Bicentenary Celeberation reveals some shocking info

The Bahais worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017. A notable feature of the last bicentenary was the number of tributes to Baha’u’llah and messages of congratulation issued by dignitaries and prominent members of society, such responses are customarily by any head of states in response to invitations they had received .

The Bahais as usual having lost any acceptance in the society are elated by such responses, as if the whole purpose of bicentenary celebrations was to receive the responses. The UHJ was quick to commission both a film and a dedicated website for the occasion!

A very notable outcome of this bicentenary celebration was the News media that revealed the relationship of Abbas Effendi with the then British empire. Many news channels broadcasted that Abdul Baha was saved by the British army, another media reported that he was saved by British secret service. The unprejudiced and sincere Bahais were shocked to hear from non Bahai News channel and they started questioning what a ‘Faith’ has to do with the secret service of Imperialistic Nation.This was the first time that non Iranian news channel and news broadcaster have thrown light on Bahai-Britain relationships. These Bahais were fearful to put their question to the Bahai Administration as they feared sanction.

MORE UNEXPLAINED FACTS 

1- British forces ensured the safety of Abdul Baha 

On 23 September 1918, in what is believed to be one of the last cavalry charges in modern military history, Indian soldiers carried out an attack that allowed British forces to capture Haifa from the Ottoman Empire.As they did so, they also ensured the safety of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá who was the son of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith.

At the ​time, Major Wellesley Tudor Pole, one of the officers serving with General Allenby and an early British Baha’i, feared for the safety of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and his family and made a case to General Allenby that they should be protected.”

2-After the Victory British forces Sought interview with Abdul Baha 

“It was under these circumstances that the dramatic Battle of Haifa unfolded, during which two regiments of Indian cavalry soldiers played a critical role in capturing the city from the well-entrenched Turkish and German soldiers.”

“After the victory, large numbers of soldiers and government officials of all ranks sought interviews with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá”

3-Bahaullah and Abdul Baha purchase lands in villages which was depopulated by Israelis ana later Shoghi effendi sold to Jewish National fund. 

On May 14, 1948, the Arab village of al-Nuqayb, where ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had owned land and grown grain, was depopulated in the fighting which broke out after the U.N. General Assembly’s adoption on November 29, 1947 of the Partition Plan for Palestine.

Al-Nuqayb (transliterated as Nughayb in the Bahá’í orthography) is mentioned in Lady Blomfield’s The Chosen Highway, in the sectioned titled Bahá’í Villages.

Abdul Baha bought from time to time some land in various villages. Asfiya and Daliya, near Haifa–these two properties He bestowed upon Diya’u’llah and Badi’u’llah, the two younger half-brothers, at the request of Bahá’u’lláh.

Land was also acquired in the villages of Samrih, Nughayb, and ‘Adasiyyih, situated near the Jordan.

In his book All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, the historian Walid Khalidi details the history of many of these Palestinian villages and how they were depopulated. For example, he notes that in the 1880s most of the village land of al-Nuqayb was purchased by Bahá’u’lláh, with the villagers continuing to farm as tenant farmers. In the 1920s, this land was sold by Shoghi Effendi to the Jewish National Fund. 

4- Abdul Baha supplied The corn produced by in these farms to British army. 

Bahá’í Villages in The Chosen Highway chronicles in some detail how ‘Abdu’l-Bahá used the grain he had grown in these villages to supply the British Army during World War I.

We learned that when the British marched into Haifa there was some difficulty about the commissariat. The officer in command went to consult the Master.

“I have corn,” was the reply.

“But for the army?” said the astonished soldier.

“I have corn for the British Army,” said ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

5- Abdul Baha was Knighted by British Government for his valuable services 

He truly walked the Mystic way with practical feet. [footnote: Lady Blomfield often recounted how the corn pits proved a safe hiding-place for the corn, during the occupation of the Turkish army. -Ed.]

According to Harry Charles Luke, an official in the British Colonial Office who served as assistant Governor of Jerusalem,

Sir ‘Abbas Effendi ‘Abdu’l Baha had travelled extensively in Europe and America to expound his doctrines, and on the 4th December, 1919, was created by King George V a K.B.E. for valuable services rendered to the British Government in the early days of the Occupation. 

On April 27, 1920, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was ceremonially knighted, an event which was prominently reported in the Bahá’í periodical Star of the West.

6- King George sent a Medal to Abdul Baha with the title “SIR” 

THE following beautiful description of this event was written by Dr. Zia M. Bagdadi who was at that time in Haifa: “Among the kings and governments of the world who have become convinced that Abdul Bahá was the well-wisher and the lover of mankind are King George and his government. The King sent a medal to Abdul Bahá with the title, “Sir”, thus making him a member of his household. On the 27th of April, 1920, the Governor and high officials of Haifa, Palestine presented in a beautiful garden a most wonderful celebration for the knighting of Abdul Baha. Bahai pilgrims from Persia, America and all parts of the world were present. Mohammedan, Christian, Jewish leaders, clergymen, notables and local officials from Haifa, Acca and other towns attended. A tent was pitched in the center of the garden. English troops stood on both sides, from the gate of the garden to the center where Abdul Bahá was seated. The military music added wonderful melody to the rustling leaves of the beautiful trees. The breezes of the spring on that sunny afternoon imparted a remarkable vigor to the physical body just as the presence of Abdul Baha strengthened the souls. The Governor stood behind Abdul Bahá and, after a short speech, interpreted by Mr. Wadie Bistani, presented the medal. Then Abdul Baha, rising from his seat, gave a brief talk and a prayer for the British government.

7-Abdul Baha hosted a member of Rothschilds who were leading financier of Zionist movement in occupation of Palestine. 

On February 23, 1914, at the eve of World War I, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had hosted Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild banking family who was a leading advocate and financier of the Zionist movement, during one of his early trips to Palestine.

8-Abdul Baha praised the Zionist movement and welcomed Zionist occupation of Palestine 

On September 8, 1919, subsequent to the British occupation of Palestine, at a time when tens of thousands of Jewish settlers were arriving under the auspices of the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association, an article in the “Star of the West” quoted ‘Abdu’l-Bahá praising the Zionist movement, proclaiming that “There is too much talk today of what the Zionists are going to do here. There is no need of it. Let them come and do more and say less” and that “A Jewish government might come later.”

9-Shoghi Effendi also had close relation with Zionist leaders 

At the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘s death, Shoghi Effendi was matriculated at Balliol College. In a letter to Marzieh Gail, Shoghi Effendi outlined his educational ambitions at Balliol College, specifically to study with eminent professors and Orientalists, noting alumni who were all Imperialists.

After ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ‘s death, Shoghi Effendi would continue to have close relations with the leading political administrators and prominent Zionist leaders. For example, on January 24, 1922, Shoghi Effendi received a letter from Herbert Samuel, the British High Commissioner for Palestine. The receipt of the letter is mentioned in Amatu’l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum’s The Priceless Pearl. As High Commissioner, Herbert Samuel was the first Jew to govern the historic land of Israel in 2,000 years, and his appointment was regarded by the Muslim-Christian Associations as the “first step in formation of Zionist national home in the midst of Arab people.” Herbert Samuel welcomed the arrival of Jewish settlers under the auspices of the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association and recognised Hebrew as one of the three official languages of the Mandate territory.

While Shoghi Effendi was thus occupied and was gathering his powers and beginning to write letters such as these to the Bahá’ís in different countries, he received the following letter from the High Commissioner for Palestine, Sir Herbert Samuel, dated 24 January 1922:

Dear Mr. Rabbani,

I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Jan. 16., and to thank you for the kind expression it contains. It would be unfortunate if the ever to be lamented death of Sir ‘Abdu’l-Bahá were to interfere with the completion of your Oxford career, and I hope that may not be the case. I am much interested to learn of the measures that have been taken to provide for the stable organization of the Bahá’í Movement. Should you be at any time in Jerusalem in would be a pleasure to me to see you here.

The Baha’i Administration is going to have a second centenary celebration next year and that is of Bab, we should be prepared to receive more unexplained Bahai relations with different Nations which will shake the belief of many more Baha’is all over the world.

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

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