Visit any Bahai website and you will find a mention of “Persecution of Bahais”. While I condemn any kind of persecution, I believe we should not accept any claim at its face value. Moreso, if it comes from the Bahais. (Please read: Advancing the Status of Women and other articles).
Before we delve further, it would be very important to note, this discussion has very little to do with the Bahai Faith. This discussion is more for social interest than religious significance. Simply because being persecuted or not is not a proof for establishing the truthfulness of the claimant or the veracity of the claim.
To explain this further, if being persecuted was a characteristic of a Prophet, every executed traitor would become a Manifestation of God. This would become an established methodology of recognising a Prophet.
In fact, the Ghulam Ahmed Qadian, a contemporary of Bahaullah, was in a more formidable position to be a Prophet instead of Bahaullah, as the Qadianis are seeing more difficult times than the Bahais. On the other hand, the Bahais would then be required to deny the Prophethood of king and Prophet David (the one from whose progeny would be the Manifestation of God (read Bahaullah) as claimed by the Bahais). In short, being persecuted or not is not a sign of being a divine religion.
Let me touch upon an important aspect of this discussion. Past prophets have been harassed and persecuted – Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is the best example. He was troubled by the Quraish, the polytheists, the Christians and the Jews. Please note, he was troubled by all those whose beliefs he abrogated. By ALL, and not by the followers of the previous Prophet only. Bahais, as they claim, are persecuted in Muslim countries, only give a new dimension to our discussion. Why is it that the Bahais are persecuted in Muslim countries and supported by non-Muslim countries? Is Bahaullah not a Prophet for the Jews, as well? Are Israeli Jews not eligible for salvation by accepting the Bahai Faith? Then why the arrangement between the Bahais and the Jews of Israel that the Faith would not be sold to them? Why are Jews supporting the Bahai Faith (as long as they do not preach the Jews)? Why is the West (primarily Christian countries) supporting the Bahais? Is this the continuation of persecuting the Muslims, now ideologically? So is it the Bahais who are being persecuted or is it the Muslims?
So, if persecution establishes the veracity of a religion, then we can simply close the discussion and submit to Islam. Muslims are not only being persecuted politically, but ideologically as well.
I am sure the Bahais would now insist that being persecuted is no proof for truthfulness.
The recent monthly circulation of Baha’is, The BAHÁ’Í NEWS I N D I A ISSUE VII JULY 2010 has revealed shocking facts through an article titled “Preparations of Government of India Census 2011″.
These are summarized as under:
1. There have been rigorous conversion activities over the past fifty years by the Baha’i Faith.
2. These conversions were accelerated with the construction of the Lotus Temple at Delhi and with the visits of Hands of the Cause Dr. Rahmatulláh Muhájir, and Amatu’l- Bahá Ruhiyyih Khánum.
3. Though the Baha’i records of the data on Baha’i population shows that one time it had crossed two millions yet the Census of India reports of 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 show only a fraction of the total number Baha’is throughout the country. This means that the census department of India fumbled four times to give accurate number of Baha’is. Just to cite an example, Baha’i census figures in 1991 was 5575 and in 2001 it was 11,324 against 2.2 millions claimed by the Baha’i administration.
4. Through the article we understand this is largely due to illiteracy and lack of distinct identifying characteristics of rural Indians. Does it not mean that conversions were done deceptively without an individual ever knowing that he has accepted the Baha’i Faith? Does it also not indicate that the Baha’is have been targeting rural Indians (mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh) for the past so many years?
5. The article suggests that Baha’i Faith members display Baha’i Faith identification stickers in their houses so that the official GOI census official can enter the religious identity accurately. This is a very big accusation against both the individual being interviewed and the GOI census official! Are both these so gullible that one will forget to declare his allegiance to the Baha’i Faith and the other will record it based on stickers/posters on the wall! Is it not some sort of racist discrimination practiced by the Baha’i Faith governing body, many of them being of Iranian origin. Should we tolerate such an assessment of our fellow countrymen!
6. The article suggests that the Baha’i Faith machinery will attempt to contact government officials from highest level down to panchayat level. Is this not some sort of influencing the government officials in performance of their duty? Should not serious action be taken against the Baha’i Faith for this?
7. Lastly, the article silently threatens the readers that giving wrong information to the census department is punishable!. Do we need to learn this from scoundrels who have always used deception to inflate numbers, perform conversion activities and get government concessions? In fact the action should be taken against the Baha’i administration for misguiding the world since last so many years.
AT THE END, CAN BAHAI ADMINISTRATION EXPLAIN WHY THE NUMBER OF LOCAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES MENTIONED IN BAHAI WORLD [VOLUME XVIII (1979-1983)] IN INDIA WAS MORE THAN 10,000 WHILE THE PRESENT NUMBER OF ASSEMBLIES IS ONLY 600 – WHICH IS JUST 6%. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS GROSS EXAGGERATION – THE CENSUS DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA OR THE BAHA’I ADMINISTRATION THEMSELVES?
Dear readers, I have worked for Baha’is for many years. Never even in their exaggerated record the Baha’i population reached even the figure of 20,000. Everybody at the top is absolutely convinced that there is gross exaggeration in the Baha’i population in India and elsewhere in the world, but nobody wants to accept publicly because of fear of sanctions from the Universal House of Justice. Moreover the Baha’is claims that 40% of Baha’i population resides in India, which is just 11324. Is it not easy now to assess world Baha’i population? Let someone also open the can of worms on authentic world Baha’i population!
There is a great importance of Huququllah in the Bahai Faith.
Huququllah is an Arabic word comprised of two words. Huquq meaning “Right” and “Allah” meaning “God”. Therefore Huququllah means “Right of God”, a part of the individuals possession and income offered at the Threshold of God.
Huququllah being the Right of God and bounty for the people is clear from the Bahai Holy writings of sayings of The Bab, Bahaullah and Abdul Baha.
Writings of The Bab
O people of the world, whatever ye have offered up in the way of the one true God, ye shall indeed find preserved by God, The Preserver, and Intact at Gods Holy Gate.
Thus the embryo of the sacred law of Huququllah was established by the Bab in the Persian Bayan, His book of Laws.
Bahaullah brought some modifications in its content and fashioned it as one of the worlds shaping ordinances of His stupendous Revelation.
Writings of Bahaullah:
Bahaullah affirms “….the payment to the Right of God is conducive to prosperity, to blessing and to honour and divine protection”
“As to Huququllah, this is the source of blessing and the mainspring of God’s loving kindness and tender love vouchsafed unto men”.
In Kitab-i Aqdas verse 97, it has been revealed by Bahaullah:
Should anyone acquire one hundred mithqals of gold, nineteen mithqals thereof are Gods and to be rendered unto him, the fashioner of the earth and heaven. Take heed o people, lest you deprive yourselves of such a great bounty. This we have commanded you, though though we are well able to dispense with you and with all those who are in the heavens and on earth, in it there are benefits and wisdoms beyond the ken of anyone but God, The Omniscient, the All-informed Say, By this means He hath desired to purify what ye possess and to enable you to draw nigh unto such stations as none can comprehend save those whom God hath willed, He in truth is the Beneficent The Gracious, The Merciful .O people deal not faithlessly with the Right of God , Nor without His leave , make free with its disposal .Thus hath his commandments been established in the holy tablets and in this Exalted book .He who dealeth faithlessly with God shall in justice meet with faithlessness himself , He , however , who acteth in accordance with Gods bidding shall receive a blessing from the heaven of the bounty of His lord , the Gracious , the Bestower , the Generous , the Ancient of Days.He verily hath willed for you that which is yet beyond your knowledge , but shall be know to you when , after this fleeting life , your souls shall soar heaven wards and the trappings of your earthly joys are folded up.Thus admonished you He in Whose possession is the Guarded Tablet.
Writings of Abdul Baha: –
O friends of Abdul Baha The Lord as a sign of his infinite bounties hath graciously favoured His servants by providing for a fixed money offering (Huqooq) to be dutifully presented unto Him, through He m, the true One and His servants have been at all times independent of all created things, and God verily is the all-possessing, exalted above the need of any gift from His creatures. This fixed money offering however causeth people to become firm and steadfast and draweth Divine increase upon them.
(Will and Testament of Abdul Baha )
Abdul Baha commenting on the manifold powers latent in the Law of Huququllah writes”
“…In accordance with His inscrutable wisdom and in order to apply a unique test to distinguish the friend from the stranger, He hath enjoined the Huqooq upon His servants and made it obligatory.”
From all the above quotations it is amply clear that the source of energy for upholding the law of huqullah is the individuals love and loyalty to the covenant.
As Abdul Baha, Himself says that it distinguishes the friend from the stranger; this is nothing more or less than a test of ones firmness in the covenant.
Dr. A. Parikh
Secretary of the National (Orthodox) Bahai Council of India
My Dear Bahá’í Friends!
Some of the friends enquire as to why the Divine Cause (Bahá’í Faith) has become divided into different sects? What are the factors behind it? Who is responsible for this division?
It is well understood why such questions should come to mind. But it is sad that there is no discussion on such questions nor do we investigate the answers to such questions. While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá insisted that:
“The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions”.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 87)
Friends claim that:
According to the sayings of Abdul Bahá, the “Guardian” should be from the lineage of Bahá’u’lláh.
This is not correct in any way. Bahá’u’lláh has never placed, or written, any such condition concerning the Guardianship. In fact, He has only alluded to the Guardianship in His Writings, and it remained for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to establish the institution of the Guardianship in His Will and Testament.
I request the friends whenever you quote what “Abdul Baha says”, please quote His correct and exact words and do not insert the doubtful ideas of your own mind.
The majorityof the friends are unaware of and lack knowledge of the truth but, on the other hand, accept whatever has been stated by the UHJ, the NSA or LSA and rely completely upon erroneous facts. They do not strive to know any thing other than those confused ideas and attribute those baseless, adverse and confused ideas and facts to Bahá’u’lláh.
In the Writings and Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdul Bahá, preference is given to impeccability and perfection and it is emphasized that preference should be given to spiritual relationships over physical relationships. Therefore, ‘Abdul Bahá explains the matter as follows:
“The lineage of descendants is of two types one is from physical descendants and the other is spiritual. One is born of clay and water, and the other from the soul and heart.”
(Ma’idiy-i-Asmani. Vol 5, p. 161)
“O dear one of ‘Abdu’l-Baha! Be the son of thy father and be the fruit of that tree. Be a son that hath been born of his soul and heart and not only of water and clay. A real son is such a one as hath branched from the spiritual part of man. I ask God that thou mayest be at all times confirmed and strengthened.”
(Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 140)
The Friends should note that Assemblies do not have any right to decide or discuss “any matter” outside the powers and responsibilities fixed by Abdul Bahá and Shoghi Effendi. Then, who authorizes them to either change or falsify the intent of statements made in the “Tablets and Will and Testament” and thereby go against the explicit Holy Text?
They cannot decide that the Guardianship shall continue or not continue in the Bahai Faith, because according to the Will and Testament, the Guardianship of the Cause of God will continue till the end of the Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh. Even if all the people of the world should stand against him the truth cannot be changed by decision of the people.
As for the current sects in the Bahá’í Faith, this is due to those Baha’is who, following the passing of Shoghi Effendi, stood against the Expounder and Interpreter of the Words of God– “The Guardian of the Faith”– and, unfortunately, the majority of the Bahá’ís blindly followed them. It was far better had they paid attention to the words of ‘Abdul Baha. For He said:
“Were it not for the protecting power of the Covenant to guard the impregnable fort of the Cause of God, there would arise among the Baha’is, in one day, a thousand different sects as was the case in former ages. But in this Blessed Dispensation, for the sake of the permanency of the Cause of God and the avoidance of dissension amongst the people of God, the Blessed Beauty (may my soul be a sacrifice unto Him), has through the Supreme Pen written the Covenant and the Testament; He appointed a Center, the Exponent of the Book and the annuller of disputes. Whatever is written or said by Him is conformable to the truth and under the protection of the Blessed Beauty. He is infallible. The express purpose of this last Will and Testament is to set aside disputes from the world.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith – Abdu’l-Baha Section, p. 357)
Further, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote in His Will and Testament:
“The Mighty stronghold shall remain impregnable and safe through obedience to him who is the guardian of the Cause of God. It is incumbent upon the members of the House Justice, upon all the Aghsán, the Afnán, the Hands of the Cause of God to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the guardian of the Cause of God, to turn unto him and be lowly before him. He that opposeth him hath opposed the True One, will make a breach in the Cause of God, will subvert His word and will become a manifestation of the Centre of Sedition. (Will & Testament of Abdul Bahá page No.12)
My Dear Bahá’í Friend!
Do you now realize why the different sects came into existence among the Bahá’ís? Do you understand to whom Abdul Bahá has referred to as the Disputer and Creator of the Sects?
It should now be clear from the terms of His “Will” that disobedience to the Guardian and rebelling against him have now caused the several sects to come into existence.
The true Bahá’ís are those who are under the Shelter of the Guardian. The deviated sects are those who have turned away from the true Guardian.
It is my fervent hope that soon all the friends will turn unto the living guardian of the Faith and will be submissive unto him.
Written by Dr. A. Parikh, Secretary of the National (Orthodox) Bahai Council of India
on 27th July 2007.
What do they say for each other?
This is what the Ahmadiyyas have to say regarding the Baha’is :
The following important differences between the Ahmadiyya claims and the Bahai claims :
1. One of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s basic aims was to teach the world the Islamic doctrine of the absolute oneness of God, which strongly rejects the concept that any human being can ever be a manifestation of God. The Bahai teachings are that there have been various manifestations of God on earth (Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Baha-ullah). Therefore Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was teaching the opposite of the Bahai beliefs.
2. As noted above, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad proclaimed that the Islamic scripture, teachings and law are valid forever, and will never be abrogated or replaced. Again this is exactly the opposite of Bahai beliefs which teach that Baha-ullah’s scripture and law have abrogated and replaced the Holy Quran and the Shari’ah of Islam.
3. The Prophet Muhammad taught that prophets before him had been sent by God to all nations, and he required his followers (Muslims) to believe in all of them. Moreover, he taught, as stated in the Quran, that these prophets had prophesied to their nations of the appearance of the Prophet Muhammad and had instructed their followers to believe in that Promised Prophet when he came. So the Prophet Muhammad became the converging point of the previous prophets and religions. He addressed the whole of humanity, while the previous prophets addressed only their individual nations. He was thus the Last and Final Prophet through whom all humanity is to be united.
To preach the oneness of humanity and to seek to unite religions on fundamentals in the seventh century, as the Prophet Muhammad did, at a time when no one even knew what the whole world consisted of, is a clear proof of the Prophet Muhammad getting revelation and knowledge from God. But for someone in the nineteenth century like Bahaullah to repeat similar ideas (i.e. unity of humanity) cannot be called new revelation coming from God, particularly when he himself originally arose from within the religion of Islam.
These are the ideas of Baha’is regarding Ahmadiyya Muslims :
While some of the few quotes of their (Ahmadi) writings I have read seem quite forceful and rarely seem inspired, the correlations to Baha’i scripture is quite astounding. Their founder also claims to be the Mahdi and Messiah, as well as claiming the same ties to Buddhism and Hinduism. They also promote non-violence and uphold jihad as personal struggle not the waring aspects Muslims have accepted widely.
They differ in many ways, they uphold more closely everything in the Qu’ran and much of their writings are about this book. He also claims Jesus didn’t actually die on the cross, but rather journeyed to India where he died an old man of natural causes.
Obviously, I do not believe time based prophecies apply since it was founded in 1889, thus 45 years late for Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu prophecy at least. They also call their leader Caliph, which I agree with Riggs is the mark of the beast – the 666 referred to in Revelation. Still, it is interesting, could their leader have been exposed to Baha’u’llahs writings at this time? There are already 200 million members of this group apparently, so I think it would be a valuable group to target with pioneering, they already accept many things Baha’u’llah has said so presenting time based prophecies might be enough to bring them to the Baha’i Faith?
I sort of liken them to Mormonism in that they have writings that correlate to what Baha’u’llah has said – and in the case of Mormonism, accurately describes the Baha’i dispensations coming – however entirely focus on a previous dispensation rather than bringing anything new.
What the christians have to say about both of these “Mahdi”s ?
Following 15-day jail terms handed down to two Baha’is in Tashkent, one of the two, Timur Chekparbayev, who was subsequently expelled from Uzbekistan. The authorities accused the two of missionary activity and proselytism, following a police raid on a meeting for teenage Children.
Chekparbayev stated that these were not conversion meetings with young children and Jr. Youth but it was just to drink a cup of tea together. In response. Akram Nematov of the Justice Ministry told Forum 18 that “They can drink tea – that’s not forbidden, but they must inform the Department when they HOLD RELIGIOUS EDUCATION WITH YOUNG PEOPLE.”
It is clear that Mr. Chekparbaev arrived in Uzbekistan with the aim of propagating Baha’i Faith in the country, drawing on the support of generous donations from sponsors. By the way, the headquarters of the Baha’is operate in the open in Israel. Certain elements from that country find it very useful to use the Baha’i community to shatter the unity of the Muslim ranks, since the Jews see Islam as the main opponent of Judaism. It is also interesting that in the dawn of Baha’ism, Russia offered asylum to one of the leaders of this persecuted religion. And in Ashkhabad [Turkmenistan], one of the Baha’i communities was built.
Timur Chekparbayev carried out missionary and proselytizing activity without having the consent of the Uzbekistani authorities and the consent of the parents, it was in clear violation of the Uzbekistani law, and the rules governing stays in the country.
On the 24th of July of this year, Mr. Chekparbaev was arrested and sent to the court for holding yet another “meeting” in house 36 on Bayikurganska Street in the Khamzin region of Tashkent. The regional court gave him a rather lenient sentence: 15 days in prison followed by an expulsion from the country without a right to return.
Chekparbaev couldn’t carry out his proselytizing activity because Baha’i isn’t recognized as a religion by the world community. Therefore, this ideological sabotage had very clear goals that are connected to increasing the geo-political influence of Israel, and sowing confusion in the minds of millions of Uzbekistani citizens. It seems that such a decisive step taken by Mr. Akram Nematov will defiantly stop this sort of deceptive proselytizes activity aimed at destroying the unity and moral fabrics of Uzbekistan. It will also serve as a warning to all those who wish to test their luck based on the questionable field of false prophets.
The decision taken by Uzbekistani authorities should be an eye opener for the CIS Countries to counter the moral damage inflicted on the fragile souls on young people (by the way, Mr. Chekparbaev’s so-called flock included minors!).A constant vigil at this deceptive and Zionist created false and fabricated religion is the need of the time.
This is Zionism attempt of transferring the work of false prophet Baha’u’llah from their country to Muslim countries and take vital information of CIS and Middle East countries.
Originally Posted on Iranian.com
Baha’u’llah Says :
“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.”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.””Endeavor to your utmost to protect yourselves, because Satan appears in different robes and appeals to everyone according to each person’s own way, until he becomes like unto him — then he will leave him alone.”
“…If you detect in any man the least perceptible breath of violation, shun him and keep away from him.” Then He says: “Verily, they are manifestations of Satan.”
(Bahá’í World Faith, p. 431)
Abdol Baha Says :
Bahá’u’lláh, in all the Tablets and Epistles, forbade the true and firm friends from associating and meeting the violators of the Covenant of His Holiness, the Báb, saying that no one should go near them because their breath is like the poison of the snake that kills instantly.
(Bahá’í World Faith, p. 430)
And now, one of the greatest and most fundamental principles of the Cause of God is to shun and avoid entirely the Covenant-breakers, for they will utterly destroy the Cause of God, exterminate His Law and render of no account all efforts exerted in the past.
(Bahá’í World Faith, p. 448)
My object is to show that the Hands of the Cause of God must be ever watchful and so soon as they find anyone beginning to oppose and protest against the guardian of the Cause of God, cast him out from the congregation of the people of Bahá and in no wise accept any excuse from him. How often hath grievous error been disguised in the garb of truth, that it might sow the seeds of doubt in the hearts of men!
(Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 12)