Baha’u’llah Teaches that No one Should Be Cursed, but Curses People Himself

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Baha’u’llah states:

“Verily I say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, pp. 219-220)

We have already documented some instances where Baha’u’llah practices the exact opposite and directly calls his deniers animals, pigs, donkeys and bastards (here). In this article, we will documen a similar contradiction in Baha’u’llah’s teachings where he curses different classes of people, contrary to his direct orders not to. In the 13th section of the Tablet of Bisharat (Glad-Tidings) Baha’u’llah prohibits his followers from cursing 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.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, 1988 pocket-size edition, p. 27)

Apparently this order was so important that Baha’ullah revealed it again (verbatim) in the 8th section of the Tablet of Ishráqát (Splendours, on page 129 of the same book). As we will show, Baha’u’llah blatantly ignored his own teachings and cursed his enemies, covenant breakers, and even his own followers. We will first show instances from works that have been translated to English. It must be noted that the untranslated Tablets are replete with statements where Baha’u’llah curses his deniers and enemies (these might be added at a later date).

Here is one example where he curses his enemies who killed the Bab:

“The more He exhorted them, the fiercer grew their enmity, till, at the last, they put Him to death with shameful cruelty. The curse of God be upon the oppressors!” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 146)

He curses his own followers who disobey him:

“How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 182)

“Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness.” (Baha’u’llah, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 182)

And last but not least the Covenant Breakers that are always given the worst treatment:

“The Supreme Concourse will pray for the one who is adorned with the garment of faithfulness between heaven and earth; but he who breaks the Covenant is cursed by heaven and earth.” (Bahá’í World Faith—Selected Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 435-6)

Even though he curses other people, he expresses outrage when others curse him:

“Now let us beseech God—praised be His glory—to graciously guide aright the followers of the Shí’ih sect and to purge them of unseemly conduct. From the lips of the members of this sect foul imprecations fall unceasingly, while they invoke the word ‘Mal’ún’ (accursed)—uttered with a guttural sound of the letter ‘ayn—as their daily relish.” (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, 1988 pocket-size edition, p. 92)

(The attitude attributed to the Shi’ih sect is merely Baha’u’llah’s claim. Some from this group might have cursed him but how Baha’u’llah narrates it is a gross exaggeration). This kind of hypocritical behavior displayed by Baha’u’llah is one that has always been detested in the Divine scriptures:

“Do you order the people to do good but forget about yourselves whilst you read the Book! Do you not use your reason!” (Quran 2:44)

“You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?” (Romans 2:21-22)

Actually, Baha’u’llah claims that he detests this behavior too although he applies it in action himself:

“O SON OF BEING! Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.” (Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah, p. 10)

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