To His Excellency Abbas Effendi Abdul Baha.
Inasmuch as your views and doctrines in our religion are radically different from those of my father, your younger brother, Mohammed Ali Effendi who was chosen in the ‘Book of My Covenant’ the last Will of Baha’u’llah, to occupy after you the same position you occupy now:
And inasmuch as this difference between both of you spreads among the followers of Baha’u’llah and divided them into two parties; one following you and believing in your personal teachings, and the other party which joined your brother believing in the teachings of Baha’u’llah only and considering them final as he declared:
And, inasmuch as we were all commanded in the ‘Most Sacred Book’ Kitáb-i-Aqdas, to bring our differences to the utterance of Baha’u’llah, which sufficed the world, whereby they should be settled:
And, inasmuch as our duty is to establish peace at home, among ourselves first, before we preach others to do so:
I hereby beg your Excellency to appoint a conference of peace and spirituality to hold its meetings at the city of Chicago, or some other place, at a certain time, in otder to discuss with the language of love and kindness the differences between the said two parties and settle them in accord with the utterances of Baha’u’llah and His Commandments.
If it please you, said conference would be composed of your Excellency with some learned ones of your followers, myself and Dr. I.G. Khayru’llah, who introduced Baha’ism into America and Christendom with a few of our party.
My father Ghusni Akbar, authorized me to state, that he will accept and sanction whatever your Excellency would establish with me and with his representative Dr. I.G. Khayru’llah.
The official language of said conference shall be the U.S.Language, a neutral interpreter should be hired to translate from the Arabic language all that you would like to say and in the meantime to translate to you all the discussions of the conference. Also to ask the Associated Press to send a reporter to write the minutes of the conference; and to invite three American savants to attend the meetings and acts witnesses and judges.
I suggest the questions and discussions to be the following;
First: Why your Excellency concealed a part of the ‘Book of My Covenant,’ the will of Baha’u’llah? That will was entrusted to you that you might give all of it to the followers of Baha’u’llah.
Second: Ghusni Akbar was chosen to occupy after you the same position you occupy, and your Excellency claimed that he was cut off and fell. How is it possible that he fell from the said position before having had a chance to occupy it?
Third: What grounds have you to claim that you are the Center of the Covenant? God only is the center of the Covenant.
Forth: Why do you claim to be the Interpreter of the Utterances of Baha’u’llah? He declared in the Book of Wisdom that there is no Interpreter to them save Himself.
Fifth: How could it be that you are the manifestation of servitude and Baha’u’llah declared it to Himself only? Also He taught there are no manifestations after Him until one thousand years passed from His appearance.
Sixth: Why do you claim the great Infallibility calling your letters sacred tablets and revelations? Baha’u’llah said; ‘Whosoever claimeth a mission before the completion of one thousand years from His Manifestation is a lying impostor.
Seventh: Why do you teach that this greatest Manifestation has three chiefs, the Bab, Baha’u’llah and yourself? Baha’u’llah said: “There is no one else beside him in the Kingdom.” Likewise the Bible taught that at the latter days we shall have one shepherd, only one chief and not three. Also Baha’u’llah said: ” He hath no agent, no successor, and no son.”
Eighth: Why do you claim and in the same breath deny that which you claim?
Ninth: Why do you teach and spread the teachings of Baha’u’llah as you were commanded to do, instead of spreading your own?
I close this open letter, appealing to your Excellency by justice, love and unity to grant my request.
Your Humble servant,
The Grandson of Baha’u’llah,
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IN THE YEAR 1960 a man named Jamshid Rohani was born in Iran. He was born into a Baha’i family, but never declared himself a Baha’i. He was a very spritual youth, and travelled throughout Iran to study all the various religions. He choose to be a Dervish (ascetic). He claimed to have many mystical experiences and visions in which his spirit would leave his body, and he would travel to the Third Heaven. While in these visions to have conversed with many Prophets and Saints, such as Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, and others. During these out-of-body experiences Rohani would question these Great Souls and receive answers. Upon reaching adulthood he began to study English from friends who had studied in America and England in the 1970s and 1980s.. In 2004 he walked across the western Iranian Zagros mountaints and sneeked past boarder guards, sneeking into Turkey. From Turkey he travelled to Greece, and eventually found his way to the United States. He stayed in the U.S. for five years, learning English and studying the various Christian denominations while he worked as a cab driver in New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, Washington. While in Seatle he made a few American disciples. In 2010 Rohani declared he was returning to Iran, but instructed his American disciples to form The Friends of God International; a worldwide fellowship of followers of the Good Religion.
Jamshid Rohani taught that there is only One Religion of God, the Good Religion, and that all the major religions today are just “orders” of the Good Religion. He taught that the Supreme Being is Ahura Mazda, the Only Wise Lord. He taught that the Zoroastrian religion had been corrupted over thousands of years by uninspired high priests, and he sought to restore the Good Religion back to its original purity; a religion without required rites, compulsory rituals, mandatory congregational meetings, heirarchies, or priests. He taught that the Good Religion is a very simple religion: one based upon good thoughts, good words, and good deads. He taught that the Religion of God consists of how we treat other sentient beings, and not how we prayer or what Messenger or Prophet we claim to follow, or what caste we belong to.
Rohani was interviewed, and these interviews were recorded in long-hand, and Rohani instructed his disciples to publish these interviews after he returned to Iran. Jamshid Rohani denied he was a Messenger or Prophet of God, but insisted he was a Muhaddath (Arabic: “One Spoken To”) meaning a non-prophet who is spoken to by an angel or one who sees a vision. He was taught in the Third Heaven that Muhammad (Peace Be Unto Him) was the Last Prophet of God for humanity on this planet, and that no more prophet or messenger will come except in visions to the Seers (Muhaddatheen). Rohani preached that Islaam is not a religious faith, but a religious practice of submitting one’s will to the Will of God daily. He taught that Rabbinical Judaism, Christianity, Islaam, the Religion of the Druze, and the Religion of Truth (Ahl-i-Haqq) were just variations of the One Religion of God: the Good Religion. Jamshid Rohani taught:
“If Islaam were the umma (community) of the Apostle of God, peace be unto him, then all those who belong to that umma would be Muslims. But, Islaam is not a religious community, but a religious practice. Islaam is submitting my will to the Will of God. If my heart is sincere, and I submit my will to the will of God, then I am practicing Islaam. Yet, if I call myself a Muslim, and prayer five times a day, and go to Masjid on Friday, but if I oppress the poor, and deceive others in business, and if I are cruel to my wife, and to animals, and if I neglect the orphan and the widow and the sick and the aged and the infirm in body and mind, and do not give to them a portion of my substance, then I am not a Muslim but a hypocrite. Yet, if I am a Christian, or a Jew, or a Buddhist, and I submit my will to the Will of God, to the best of my knowledge and ability, then I am truly a Muslim, even if I have never read the Qu’ran, and even if I do not belong to the umma of Muhammad, Peace be Unto Him.” (The Good Book).
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Ruhi is not and does not represent the Baha’i Faith or Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestation of God.
While Bahá’u’lláh taught unity of Faith, he never spoke of a singular teaching dogma such as Ruhi. Quite the contrary, Bahá’u’lláh advocated freedom of discussion and thought.
The principles of the strict uniform teaching method for the Baha’i Faith called Ruhi are based on the harsh instructional disciplines of Marxist liberation theology that has roots in the jungles of South America. The teaching method was copied, adapted and espoused by Farzam Arbab, who started a personal business in Cali, Columbia – the Ruhi Institute – during the height of the cocaine activity in the area. Arbab named his endeavor “Ruhi” after his father.
Arbab – a man driven by the fundamentals of Marxism has been described as “ruthless,” “vicious,” and “vindictive” – subsequently managed to gain a seat on the Baha’i Universal House of Justice in Haifa. Once in a seat of power and influence, Arbab set about manipulating leadership and the fundamental foundations of the Baha’i Faith.
The Marxist-rooted influence of Arbab is a dark force, a test, a momentary challenge that the Baha’i Faith must overcome … and it will.
Baha’is are an interesting bunch.
Normally, a man-made belief like bahaism is riddle with inaccuracies and contradictions in its own dogma. But bahaism go to an extreme in this.
I have heard SEVERAL different and contradictory “explanations” about the whether or not Baha’ullah is a prophet of God. One says he is not, but he is a messenger. Other say he is, but for the so-called “Adamic cycle”.
Then, the Bab was the Imam Mahdi but wait a minute, Baha’ullah according to Bahaism is the promised one of Islam, making Baha’ullah the Mahdi!
Bahais have over several contradictory explanations of this like my favorite one, “Baha’ullah can be both at the same time (Jesus and the Mahdi while bab is also the Mahdi and in some reports, Jesus as well!!!). Baha’is have told me with a straight face that both Bab and Baha’ullah were the Mahdi and they didn’t realize the stupidity of what they just said.
Getting back to the issue of whether or not Baha’ullah was a prophet, it is known that Jesus was a prophet of God. If the Baha’is who insist that Baha’ullah was not a prophet, how could they say that they
believe that he is the return of Jesus when Jesus is a prophet? So they do believe that Jesus is a prophet without even realizing it!
The Baha’i dogma/creed lacks any solid foundation. ..
Funny how the claimed numbers of Baha’i keeping growing exponentially when in fact membership is down! 7millions now, lol.
Must be claiming 3 – 1/2 million in India alone! Growth in West has been not only been stagnant for the past 30 years but is in fact shrinking as Hossein Banani openly admitted when being asked why the Baha’is of Canada were trying to sell off some of their unused real estate in the Yukon near Whitehorse.
From The Yukon News article Dec.1 2004: although Banani and Tama stress the impending sale is not a sign the Baha’i community is leaving the territory, membership in the faith is down. “Some people have left the faith”, “some have gone into hibernation.” said Mr.Banani.
In other words so many people have ” left the (Baha’i) faith” or have “gone into hibernation”, that the attrition rate is greater than the enrollment rate, forcing the Canadian National Spiritual Assembly to sell off it’s real estate to keep solvent.
The number of claimed Baha’is in India is bogus. The greater majority of those who are claimed as Baha’i members in India are infact still Hindu’s. When a Hindu says that Buddha was an Avatar it doesn’t make them a Buddhist just as when a Hindu says that Baha’ullah was an Avatar it doesn’t make them a Baha’i.
William Garlington’s personal experience in India bares this fact out: ..From my own experiences in the mass teaching areas of Madhya Pradesh in 1973-74 it was fairly apparent that declaring oneself a Baha’i did not mean that an individual was being put in the position of having to *leave* his own religious tradition (which in this case was primarily Hindu). Indeed, in the villages that I visited it seemed apparent that declared Baha’is for the most part continued to practice traditional behavioral idioms. Moreover there was little indication that they had abandoned the Hindu *world view*. They had declared their belief in Baha’u’llah as an avatar and were *compartmentalizing* their Baha’i activities so as not to directly come into conflict with traditional village or regional norms. As many were from the lower castes (unclean and untouchable) ritual purity was not as big a factor as for higher caste Hindus. My own conclusion was that the Baha’i Faith better fit the category of a *bhakti* movement rather than a new religion in that it 1)allowed for *converts* to express their *deviant* attitudes within a compartmentalized frame of reference (Baha’i institutions such as Feast and Assembly Meetings) 2) was highly devotional in nature and 3) tended to show a preference for symbolic and utopian expressions of change rather than direct social action. (With the onset of specific development programs in the 80s and 90s this aspect of the Faith in India may well have changed to some degree, although I would doubt that
there has been much attempt to openly combat caste prejudice in the name of the Faith.) All of this is to say that IMO what allows for the large numbers is the fact that in India one can be a Baha’i and still be a Hindu. If such an approach were taken in the United States I would imagine that the number of Baha’is here would also be dramatically increased.
7 million, lol; more like 2 million at that is probably still a stretch.
What could possibly be the Baha’i Administrative Order’s motivation for so grossly exaggerating the number of Baha’i in the world? Could it be because the Baha’i faith’s claimed: “global prominence”, is in fact: growing obscurity?
I have noticed that many Baha’is regulars have been very upset to read that Baha’u’llah is a false Christ. They wonder how can a man they see as great and sincere claim to be the second coming of Jesus and yet did not fulfill the prophecies.
- They wonder why Baha’ullah didn’t return to the Temple Mount.
- Why he didn’t come in a time of Armageddon.
- Why didn’t he live and establish universal peace, etc
- They still insist that Baha’ullah was the second coming of Christ.
These Baha’is are at a loss for words. How can they prove that Baha’ullah is the second coming of Jesus? How can they explain why Baha’ullah did not fulfill the prophecies? Will they say that Baha’ullah fulfilled the prophecies in a “metaphorical way?” Will they say that Baha’ullah “sincerity” is proof that he was real?
Whether Baha’is are willing to admit that Baha’ullah did not fulfill the prophecies of the second of Jesus or not is not really the issue? The issue is why these people will still believe in an impostor despite the evidence. Is it because of a blind, emotional allegiance and devotion to this man and the religion he created? Is it because the nonsense of Baha’i makes more sense to them than reality?
Look at how the Bible and Hadiths explain the false Christ and how they will deceive many (excerpts from:
“At that (end) time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to DECEIVE . See, I have told you ahead of time. “
So if anyone tells you,
‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. FOR AS LIGHTNING THAT COMES FROM THE EAST IS VISIBLE EVEN IN THE WEST, SO WILL BE THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN” (Mathew 24:23-27)
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Jesus-Bible-Mathew 7:15.10)
“Watch that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Jesus-Bible-Mark 13:6)
“And many false prophets will come and deceive many people” (Jesus-Bible-Mathew 24:11) [Luke 21:8]
And he said, “Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!’ and, `The time is at hand!’ Do not go After them.
Hadith from Islamic Books :
Hanzalah al-Aslami reported: I heard AbuHurayrah (Allah be pleased with him) as narrating from Allah’s Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) who said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, Ibn Maryam(Jesus Christ) would certainly pronounce Talbiyah for Hajj or for Umrah or for both (simultaneously as a Qarin) in the valley of Rawha. Sahih Muslim Book 7, Number 2877:
When did Baha’ullah do this pilgrimage?
“The prophets are like brothers; they have different mothers but their religion is one. I am the closest of all the people to Jesus the son of Mary BECAUSE THERE IS NO OTHER PROPHET BETWEEN HIM AND MYSELF. HE WILL COME AGAIN AND WHEN YOU SEE HIM YOU WILL RECOGNIZE HIM. He is of medium height and his coloring is reddish-white. He will be wearing two garments and his hair will look wet.
He will break the cross (destroy Christianity), kill the swine, abolish the Jizya (tax on non-believers) and CALL THE PEOPLE TO ISLAM. DURING HIS TIME, ALLAH WILL END EVERY RELIGION AND SECT OTHER THAN ISLAM and he will destroy the antichrist. Then peace and security will reign on earth (Ahmad)”
If a Baha’i does admit that Bahaullah was a false Christ, then that person is no longer Baha’i. Now I know the mystery to why Baha’is refuse to admit the truth.
They rather accept a refuted belief and make themselves go through self-induced delusions than admit to the facts.
As a true seeker of the independent variety, I am sorry to say one of the three Bahai central figures called Abdu’l-Bahá `Abbás did make remarks which would be considered in today’s European Union as racist, but are considered divine and sacred by the institutions of the Baha’i Faith.
Tablets of `Abdu’l-Bahá `Abbás Pages 576-580
“O ye beloved of God and maid-servants of the Merciful!.
“The inhabitants of a country like Africa are all as wandering savages and wild animals; they lack intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one civilized and wise man is to be found among them.
On the contrary, consider the civilized countries, the inhabitants of
which are living in the highest state of culture and ethics, solidarity and inter-dependence; possessing, with few exceptions, acute power of comprehensions and sound mind”
A century ago such remarks would have been the accepted norm amongst white Europeans and less than white Iranians. But calling someone with a dark skin “savage, a wild animal or a Nigger” today, can end you up in jail in the new EU of 26 countries as this report in the Irish Emigrant shows:
“Michael McNulty (40), of Cabra in Dublin, was sentenced to a month in prison for shouting a racist remark at a man from Sierra Leone.
McNulty was cycling in the city centre in May when he shouted at Nicholas Jacob, who had been living in Ireland for the past three years, “Hey, you nigger, go home to your own country, you black bastard”. Two gardaí who were in the vicinity heard the remark and
arrested McNulty immediately.
There are a number of other cases recently were a Member of Parliament, a sports presenter and a TV show host have all been severely reprimanded for racist remarks to the public, the media, or
However, in challenging Abdu’l-Bahá’s above statement, I have to say Africa is not a country, but a large continent. History also informs us there were civilizations in Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan (countries within Africa) long before civilizations appeared in Europe and certain parts of Asia.
In another book titled The Secret of Divine Civilization http://www.ibiblio.org/Bahai/Texts/EN/SDC/SDC-1.htmlauthor Abdul Baha informs the Persian people of the historical collapse of their own past empire and civilisation. So who is Abdul Baha to judge, that Africa never had previous civilisations who have come and gone long before Dr Livingstone discovered “Dark Africa” for Christ and “The British Empire” in the 1860’s