أريد أن أسأل عن البابية والبهائية وما هي عقائدهم ؟ وهل هم مسلمون ؟.
لسماحة الشيخ ابن باز رحمه الله نبذة مختصرة في التعريف بالبابية والبهائية ، نقتصر هنا على إيرادها ، قال رحمه الله :
“أما بعد : فهذه كلمات مختصرة في التعريف بالبابية والبهائية .
الباب يشار به عندهم إلى شخص جاهل إيراني ينتسب إلى التصوف يدعى : علي بن محمد الشيرازي ويزعم أنه الباب إلى بهاء الله مرزا حسين علي ، وأنه الرسول الذي أتاه الوحي من قبل بهاء .
والبابية تنسب إليه ، وهو عندما يضيق عليه ويستتاب يتوب من البابية ويعلن أنه جعفري من الطائفة الاثني عشرية الإمامية .
وقد عقد البابيون مؤتمرا عاما في صحراء بدشت لإظهار مذهبهم وبيان البشائر عن الإمام المنتظر الذي يزعمون خروجه .
والبابيون في عقائدهم وآرائهم في الباب لم يكونوا على عقيدة واحدة ولا على رأي واحد في ذلك كما في صفحة 97 من كتاب : ( البهائية تاريخها وعقيدتها وصلتها بالباطنية والصهيونية ) لرئيس جماعة أنصار السنة المحمدية في مصر الشيخ عبد الرحمن الوكيل رحمه الله .
وكان البابيون في مؤتمرهم فريقين أحدهما : تابع لرئاسة البشروئي والقدوس ، والثاني : تابع لرئاسة البهاء وقرة العين كما في صفحة 98 من هذا الكتاب ، كما كانت منتدياتهم نوعين : نوع خاص بأئمة البابية ، والثاني : للعموم ، وكان موضع البحث في هذه المنتديات الخاصة هو مسألة نسخ البابية للشريعة الإسلامية ، وقد انتهى رأيهم إلى أن الباب أعظم وأجل مقاما من جميع الرسل ، وأن ما أوحي إليه من دين هو أتم وأكمل من كل وحي ودين سابق .
وقد خطبت قرة العين في المؤتمر كما في صفحة 99 وصفحة 100 من الكتاب المذكور خطبة شنيعة عند احتجاب البشروئي والقدوس ، وتغيب البهاء بعذر المرض خوفا من معرة خطبتها وانتظارا لما سينجم عنها من قبول المؤتمرين لها ومقاومتهم لها . فصرحت في الخطبة المذكورة بأن دين محمد منسوخ كله بالدين الجديد : ( دين البهائية ) الواصل إلى الأمة من طريق الباب وإن لم يصل منه الآن إلا نزر يسير ، وأنهم الآن في وقت فترة ، والاشتغال بأحكام الإسلام أمر لا وجه له ، وأباحت للناس بل شرعت لهم الاشتراك في أموالهم ونسائهم .
وذكر الوكيل أن هذا هو ما صرح به مؤرخ البهائية في كتابه الكواكب الدرية صفحة 180 ، 219 وقد صرحت في خطبتها بإنكار البعث .
وقرة العين المذكورة حملت راية مذهبهم والدعوة إليه ، وهي القائمة بالفتوى قبل اتصالها بالبهاء فلما اتصلت بالبهاء خضعت له وأسندت الفتوى إليه .
وقد قام البابيون بحركة رهيبة مسلحة سفكوا بها الدماء وقتلوا فيها مئات من الناس ، وقامت الدولة الإيرانية ضدهم ، وجندت لهم قوة حتى قضت عليهم وفرقت شملهم وقتلت باب الباب البشروئي وصاحبه القدوس وذلك في عام 1265 هـ كما في الكتاب المذكور أعني- كتاب الوكيل- ثم أفتى العلماء بكفر الباب وردته واستحقاقه القتل- أعني علماء الشيعة- فأمرت الحكومة بقتله فقتل على مشهد من الناس ، وكان قبل ذلك في القلعة مسجونا .
وقد نوظر أمام العلماء- أعني علماء الشيعة- عدة مرات فافتضح وظهر جهله وغباؤه وكان من أحكم الأسئلة التي وجهت إليه أن سئل عن النقص الذي في الشريعة الإسلامية وعن الكمال الذي أتى به فلم يستطع أن يجد جوابا بل ارتج عليه وانقطعت حجته ، فطلب أن يخطب فخطب خطبة باردة لا قيمة لها ولا تستحق أن يصغى لها ، ولذلك أفتى العلماء بكفره وإعدامه فأعدم .
( تنبيه ) : تقدم أن الباب يعتقد فيه البهائيون أنه المبشر بالبهاء ومحل الوحي والتبليغ فهو بمثابة الرسول عن البهاء- يعتقد البابيون في الباب ، وهو علي بن محمد الشيرازي الجاهل المركب الصوفي المخدوع أنه أتم وأكمل هيكل بشري ظهرت فيه حقيقة الإلهية ، وأنه هو الذي خلق كل شيء بكلمته انظر صفحة 117 ، رووا عنه أنه قال : كنت في يوم نوح نوحا ، وفي يوم إبراهيم إبراهيم ، وفي يوم موسى موسى ، وفي يوم عيسى عيسى ، وفي يوم محمد محمدا ، وفي يوم علي عليا إلى أن قال : وسأكون في يوم من يظهره الله من يظهره الله آخر الذي لا آخر له قبل أول الذي لا أول له ، كنت في ظهور حجة الله على العالمين .
فاعجب لهذا الهذيان الذي لا يقوله عاقل ( شرعة الباب ) صفحة 119 .
ألغى الباب الصلوات الخمس والجمعة والجماعة إلا في الجنازة ، وقرر أن التطهير في الجنابة غير واجب ، والقبلة هي البيت الذي ولد فيه بشيراز ، أو محل سجنه ، أو البيوت التي عاش فيها هو وأتباعه وهي الأماكن التي فرض على أتباعه الحج إليها .
أما الصوم فمن شروق الشمس إلى غروبها ، وعدته شهر بابي وهو تسعة عشر يوما ، أما الزكاة فخمس العقار يؤخذ في آخر العام ويسلم للمجلس البابي ، وهناك شرائع أخرى مضحكة انظرها صفحة 120 من كتاب الوكيل .
أما البهاء ويقال له بهاء الدين فهو : مرزا حسين بن علي ابن الميرزا عباس بزرك المازندراني النوري الإيراني ولد بطهران سنة 1233 هـ واشتغل في أثناء عمره بعلم التصوف ، وأخذ عن شيوخه خرافاته وإشاراته ، ثم انتقل إلى بغداد من طهران زائرا أو طريدا ، ثم انتقالات كثيرة من بغداد إلى غيرها ، ثم إلى عكا لأمور سياسية ومآرب خاصة ونزاع كثير بين أتباعه من البابية وأتباع أخيه : يحيى بن علي بن ميرزا ، بعد هذا كله وبعد تطورات كثيرة ادعى البهاء ما يلي انظر صفحة 143 من كتاب الشيخ : الوكيل . ادعى البهاء أول أمره أنه خليفة الباب أو بمعنى آخر خليفة القائم ، ثم زعم أنه هو القائم نفسه ، ثم خلع على نفسه صفة النبوة فالألوهية والربوبية زاعما أن الحقيقة الإلهية لم تنل كمالها الأعظم إلا بتجسدها فيه .
هلاك البهاء :
في عنفوان قوته وسلطان دعوته سلط الله عليه الحمى فهلك بها وهو على عقيدته القذرة ودعاويه الباطلة وخرافاته المضحكة المحزنة ، وكان هلاكه في ذي القعدة من عام 1309 هـ انظر صفحة 144 من رسالة أبي الفضائل وحاشيتها ، أبو الفضائل أحد دعاة البهاء ومروجي نحلته الباطلة .
أسلوب البهاء في الدعوة
صوفي فج يعتمد على التلويحات والرموز وكثرة المصطلحات انظر صفحة 147 من كتاب الوكيل .
أشهرها الإيقان والأقدس . صنف الأول في بغداد وموضوعه إثبات مهدوية الباب وقائميته ، وفيه إشارة إلى ما ادعاه البهاء وقد ألف هذا الكتاب تلبية لسؤال من سأله عن شأن الباب ، وقد اعترف البهاء في هذا الكتاب بأنه مذنب وعاص في تأليفه هذا الكتاب واشتغاله بمقالاته ، فاعجب أيها القارئ بصنع هذا المجرم وسوء التصرف- فسبحان الله ما أعظم شأنه- لقد أبى سبحانه إلا أن يفضح المجرمين والكذابين بما يقولونه بألسنتهم ويعملونه بجوارحهم فلله الحمد سبحانه على إيضاح الحق وفضح الباطل . انظر نص الوكيل صفحة 150 .
حقد البهاء على المسلمين
ما حقد الميرزا على أمة حقده على أمة خاتم المرسلين ، وحسبك أن يبهت السلف والخلف جميعا بأنهم لم يفقهوا شيئا من القرآن فيقول : انقضى ألف سنة ومائتان وثمان من السنين من ظهور نقطة الفرقان ، وجميع هؤلاء الهمج الرعاع يتلون الفرقان في كل صباح وما فازوا للآن بحرف من المقصود- ثم يقول البهاء : إن الذي ما شرب من رحيقنا المختوم الذي فككنا ختمه باسمنا القيوم إنه ما فاز بأنوار التوحيد ، وما عرف المقصود من كتب الله ، وكان من المشركين .
ما رأيت في هذه الخلاصة عن البابية والبهائية من كلمات لم تجدها في كتاب الوكيل فاعلم أن بعضها من كتاب الدكتور محمد مهدي خان الإيراني التبريزي نزيل مصر المسمى : ( مفتاح باب الأبواب ) ، وبعضها أخذ من مقالات كتبها محب الدين الخطيب في شأن البابية والبهائية ، وبشيء يسير من كلامي والله الموفق وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه ” انتهى .
“مجموع فتاوى الشيخ عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن باز” (7/407-412) .
وللشيخ ابن باز رحمه الله فتوى أخرى في تكفير البهائية ، سئل فيها عن الذين اعتنقوا مذهب ( بهاء الله) الذي ادعى النبوة، وادعى أيضا حلول الله فيه، هل يسوغ للمسلمين دفن هؤلاء الكفرة في مقابر المسلمين ؟
فأجاب : ” إذا كانت عقيدة البهائية كما ذكرتم فلا شك في كفرهم وأنه لا يجوز دفنهم في مقابر المسلمين؛ لأن من ادعى النبوة بعد نبينا محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم فهو كاذب وكافر بالنص وإجماع المسلمين ؛ لأن ذلك تكذيب لقوله تعالى : ( ما كان محمد أبا أحد من رجالكم ولكن رسول الله وخاتم النبيين ) ، ولما تواترت به الأحاديث عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه خاتم الأنبياء لا نبي بعده، وهكذا من ادعى أن الله سبحانه حالٌّ فيه، أو في أحد من الخلق فهو كافر بإجماع المسلمين؛ لأن الله سبحانه لا يحل في أحد من خلقه بل هو أجل وأعظم من ذلك، ومن قال ذلك فهو كافر بإجماع المسلمين، مكذب للآيات والأحاديث الدالة على أن الله سبحانه فوق العرش، قد علا وارتفع فوق جميع خلقه، وهو سبحانه العلي الكبير الذي لا مثيل له، ولا شبيه له، وقد تعرَّف إلى عباده بقوله سبحانه : ( إن ربكم الله الذي خلق السموات والأرض في ستة أيام ثم استوى على العرش ) الأعراف/54 ” انتهى .
“مجموع فتاوى الشيخ عبد العزيز بن عبد الله بن باز” (13/169) .
What is the ruling on the Baha’i ideas and beliefs? What is the difference between them and other Muslims?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Baabism and Baha’ism are a movement that originated from a Shi’ah sect called the Shaykhiyyah in 1260 AH/ 1844 CE, under the protection of Russian, Jewish and English colonialism, with the aim of corrupting Islamic belief and dividing the Muslims and diverting them from their basic aims.
Origins and leading figures:
1 –Baabism was founded by al-Mirza ‘Ali Muhammad Rida al-Shiraazi who learned Shi’ah and Sufi knowledge from childhood. In 1260 AH/1844 CE al-Shiraazi announced that he was the door (al-baab) which led to divine truth. He was encouraged in that by one of the Russian spies.
Then after that he claimed to be a messenger like Moosa, ‘Eesa and Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon them all), and he even claimed to be better than them.
In 1266 AH he claimed that the divine was incarnated in him, and he was sentenced to death.
2 – Qurrat al-‘Ayn. She was a very eloquent woman who joined al-Shiraazi in learning the Shaykhi branch of Shi’i knowledge. She was permissive and immoral, and her husband divorced her and her children disowned her.
She held a conference with the Baabi leaders in Dasht, Iran, in which she announced the annulment of Islamic sharee’ah. She was executed in 1268 AH/1852 CE.
Before al-Shiraazi was killed, he appointed al-Mirza Yahya ‘Ali, who was known as Sabh Azl, as his successor, but this was contested by his brother Husayn al-Baha’. After conflicts between them in which each of them tried to kill the other, Sabh Azl was expelled to Cyprus, where he died in 1912 CE.
Husayn al-Baha’ was expelled to ‘Akka (Acre) in Palestine, where he was killed by some of his brother’s followers in 1892 CE and was buried there.
Beliefs, ideas and rituals of the Baha’is:
1 – Belief that Allaah is incarnated in some of His creation, and that Allaah was incarnated in al-Baab and al-Baha’.
2 – Belief in the transmigration of souls, and that reward and punishment happen to the soul only.
3 – Belief that all religions are valid, and that the Torah and Gospel have not been altered. They believe that all religion must be united in one, which is Baha’ism.
4 – The Baha’is believe that the book al-Aqdas which was written by al-Baha’ Husayn abrogates all the divinely revealed books, including the Holy Qur’aan.
5 – They believe that Buddha, Confucius, Brahman, Zaradasht and other sages of India, China and Persia were Prophets.
6 – They believe – like the Jews and the Christians – that the Messiah was crucified.
7 – They do not believe in the miracles of the Prophets or in the angels and jinn, and they do not believe in Paradise and Hell.
8 – They forbid their women to wear hijab, and they regard mut’ah (temporary marriage) as permissible, and they promote the sharing of women and wealth. It is very clear that this is a religion that strives to destroy moral values and spread permissiveness and immorality.
9 – They say that the religion of the Baab abrogates the sharee’ah of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
10 – They interpret the Day of Resurrection as referring to the appearance of al-Baha’. Their direction of prayer is the Bahjah in ‘Akka in Palestine, where the grave of al-Baha’ is located, instead of al-Masjid al-Haraam.
11 – They pray three times a day, and each prayer has three rak’ahs, morning, noon and evening. They do wudoo’ with rose water, and if there is none available they regard it as sufficient to say the Basmalah (Bismillaah il-At-har il-At-har – in the name of Allaah, the Most Pure, the Most Pure) five times.
12 – They do not regard it as permissible to pray in congregation except when offering the funeral prayer for the deceased. This makes clear the extent of their efforts to divide the Muslims, as they forbid prayer in congregation.
13 – The Baha’is regard the number nineteen as sacred, and they have nineteen months in their year, each month having nineteen days.
14 – The Baha’is fast during one of the Baha’i months, which is called al-‘Ala, which lasts from 2-21 March. This is the last of the Baha’i months. During this month they refrain from eating from sunrise until sunset. Their fasting month is followed by the festival of Nawrooz (Persian New Year).
15 – The Baha’is regard jihad and the carrying of weapons and waging war against kaafir enemies as haraam, in service to the interests of the colonialists, as we shall see below.
This confirms what is said about them, that they are a movement that was created by the colonialists, and they are still supporting it up till now.
16 – They do not believe that Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was the final Prophet; they claim that the Revelation continued after his death.
17 – They regard pilgrimage to Makkah as invalid, so they go on pilgrimage to the place where al-Baha’ is buried in Akka, in Palestine.
18 – They do not believe in doing ghusl from janaabah or purification from impure things, because they believe that whoever believes in Baha’ism is pure.
19 – Instead of zakaah they have a kind of tax at a rate of 19% of one’s capital, to be paid once.
These are the Baha’is, and these are some of their beliefs, a mixture of some monotheistic beliefs and idolatrous ideas which al-Baha’ mixed in a strange way and called it revelation and a holy book. What is wrong with the minds of those who followed him?
The relationship of Baabism and Baha’ism to the colonialists, Jews and Christians
1 – It was a Russian spy who encouraged al-Shiraazi to claim that he was the Baab.
2 – al-Baha’ took part in the attempt to assassinate King Naasir al-Deen, the Shah of Iran, but the attempt failed and the plotters were discovered. Al-Baha’ fled to the Russian embassy which granted him full protection, and did not hand him over to the Iranian authorities until they had been given a promise that he would not be executed.
3 – When al-Baha’ fled to ‘Akka in 1285 AH/1868 CE, he was warmly welcomed by the Jews who took care of him. From that date, ‘Akka became a centre of Baha’ism and became a holy place for them.
4 – They were supported by some of the Christians. In one of the Arab states where there is a Baha’i presence, there is the head of the movement and his lawyer, who are both Christians.
5 – Reports indicate that the Israeli ambassador in one of the Arab countries visited one of their strongholds and met their leaders, and urged them to join in some political activities by forming a group or party and putting up candidates for parliament and getting involved in other political activities so as to affect the decision making process. They also promised to make it easy for them to visit Israel and perform pilgrimage to the grave of al-Baha’.
6 – This group has a number of representatives in the offices and organizations belonging to the United Nations, where there are nearly seven people.
After learning all this, you should not be surprised to find out that the Baha’is regard jihad against the enemy as haraam, and they say that the Muslims must submit to colonialism and occupation, and that in his books al-Baha’ supported the Zionist migration to Palestine.
Spread and influence of Baha’is,
The greatest number of Baha’is are found in Iran, and there are a few in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. They also have a presence in Egypt and a few followers in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa and Pakistan. They also have a presence in some western countries and cities, such as London, Vienna, Frankfurt and Sydney. Their largest place of worship is in Chicago.
The ruling on them and the scholars’ fatwas concerning them
From the above, it is clear that Baabism and Baha’ism are among the misguided sects that are beyond the pale of Islam.
A number of fatwas have been issued by Muslim scholars stating that they are kaafirs and that they are beyond the pale of Islam, and that we must beware of them.
Shaykh Saleem al-Bashri, the Shaykh of al-Azhar, issued a fatwa in 1910 CE stating that the Baha’is are kaafirs.
A ruling was issued on 30/6/1946 CE by the Shar’i courts in Egypt stating that a woman whose husband embraces Baha’ism is divorced and must be separated from him because he is an apostate from Islam.
In 1947 CE the Fatwa Committee in al-Azhar issued a fatwa stating that the one who embraces Baha’ism is an apostate.
This was in addition to a fatwa issued in 1939 CE by the Egyptian Daar al-Ifta’ stating that the Baha’i is an apostate.
There is another fatwa issued by the Egyptian Daar al-Ifta’ in 1968 CE, in which it says: Whoever embraces the Baha’i religion is an apostate from the religion of Islam, and the ruling on the apostate in Islam is that he should be asked to repent and Islam should be presented to him, and his doubts should be discussed if he has any. If he repents, all well and good, otherwise he should be executed according to sharee’ah. End quote from Fataawa Daar al-Ifta’ (6/2138).
In 2003 CE, the Islamic Research Council in al-Azhar issued a fatwa in which it says: The Baha’i school of thought and its ilk are a lethal intellectual epidemic which the state must to its utmost to eradicate.
Shaykh Ibraaheem al-Fayyoomi, the head of the Islamic Research Committee, confirmed that the Baha’is are a sect that is beyond the pale of Islam and that has rebelled against Islam, and it is one of the most dangerous forces that are opposed to Islam. It developed under the care of the Zionist colonialists and is still supported by the enemies of Islam. The Baha’is have a project called “the political project against the Muslim ummah.” Their primary aim is to strike against Islam and create political and spiritual instability in Muslim societies. They also reject many verses of the Qur’aan because they believe that the Muslims have distorted them. They also reject Hajj and want to destroy the Ka’bah and distribute its rubble throughout the world.
The former Shaykh of al-Azhar, Jaad al-Haqq (may Allaah have mercy on him) issued a fatwa stating that the Baha’is are kaafirs and apostates from Islam, which was approved by the Islamic Research Committee. In it he said: Baabism or Baha’ism is a system of thought mixed with philosophy and various religions, and there is nothing new in it that the Muslim ummah needs to set its affairs straight and unite it, rather it is clear that it (Baha’ism) is working in the interests of the Zionists and colonialists, and it is akin to ideas and ways that have been inflicted on the Muslim ummah as an act of war against Islam in the name of religion. End quote.
In the answer to question no. 88689 , we have quoted the fatwa of Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), stating that this is a sect of kufr and beyond the pale of Islam, and it is not permissible for them to be buried in the Muslim graveyards.
And Allaah knows best.
The literature and promotional websites for the Baha’i Faith claim that one can accept the Baha’i Faith and remain a committed Christian. But is this the case?
To be a Christian, you must acknowledge that you are a sinner, in need of a Savior. You must then “repent”, and be willing to be changed into a new creature in accordance with God’s will for your life. You must then confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, in order to be saved. You must believe not only with your mind, but also with your heart – receiving Him into your heart. For it says “as many as received Him, to the gave He the power to become the sons of God” (John 1).
What else is it that you are called to believe and to do as a Christian, according to the bible, and the words of the Lord Jesus?
- Believe the essential doctrines of Christianity (encapsulated in the Nicene Creed) that there is one God, the Father of all, Creator of Heaven and earth. That God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one God in three persons.
- Believe that Jesus is the “one and only” Son of God; that Jesus alone is the “image of the invisible God”, and that He is the alone is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Reject the notion the Jesus is just one of many “divine manifestations”. The bible says “there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved”. That Jesus was “God come in the flesh” – that He was God who came down for our sakes, took on a human body, lived a sinless, sacrificial life, then willingly died on a cross and paid the penalty for your sins and the sins of all humanity – past, present and future.
- Believe that He rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again to judge the living and the dead at the last day.
- Repent, believe with your mind, and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart by His Spirit – so that He may put His Holy Spirit within you, to regenerate your spirit, and make you a new creation in Christ. He will begin to change you from the inside out, and day be day, you will experience new joy in Jesus! Your living faith in Jesus will then produce “good works” – giving of your time, resources and talents to others, helping, serving, and doing what Christ did as He gave us example. Day be day your life will begin to look a little more like the life of Jesus – which is what being a Christian is all about!
This is an open letter to my good friend and Baha’i, Edwin. I have always been impressed by your deep commitment to Baha’u’llah and the Baha’i Faith. It has certainly affected your life in many good ways. But as we have often noted, sincerity and goodness are no proof that something is true. We both know good, decent people who are very sincere about their beliefs, and yet are very deluded.
So my concern is not only the outward “fruit” of one’s beliefs but also whether those beliefs are true. You have told me that the Baha’i faith is consistent with Christianity, and that Baha’u’llah is the second coming of Christ. But there are major difficulties with that position, Edwin. Let me mention just a few.
As you have often quoted, “…all the great religions are of divine origin…they differ only in non-essential aspects of their doctrines.” If such is the case there should at least be agreement regarding each founder’s teachings on God. However, just the opposite is the case.
- Krishna taught that God is pantheistic.
- Buddha was agnostic and indifferent to God’s existence.
- Muhammad was intensely monotheistic.
- And Jesus taught of a triune God.
Either these founders contradict each other (making it impossible to discern between a true founder and a false one), or the nature of God is contradictory (which is self-defeating and absurd), or the Baha’i Faith is false.
- You have also told me that Baha’is consider the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant word of God. Yet whenever Christian beliefs, based upon the clear teachings of the Bible, contradict Baha’i teachings, the Bible is “spiritualized” to fit Baha’i doctrine.
One of your leaders, Abdu’l Baha, taught that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead “…is a spiritual and divine fact, and not material…,” even though the Bible is clear about it being a physical event (John 2:19-21; 20:20; Luke 24:15; Acts 2:32). If Jesus was resurrected physically from the dead, that would place Him in a position superior to Baha’u’llah, and nullify all Baha’i claims. My question is, on what authority are the co-founders, Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l Baha, able to change the clear teaching of the Bible–other than their claim to have such authority? Anyone can make such claims.
- Perhaps most critical of all is the Baha’i claim that Jesus is only a manifestation of God, like the many other manifestations who have founded religions. You say, Edwin, that they are all “perfect mirror images” of God, but not God Himself. But Jesus claimed to be God, not just a mirror image of Him. He is incarnation, not manifestation (John 1:1,14; 8:58; Colossians 2:9; Titus 2:13).
The Baha’i concept of Jesus is based upon the revealed word of Baha’u’llah, and you believe his interpretation is true because he has said so. This is circular reasoning. “I know Baha’u’llah’s statement ‘God cannot incarnate’ is true because Baha’u’llah told me it is true.” Such pronouncements are easy to make because there is no accountability, and no way to objectively test such claims. It is analogous to saying fairies really do exist in a dimension parallel to ours that we have not yet discovered. Such statements, neither verifiable nor falsifiable, are of no value.
Jesus said in John 14:6,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Your contention is that this was only for Jesus’ dispensation, and ended with the coming of Muhammad. However, there is no indication in the text that this is time-dependent. On the contrary, this statement could only be made by Him because of what He uniquely has done–died upon the cross for the sin of the world.
If you truly believe that the Bible is an infallible record of God’s revelation to man then I would urge you to leave all the pretenders and come to God incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ.
Author: Rev. Robert Pardon of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR). P
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By Dennis James Rogers
I became a member of the Baha’i Faith in the early seventies while an undergraduate at a small private midwestern university. The initial attraction was to the social teachings of the Faith particularly the tenets about gender and racial equality. I had been raised as a Roman Catholic and had attended parochial and public schools, but was not very well versed in Biblical Christianity. Since the sixties and seventies were a time of social upheaval and turmoil, the Baha’i Faith seemed like a rational alternative to traditional religious dogma. My connection to the group was minimal during my college years but picked up after I graduated in 1973. I had “accepted ” the Faith based on a conversation with a Baha’i teacher who asked me if I agreed with the basic nine tenets of the Faith, I told him I did and he said I was a Baha’i. This was quite ironic considering that one of the basic tenets is “independent investigation of the truth”. I had not taken the time to investigate nor done a thorough examination of it’s history or doctrine, something that I would not do until many years later while pursuing a role as a Baha’i apologetic.
In 1974 there was an International Convention held in St. Louis to initiate one of the plans that the Baha’i Administrative Order imposes on the rank and file. The plans originated with Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, they are ten-year plans, five-year plans, four-year plans, and seven-year plans or as little as one year plans. The plans have goals for teaching (expansion and consolidation) and “pioneers” which are similar to missionaries with the exception that pioneers are not subsidized by the organization, pioneers are expected to finance their own travel expenses, find employment and establish themselves as part of the city, village or community in which they are pioneering. The pioneer is to teach the faith, find new converts, establish a local spiritual assembly, (a local governing body consisting of nine adults) and then move on to a new pioneering post after the task has been completed. The Universal House of Justice, the international governing body for the Bahá’is, generally established what the goal areas were with input from the National Spiritual Assemblies, the national governing bodies. I must comment that many pioneers I met, rarely if ever established Local Spiritual Assemblies and generally left their “posts” to return home. Pioneering is considered a glorious spiritual station and a certain degree of social pressure is put upon the members to become pioneers. The pioneers I met in the United States who came from the Middle East, primarily from Iran, were people of means, educated and wealthy. The early pioneers of the Baha’i Faith (from the West} were also people of means. This can be verified by the early written Baha’i history of the United States and Canada.
Being a new member of the group, I was not aware of the Baha’i culture, I was first asked to answer telephone calls from people interested in the Faith, there was considerable publicity on television, bill boards and newspapers about the convention with a phone number to call for people interested in finding out more information concerning the Faith. I was to answer questions, secure addresses and phone numbers to send literature for follow up by Baha’i teachers. The older members, not wanting to answer phones, attended the conference, which was presented by the ruling Baha’i elite. The nine members of the Universal House of Justice and the remaining living “Hands of the Cause”. The Hands were individuals who had been appointed by Bahá-u-lláh, Abdul Bahá or Shoghi Effendi. The rank and file members, due to their high spiritual station of “servitude”, regarded them as spiritual giants. Their main function was to protect and propagate the Faith. They were to protect the Faith from schism, but were apparently unsuccessful after the death of Shoghi Effendi in 1957, the only appointed Guardian of the Baha’i Faith. There have been, since his death, two main splinter groups, the Orthodox Bahá’is and the Bahá’is Under the Provision of the Covenant (BUPC) that I am aware of. I do not know what the other group’s membership numbers are or their exact doctrines since contact with them is forbidden. They are to be shunned as “covenant breakers” and are considered “spiritually diseased” by the Baha’i Administrative Order. To be quite honest, I really was not that interested in them.
Written by an Ex-Baha’i Member
I am a former Baha’i and a student (admirer) of Shia Islam. I don’t see any intolerance towards Baha’is in any Islamic country, except Iran.
In Iran also, Baha’is are tolerated and entitled to all basic human rights that other Iranians are entitled to. They are only forbidden to teach their ‘religion’ to others and they are also not allowed to form any ‘administration.’ AFAIK, if religion is your personal affair then no one in Iran cares about what you believe.
Baha’i Faith has a very strong administration and tight control over its members. They have political connections with the so called ‘world powers’ and they have ‘Office of External Affairs’ in every country that maintains relations with government offices and influence their foreign policies. They have extremely good relations with Iran hostile countries.
Baha’i Faith is not a ‘simple’ religion like any other religion! This is a religion with strong administration. There is surveillance by Baha’i Police (the ABMs for protection), that monitors individual Baha’i activities, in case of suspicion, problematic Baha’is are warned / punished with sanctions / shunned / ex-communicated. Baha’i faith is considered a dangerous NWO cult in Iran.
Baha’i faith has a long history of violence in Iran, its predecessor, the Babi faith was responsible for at least 3 civil wars that killed 1000s of Iranians.
So, all Baha’i activities are minutely monitored by Iranian government and those Baha’is are prosecuted who violate Iranian laws. Iran hostile countries term this “prosecution” as “persecution” because this serves their agenda. Today there are more than 300000 Baha’is in Iran but only ~70 of them are in prisons for several crimes.
In all other Islamic countries, Baha’is enjoy full freedom. In Pakistan they are a recognized minority, they are represented very well, their holidays are respected and they enjoy all benefits that other minorities enjoy.
In Pakistan Shia community is a more persecuted community. They have lost 1000s of lives in past 3–4 decades.