Was Baha’ullah a Prophet or Imposter??!

Courtesy : http://www.angelfire.com/journal/baha/bahastatus.html

In Islam, worship of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is one of the gravest sins you can commit. Muslims don’t like being called ‘Muhammeddans’ as they belive that it gives the wrong impression that they worship the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Now  ( some of the ) Bahais try to imitate this by telling others not to call their religion ‘Bahaism’ as they say it is same as calling Islam- Muhammedanism. They say that the right word for their religion is ‘Bahai faith’. On the look of it everything looks fine. But one has to remember that all that glitters is not gold. Let us look at some of the facts and Bahai beliefs and decide whether it is the same as in the case of Islam or not.

Isn’t Bahaullah considered to be a prophet by the Bahais?

Well, the answer is not that simple, we better let the Bahais answer this question for they themselves are very much confused about the station of Bahaullah. Sometimes he is spoken of as God himself & sometimes as a Prophet of God ( They both arent the same, are the? ).  I will merely reproduce here a few of his writing and let the Bahais account for this.

Bahaullah initially claimed to be a Prophet beside the other hundred and one claims. But later on after he knew that he had enough following, he came up & claimed divinity. The following is the first so called revelation that Prophet part of Bahaullah is supposed to have recieved when he was in prison-

‘During the days I lay in the prison of Teheran, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.

To the non Bahais who are new to the faith, Bahaullah is portrayed only as a Prophet. There are several websites on the net which try to prove to the world the prophethood of Bahaullah.  It is however strange that he is also considered as God. Here are a few quotations where Bahaullah declares his divinity.

1. “There is no God but I the Honored , the Wise”.
– Kitab al Aqdas pg 43

2.”Accept whatever is commanded by Baha (himself) the Lord of Eternity”.
-kitab al aqdas pg 144

3.”All praise is for you O Bahaullah, the Creator of existence”.
-Al mubeen pg 34

4.”Obey the commands of your Elevated, Splendorous God, Bahaullah
-Al Mubeen pg 190

5.”You Most beneficent Lord, Bahaullah”,
Al Mubeen 297

The truth is revealed!. In all the above verses Bahaullah is clearly claiming divinity for himself here.

The Bahais even turn towards the shrine of Bahaullah when they offer prayers. Just listen to this statement in the Badaae ul Asaar of Abdul Baha-

6. Bahaullah is unique, Incomparable. It is necessary for everyone to turn towards Bahaullah in his prayers.

Even more revealing is this statement of Bahaullah in a letter to his son Abdul Baha-
7. “This s a letter from Allah, the Honoured and the Wise (Bahaullah) to Allah the Gracious, the Aware (Abdul Baha).”

This statement really shocked me when I read it.
But the one statements which is most hurting to a Muslim is in the Kitab ul Aqdas where Bahaullah writes-

“A lot of requests and supplications from my followers reached ‘My’ Arsh wherein they have asked many questions from me. Thereupon Baha has revealed Epistles upon them. there was a request for revealing the Ahkam (Laws). But due to some wisdom, I withheld My pen and did not accede to their requests. Having received innumerable such requests from them, I have now acceded to their requests so that their hearts may remain alive”.

We have seen above that initially Bahaullah made less dramatic claims as he did’nt have the neccessary following. Only after his popularity & following grew did he publically declare himself divine. We must also note that his claims grew bolder as time passed.

The divine status of Bahaullah is a fact of Bahai faith which is cleverly hidden from the non Bahai. This is clearly a deceptive tactic used by the Bahais. But those people who hide these facts must remember that they cannot hide the truth forever.

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

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