3- Education and Nurturing Will Not Dispel Ignorance
In the Baha’i creed the criterion for ignorance and non-ignorance is not education. The criterion is accepting Baha’ism or rejecting it. We will repeat here what we have quoted many times:
“If today, someone grasps all of the knowledge on earth but stops at the word ‘yes’ (meaning does not become a Baha’i), the Lord will not pay attention to him (ladī l-Ḥaqq madhkūr na) and he will be considered as the most ignorant amongst the people.”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Iqtidārāt wa chand lauḥ dīgar, p. 111.
“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 Baha’is).”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, pp. 138–139.
“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.”
Reference: `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī (Tehran: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 129 Badī`), vol. 7, p. 160. In the scanned image of this book available at reference.bahai.org this page has been incorrectly replaced with the same page from vol. 8 of the book. The typed file in Microsoft Word format does not have this error.
4- The Manners of Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā as Two Examples of Baha’i Education and Nurturing
Bahā’u’llāh’s manners are a clear example of the intended result of Baha’i education and nurturing.
He called those who opposed him donkeys
“Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists,”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 174.
He called his brother polytheist, calf, scarab (dung beetle), tyrant, and Satan.
“When Mīrzā Yaḥyā Azal started opposing the works, deeds, and words of his esteemed brother (Bahā’u’llāh) in Edirne . . . he dropped down from his [high] stature and the rank of union and agreement [that he had with Bahā’u’llāh] and was gradually—in the tablets, works, and revelations [from Bahā’u’llāh]—referred to with codes, references, and names such as the polytheist, the calf, the scarab (dung beetle), the tyrant, the Satan, the devil, the foul swamp, the buzzing of a fly, and similar names,”
Reference: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. 5, p. 345–346.
He even went as far as calling non-Baha’is bastards and animals.
“Whoever denies this apparent exalted luminous grace (meaning Baha’ism), it is worthy that he asks his state from his mother and he will soon be returned to the bottom of hell,”
Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 4, pp. 355 and `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 78.
“Whoever has the enmity of this servant (meaning Bahā’u’llāh) in his heart, certainly Satan has entered their mother’s bed,”
Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 79.
For example, “Today, according to the decree of the Point of Bayān (meaning the Bāb), those individuals who turn away from this Novel Affair (meaning Baha’ism) are deprived of the garb of being called and described [as humans?] and are assembled and mentioned as animals in the presence of God,”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 213.
We should point out that this degree of manners and politeness emanates from the same Bahā’u’llāh that says:
“Politeness is one of mankind’s traits that distinguishes him from other [creatures]. He who has no success in [being polite] then his demise certainly has—and will have—priority over his existence.”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 203–204.
`Abdu’l-Bahā followed his father’s example and used the same rude trend of name-calling towards his opponents:
“They are senile like arrogant fools and not seashells full of gems. They are ecstatic from the smell of garbage like dung beetles and not from the scent of a flower of gardens. They are lowly earthworms buried beneath the great earth not high flying birds. They are bats of darkness not the searchlights of clear horizons. They always make excuses and like ravens, have nested in the landfills of fall (autumn) . . . so you Oh true friend and spiritual helper . . . attack these unjust foxes and like a high soaring eagle drive away these hateful ravens from this field.”
Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 442–443.
The words of `Abdu’l-Bahā best describe this situation:
“We should be fair. How can we expect a person that has failed in nurturing his children, spouse, and family to succeed in nurturing the people of the world? Is there any doubt or uncertainty about this issue? By God, no!”
Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 2, p. 182.
How can someone be a promoter of universal compulsory education when he fails to educate himself and his children?!
According to `Abdu’l-Bahā, the validity of a prophet’s claim can be verified by observing his ability in educating and nurturing human kind:
“Prophets are public teachers. If we want to see that prophets are teachers we must independently seek the truth. If [prophets] nurture the souls and take them from the depths of ignorance to the peaks of knowledge, then they are surely true prophets.”
Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, pp. 203–204.
Courtesy: Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings