Introduction

“Every human being has the right to live; they have a right to rest, and to a certain amount of well-being. As a rich man is able to live in his palace surrounded by luxury and the greatest comfort, so should a poor man be able to have the necessaries of life. Nobody should die of hunger; everybody should have sufficient clothing; one man should not live in excess while another has no possible means of existence.”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Paris Talks, pp. 131–132.

`Abdu’l-Bahā says:

“People are of different [social] classes. Some are extremely wealthy others extremely poor. One lives in a splendid palace whilst another doesn’t even have a hole [to live in]. One has all kinds of food on his table another doesn’t even have a single loaf of bread . . . thus the means of livelihood for people must be remedied.

“It is better that moderation be introduced. Moderation means a series of laws and systems must be put in place which prevent some people from unnecessary accumulation of wealth and [at the same time] provide the necessary needs of the public.”

“The wealthy must have mercy on the poor, but out of free will not by force. It is useless if force is used. There must not be force but a general law by which everyone will know their duty.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 134, p. 142, p. 148.

Abdul Baha contradicts himself in above sayings. Firstly he speaks about different social classes, then he recommends to make a series of law and then finally he says it should be out of free will. If it is out of free will then what is the use of making a series of laws.

 

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