Abdu’l-Baha Wouldn’t Bathe for Months at a Time and How Baha’is Suppressed this Fact

Baha’u’llah has enjoined upon his followers to bathe once a week:

“It hath been enjoined upon you to pare your nails, to bathe yourselves each week in water that covereth your bodies, and to clean yourselves with whatsoever ye have formerly employed. Take heed lest through negligence ye fail to observe that which hath been prescribed unto you by Him Who is the Incomparable, the Gracious.”

According to Baha’i scripture, Abdu’l-Baha wouldn’t bathe for months at a time. This act going against his father’s orders, has been censored and supressed in published works of Baha’is or simply distorted in the translation of Baha’i works into English. We will present here two such documents.

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Bahai Hypocrisy – So much for Independent Investigation of Truth! Don’t open email, just delete…!

THE NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF CANADA

17 January 2001 / 18 Honour 157

To all Local Spiritual Assemblies and all Regional Bahá’í Councils

January 17, 2001

Re: Mr. Ross Campbell

Dear Friends,

The National Spiritual Assembly and the Counsellors have now found it necessary to share with all of you guidance from the Universal House of Justice regarding Mr. Ross Campbell, a resident of British Columbia, whose recent email communications have apparently been sent to believers in various parts of the country. In a letter of 14 April 2000 addressed to the National Spiritual Assembly, the Universal House of Justice stated:

“…we write to advise you of the conclusion of the Universal House of Justice that Mr. Campbell has become an avowed supporter of the pretensions of Joel B. Marangella. As your Assembly is aware, Mr. Marangella is an active Covenant-breaker, one of the several former followers of Charles Mason Remey who have laid claims of their own to the Guardianship.

“…The friends should be advised to avoid any contact with him, both for their own spiritual protection and the protection of the Cause. In the poignant words of His last Tablet to the believers in America, the Master cautions: ‘O friends of God! Be awake, be awake; be vigilant, be vigilant!’, and He reiterates the command of Baha’u’llah: ‘If anyone comes to you with the book of the wicked, put him behind you.'”

Anyone who receives a communication from Mr. Campbell should be advised to inform the National Spiritual Assembly immediately, to delete it unopened, and make no response.

The National Spiritual Assembly will offer ardent and continuing prayers for the preservation of the spiritual health of the Canadian Baha’i community and its utter loyalty to Bahá’u’lláh’s mighty Covenant.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Judy L. Filson, Secretary

cc: Counsellors A. M. Ghadirian and D. Smith
National Spiritual Assembly (8)
All Auxiliary Board members (17)
International Pioneer Committee
National External Affairs Committee
National Teaching Committee

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A marriage made in hell: Baha’is, Russia, the Duginists and the Alt-Right

The Baha’i Temple (mashriq’ul-azkar) in Ishqabad, Turkmenistan (circa early 20th century)

From a Facebook status update

Because of their connection to the Tsarists before 1917, the Baha’i presence in the USSR was under some level of suspicion during the Soviet period. Stalin ordered the seizure of their temple in Ishqabad, Turkmenistan in 1928 but leased it back to them until 1938 when the property was taken over outright by the state. The structure was finally demolished in the 1960s by the Turkmenistan Soviet Socialist Republic authorities, having already been heavily damaged following an earthquake in 1948.

Now, Baha’ism was a proscribed ideology under the USSR, and for good reason too, particularly given its longstanding, deep linkages to the British empire and the Anglo-American establishment in general. This all changed with the Gorbachev period and the end of the Cold War, and from this time forward the Baha’is have been returning to Russia and the former Soviet republics in droves, setting up organizations and missionary activities up and down the former USSR. Although Russia is supposedly an ally of the Islamic Republic of Iran — this,while the Baha’is remain an archenemy of the current system in Iran (esp. as their world-headquarters is located on Mt Carmel in Haifa occupied Palestine with the evidence of systematic collusion on many levels between the Zionist entity and the Baha’is being quite long and extensive) — the Russian state has allowed the Baha’is — and esp. the dominant sect of the Haifan Baha’i (UHJ) organization — to flourish in Russia without much impediment or any serious questions being asked. Many Protestant missions and New Age groups have apparently been thrown out of Russia in recent years, but not the Baha’is. For those who wish a comparison in order to understand the dynamic, Haifan Baha’ism is to the Islamic Republic of Iran what the Gulen organization and Gulen networks are to Erdogan and Turkey.

Now, the relationship of Baha’ism with the Russians began as early as the 1850s when a step-brother of Baha’ism’s prophet-founder, Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri Baha’u’llah (d. 1892), was an employee working for the Russian embassy in Tehran. It was through the devices of this brother that Baha’u’llah briefly found refuge in the Russian embassy in 1852 following the failed assassination attempt on the Iranian sovereign Nasiruddin Shah Qajar (d. 1896) by Baha’u’llah’s fellow Babis. While the Baha’is have vigorously denied it, placing the blame instead exclusively on Shaykh ‘Azim Turshizi (d. 1852), some Azali Babi sources assert with pretty convincing evidence that the mastermind of the failed assassination attempt on the Iranian Qajar king was none other than Baha’u’llah himself. During this event the Russian embassy became instrumental in brokering Baha’u’llah’s reprieve from certain death by the Qajars, even facilitating his exile from Iran following the event, a fact which indicates that the Iranian authorities of the time (like the Azali Babi sources some decades later) also believed that Baha’u’llah had been a mastermind (if not THE central mastermind) of the failed assassination attempt on Nasiruddin Shah’s life.

Fast forward to the present. I have been watching very closely for some years now as a developing relationship has bloomed between individual Baha’is on social media (who I believe are quite close to the Baha’i authorities in the US and Israel) with the Duginists. While on the surface this relationship ostensibly does not make any sense, as the articulated values of Baha’ism are diametrically opposed to almost everything Duginism claims to stand for, yet it is nevertheless happening for those watching it unfold. I can name names here, but I will not for the time being. I will leave that for another time. Reciprocally, for their part the Duginists seem to be quite sympathetic to the Baha’is, especially since I am common enemy #1 to them both. Time after time over the past 12-14 months, certain prominent Duginists in social media (some of whom are published on the Katehon) have jumped to the defense of the Baha’is while verbatim repeating their canards. There is also an ongoing relationship between the aforementioned Baha’is in social media and the North American alt-right movement in general. Such atypical anomalies — which now seem to be standard in this Brave New World ruled by the (il)logic of the inverted and malefic metaphysics of Chaos — should be noted, esp. by authorities in Iran and also by the Left far and wide worldwide. While people pretend to profess one thing, in the real world often other things appear to be happening from behind the scenes where (just as with Baha’ism’s cozy relationship with Zionism and Jewish supremacism) we now have this generation of white supremacist neo-Nazis on friendly terms with them as well.

One explanation for this deepening relationship between the Baha’is, the Russian state, the Duginists and the so-called alt-right is obviously “Israel,” since the Zionist entity is a common covert financier and supporter to them all. But there is more going on here than meets the eye. So watch this space, and watch it carefully.

Source : http://wahidazal.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-marriage-made-in-hell-bahais-russia.html

Universal House of Justice is worried about the Internet!

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARIAT
22 February 2016

Transmitted by email

The National Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha’is of …

Dear Baha’i Friends,

As you know, although the primary responsibility for coordinating the defence of the Baha’i community from the misrepresentations of its detractors and the attacks of its assailants lies with the institutions of the Faith, the individual believer can contribute to this field of endeavour. However, such individual contributions are best made after consultation with the institutions and the receipt of necessary guidance.

The advent of the Internet and the subsequent proliferation of websites, blogs, social media, and messaging systems create both new opportunities for defending the Faith and new challenges. Instances have arisen in which the intemperate language used on the Internet by individuals in defence of the Faith, and unwise comments made by them, have been seized on by the authorities in Iran to justify the repressive measures they are exerting against the Baha’i community. The Universal House of Justice has asked us to share with you its concern about this matter and to direct your attention to the need to assist those particular friends in your country who are active on the Internet in this field to be mindful of the high standards that the Teachings call on us to uphold in our use of language.

To assist you in this matter, we have enclosed a compilation, “Defence of the Faith and the Use of Language”, in both English and Persian, prepared at the Baha’i World Centre at the request of the House of Justice. It is hoped that through the careful study of the compilation those involved in the defence of the Faith will find ways to frame their remarks in a manner befitting the nobility of the Cause for which the dearly loved friends in Iran are sacrificing so much. 

Dearly loved sacrificing friends of Iran !!!!!?
With loving Baha’i greetings, Department of the Secretariat

Enclosures

cc: International Teaching Centre Baha’i International Community, United Nations Office,

New York and Geneva Baha’i International Community Brussels Office Baha’i Internet Agency Offices of External Affairs of Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Rahmatu’llah Muhajir – Pioneer of Fraud Practices in Baha’i Faith

Rehmatullah Muhajir

This short treatise is an analysis of Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir’s rise in the Baha’i Faith and the means adopted by him to give prominence to the Baha’i Faith. In the end, I have also attempted to present the many present day unfortunate situations having source in the means adopted by him.

I presume that the readers are fairly aware of the Baha’i Faith and its founder and contributors. One such personality, given a heroic status, is Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir. Much is stated about his pioneering efforts at Mentawai Island from 1953-1957, from where onwards he got the greater than life status in the Baha’i Faith. Let us closely analyze his efforts in this period:

a. Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir went to the Islands as a physician appointed by the Government of Indonesia. He was on the pay-rolls of the Government. However, Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir tried to use this opportunity to influence few inhabitants and introduce the Baha’i Faith.b. Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir cleverly projected his efforts as service to humanity externally and within the Faith as service for the Cause. The fact was, he wanted to get prominence in the Baha’i Faith and saw himself as a contestant for future engagement in managing the affairs. The Government of Indonesia was paying for all this!

c. If service to humanity was his goal, why did he return to the Holy Land immediately on passing away of the Guardian? The answer is very clear – to occupy a position in the Faith.

d. If Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir had converted several thousand natives of Mentawai Island, where are they presently after almost three generations? Today Christianity, Islam and native belief – in that order – are the prominent beliefs. There is no trace of Baha’i Faith in the island.

e. The Mentawai Island has seen several devastating earthquakes and Tsunamis in past 60 years. While many world nations and communities have been seen supporting rescue and rehabilitation efforts, the humanity loving Baha’i Faith, was never to be seen. What happened to service of humanity, a salient principle of the Faith? Or was Mentawai a failed case for the Faith?

From the above it is clear that Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir spent a paid holiday in the beautiful Mentawai Island for four years along with gaining prominence in Faith.

Another of Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir’s so called success in spreading the Baha’i Faith is his contribution to the Indian Baha’i Community. Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir was in India, in early 60’s had attained sufficient position to avoid staying in third world India. He used to frequent often and is credited to have been instrumental in growing the community numbers from 850 in 1961 to 1000000 in 1979, the year of his death. He is also credited to have established the Rabbani School and Faizi Institute. Now let us analyze Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir’s Indian sojourns:

a. Both the Institutes were established by seeking government grants projecting the humanitarian vision of the Baha’i Faith. Both the institutes became notorious later as Baha’i propagation centers and were/are under continuous surveillance by the Indian intelligence agencies.

b. Both the institutes became a ground for collecting funds from wealthy Baha’i communities across India and the world. The only beneficiaries were Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir’s family members.

c. Needless to say such Institutes don’t survive in the long run. Both are under verge of closure and would be most likely taken over by the government or other non-Baha’i trusts.

d. Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir, after his Mentawai success, became a master at inflating numbers. He taught this art to the Indian Baha’i Community. That is why we find mind boggling numbers of assemblies in this period (stated around 10000 LSA’s in India) and huge surge in community members. Official Government census from 70’s to present day say differently. Present community strength in India is less than 5000 (Exact 4572, census 2011). Where is the huge community that Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir is credited with?

e. Present day Baha’i Administration is facing embarrassment in public and facing anxious moments under scrutiny by intelligence agencies to justify the inflated numbers. Loyalty and integrity of the Baha’i Faith members is under question. All this is the legacy of Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir.

f. Mohajer family members, who have inherited unscrupulous habits from their uncle are keeping the same tradition alive in India through Payman Mohajer. The Mohajer’s have been a big liability in India for past 50 years.

Payman Mohajer

g. It is well known that during 60’s he had strained relations with his ever-supporting wife. He preferred company of younger ladies. There are several old-timers to vouch for this, although official history conveniently overlooks this while creating a saintly image of Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir.

To conclude, Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir was a publicity seeking, shrewd manipulator. True to his Persian blood. His so-called service to the Baha’i Faith is only to promote himself. He has cleverly mis-appropriated Baha’i funds to build assets and settle his family. He has seen the Baha’i Faith as a family business to be passed on from generation to generation. He has successfully, in that regard created the Muhajir brand for reaping benefits in decades to come. Unfortunately, several sincere Baha’is are hardly remembered, while fraudsters as Dr Rehmatullah Muhajir are immortalized.

Regretfully yours,
A concerned Baha’i

Source : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/talk.religion.bahai/9N3d8imjsdg

 

November 4, Shoghi Effendi’s Death Anniversary

Shoghi Effendi’s niece Maliheh Afnan, the artist daughter of Ruhangiz Afnan

On November 4, 1957, Shoghi Effendi passed away suddenly at the age of 60 from the Asian flu in London where he was shopping for furniture and ornaments for the International Archives building. He died having violated Bahá’u’lláh’s command in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas that “Unto everyone hath been enjoined the writing of a will.” Having no children of his own and having declared every living male descendant of Bahá’u’lláh a Covenant-breaker, Shoghi Effendi left no eligible candidates for the office of Guardian, posing a serious problem given his assertion that “In this Dispensation, divine guidance flows on to us in this world after the Prophet’s ascension, through first the Master, and then the Guardians.” He had furthermore stated in The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh that

Divorced from the institution of the Guardianship the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh would be mutilated and permanently deprived of that hereditary principle which, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has written, has been invariably upheld by the Law of God. “In all the Divine Dispensations,” He states, in a Tablet addressed to a follower of the Faith in Persia, “the eldest son hath been given extraordinary distinctions. Even the station of prophethood hath been his birthright.” Without such an institution the integrity of the Faith would be imperiled, and the stability of the entire fabric would be gravely endangered. Its prestige would suffer, the means required to enable it to take a long, an uninterrupted view over a series of generations would be completely lacking, and the necessary guidance to define the sphere of the legislative action of its elected representatives would be totally withdrawn.

It is worth reading and reflecting on how Shoghi Effendi describes in God Passes By the misfortunes, illnesses, and deaths of those individuals he had declared Covenant-breakers…

[Mohammad Ali Bahai’s] brother, Mírzá Ḍíya’u’lláh, died prematurely; Mírzá Áqá Ján, his dupe, followed that same brother, three years later, to the grave; and Mírzá Badí’u’lláh, his chief accomplice, betrayed his cause, published a signed denunciation of his evil acts, but rejoined him again, only to be alienated from him in consequence of the scandalous behavior of his own daughter. Mírzá Muḥammad-‘Alí’s half-sister, Furúghíyyih, died of cancer, whilst her husband, Siyyid ‘Alí, passed away from a heart attack before his sons could reach him, the eldest being subsequently stricken in the prime of life, by the same malady. Muḥammad-Javád-i-Qazvíní, a notorious Covenant-breaker, perished miserably. Shu‘á’u’lláh who, as witnessed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in His Will, had counted on the murder of the Center of the Covenant, and who had been despatched to the United States by his father to join forces with Ibráhím Khayru’lláh, returned crestfallen and empty-handed from his inglorious mission. Jamál-i-Burújirdí, Mírzá Muḥammad-‘Alí’s ablest lieutenant in Persia, fell a prey to a fatal and loathsome disease; Siyyid Mihdíy-i-Dahájí, who, betraying ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, joined the Covenant-breakers, died in obscurity and poverty, followed by his wife and his two sons; Mírzá Ḥusayn-‘Alíy-i-Jahrúmí, Mírzá Ḥusayn-i-Shírázíy-i-Khurṭúmí and Ḥájí Muḥammad-Ḥusayn-i-Káshání, who represented the arch-breaker of the Covenant in Persia, India and Egypt, failed utterly in their missions; whilst the greedy and conceited Ibráhím-i-Khayru’lláh, who had chosen to uphold the banner of his rebellion in America for no less than twenty years, and who had the temerity to denounce, in writing, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, His “false teachings, His misrepresentations of Bahaism, His dissimulation,” and to stigmatize His visit to America as “a death-blow” to the “Cause of God,” met his death soon after he had uttered these denunciations, utterly abandoned and despised by the entire body of the members of a community, whose founders he himself had converted to the Faith, and in the very land that bore witness to the multiplying evidences of the established ascendancy of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Whose authority he had, in his later years, vowed to uproot.
As to those who had openly espoused the cause of this arch-breaker of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant [Mohammad Ali Bahai], or who had secretly sympathized with him, whilst outwardly supporting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, some eventually repented and were forgiven; others became disillusioned and lost their faith entirely; a few apostatized, whilst the rest dwindled away, leaving him in the end, except for a handful of his relatives, alone and unsupported. Surviving ‘Abdu’l-Bahá by almost twenty years, he who had so audaciously affirmed to His face that he had no assurance he might outlive Him, lived long enough to witness the utter bankruptcy of his cause, leading meanwhile a wretched existence within the walls of a Mansion that had once housed a crowd of his supporters; was denied by the civil authorities, as a result of the crisis he had after ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing foolishly precipitated, the official custody of his Father’s Tomb; was compelled, a few years later, to vacate that same Mansion, which, through his flagrant neglect, had fallen into a dilapidated condition; was stricken with paralysis which crippled half his body; lay bedridden in pain for months before he died; and was buried according to Muslim rites, in the immediate vicinity of a local Muslim shrine, his grave remaining until the present day devoid of even a tombstone—a pitiful reminder of the hollowness of the claims he had advanced, of the depths of infamy to which he had sunk, and of the severity of the retribution his acts had so richly merited.

It should be noted, that because Bahá’í law forbids the “transport the body of the deceased a greater distance than one hour’s journey from the city”, Shoghi Effendi was buried at the New Southgate Cemetery in London, far from the Bahá’í holy shrines in Israel. Not far from his grave in Southgate, however, rests Shoghi Effendi’s niece Maliheh Afnan, the artist daughter of Ruhangiz Afnan, who Shoghi Effendi had declared a Covenant-breaker for marrying the son of Siyyid Ali Afnan, who ‘Abdu’l-Bahá had declared a Covenant-breaker.

Baha’i cult UHJ admonishes Jamshed Fozdar

Mr. Jamshed Fozdar – disenchanted Baha’i of Singapore
 THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARIAT

Bahá’í World Centre • P.O. Box 155 • 31001 Haifa, Israel
Tel: 972 (4) 835 8358 • Fax: 972 (4) 835 8280 • Email: secretariat@bwc.org

6 November 2009

The Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá’ís of Singapore

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

The Universal House of Justice has received your letter dated 2 November 2009, together with its enclosures, regarding the further actions of Mr. Jamshed Fozdar. His latest communication to your Assembly is indeed highly regrettable. Your Assembly should write to him to say that it has nothing further to add to what was conveyed to him in your letter of 15 October 2009 and to urge him to reflect upon the guidance it contained.

The House of Justice has also noted Mr. Fozdar’s actions in sending critical and contentious messages to Bahá’í institutions and agencies in Singapore. It is confident that your Assembly will assist them not to be disheartened by such communications and remind them that there is nothing to be gained by attempting to engage in a dialogue with the writer. Rather they can be encouraged to move forward with vital work of the Cause within the framework of the Five Year Plan, turning their faces to the Abhá Beauty and trusting in His unfailing care and protection.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Department of the Secretariat

cc: International Teaching Centre
Board of Counsellors in Asia
Counsellor Irene Chung

Source : http://singaporebahai.blogspot.com/

NSA Netherlands : “The Universal House of Justice has advised us… to remove your name from our membership roll”

Self enthusiastic Baha’i Theologian – Sen McGlinn

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the Netherlands

November 2005

Dear Mr. McGlinn,

The Universal House of Justice has advised us of its conclusion that, on the basis of your established pattern of behaviour and the statements you have published, you cannot properly be considered as meeting the requirements of Baha’i membership.

Accordingly, we have removed your name from our membership roll and have informed the Baha’i institutions concerned.

Sincerely …[signature]

Source : Sen McGlinn’s blog.

What a Joke !? Baha’is of India identify themselves as Muslims due to persecution !

Shoeb Khan | TNN | Sep 10, 2016, 11.36 AM IST

JAIPUR: The state has just one registered Jew and about 85 Parsis among its population of 6.85 crore, as per the Census report on other religions released recently.

Parsis, who set foot in this region during the British era over a century ago, are on the verge of `extinction’ in the state. Both these ethnic minority have their roots in Ajmer, Merwara, which was directly under the colonial rule.

In a surprise, Rajasthan also has 50 persons who identified themselves as members of Natural Religion (religion of nature), which follows Native American traditions.

However, none of them could be traced. Pushkar in Ajmer has a rich history of Jews which goes back to the period before the founding of Israel (1948).

Over the past few decades, the number of Jews outnumbers other foreign tourists in Pushkar. It’s also home to one of the nine Chabads (religious centre of Jews) in the county , where Jewish festivals are still celebrated.

Though TOI tried to track the lone Jewish person registered as a Rajasthan national, he couldn’t be traced. The Jewish population is barely above 500 in the country. Parsis, known for their business acumen, came to Ajmer to establish the railways from Gujarat and Bombay . They numbered 300 during the period between 1870 and 1890. With the Parsi population fast declining in the country , their numbers have dwindled to 85 in 2011.

Adarbad Motafram, a lone priest living in Ajmer and a caretaker of the fire temple, says, “Barely 20-21families from my community are left in Rajasthan. Ajmer has nine families, Udaipur five, Jaipur three, Jodhpur and Kota one each.We gather during our festivals, with Nowruz the most popular.” Motafram is a geography professor at the Government College of Ajmer.

Buddhism, which had flourished in Hadoti region, has only about 12,000 followers in the state now. The Buddhist monasteries or complexes at four places -Bhairat in Alwar, Kholvi in Jhalawar, Bandarez in Dausa and Ramgoan in Tonk -testifies to the strong presence of Budhism in this region, which has disappeared with time.

Discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) first director-general Alexander Cunningham in the late 18th century , these historical sites are today crying for attention from the state.

Baha’i, considered one of the most persecuted religions, also has its presence in Rajasthan, in Jaipur. They often hit the headlines for being persecuted in Iran and Turkey . Figures say that the state has 18 Baha’is. They also have a religious centre in Sanganer which faced attacks in 2015 over the ownership of property . Most of their religious practices are identical to Islam, and names similar to Muslim names. Baha’i religious leaders claimed they have followers numbering to about 20,000 in the state.”Due to persecution, we identify ourselves as Muslims,” said a Baha’i leader, requesting anonymity.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Rajasthan-has-one-Jew-85-Parsis/articleshow/54262296.cms

Bahais and Violence: Abdul Baha, the Face Slapper

When Baha’is preach their beliefs, the audience are induced into believing that Baha’ism is a peaceful religion refraining from all forms of violence. In the current article, using historical evidence from trusted Baha’i eyewitnesses, we will show that this is simply not the case and Abdu’l-Baha was a violent person who would routinely slap people.

Take that!

One of the key witnesses to these acts is Khalil Shahidi who was born in Akka and was a trusted companion of Abdu’l-Baha and other Baha’i leaders for about forty years. According to the famous Baha’i translator Ahang Rabbani:

“As a trusted resident believer of ‘Akká and a longtime custodian of the House of ‘Abbúd, he was at a unique vantage point to observe ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as He dealt, neutralized and triumphed over all opposition and adversaries.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p.3)

Khalili narrates many violent acts from Abdu’l-Baha. In one instance a question is met not with an answer, but a slap:

One day in the birúní[outer section] of the blessed House of Haifa, He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] stated, “I have forgotten my handkerchief.” One of the friends who was known as Ustád Muhammad-‘Alí Banná, remarked to this effect, “How is it possible for the manifestation of Truth to forget anything?” Immediately, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá slapped him and stated, “Over forgetting a handkerchief that man puts a hundred souls to test.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, pp. 100-101)

In another instance he states that a certain person who opposes him needs a slap. The man mysteriously dies the next day:

One of the inhabitants of ‘Akká was exhibiting great opposition. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stated, “He needs a slap.” Next day that person died. It was said to His blessed presence, “He received his slap,” but He did not respond. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 41)

In yet another incident a man asks Abdu’l-Baha for a bribe. He receives a beating instead:

Thereupon, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sought water to perform His ablution. With the utmost deliberation, He completed His ablution and then commenced to perform the long obligatory prayer of the Muslims. During His prayer, the man kept interrupting, “This matter must <p.225> be concluded quickly, as there is little time!” Meaning that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá should end His obligatory prayer and attend to this urgent matter. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá finished His prayer, with the utmost dignity and authority He came close to him and slapped him several times, saying, “I sent it for you.” With great stress and anxiety, never having imagined such an outcome, he held his face and head, and shouting, screaming and roaring, he returned to the government office and informed his comrades of what had transpired. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 116)

This story has been narrated from Abdu’l-Baha by multiple witnesses. For instance, Doctor Habib Mu’ayyad a member of the National Spiritual Assemblies of Iran and a frequent visitor of Abdu’l-Baha narrates it like this:

‘Hurry, Effendi, it is best not to delay this matter!’ I asked, ‘Which matter?’ He replied, ‘The issue of the money!’ ‘The money was sent a while ago. Why are you here?’ I told him. ‘How was it sent? By whom was it sent?’ he inquired. I said, ‘By now it has reached the Mutasarrif. Go quickly!’ He rose and began to put on his shoes; and, when he turned back towards Me, I slapped him hard and was about to slap him again, but he fled and went to the Mutasarrif who had inquired, ‘Why did it take you so long? Where is the money?’ He replied, ‘By God, I went to them, but all I received was ahard beating. Look, my face is still quite red! These people are very tough!’ (Ahang Rabbani, Eight Years Near Abdu’l-Bahā: The Diary of Dr. Habib Mu’ayyad, p. 431)

Another visitor to Abdu’l-Baha, Mirza Isa Khan, who according to Ahang Rabbani “had been a devoted Bahá’í of his time” states that after receiving the slaps, Abdu’l-Baha threw the man down from the height of the building:

I went and performed My ablutions and stood for obligatory prayer. Afterwards, I recited prayers. He was in a hurry and I was protracting [My meditations]. At the end, I said to him, “I have sent the money.” He inquired, “With whom did you send it?” I replied, “Stand up!” Then slapped him in the ear, lifted him and threw him down from the height of the building.(Ahang Rabbani, With Abdu’l-Bahá: The Diary of Mirza ‘Isa Khan Isfahani)

What is even more amazing, is the fact that Abdu’l-Baha says the following statement before narrating the aforementioned story: The Blessed Beauty has freed us from all restraints. He teaches that we must be kind to all, even to our enemies.”

Khalili narrates another story about a group of people who were harassing the Baha’is of Egypt:

During the blessed days of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a person in Egypt was the leader of a band of men, and would provoke these men against the Bahá’ís of Egypt, and for this reason had brought about difficulties. One day that same person arrived in Haifa from Egypt. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá summoned him. After the man entered into ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence, He said to him, “You are causing injury to my community.” Then he was the recipient of warnings, admonishments and several slaps. After he left [the room], immediately he was summoned once more. He thought to himself that perchance the page had turned [and this time ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would be friendly to him], but it was not so since upon his entrance, one more time, the same thing occurred and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá picked up where He had left off. When this man returned to Egypt, he gave unequivocal, emphatic and decisive command to that band and emphasized, “You should not show any malice towards this community [i.e. Bahá’ís], as no one can defeat their Chief [‘Abdu’l-Bahá]; He is mostpowerful and able.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 127)

So how does Abdu’l-Baha justify his actions? Khalili continues:

One time, He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] stated, “With some people, a thousand counsels and admonishments would not have the same effect as a slap.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 128)

Many people who commit violent acts utter similar arguments, so what advantage does Baha’ism have over other opinions and why all the commotion about Baha’is being peaceful and refraining from physical abuse? Matters don’t finish here. In fact Abdu’l-Baha had hit people in different shapes and forms innumerable times. This is what Khalili tells us directly after the previous quote:

 At all events, in different forms and taking <p.255> different shapes, many such occurrences would take place – so many that they remain unnumbered and uncountable. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, while extremely meek, was the zenith of power and grandeur. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 128)

Can Baha’i leaders be considered peaceful non-violent people? How can the leader of a group of people who cannot abide by his own words and the orders of his father be considered a teacher of morals and peace? Apparently, when Baha’u’llah had prohibited conflicts and striking others, he was giving orders to everyone but his own beloved son:

Ye have been forbidden in the Book of God to engage in contention and conflict, to strike another, or to commit similar acts whereby hearts and souls may be saddened. (Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, pp. 72-73)

Conflict and contention are categorically forbidden in His Book. (Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 221)

How can someone who has a reputation of having slapped different people innumerable times, condemn violent acts: “In this, the cycle of Almighty God, violence and force, constraint and oppression, are one and all condemned.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 149)

The Quran and the Bible condemn this attitude:

Do you order the people to do good but forget about yourselves whilst you read the Book! Do you not use your reason! (Quran 2:44)

You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? (Romans 2:21-22)

And why isn’t the true violent face of Abdu’l-Baha ever shown to those being preached about Baha’ism?

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