Bahai Principle: Removal of All Prejudices – Contradictions


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contradiction11. Removing All Prejudice or Prohibition of Meeting with Non-Bahais
Abdul Baha: Have no prejudice and show no hatred towards any religion.

Bahaullah and Abdul Baha: Keep away from non-Bahais and do not socialize with them.

“Keep aloof from the scent of ignorant prejudice, enmity, vulgar hatred, and sexual, national and religious delusions, for they are all against God’s religion and His satisfaction and will deprive mankind of God’s graces . . . do not have the slightest hatred towards anyone from any nation, religion, tribe, sex, or land, rather show utmost compassion and friendship,” Riyaz Qadimi, Gulzar-i ta`alim Bahai, pp. 366-367.

“Do not socialize with those who deny God (meaning non-Bahais) and his signs and keep away from their kind,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 8, p. 39; “In it incumbent on ever soul to keep away from the wicked breath of the polytheists (deniers of Bahaism),” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 8, p. 39; “Know that God has forbidden his friends from meeting with the polytheists (deniers of Bahaism) and hypocrites,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 4, p. 280. for more quotes refer to chapter 2.

2. Having No Prejudice or Considering All Non-Bahais Ignorant and Unreasonable?
Abdul Baha: Religious prejudice destroys the foundations of humanity.

Bahaullah: Only Bahais are knowledgeable and reasonable and non-Bahais are ignorant and lack reason.

“The fifth Bahai principle is that sexual prejudice, religious prejudice, spiritual prejudice, national prejudice, and political prejudice are the destroyers of human foundations,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Khatabat (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 147.

“From now on nobody is to be called knowledgeable, except those who have decorated themselves with the garment of this New Affair (meaning those who have become Bahais),” Bahaullah, Badi`, p. 138-139; “If today, someone grasps all of the knowledge on earth but stops at the word ‘yes’ (meaning does not become a Bahai), the Lord will not pay attention to him (ladi l-Haqq madhkur na) and he will be considered as the most ignorant amongst the people,” Bahaullah, Iqtidarat wa chand lauh digar, p. 111; “The general criterion is what we mentioned and any soul who has success in it, meaning recognizes and realizes the Sunrise of Manifestation (meaning himself), will be mentioned in the Divine Book as someone who possesses reason or else he will be (mentioned as) ignorant even if he himself thinks that his reason equals that of the whole world,” `Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 7, p. 160; “No one has denied or will deny what has been revealed by the Ancient Pen (meaning himself) in this Most Great Manifestation regarding society, unity, manners, rites, and being occupied with what has benefits for the people, except that he completely lacks reason,” Bahaullah, Iqtidarat wa chand lauh digar, p. 168.

3. Removing Prejudice or Claiming Each Baha’i worth More than a Million Non-Bahais?
Abdul Baha: People must not regard themselves superior to others.

Bahaullah: “My friends are the pearls of [this] order and all others are earthly pebbles . . . a single one of these (Bahais) is more precious than a million others (non-Bahais),”

“One of Bahaullah’s teachings is mutual aid between humans. This aid is much greater than equality. It means that not only one must not see himself superior to others; rather, he must sacrifice his life and belongings for other people,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Makatib (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 107.

Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 4, p. 353.

4. Removing Prejudice or Depriving Non-Bahais from Their Share of Inheritance?
Abdul Baha: All people have equal rights.

Bahaullah: Non-Bahais do not inherit from their Bahai parents.

“There is equality between people and complete brotherhood. Justice implies that the rights of humankind be protected and preserved and all have equal rights,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p. 30.

“Bahaullah states that non-Bahais have no right to inherit from their Bahai parents or relatives,” Bahaullah, The Kitabi Aqdas, p. 184.

5. Removing All Prejudice or Calling Non-Bahais Animals
Abdul Baha: The truth can only be exposed when all religions remove prejudice.

Bahaullah: Non-Bahais are animals.

“The follower of Moses must put aside prejudice, the Christian must put aside prejudice, and the Buddhist must put aside prejudice. Not until this is performed will it be possible to expose the truth . . . [no one] should have prejudice,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p.18.

“Today, according to the decree of the Point of Bayan (meaning the Bab), those individuals who turn away from this Novel Affair (meaning Bahaism) are deprived of the garb of being called and described [as humans?] and are assembled and mentioned as animals in the presence of God,” Bahaullah, Badi`, p. 213; “Do not see the polytheists (deniers of Bahaism) but as earthworms and their sounds but the buzzing of flies,” Bahaullah, Athar-i Qalam-i A`la, vol. 1, no. 20, p. 183; “O group of polytheists (deniers of Bahaism), if you take pride in your name remaining amongst the animals or being mentioned amongst the livestock, then take pride in that for you are worthy of it,” Bahaullah, Athar-i Qalam-i A`la, vol. 2, no. 81, p. 452; “Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists (deniers of Bahaism),” Bahaullah, Badi`, p. 174; “When the one who turned away from God halted (in accepting me) and fell off the path, in that moment his body left the garb of humanness and appeared and became visible in the skin of animals. Sanctified is He who changes the beings how he likes,” Bahaullah, Badi`, p. 110.

6. Removing All Prejudice or Calling Non-Bahais Bastards
Abdul Baha: “This century, is the century of progress. These prejudices are unjustified. These are rooted in ignorance.”

Bahaullah: Non-Bahais are Bastards .

Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p. 25.

“Whoever denies this apparent exalted luminous grace (meaning Bahaism), it is worthy that he asks his state from his mother and he will soon be returned to the bottom of hell,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 4, pp. 355 and Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ganj-i shaygan, p. 78; “Whoever has the enmity of this servant (meaning Bahaullah) in his heart, certainly Satan has entered their mother’s bed,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ganj-i shaygan, p. 79.

7. Removing All Prejudice or Saying Non-Bahais Are like Dry Wood That Are Only Worthy of Fire?
Abdul Baha: We act to remove prejudice but others just talk.

Bahaullah: Non-Bahais are like dry wood that are only worthy of fire.

“To reach the goal of (removing prejudice) we strive . . . but others just talk,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p. 99.

“Anyone who has a garden will not allow the dry trees to remain in the garden and will definitely cut them and throw them in fire, for dry wood is only worthy of fire. Thus, O inhabitants of my orchard, protect yourselves from the wicked poisonous breath and void breeze which is socializing with the polytheists (deniers of Bahaism) and the unaware (ghafil),” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ma’idiy-i asimani, vol. 8, p. 39.

8. Removing Prejudice or Depriving of All Graces, Those Who View Non-Bahais as Humans?
Abdul Baha: People must not regard themselves superior to others.

Bahaullah: Whoever call my deniers humans, will be deprived of all of God’s graces.

“One of Bahaullah’s teachings is mutual aid between humans. This aid is much greater than equality. It means that not only one must not see himself superior to others; rather, he must sacrifice his life and belongings for other people,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Makatib (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 107.

“From this day, any individual that mentions as human a single person from those who deny me—whether that [denier] has a high or low stature—they will be excluded from all of (God’s) Merciful Graces, let alone trying to prove [those deniers] have dignity or stature,” Bahaullah, Badi`, p. 140.

9. Removing Racial Prejudice or Calling All Black Africans Irrational Savages?
Abdul Baha: Prejudice destroys the foundations of humanity.

Abdul Baha: The inhabitants of a land like Africa are all like wild savages and land-dwelling animals that lack common-sense and knowledge.

“The fifth Bahai principle is that sexual prejudice, religious prejudice, spiritual prejudice, national prejudice, and political prejudice are the destroyers of human foundations,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Khatabat (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 147.

“The inhabitants of a land like Africa are all like wild savages and land-dwelling animals that lack common-sense and knowledge and are all wild. There is not a single wise and civilized person among them,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Makatib (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 331; “The wild tribes have no superiority over animals. For example what is the difference between African blacks and American blacks? The [black Africans] are cows that God has created with human faces. The [black Americans] are civilized, intelligent, and have culture . . .” `Abdu’l-Baha, Khatabat (Tehran), vol. 3, p. 48.

10. Having No Prejudice or Saying Turks Deserve Ridiculous Answers?
Abdul Baha: “In the presence of God there is no [such thing] as English, French, Turk, or Persian. To God they are all the same.”

Abdul Baha: Turks deserve ridiculous answers.

Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p. 45-46.

“When Djemal Pasha . . . reached Acre and asked to see me, I mounted a donkey and headed for his home. As soon as he saw me, he greeted me and sat me next to him and without hesitation said: “You are a corrupter of religion and that is why the government of Iran exiled you here . . .” I thought to myself that he is a Turk and I must give him a ridiculous and silencing answer,” Asad-Allah Fazil Mazandarani, Asrar al-athar khususi,vol. 3,p. 42-43.

11. Having No Prejudice or Praising the Most Prejudice Based Religion to Ever Exist?
Abdul Baha: Religious prejudice destroys the foundations of humanity.

The Bab: Destroy all non-Babi books. Massacre all non-Babis and destroy their monuments. Teaching non-Babi books is prohibited.

Bahaullah: “I [swear by] He who in His hand is my soul and my essence, a single letter from the Bayan is dearer to me than everything that is in the heavens and the earth.”

“The fifth Bahai principle is that sexual prejudice, religious prejudice, spiritual prejudice, national prejudice, and political prejudice are the destroyers of human foundations,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Khatabat (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 147.

The Bab, Farsi Bayan: “Chapter six of the sixth unit which is about destroying all books but those that have been written or will be written about this order (meaning the Bab’s creed)”; “The utterance of the [book or religion] of Bayan in the day of the appearance of his Highness A`la (meaning the Bab) was to behead, burn the books, destroy the monuments, and massacre [everyone] but those who believed [in the Bab’s religion] and verified it,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Makatib (Egypt: 1330 AH), vol. 2, p. 266.

“The utterance of the [book or religion] of Bayan in the day of the appearance of his Highness A`la (meaning the Bab) was to behead, burn the books, destroy the monuments, and massacre [everyone] but those who believed [in the Bab’s religion] and verified it,” `Abdu’l-Baha, Makatib (Egypt: 1330 AH), vol. 2, p. 266.

The Bab, Farsi Bayan: “The tenth chapter of the fourth unit which is about [the decree] that it is prohibited to teach any book but the book of Bayan.”

Asad-Allah Fazil Mazandarani, Asrar al-athar khususi, vol. 5, p. 333.

12. Removing All Prejudice or Discrimination between Men and Women?
Abdul Baha: All people have equal rights.

Bahaullah and Abdul Baha: Women are inferior to men, they take a smaller share of inheritance, and cannot be a member of the UHJ.

“There is equality between people and complete brotherhood. Justice implies that the rights of humankind be protected and preserved and all have equal rights,” Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Payam-i malakut, p. 30.

“A woman’s question was referred to him who had asked why hasn’t God made any woman Prophets and why have all Divine Manifestations been men. He answered: ‘Although women and men share the same capacities and abilities, there is definitely no doubt that men are superior and stronger. Even in animals like pigeons, sparrows, peacocks, and other [birds] this advantage is visible,’” Mahmud Zaraqani, Bada’i` al-athar, vol. 1, p. 153.

The deceased’s property are split into 2520 portions. Out of these, 1080 are for the children, 390 for the wives, fathers 330, mothers 270, brothers 210, sisters 150, teachers 90 (Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ganjiniy-i Hudud wa ahkam, chap. 10, p. 117-119).

Abd al-Hamid Ishraq Khawari, Ganjiniy-i Hudud wa ahkam, chap. 27, p. 219.

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

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