Contradictions Part 1


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

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

1. Is the Principle of Compulsory Universal Education New?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: All mankind should attain knowledge and acquire education. This is a characteristically new teaching of Bahā’u’llāh in this dispensation.

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 455.

We have already discussed in the previous articles with references that this is not a new principle. Readers may refer to below link for detailed information.


2. Is Education the Same for All or Dependent on Capacity?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: All humankind must receive the same education with the same guidelines and the same methods.

“It is necessary that the guidelines and laws of education be the same [everywhere] so that all humankind are given the same education. This means education and nurturing must be the same in all schools. All elements and methods must be the same,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 148.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Everyone cannot be a scientist. Only educate people according to their capacity and needs!

“Among other teachings and principles Bahā’u’llāh counsels the education of all members of society. No individual should be denied or deprived of intellectual training, although each should receive according to capacity. None must be left in the grades of ignorance, for ignorance is a defect in the human world. All mankind must be given a knowledge of science and philosophy—that is, as much as may be deemed necessary. All cannot be scientists and philosophers, but each should be educated according to his needs and deserts,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.108.


3- Loving Laws That Promote Ignorance or Claiming That All People Must Be Educated?

Bahā’u’llāh: There must be universal compulsory education.

The Bāb in the Bayān: Destroy all non-Bābī books,teach nothing but the Bayān, and do not own more than nineteen books.

Bahā’u’llāh: A single letter from the Bayān is more dear to me than everything that is in the skies and the earth.

Reference with saying:

“Teaching a book other than the book of Bayān is not allowed unless it has in it what is related to theology (kalām). [Teaching] those [sciences] which have been invented such as logic (manṭiq), principles [of Jurisprudence] (uṣūl), and other [sciences], is not permitted for those who have faith,”

Ref: The Bāb, Farsi Bayān, unit 4, chap. 10.

“You have been prohibited in the Bayān from having more than nineteen books. If you do so, you will be fined 19 mithqāls of gold,”

Ref: The Bāb, Arabic Bayān, unit 11, chap. 7.

“I [swear by] He who in His hand is my soul and my essence, a single letter from the Bayān is dearer to me than everything that is in the heavens and the earth,”

Ref: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. 5, p. 333.

Courtesy: Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings


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