Did the Founders of Baha’ism Implement this Principle? – Part 3

Baha’is Must be Educated Only in Baha’i Schools

`Abdu’l-Bahā gives strict orders to his followers to not send their children to non-Baha’i schools:

“It is absolutely prohibited for the children of the friends to go to the schools of others (meaning non-Baha’is).”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (probably Tehran), vol. 5, p. 170.

Is this the meaning of the Oneness of Humanity and not having prejudice?

Why is this distinction made between Baha’is and non-Baha’is?

What is more interesting is the fact that `Abdu’l-Bahā, as usual, did not
mind not practicing what he preached. Although he strictly ordered
Baha’is to not enroll their children in non-Baha’i schools, he enrolled
Shoghi in non-Baha’i schools himself:

It was here that Shoghi Effendi had a very significant dream which he recounted to me and which I wrote down. He said that when he was nine or ten years old, living with his nurse in this house and attending school in Haifa, he dreamed that he and another child, an Arab schoolmate, were in the room in which ‘Abdu’l-Bahā used to receive His guests in the house in Akka . . .

Reference: Rūhīyyih Rabbani, The Priceless Pearl (London: Bahā’ī Publishing Trust, 1969), p. 16.

This trend continued until Shoghi finished high school and college:

Shoghi Effendi entered the best school in Haifa, the College des Freres, conducted by the Jesuits. He told me he had been very unhappy there. Indeed, I gathered from him that he never was really happy in either school or university. In spite of his innately joyous nature, his sensitivity and his background – so different from that of others in every way – could not but set him apart and give rise to many a heart-ache; indeed, he was one of those people whose open and innocent hearts, keen minds and affectionate nature seem to combine to bring upon them more shocks and suffering in life than is the lot of most men. Because of his unhappiness in this school ‘Abdu’l-Baha decided to send him to Beirut where he attended another Catholic school as a boarder, and where he was equally unhappy. Learning of this in Haifa the family sent a trusted Baha’i woman to rent a home for Shoghi Effendi in Beirut and take care of and wait on him. It was not long before she wrote to his father that he was very unhappy at school, would refuse to go to it sometimes for days, and was getting thin and run down. His father showed this letter to ‘Abdu’l-Baha Who then had arrangements made for Shoghi Effendi to enter the Syrian Protestant College, which had a school as well as a university, later known as the American College in Beirut, and which the Guardian entered when he finished what was then equivalent to the high school.

Reference: Rūhīyyih Rabbani, The Priceless Pearl, p. 17.



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