`Abdu’l-Baha began by comparing the Baha’i faith to early Christianity in its focus on spirituality rather than law. He is aware, of course, that there are more than two religious laws in the Baha’i scriptures, unlike the New Testament. That is, a Baha’i shari`ah or code of revealed law does exist. He explains, however, that such laws are actually a form of spirituality and ethics: “they are derivatives of certitude, faith, assurance and mystical insight.”
Moreover, these laws deal with personal status matters (marriage, inheritance, etc.) as well as with some matters of what we would call criminal law (not all such crimes were actually public in Muslim societies–murder, for instance, is considered a private affair in which the family of the victim has the option of accepting blood money or demanding that the state execute the perpetrator– or even of killing him themselves). In this, Baha’i law resembles that of the Qur’an.
The punishment of a thief:
Baha writes in Aqdas, “When caught for the first time, exile and for the second time, imprisonment, is decreed for a thief. On the third offense, place a mark upon his brow so that he may be recognized by it”.
This means that if a thief is caught for the first time, he is to be exiled. Then he goes to another city and steals there, it will be as if he is caught for the first time as people will not be knowing of his past.
If at all a thief is caught for the third time and branded, then it is as good as a license given to him to steal. People will respect him just out of fear. Besides if he wants to repent will ‘Baha’ come and wipe out the mark from the thief’s forehead?
Kyrgyzstan President signs New Religion Law Banning proselytism and deceptive conversions of children and YouthsPosted: December 11, 2010
President Kurmanbek Bakiev has signed the restrictive new Religion Law; The Law – which replaces the 1991 Religion Law – was approved by parliament on 6 November 2008. On 12 January, 2009 the presidential website reported:
Provisions under this law include: a ban on children being involved in religious organizations; a ban on “aggressive action aimed at proselytism”; a ban on the distribution of religious literature, print, and audio-video religious materials; and de facto compulsory re-registration of all registered religious organizations (see F18News 5 November 2008 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1213).
The 12 January announcement on the presidential website trumpets the fact that 200 adult citizens permanently living in Kyrgyzstan will now be required before a religious community can apply for state registration, compared to 10 in the current Law. It says 10 registered religious organizations will be needed to form a “religious association”.
The announcement stresses that “attracting children into religious organizations is not allowed, and insistent actions directed at turning believers of one faith to another (proselytism) are banned”. It adds that “the distribution of literature, printed, audio and video materials of a religious character in public places (on streets and roads), and going round flats, children’s institutions, schools and higher educational establishments is banned”. It specifies that the Law “determines [official] control on the activity of religious organizations”.
The announcement said the Law comes into force on its official publication. It said statutes of religious organizations must be brought into conformity with the new Law.
The announcement stresses that the “leading religious confessions of the country” – which it identifies as the Muftiate and the Russian Orthodox Church – had called on President Bakiev to sign the Law. “The majority of state bodies of the country likewise supported this Law.”
The Baha’is who will be put under the scanner with this law and their so called moral children classes, the junior youth spiritual empowerment program,(JYSEP) and Ruhi Institute courses, the study circles which are nothing but deceptive way of propagation and conversion will come to standstill.
Echoing his concern over the ban on spreading one’s faith is a member of the Baha’i community, who asked not to be identified. “We’re not sure how we will be treated if we speak to someone about our faith,” the Baha’i told Forum 18 on 13 January. “Will this be regarded as illegal propaganda?” The Baha’i said every religious believer will have to be more careful now. “We won’t be able to say what we want to say, and we won’t be able to listen to what we want to listen to.”
After losing his license to practice medicine in Ontario, due to several patients of his coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse, Hossain Danesh was protected by the NSA and given a plum job running Landegg Academy in Switzerland. That was a comfortable, out of the way posting. Especially since it allowed him to put the distance of half the world between himself and what had transpired recently. Danesh then applied his considerable executive talent to that organization.
Landegg closed its doors in 2005 declaring bankruptcy. So Danesh headed back to Canada. Now that 16 years have passed, washing away most people’s memories, it seems that he is ready for his newest public incarnation. And he is being heavily promoted by the NSA.
Earlier this year Hossain Danesh started to give seminars on marriage and family life – akin to a pedophile priest giving a seminar on child rearing. Apparently the NSA is kicking things into high gear with a string of high profile seminars planned around Canada to promote Danesh even further and reintroduce him to the community as a public figure. Soon Bahai Rants will begin to give odds on when Danesh will end up back on the NSA.
Hossain Danesh’s jam packed schedule includes workshops on such topics as “Unity of Faith and Reason in Action” and one targeted specifically to youth: “Shaping Our Destiny: An Open Forum for Youth and Young Adults”. There is also his usual type of workshop which is being promoted under the auspices of the Baha’i Marriage and Family Life Committee. There is no question that this has the full support and backing of the NSA of Canada, the institution that Danesh served on for many years before his fall from grace in 1994.
The same institution that continues to have a healthy number of members that were his peers back then. All this makes me wonder if within a few years Franco Ceccherini will be promoted by the Italian NSA to go around that country giving workshops and talks on the fund.
Article Link : http://bahairants.com/hossain-danesh-heavily-promo…
After the passing away of this Wronged One (i.e., Abdu’l-Baha) it is incumbent upon the believers to turn to Shoghi Effendi, as he is the sign of God, the Guardian of the Cause of God. He is the expounder of the words of God, and after him will succeed the firstborn of his lineal descendants.
The sacred and youthful Guardian, as well as the Universal House of Justice, are both under the protection of the Abha Beauty (an often-used appellation for Baha’u’llah). Whatsoever they decide is of God; …whoso denieth him hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him, hath in truth deviated, separated himself, and turned aside from God…
It is incumbent upon the Guardian to appoint during his lifetime the person who is to become his successor, so that differences will not arise after his passing. “He that is appointed must manifest in himself detachment from all worldly things, must be the essence of purity, must show in himself the fear of God, knowledge, wisdom, and learning.” Thus, should the firstborn of the Guardian not manifest these qualities, then the Guardian must choose another branch to succeed him. (By the word branch it is generally understood that the Master intended to denote a lineal descendant of Baha’u’llah.)
The Hands of the Cause must be nominated and appointed by the Guardian. All must be under his shadow and obey his command. The body of the Hands of the Cause is under the direction of the Guardian of the Cause. The Hands must elect from their own number nine persons that shall at all times be occupied in the work of the Guardian. These nine must give their assent to the choice of the one whom the Guardian has chosen as his successor.
The Universal House of Justice must be elected by universal suffrage. By this body all difficult problems are to be resolved. The Guardian of the Cause of God is its sacred head and the distinguished member for life of that body. Should he not attend in person its deliberations, he must appoint one to represent him… (1)
Bahais present their “Covenant” as something unique to their religion. They present it as an undisputable documented contract of inheritance, a will and testament, if you will, that is protected by God so that any violaters against it will be rendered impotent by it.
The Bahai Faith’s history is full of fragmentation, and the course the Bahai Faith has taken has taken quick surprise turns on a number of occasions.
Bahai Faith is itself a product of Covenant Breaking
First Covenant Breaking
The act that brought the Bahai Faith itself into existence was in defiance of such a covenant. The Bab’s successor, was actually Mirza Yahya and Not Bahaullah. Bahais produced evidence that Bahaullah was the Bab’s intended successor, but did not deny that the Báb appointed Mirza Yahya.
Second Covenant Breaking
Bahaullah appointed his eldest son Abdul Baha as his successor and after him his younger son Mohammed Ali. After the death of Abdul Baha although Mohammed Ali was alive still many followed , Shoghi effendi the grandson of Abdul Baha. Not following Mohammed Ali was Covenant Breaking of Bahaullah’s writing.
Third Covenant Breaking
Later, the third Bahai leader, Shoghi Effendi, died childless. Having failed to produce a will, and having failed to leave any clear indication of a successor, Shoghi left the Bahai world in a precarious situation. What he did was in apparent violation of the Bahai Covenant.
The Bahais whose allegiance lies with the heterodox organisation, those loyal to the Universal House of Justice currently seated in Haifa, Israel, maintain that those who are true to the Covenant will be empowered by the Covenant.
Bahai history shows us a different picture. At many times, the Bahais who eventually prevailed were nearly vanquished. Only recently has there been such a dominant sect in the Bahai Faith, but even that denomination seems impotent and obscure, lacking the influence to even familiarize the world with the word Bahai in this information age.
Bahai history is mottled with inheritance disputes. In defense of their Covenant, Bahais regard the darker periods as divine tests, arguing that egos are often tested by opportunities for power.
What Bahais do not acknowledge is the fact that their history is just as fragmented as other religions, with breaks occurring from its first years to the years following the death of Shoghi Effendi.
At present The Bahais are fragmented in following sects: