A: The only difference between the Tarbiyat Baha’i Community and the rest of the Baha’i world relates to the spiritual leadership of the Faith. The Tarbiyat Baha’i Community believes that the institution of the hereditary Guardianship, delineated by Abdu’l-Baha in his Last Will and Testament, is necessary to preserve the long-term integrity of the Faith. The Tarbiyat Baha’i Community believes that the Guardian must come from the bloodline of Baha’u’llah, and that a Guardian from the Holy Family will arise in due time. The largest Baha’i group, with American headquarters in Wilmette and international headquarters in Haifa, Israel, believes that the institution of the Guardianship terminated when the Faith’s first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, died without children and, apparently, without appointing a successor Guardian.
Bahá’s claim to godliness and divine revelation to a friend. On page 179 of Mobin, Mirza Hossein Ali tells Alinaghi: “O, AN before Naghi (Alinaghi), hear my voice from the shores of existence in the red mausoleum which is the highest place, that there is no god but I.” And in his Fatehat-ol-Ketab, he says: “I am a god the like of which is not but I, compassionate and merciful. I am a god the like of which is not but I, the great king. I am a god who created the beings.”
Man’s dignity as seen by Bahá’ism:
“Aghnamollah”, meaning “Gods’s sheep”, is one of the commonest words in Bahá’i books, signifying that the Bahá’is consider all human beings, particularly Bahá’is, as Mirza Husein Ali’s sheep, that is their god’s sheep.
This fact is evidenced by the name of the Bahá’is’ community, where they hold their prayers and meetings, which is “Hazira” meaning “stable”.
The Sanctity of number 19
Since Báb and his companions numbered 19, the Bahá’is sanctify this number, so much so that each Bahá’i year has 19 months of 19 days each. They fast 19 days of the year. Their essential inheritance is 19 sheets of paper and 19 rings. The women’s marriage portion, too, is 19 mesqals (19) of gold or silver.
Urban and rural women’s marriage portion
According to the verses descended by the Bahá’i god, Mirza Hossein Ali, the urban women’s marriage portion shall be 19 mesqals of gold and that of the rural women 19 mesqals of silver – Bahá’u’lláh’s holy book.
Burn him alive
Bahá’u’lláh’s Holy Book, p. 18, line 5: “Burn alive whomever burns a house intentionally.”
Nothing to women
The pertinent section on page 118 of the Holy Book reads: “We ordained that the residential house and clothes (bequeathed by the dead) shall be for male offsprings (men), and nothing (of this property) shall go to women.
Strange pronouncement on a point of religious jurisprudence
The Bahá’i holy book entitled “Bayan”, chapter 16, item 6 reads:
“If someone is forced to travel, or his house is entered into without his permission, or he is evicted from his house without his consent, his wife will be forbidden to him for a period of 19 months.”
According to chapter 9 of the 4th book of the Farsi version, it shall be incumbent upon all the women to stay all night with the omnipresent (the 18 special companions of Báb) in order to save God’s companions from loneliness and misery.
1. “As of the sunset on the 4th and the beginning of the eve of the 5th day of Jamadi-ul-Ula of the lunar year 1260 A.H. (26.6.1844) being the beginning of rallying of Babism, anyone who disobeys him (Báb) shall be considered a rebellious pagan, and his blood may be spilled.”
2. According to Chapter 4 of the 6th book of “Ahsan-ul-Qisas”, in the five regions of Mazandarn, Khorasan, Fars, Azarbaijan and Iraq, no one but the Bahá’is has the right to reside.
“God (Báb) has ordained that men and women adulterers should pay a fine to the House of Justice, the fine comprising 9 mesqals of gold in the first instance (being progressively raised in the subsequent instances)” – p.15, Bayan.
Particulars of the Bahá’i ideology
The following issues generally make up the basic principles of the Bahá’i ideology:
1. Lack of belief in the home-land and the country where they live. This issue has provided the premise for any treachery, espionage and betrayal of the home-land by the Bahá’is.
2. Non-participation in political parties.
This provides a cover for operations of sabotage.
3. Collaboration with oppressive, instrumental rulers. According to the holy book “Aqdas”, page 201, no one has the right to object to, or protest against, those who rule the people.
(This very belief explains their collaboration in the crimes committed by the Zionist regime as well as the sinister Pahlavi regime).
4. Obstinate enmity with Muslims and belief in annihilation of all Muslims throughout the world.
5. Formation of an anti-Islam government of parallel faith in occupied Palestine (Holy Land).
Mainstream group doesn’t want the name Baha’i by any other group
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This place where several Baha’i sects vie to be recognized as the one and only true Baha’i sect? Where the Haifan Baha’i sect refuses to even recognize the very existence of other Baha’i sects, claiming that because those sects have so few adherents they are insignificant and virtually non-existent.
How is it that the lofty ideals and concepts that are supposedly central to Baha’i belief have been left in the dust in a blind pursuit to raise one version or another of a supposedly inviolable Baha’i covenant over the several other versions of that Baha’i covenant which are all held to be sacrosanct by those Baha’is who hold to those particular versions?
Why is it that respect for the diversity of religious interpretation is missing amongst all Baha’i sects? Why? Because a respect for the diversity of religious interpretation was not held or practiced by the founders of the Baha’i religion.
Although the founders of the Baha’i religion gave lip service to the principle of the oneness of religion they failed to recognize that they themselves were responsible to apply such principles in their own lives. Mirza Husayn Ali – Baha’u’llah failed to do this in regards to the Babi/Bayani faith and it’s followers, Abbas Effendi – Abdu’l-Baha’ failed to do this in regards to his own half brother Muhammad who chose to hold to a more unitarian interpretation of Baha’ism.
When exceptions are made to the oneness of humanity it is no longer true oneness, it is the same old same old religious exclusivity that has been practiced by religionists since the beginning of organized religion. When there is no respect for a true diversity of religious interpretation religion falters, it then becomes more of a source of disunity than it is source of unity; more of a bane to humanity than a boon.
The present situation amongst Baha’i sects is a case in point. Of course Haifan Baha’is will discount this reality stating that all other Baha’i sects are insignificant and unimportant. While each Baha’i will blindly cleave to their own religious interpretation all along allowing those interpretations to make a mockery of any pretense of a true belief in the oneness of humanity, the oneness of human spirituality.
What is the source of this profound dysfunction? The founders of the Baha’i religion themselves. Men who had words stating that shunning had been abolished, that humanity should no longer see others as their enemies, drawing lines, that the former religious practice of dividing
humanity had been removed; while all along out of the other side of their mouths came contradictory words, hypocritical words, counseling their followers to engage in the very religious practices they had supposedly left behind. What you see is the result of these contradictory and hypocritical religious teachings and religious practices.
If Baha’is of all sects truly believe in the oneness of humanity, truly believe in the oneness of human spirituality, they will have to leave the immature, ignorant, and contradictory religious practices of the founders of their religion behind them. They will have to truly embrace religious diversity, as well as diversity of religious interpretation and not see such diversity as a threat to their chosen orthodoxies but as genuine and healthy expressions of human spirituality. Until this occurs the Baha’i Faith as a religion will continue to be more of a source of disunity than it is a source of unity and humanity would be better off without it.
Currently, the Baha’is think of humanity as being divided into a few official groups or castes. I have organized them in a list from “best” to “worst” based on how many rights they would have in a future Baha’i world order:
1. Baha’i in good standing
2. Baha’i with administrative rights removed
If you include more subtle gradations, which may possibly acquire a greater degree of official status in the future, the list would look like this:
- Baha’i in good standing, active
- Baha’i in good standing, inactive
- Baha’i with some administrative rights removed
- Baha’i with all administrative rights removed (Feast attendance, voting, eligibility for election, contribution to Funds, contribution to Huququ’llah, plus anything I’m forgetting to mention)
- non-Baha’i (never been a Baha’i)
- ex-Baha’i, left voluntarily (not an opponent)
- ex-Baha’i, membership revoked/expelled by UHJ (not an opponent)
- opponent or enemy of the faith, non-Baha’i
- opponent or enemy of the faith, ex-Baha’i
- child or grandchild of Covenant-breaker, not practicing in Covenant-breaker organization
- Covenant-breaker, not officially declared by UHJ but member of Covenant-breaker organization
- Covenant-breaker, officially declared by UHJ
Groups 10-12 constitute the Baha’i version of the “untouchable caste.” Groups 4-12 (the vast majority of categories) would not have the right to vote in elections for the highest governmental
positions, i.e. the Baha’i Houses of Justice that would have final authority at the local, national, and international levels.
How’s that for unity of all people, huh?
(Group 11 – I think 😉
Here is a brief presentation on the history of divisions in the Bahá’í Faith – right from its inception, the Báb, ‘Subh-i-Azal, Bahá’u’lláh, Abbas Effendi, Shoghi Effendi and finally till the present day Universal House of Justice.
Baha’u’llah has repeatedly warned the Baha’i not to indulge in politics:
Baha’u’llah addressing His followers wrote: “Forbear ye from concerning yourselves with the affairs of this world and all that pertaineth unto it, or from meddling with the activities of those who are its outward leaders. The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath bestowed the government of the earth upon the kings. To none is given the right to act in any manner that would run counter to the considered views of them who are in authority.”
(Gleanings from the writings of Baha’u’llah p. 241)
The Blessed Beauty hath even prohibited the believers from discussing political affairs.
Here we come across the activities of the universal house of justice exactly contrary to what Baha’u’llah, said and practiced:
The visit of different politician
to the World Centre
“Official visits to the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa were made by the representatives of the Governments of Brazil, Egypt, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, India, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. A delegation from the European Parliament was received, as were visitors from the World Council of Faiths, the World Affairs Council, and Rotary International.”
(Baha’i World Volume 16, Page 60)
“During the month that followed most of the governments of the world, including those responsible for the administration of significant territories and islands, had received the Statement. The presence in the Haifa/’Akka area of the World Centre of the Faith made it possible for two members of the Universal House of Justice to join officers of the Baha’i International Community in calling on Mr. Chaim Herzog, President of Israel for the presentation that took place on 4 December. By Ridvan 1986 a total of 138 such presentations had occurred. Of these, 62 had been made in meetings between Baha’i delegations and the responsible Head of State, 42 through meetings with representatives of a Head of State, and 21 through the United Nations missions of the countries concerned through the intermediary of the Baha’i International Community. Through force of circumstance 13 were dispatched by mail.”
(Baha’i World Volume 16, Page 335)
The Baha’i should know that: “sovereign remedy” lies in turning and submitting to the “skilled,” the “all- powerful,” and “inspired Physician. This, verily, is the truth, and all else naught but error.”
(World Order of Baha’u’llah, pp. 39-40)
Had the UHJ being a true UHJ as prophesized by Baha’u’llah it would have acted on the sayings of Baha’u’llah thereby attracted the multitudes to the radiance of His glorious Faith, and enable them to warm their hearts and ignite their souls with the flames of that undying Fire which “blazeth and rageth in the world of creation.”
It is apparent that the Universal House of Justice is far from what was dreamt of by Baha’u’llah. It lacks the requisite standing .authority and legitimacy. The so called House of Justice situated at Haifa, Israel is deprived of any validity.
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