Contradictions Part 1 – Equality Of Men & Women

Bahā’u’llāh:

“Contradiction has and will not ever have a way in the sanctified realm of the Divine Manifestations.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 126.

Q1. Are Men and Women Equal or Do They Have Distinctions?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: There is no distinction between men and women and there is complete equality.

“The tenth principle of his Highness Bahā’u’llāh is the unity of men and women; for in the view of God men and women are equal. They are all from the human race and the descendants of Adam. Because being male or female is not specific to the human race. Plants have male and female and animals too have male and female and there is no distinction. Look at the plant kingdom. Is there any distinction between male plants and female plants? Rather there is complete equality; and in the Animal kingdom too, there is no distinction at all,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, pp. 149–150.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: There is no doubt that men are superior to women and stronger.

“Although women and men share the same capacities and abilities, there is definitely no doubt that men are superior and stronger,”

Reference: Maḥmūd Zaraqānī, Badā’i` al-āthār, vol. 1, p. 153.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Women are more important and stronger.

“‘Abdu’l-Bahā smiled and asked: “What will you say if I prove to you that the woman is the stronger wing?” The answer came in the same bright vein: “You will earn my eternal gratitude!” at which all the company made merry. ‘Abdu’l-Bahā then continued more seriously: “The woman is indeed of the greater importance to the race . . .”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, `Abdu’l-Bahā in London, pp. 102–103.

 

Q2. Can the Human World Fly with Unequal Wings?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: “The human world, like birds, needs two wings. One women and the other men.”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 134.

A bird will not fly unless both wings are equal.

“From the teachings of his highness Bahā’u’llāh is the unity of women and men, for the human world has two wings. One wing is men and the other wing women. The bird will not fly unless both wings are equal. If one wing is weak flight is not possible. Unless the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in attaining virtues and accomplishments, prosperity and salvation will be impossible and unfeasible,”

`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 107.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: The woman is the stronger wing!

“‘Abdu’l-Bahā smiled and asked: “What will you say if I prove to you that the woman is the stronger wing?” The answer came in the same bright vein: “You will earn my eternal gratitude!” at which all the company made merry. ‘Abdu’l-Bahā then continued more seriously: “The woman is indeed of the greater importance to the race . . .”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, `Abdu’l-Bahā in London, pp. 102–103.

 

 

 

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