Abdul Baha – Racist with Foot in Mouth Syndrome…

“The black man must be grateful to the white man”-Abdul Baha

Here is ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Exemplar and Interpreter of the Baha’i Faith) speaking about Blacks:

“The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice for the black race.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.111

“If man is left in his natural state, he will become lower than the animal and continue to grow more ignorant and imperfect. The savage African tribes of central Africa are evidences of this.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.308

”If we study human beings such as the aboriginal tribes of central Africa, who have been reared in complete subjection to nature’s rule, we will find them deficient indeed. They are without religious education; neither do they give evidences of any advance toward civilization. They have simply grown and developed in the natural plane of barbarism. We find them bloodthirsty, immoral and cannibalistic in type to such an extent that they even kill and devour each other.”

Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.399

“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.”

Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p.576

The Founders of the Baha’i Faith are The Bab and Baha’u’llah. Both of Them owned black slaves; although Baha’u’llah forbade the practice of slavery among His folowers in 1874.

The Bab bought and sold black people who were forced to serve; whether they wanted to or not. They called their Masters by the Persian term for “Master”.

They couldn’t do anything without their master’s permission. They were “slaves”; in any language you choose to use. It is not I am trying to rewrite history! Rather, the NSA of the U.S. tried to get the book that reveals this (*Black Pearls* by Afnan–a descendants of The Bab) “quieted” and “covered-up”. Thankfully, Anthony Lee (the black publisher of Kalimat Press) didn’t listen to them

The argument that ‘Abdu’l-Baha could NOT have considered Africans inferior in intelligence “because” He dedicated His life to Race Unity doesn’t follow. He considered mankind a Family. Even in families, some children are more intelligent than others. I’m not saying I think blacks are (in general) less intelligent. I’m saying that ‘Abdu’l-Baha may have thought so. Isfandiyar was not the only slave/servant of Baha’u’llah – there were  many more.

– Darrick Evenson

About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

5 Responses to Abdul Baha – Racist with Foot in Mouth Syndrome…

  1. Elena says:

    Some are posting lies about the Baha’i Faith online. The Baha’i Faith stands and has always stood for race unity. The Vision of Race Unity:



    It is not true that the Baha’i Faith promotes racism. Here are the answers to your allegations:


    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Elena:

      Thanks for your comments.

      The Bahai Faith is racist to the core. In every LSA and NSA it is run by Persians only. Bahais do not allow others to come up. Secondly, why women are not allowed to serve on the UHJ


      • sableindian says:

        Not true. If there is an African American in a Bahai community, they are always on the assembly. If you feel that there is bias…bring it up. We learn from everyone. And this is from a Bahai who has not been to a meeting in several months. Everyone needs to work on their race bias. We need to be open and talk. We also need to talk about gender bias.

    • sableindian says:

      A few years back, my brother, who is not a Bahai, brought this to my attention. Since then, I have read the Promulgation of Universal Peace several times. As a woman who possessed DNA across the board, but, depending on the length of my hair am either recognized as Native American or African American, I may have a different take on this.
      Also, my question is, why did I have to learn this from
      1. A non-Bahai?
      2. Years after I became a Bahai?
      I am going to read the links and come back. I talked to some people about this and have never gotten a sufficient answer, no one has gotten back to me, and have not been understood.
      In the meantime, I’d like to know what LIES have been said about the Bahai Faith online? I think anyone can recognize a lie when they research honestly. And if you rely on God to take care of HIS people and HIS reputation, you should have no worries. But, the blanket statement about lies brings up an eyebrow.

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