarding 'dispersal', a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi stated "By dispersal the Guardian means the friends should get away entirely from the large centres of population and, leaving a nucleus of about 15 Bahá'ís to maintain the Local Assembly, go settle, live and teach in new towns, cities and even villages."

https://bahai-library.com/hornby_lights_guidance_2&chapter=4#n1952

Juan Cole includes the following paragraph in his article titled "Race, Immorality and Money in the American Baha'i Community: Impeaching the Los Angeles Spiritual Assembly" which was published in the journal Religion...

The exclusion of a fair number of Iranian Baha'is, moreover, was the fault of the international and national Baha'i authorities, who adopted policies signaling that the Iranian refugees were not supposed to be in Los Angeles. Around 1981, Ruhiyyih Khanum (née Mary Maxwell) Rabbani, a Hand of the Cause or lay bishop, spoke to the community harshly, upbraiding them for settling in a such a decadent urban center, implying they should never have left Iran, and that if they had insisted on doing so should at least have had the decency to settle as missionaries in some remote village of the global South. Many traditionalist Baha'is believe that cities are in imminent danger of evaporation. When someone from the audience asked where they should have settled instead, she replied in Persian that it was self-evident: Khar kih nistid (you are not asses).

Baha'i UHJ asks money from Baha'is

113.3 APPEAL CONTINUING FLOW FUNDS ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED PROGRESS.

113.4 SUPPLICATING SACRED THRESHOLD DIVINE CONFIRMATION HISTORIC UNDERTAKING.

- THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
http://bahai-library.com/uhj_messages_1986_2001

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Babi cult and ISIS

"He who acquires a position of ruling is a manifestation of God’s wrath and if possible for him, must not leave [alive] on earth anyone but the Babis!” 

(The Bab, Lauh haykal al-din, unit 4, chap. al-Baha);

"Make everyone accept the [religion of] Bayan and do not accept from them jewels that would amount to the whole earth as payment so that they are excused from becoming Babis,”

(The Bab, Lauh haykal al-din, unit 5, chap. al-Lad)

"Chapter six of the sixth unit which is about destroying all books but those that have been written or will be written about this order (meaning the Bab’s creed)."

(The Bab, Farsi Bayan, unit 6, chap. 6)

“You must destroy everything [non-Babi?] that you have written and you must argue using the Bayan,” 

(The Bab, Arabic Bayan, unit 6, chap. 6)

The aim of all Bahá’í activity?

Baha'u'llah warns, ‘The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.’ The achievement of this unity is Bahá’u’lláh’s declared mission and the aim of all Bahá’í activity. Its outline and structure are indicated in the following passage from the writings of Shoghi Effendi, great-grandson of Bahá’u’lláh and Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith:

The unity of the human race, as envisaged by Bahá’u’lláh, implies the establishment of a world commonwealth in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united, and in which the autonomy of its state members and personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that xi compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded. This commonwealth must, as far as we can visualize it, consist of a world legislature, whose members will, as the trustees of the whole of mankind, ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations, and will enact such laws as shall be required to regulate the life, satisfy the needs and adjust the relationships of all races and peoples. A world executive, backed by an international Force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by, this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole commonwealth. A world tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsory and final verdict in all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system. A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hinderances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity. A world metropolis will act as the nerve centre of a world civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate. A world language will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary to their mother tongue. A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of xii weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and races of mankind. In such a world society, science and religion, the two most potent forces in human life, will be reconciled, will co-operate, and will harmoniously develop. The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of mankind, cease to be mischievously manipulated by vested interests, whether private or public, and will be liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples. The economic resources of the world will be organized, its sources of raw materials will be tapped and fully utilized, its markets will be co-ordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products will be equitably regulated.

National rivalries, hatreds and intrigues will cease, and racial animosity and prejudice will be replaced by racial amity, understanding and co-operation. The causes of religious strife will be permanently removed, economic barriers and restrictions will be completely abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes will be obliterated. Destitution on the one hand, and gross accumulation of ownership on the other, will disappear. The enormous energy dissipated and wasted on war, whether economic or political, will be consecrated to such ends as will extend the range of human inventions and technical development, to the xiii increase of the productivity of mankind, to the extermination of disease, to the extension of scientific research, to the raising of the standard of physical health, to the sharpening and refinement of the human brain, to the exploitation of the unused and unsuspected resources of the planet, to the prolongation of human life, and to the furtherance of any other agency that can stimulate the intellectual, the moral, and spiritual life of the entire human race.

A world federal system (Baha'i Commonwealth), ruling the whole earth and exercising unchallengeable authority (through the UHJ) over its unimaginably vast resources, blending and embodying the ideals of both the East and the West, liberated from the curse of war and its miseries, and bent on the exploitation of all the available sources of energy on the surface of the planet, a system in which Force is made the servant of Justice, whose life is sustained by its universal recognition of one God and by its allegiance to one common Revelation (of Baha'u'llah) —such is the goal towards which humanity, impelled by the unifying forces of life, is moving.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-1.html

Baha'u'llah's encounter with the 'Maid of Heaven'

"I raised my hand another time, and bared one of Her breasts that had been hidden beneath Her gown."

(Baha'u'llah, Tablet of the Maiden, http://bahai-library.com/uhj_lawh_huriyyih_cole)

Baha'u'llah planned his divine claims, they weren't spontaneous.

"After a while, Baha thought of making his own claim. He would often write what he called verses and then would have them washed out in the sea..."

A Brief Biography of His Holiness Subh-i-Azal

Was Mirza Yahya a scapegoat for Baha'u'llah?

The Bab never appointed Mirza Yahya as a scapegoat to diverge attention away from Baha'u'llah. There is not a shred of evidence in the Bab's works to show this and this is merely a baseless Baha'i claim. In fact, according to the Bab, Mirza Yahya was God Almighty Himself and he refers to him in his will in this manner: Verse 1: "Name of Azal, testify that there is no God but I, the dearest beloved." Verse 2: "Then testify that there is no God but you, the victorious and permanent."

(Translation of the will can be found here: https://www.h-net.org/~bahai/notes/vol7/BABWILL.htm )

Funny thing is Baha'is refer to Mirza Yahya, who is the Babi God, using very derogatory terms!

All problematic matters are either labelled as being metaphors or are postponed to the future.

  • Why can't women be part of the UHJ? It will be made clear in the future.
  • Punishment for theft? "The punishments for theft are intended for a future condition of society" (Aqdas)
  • Irrational punishment for adultery? "The imposition of this fine is intended for a future condition of society" (Aqdas)
  • Punishment for arson and murder? "The details of the Bahá’í law of punishment for murder and arson, a law designed for a future state of society" (Aqdas)

Russia's love for Bahau'llah

After the Babis were crushed by the government, the remaining Babi leaders plotted to assassinate the Shah of Iran. All were executed except for one bloke by the name of Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri, AKA, Baha'u'llah, the founder of Baha'ism. He was saved due to threats by the Russians of laying Iran to ruins:

"If a hair is lost from His sacred Head, Iran's future will be in ruins, the flames of war will rage, and they will burn even the stones and the bricks”  

https://bahai-library.com/ashchi_rabbani_lifetime_bahaullah

Denis MacEoin about Babi Laws

This is how a former Baha'i scholar (Denis MacEoin) who is very pro-Israel and anti-Iran describes Babi Laws:

"the mass slaughter of non-believers, the destruction of books and shrines, compulsory marriage at the age of 11, the confiscation of the property of unbelievers, and the prohibition on travel except for purposes of trade."

https://bahai-library.com/maceoin_deconstructing_sharia

Mirza Mahmud's Diary

"The Universal House of Justice, in a letter of April 30, 1984 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, stated that it . . . attaches great importance to this work which, as you may know, is regarded as a reliable account of `Abdu'l-Bahá's travels in the West and an authentic record of His utterances, whether in the form of formal talks, table talks or random oral statements. Mírzá Mahmúd was a careful and faithful chronicler and engaged in assembling and publishing his work with the permission of the beloved Master, as he states in the Introduction. Indeed, Shoghi Effendi drew upon it for details about the Master's visit to the West in writing God Passes By . . ."

http://bahai-library.com/books/mahmud/

The Kingdom of Baha'u'llah!

“Its watchword is the unification of the human race; its standard the “Most Great Peace”; its consummation the advent of that golden millennium—the Day when the kingdoms of this world shall have become the Kingdom of God Himself, the Kingdom of Baha'u'llah.”

Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 157.

One universal Cause, one common Faith (Bahaism)

"That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith. This can in no wise be achieved except through the power of a skilled, an all-powerful and inspired Physician. This, verily, is the truth, and all else naught but error."

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 255)

The diversity of religion shall cease!

"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; that all nations shall become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men shall be strengthened; that diversity of religion shall cease and differences of race be annulled. So it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the 'Most Great Peace' shall come (Baha'u'llah)."

(Star of the West, Vol. 3, no. 7)
http://starofthewest.info/Vol03/large/SOTW_Vol03_129.gif
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-1.html

Baha'i World Government (12 Quotes from Shoghi Effendi)

"... A single, organically-united, unshattered World Common wealth."
- Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 81
“... a stage which, in the fullness of time, will culminate in the establishment of the World Baha’i Commonwealth, functioning in the plenitude of its powers”
- Shoghi Effendi, Baha’i World. Vol. XIII, p. 138
"... the precautionary and defensive measures to be devised, coordinated, and carried out to counteract the full force of the inescapable attacks which the organized efforts of ecclesiastical organizations of various denominations will progressively launch and relentlessly pursue; and, last but not least, the multitudinous issues that must be faced, the obstacles that must be overcome, and the responsibilities that must be assumed, to enable a sore-tried Faith to pass through the successive stages of unmitigated obscurity, of active repression, and of complete emancipation, leading in turn to its being acknowledged as an independent Faith, enjoying the status of full equality with its sister religions, to be followed by its establishment and recognition as a State religion, which in turn must give way to its assumption of the rights and prerogatives associated with the Baha'i state, functioning in the plenitude of its powers, a stage which must ultimately culminate in the emergence of the world-wide Baha'i' Commonwealth, animated wholly by the spirit, and operating solely in direct conformity with the laws and principles of Baha’u’llah."
- Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 12
"It is the structure of His New World Order, now stirring in the womb of the administrative institutions He Himself has created, that will serve both as a pattern and a nucleus of the World Commonwealth which is the sure, the inevitable destiny of the peoples and nations of the earth."
- Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 122
"It is the superstructure of that self-same order, attaining its full stature through the emergence of the Baha'i World Commonwealth — the Kingdom of God on earth —which the Golden Age of the (Baha'i) Dispensation must, in the fullness of time, ultimately witness."
- Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 26
"As the authority with which Baha’u’llah has invested the future Baha'i Commonwealth becomes more and more apparent, the fiercer shall be the challenge which from every quarter will be thrown at the verities it enshrines."
- Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Bahaullah, p. 18
"And as the Baha'i Faith permeates the masses of the peoples of East and West, and its truth is embraced by the majority of the peoples of a number of the Sovereign States of the world, will the Universal House of Justice attain the plenitude of its power, and exercise, as the supreme organ of the Baha'i Commonwealth, all the rights, the duties, and responsibilities incumbent upon the worlds future super state."
- Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 7
"Haifa, Israel - 'permanent world Administrative Centre of the future Baha'i Commonwealth, destined never to be separated from, and to function in proximity of the Spiritual Centre of (the) Faith'... "
- Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 348
"... To us, the 'generation of the half-light', living at a time which maybe designated as the period of the incubation of the World Commonwealth envisaged by Baha’u’llah, has been assigned a task whose high privilege we can never sufficiently appreciate, and the arduousness of which we can as yet but dimly recognize."
- Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Baha’u’llah, p 168

"... the Faith of Baha’u’llah is now visibly succeeding in demonstrating its claim and title to be regarded as a World Religion destined to attain, in the fullness of time, the status of a world-embracing Commonwealth, which would be at once the instrument and the guardian of the Most Great Peace, announced by its Author."
- Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Bahaullah, p. 196

"The Declaration of Trust and By-Laws of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States, stands in its final form as a worthy and faithful exposition of the constitutional basis of the Baha’i communities in every land, foreshadowing the final emergence of the World Baha’i Commonwealth of the future."
- Shoghi Effendi, Bahai Administration, p. 135
"This final and crowning stage (Commonwealth) in the evolution of the Plan wrought by God Himself for humanity will, in turn, prove to be the signal for the birth of a world civilization, incomparable in its range, its character and potency, in the history of mankind ... "
- Shoghi Effendi, Baha’i World, Vol. XI, p. 138

Baha'i Faith, the inevitable destiny of the peoples and nations of the earth!

"It is the structure of His New World Order, now stirring in the womb of the administrative institutions He Himself has created, that will serve both as a pattern and a nucleus of the World Commonwealth which is the sure, the inevitable destiny of the peoples and nations of the earth."

- Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 122

Baha’is ultimately seek for the world to become a single super-state with Baha’ism as its religion.

In keeping with their emphasis on unity, Baha’is ultimately seek for the world to become a single super-state with Baha’i as its religion. Shoghi Effendi portrayed this as a commonwealth in which all the peoples of the world would be subject to a single global authority. Nations would wave national sovereignty and relinquish rights to the Baha’i world super-state.” Then there would be cooperation, peace, and sharing among the peoples of the world. Baha’i literature proclaims,

National rivalries, hatreds and intrigues will cease, and racial animosity and prejudice will be replaced by racial amity, understanding and co-operation. The causes of religious strife will be permanently removed, economic barriers and restrictions will be completely abolished, and the inordinate distinction between classes will be obliterated. Destitution on the one hand, and gross accumulation of ownership on the other, will disappear. (Shoghi Effendi)

The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions, Page 217, By Ron Rhodes

Baha'is dream to establish a Baha’i world Super-State!

“a Baha’i world Super-State, a commonwealth in which all the peoples of the world would be subject to a single global authority. All nations would waive their national sovereignty and cede key rights to the Baha’i world Super-state.”

- The Baha'i Faith, by John Boykin, Page 31

Summarizes the quote of Bahau'llah mentioned here :
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/wob-20.html

How Bahá'í institutions work?

The Bahá'í world community will expand its endeavours in both social and economic development and external affairs, and thus continue to collaborate directly with the forces leading towards the establishment of order in the world. By improving its coordinating capacity, the Office of Social and Economic Development will assist in building, as resources and opportunity permit, on the progress already made with hundreds of development projects around the world. In the arena of external affairs, efforts will be aimed at influencing the processes towards world peace, particularly through the community's involvement in the promotion of human rights, the status of women, global prosperity, and moral development. In the pursuit of these themes, the Bahá'í International Community's United Nations Office will seek ways to reinforce the ties between the Bahá'ís and the United Nations. Similarly, the Office of Public Information will assist the Bahá'í institutions to utilize these themes towards greater proclamation of the Faith. Defence of the rights of the Bahá'ís in Iran and increased efforts to emancipate the Faith in that country and other countries where it is proscribed will constitute a vital part of our dealings with governments and non-governmental organizations. In all such respects the Bahá'í friends and institutions are urged to be alert to the importance of activities in external affairs and to give renewed attention to them.

 http://bahai-library.com/uhj_ridvan_1996

What are Baha'i Training Institutes meant for?

As the term "institute" has assumed various uses in the Bahá'í community, a word of clarification is needed. The next four years will represent an extraordinary period in the history of our Faith, a turning point of epochal magnitude. What the friends throughout the world are now being asked to do is to commit themselves, their material resources, their abilities and their time to the development of a network of training institutes on a scale never before attempted. These centres of Bahá'í learning will have as their goal one very practical outcome, namely, the raising up of large numbers of believers who are trained to foster and facilitate the process of entry by troops with efficiency and love. 

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_ridvan_1996

Centre your energies in the propagation of Baha'ism

Bahá'u'lláh instructs Baha'is :

"Centre your energies in the propagation of the Faith of God. Whoso is worthy of so high a calling, let him arise and promote it. Whoso in unable, it is his duty to appoint him who will, in his stead, proclaim this Revelation..."

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_ridvan_1996

Zionist Executive thanks Shoghi Effendi for his contributions

"Zionist Executive much appreciate your friendly message and good wishes we trust that newly established university may contribute not only advancement of science and learning but also to better understanding between men which ideal is so well served by Bahá'ís." Twenty-five years later the tie established is still there: "The Hebrew University was very gratified indeed to receive your check for œ100 (?) as the contribution from His Eminence Shoghi Effendi Rabbani towards the work of this institution ... We were happy to know that His Eminence is aware of the important work that the University is doing and to receive this generous token of appreciation from him..."

http://bahai-library.com/khanum_guardian_bahai_faith&chapter=10

Israel is "heart and nerve centre" of the Baha'i Faith.

Ruhiyyih Khanum :

Shoghi Effendi referred to the Holy Land as the "heart and nerve centre" of the Faith.

http://bahai-library.com/khanum_guardian_bahai_faith&chapter=10

Shoghi Effendi got money from Amelia Collins to buy the Temple Land in Israel

Shoghi Effendi said about the purchase of Temple Land in Israel :

"The Government has offered it to me for sale and I would like to acquire it for a house of worship but I do not have the funds and do not wish to write Iranian friends again to send money. The time is short. I am concerned as the deadline is next Thursday and if I can’t buy it the opportunity is lost.”

Amelia asked to leave. Immediately she went to the telegraph office and sent an urgent wire to Argentina and asked her agent to sell her mining shares immediately at whatever price and send fifty thousand dollars to Israel before Thursday. The agents sold the shares at half price, and notified Amelia and sent the funds in time. Amelia went to the beloved Guardian on Wednesday with the funds. The Guardian was exceedingly happy to be able to purchase the land blessed by the footsteps of Bahá’u’lláh.

https://issuu.com/payambahai/docs/rohani_sweet_enhancing_stories

Shoghi Effendi's buying of properties in Israel

Ruhiyyih Khanum said :

...at the time of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's passing the area of Bahá'í properties on Mt. Carmel probably did not exceed 10,000 square metres, and that Shoghi Effendi had, by 1957, raised this to 230,000 square metres, and that in Bahji the comparable figures would be 1,000 square metres for 1921 and 257,000 square metres for 1957, we get an idea of his accomplishments in this one field alone. Through the generosity of individual Bahá'ís, through their bequests, through their response to his appeals in times of crisis, through the use of funds he held at the World Centre, Shoghi Effendi succeeded in purchasing land...

http://bahai-library.com/khanum_guardian_bahai_faith&chapter=10

14,000,000 of Bahá’ís !?

On June 16, 1912, a newspaper story in The Anaconda Standard of Montclair, New Jersey, introduced "‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Persian religious leader and spiritual and temporal head of the 14,000,000 of Bahá’ís scattered throughout the world."

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/gossip-metropolis

Stephen Birkland's warning to Juan Cole

Stephen Birkland's warning to Juan Cole in 1996

“the International Teaching Centre has asked me--with the knowledge of the Universal House of Justice--to warn you that your promulgation of views contrary to the Teachings was damaging to the Cause. If you were to resume in any fashion this course of action, the effect would be to bring you into direct conflict with the Covenant”

http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ejrcole/bahai/1999/jssr/bhjssr.htm

The Baha’i faith imposes a system of in-house censorship on all Baha’is

Juan Cole says :

The Baha’i faith imposes a system of in-house censorship on all Baha’is (Johnson 1997, Rifkin 1997), just as most Middle Eastern governments have practiced censorship since the rise of printing in the nineteenth century. Within the Baha’i religion, any piece of writing by a Baha’i author about the religion intended for publication is to be vetted by elected Baha’i officials at the appropriate level (local, national, international). This requirement has provoked many conflicts between Baha’i officials and writers over the years.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ejrcole/bahai/1999/jssr/bhjssr.htm

...to be a Baha’i is to be under constant surveillance by one's community

Juan Cole says :
...to be a Baha’i is to be under constant surveillance by one's community, and to be open to being reported on if one says or does anything that seems to another Baha’i out of the ordinary. The accused has no access to such reports and no right to face his or her accuser.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/%7Ejrcole/bahai/1999/jssr/bhjssr.htm

Information about the conduct of individuals which adversely affects the interests of the Faith may be conveyed by the Counsellors to the NSA

"Information about the conduct of individuals which adversely affects the interests of the Faith may be conveyed by the Counsellors to the National Spiritual Assembly either directly or, if the Counsellors so choose, through one or more of their Auxiliary Board members. The method of conveyance of such information is left to the discretion of the Counsellors.

"Any matter which is related to the protection of the Faith is obviously a primary concern of the National Assembly, as it is of the Counsellors."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Virgin Islands, June 16, 1982)

The implementation of this apparatus in the United States is described by Juan Cole in his article, The Baha’i Faith in America as Panopticon, 1963-1997. For example, Cole describes some of the activities of Stephen Birkland who was then a Counsellor and currently serves as a member of the Universal House of Justice.

Baha'i Adminstration is the ideal instrument to make spiritual laws function properly in the material affairs of this world.

"He hopes you will devote as much of your spare time as possible to the work of the Cause, especially in impressing upon the believers the importance of the Administration and helping them to really understand its purpose and all it can achieve once they get it to function properly. In other words it is a perfect form which must be animated by the spirit of the Cause. It is the ideal instrument to make spiritual laws function properly in the material affairs of this world."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, June 16, 1945)

No compromise whatever should be allowed, even though the outcome of it be death or expulsion.

A distinction of a fundamental importance must, therefore, be made between spiritual and administrative matters. Whereas the former are sacred and inviolable, and hence cannot be subject to compromise, the latter are secondary and can consequently be given up and even sacrificed for the sake of obedience to the laws and regulations of the government. Obedience to the state is so vital a principle of the Cause that should the authorities in Germany decide to-day to prevent the Bahá'ís from holding any meeting or publishing any literature they should obey and be as submissive as our Russian believers have thus far been under the Soviet regime. But, as already pointed out, such an allegiance is confined merely to administrative matters which if checked can only retard the progress of the Faith for some time. In matters of belief, however, no compromise whatever should be allowed, even though the outcome of it be death or expulsion.

http://bahai-library.com/writings/shoghieffendi/ldg/vol1/sec-35.html

Obedience to the regulations and orders of the state is indeed, the sacred obligation of every true and loyal Bahá'í

Shoghi Efendi said :
Obedience to the regulations and orders of the state is indeed, the sacred obligation of every true and loyal Bahá'í. Both Bahá'u'lláh and `Abdu'l-Bahá have urged us all to be submissive and loyal to the political authorities of our respective countries.


http://bahai-library.com/writings/shoghieffendi/ldg/vol1/sec-35.html

The friends are warned in strongest terms against reading the literature of Covenant-Breakers

...the friends are warned in strongest terms against reading such literature because Covenant-breaking is a spiritual poison and the calumnies and distortions of the truth which the Covenant-breakers give out are such that they can undermine the faith of the believer and plant the seeds of doubt unless he is forearmed with an unshakable belief in Bahá'u'lláh and His Covenant and a knowledge of the true facts.

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_covenant_breakers_history

When the Bahá'í State will be established 'they' will be merged in the Universal House of Justice.

Shoghi Effendi stated "The Universal Court of Arbitration and the International Tribunal are the same. When the Bahá'í State will be established they will be merged in the Universal House of Justice." The quote is referenced in Susan Maneck's review of Sen McGlinn's "Theocratic Assumptions in Bahá'í Literature."

There is no specific minimum age mentioned in the Bahá'í teachings at which girls may marry.

Shoghi Effendi said :
"There is no specific minimum age mentioned in the Bahá'í teachings at which girls may marry."

He noted
"In dealing with people who are still backward in relation to our civilized standards...we must not be too strict in enforcing our opinions on peoples still living in primitive social orders."

http://bahai-library.com/uhj_reconciliation_apparent_contradictions#s3

Thursday, June 15, 2017

In 1917 Khayru'llah wrote a letter to Professor Edward Browne of Cambridge..

"The Baha'i movement in America became slow and dull since the sad dissension reached the West nineteen years ago. I thought then that to call the people to this Great Truth was equivalent to inviting them into a quarrel. But the visit of Abbas Effendi Abdu'l-Baha to this country, his false teachings, his misrepresentation of Baha'ism, his dissimulation, and the knowledge that his end is nigh, aroused me to rise up for helping the work of God, declaring the Truth, and refuting the false attacks of theologians and missionaries. Now I am struggling hard to vivify the Cause of God, after its having received by the visit of Abbas Effendi a death-blow."

(The Covenant of Baha'u'llah by Abid Taherzadeh, Page 249)

Baha'is should not say Christian prayers!

"He does not feel that the friends should make a practice of saying grace or of teaching it to children. This is not part of the Bahá’í Faith, but a Christian practice, and as the Cause embraces members of all races and religions we should be careful not to introduce into it the customs of our previous beliefs. Bahá’u’lláh has given us the obligatory prayers, also prayers before sleeping, for travellers, etc. We should not introduce a new set of prayers He has not specified, when He has given us already so many, for so many occasions."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, September 27, 1947)

In mutli-faith gatherings Baha'is should attract others to Baha'ism.

"In some places the Bahá’ís have held meetings for prayer, for people who desire to meet and pray. As we have such wonderful prayers and meditations in our writings, the reading of these with friends who are interested in and crave for this type of small meeting is often a step towards attracting them to the Faith. Perhaps you can start such an activity in your city."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, February 4, 1956: Bahá’í Meetings, a compilation of the Universal House of Justice, November 1975)

https://bahai.works/Lights_of_Guidance/Prayer_and_Meditation

The first Englishman to become a Bahá’í died of TB at the age of 30

In 1902, Thomas Breakwell, the first Englishman to become a Bahá’í and the first to make a Bahá’í pilgrimage, died of tuberculosis at the age of 30, one year after having become a Bahá’í.

On hearing of his death, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote a tablet in his honor...

O Breakwell! O my dear one! Where are thy beauteous eyes? Thy smiling lips? Thy princely cheek? Thy graceful form? O Breakwell! O my dear one! At all times do I call thee to mind, I shall never forget thee. I pray for thee by day and by night. I see thee plain before me, as if in open day. O Breakwell! O my dear one!…

Jews will regain their ancient glory if they accept Baha'u'llah

"...If the Jews study the teachings they will find in them the hopes and aspirations that they have always cherished. Bahá'u'lláh bears a wonderful message to the Jews and many of them have come to appreciate it and are active in carrying it to others of their race. Through Bahá'u'lláh, the Master tells us, they shall regain their ancient glory and become loved by all the people of the whole world."

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, June 14, 1932)

There are no rites and rituals in the Baha'i faith!?

"The Prayer for the Dead should be recited at the funeral if the deceased is 15 years old or more. If there is no one at the funeral able to read, it is sufficient to say only that part of the Prayer which requires the repetition nineteen times of each of six short verses.

"The body must be placed in the grave in such a position that the feet point towards Akka (the Qiblih)."

(From a statement prepared by a National Spiritual Assembly in Africa and approved by the Universal House of Justice on June 14, 1982)

Abdul Baha claims 2,000,000 adherents

On 15 June 1912, an article in the Evening News of San Jose, California introduced ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, "though little known in this country, claims 2,000,000 adherents, most of them in the orient...The aim of the teacher is to unite Jew and gentile, Buddhist and Mohammedan. In a brotherhood that shall have no creed but the good of humanity. The Bahá’ís have no priests and no set form of worship."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

There is none other God besides Me!

“God, there is none other God besides Me!”

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Page 346
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-154.html

It is incumbent upon the Baha'is to refute the arguments of those that have attacked the Baha'i Faith!

"...Those men, however, who, in this Day, have been led to assail, in their inflammatory writings, the tenets of the Cause of God, are to be treated differently. It is incumbent upon all men, each according to his ability, to refute the arguments of those that have attacked the Faith of God. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the All-Powerful, the Almighty.....If any man were to arise to defend, in his writings, the Cause of God against its assailants, such a man, however inconsiderable his share, shall be so honored in the world to come that the Concourse on high would envy his glory. No pen can depict the loftiness of his station, neither can any tongue describe its splendor. For whosoever standeth firm and steadfast in this holy, this glorious, and exalted Revelation, such power shall be given him as to enable him to face and withstand all that is in heaven and on earth. Of this God is Himself a witness."

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Page 346
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-154.html

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holy wars ordained by the Bab were offensive

In various places MacEoin has argued that an offensive, and not merely a defensive, holy war was ordained by the Bab, and that the Baha’i representation of the Bab and His message is inaccurate. MacEoin’s views on this issue are summarized in his 1982 article,“The Babi Concept of Holy War.”

(Gate of the heart, Nader Saiedi, Page 358)

The danger of meeting with children of Covenant-breakers

"The danger of meeting with children of Covenant-breakers is that even although they may never have been declared Bahá'ís there is always the likelihood that they have been strongly indoctrinated by their parents with the poison of Covenant-breaking."

https://bahai-library.com/pdf/compilations/nonassociation_covenant_breakers.pdf

Obedience to the National Spiritual Assembly is the Basis for Unity

"...the Guardian wishes me to again affirm his view that the authority of the National Spiritual Assembly is undivided and unchallengeable in all matters pertaining to the administration of the Faith ... and that, therefore, the obedience of individual Bahá'ís, delegates, groups, and assemblies to that authority is imperative, and should be whole-hearted and unqualified.

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and Canada, June 11, 1934)

Non-Baha'i should also follow the Bahá'í law of divorce!

"As regards Bahá'í divorce as mentioned in your letter of June 12th: Bahá'ís (whether one party or both are believers) should follow the Bahá'í law of divorce, i.e., one year of waiting, and not neglect this divinely given law. Whether they were Bahá'ís when married or not has nothing to do with it."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles, June 12, 1952)

The new believers should be made to realize...

Allegiance to the Faith cannot be partial and half-hearted. Either we should accept the Cause without any qualification whatever, or cease calling ourselves Bahá'ís. The new believers should be made to realize that it is not sufficient for them to accept some aspects of the teachings and reject those which cannot suit their mentality in order to become fully recognized and active followers of the Faith.

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, June 12, 1933: Bahá'í News, No. 80, p. 5, January 1934)

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