Did the Founders of Baha’ism Refrain From Prejudice?

4- Baha’is Have No Prejudice.

`Abdu’l-Bahā says:

Praise God that you have accepted this great affair that is the light of the horizons and the promoter of the oneness of humanity. You detest all prejudice and show utmost compassion and kindness to all religions. You love all humanity.

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, pp. 81–82.

We must not desire ourselves and must regard others as better than ourselves, even those who are not believers . . . we must see all people superior to ourselves . . . we must see other peoples shortcomings as our own shortcomings for if we didn’t have shortcomings ourselves we couldn’t have seen the shortcomings of others. Man must always see himself as imperfect and others perfect.

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 49, p. 326–327.

 

5- Baha’is Have No Prejudice but Non-Baha’is Are Animals

According to Bahā’u’llāh non-Baha’is are animals:

“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.

“Do not see the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) but as earthworms and their sounds but the buzzing of flies,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 1, no. 20, p. 183.

“O group of polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism), if you take pride in your name remaining amongst the animals or being mentioned amongst the livestock, then take pride in that for you are worthy of it,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 2, no. 81, p. 452.

Instead of preaching to non-Baha’is, `Abdu’l-Bahā should have reminded his father that:

“This century, is the century of progress. These prejudices are unjustified. These are rooted in ignorance.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 25.

Is considering non-Baha’is to be non-humans not a clear sign of prejudice? Whose words should Baha’is adhere to? `Abdu’l-Bahā who claims prejudice is rooted in ignorance? Or Bahā’u’llāh who insists on having prejudice?

 

6- Baha’is Are Jewels and Other People Worthless Rocks

If any creed or group had claimed that they themselves were jewels and all other people were worthless pieces of rock, would Baha’is not have expressed their dissatisfaction because of such blatant prejudice?

Why is it acceptable for Bahā’u’llāh to utter such words:

“My friends are the pearls of [this] order and all others are earthly pebbles . . . a single one of these (Baha’is) is more precious than a million others (non-Baha’is).”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 4, p. 353.

Why must one show such ignorance, as `Abdu’l-Bahā puts it, by having all this prejudice:

“We must neither say bad things nor quarrel. We must know that all are the servants of one God and are encompassed with his sea of mercy . . . see how ignorant people can be by being prisoners of such prejudice.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 25.

Even though the words of the leaders of this creed have a high degree of prejudice in them, `Abdu’l-Bahā announces with great pride that:

“We must thank God a hundred thousand times every moment, that thank-god, we have been freed from ignorant prejudice and are kind to all of God’s sheep.”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 43.

 

7- Non-Baha’is Inherit Nothing from Baha’i Parents

If in the Baha’i creed, religious prejudice has really been abolished, and all people, regardless of their religion have equal rights, then why are non-Baha’is deprived of their share of inheritance from their deceased parents?

“Bahā’u’llāh states that non-Baha’is have no right to inherit from their Bahā’ī parents or relatives,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, The Kitābi Aqdas, p. 184.

And why does `Abdu’l-Bahā insist that there are equality of rights:

“There is equality between people and complete brotherhood. Justice implies that the rights of humankind be protected and preserved and all have equal rights.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 30.

How can such discriminatory laws be considered just and manifestations of complete brotherhood?

How are they not examples of clear religious prejudice?

Perhaps Baha’u’llah has a totally new definition for prejudice.

 

8- Racial prejudice in Baha’i teachings

“The inhabitants of a land like Africa are all like wild savages and land-dwelling animals that lack common-sense and knowledge and are all wild. There is not a single wise and civilized person among them,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 331

“The wild tribes have no superiority over animals. For example, what is the difference between African blacks and American blacks? The [black Africans] are cows that God has created with human faces. The [black Americans] are civilized, intelligent, and have culture,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 3, p. 48.

 

9- Sexual Prejudice

`Abdu’l-Bahā:

“To reach the goal of (removing prejudice) we strive . . . but others just talk.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 99.

Now let us see if this is true:

A woman’s question was referred to him who had asked why hasn’t God made any woman Prophets and why have all Divine Manifestations been men. He answered, ‘Although women and men share the same capacities and abilities, there is definitely no doubt that men are superior and stronger. Even in animals like pigeons, sparrows, peacocks, and other [birds] this advantage is visible,’

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

 “The deceased’s property are split into 2520 portions. Out of these, 1080 are for the children, 390 for the wives, fathers 330, mothers 270, brothers 210, sisters 150, teachers 90”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 10, p. 117–119.

Women cannot be a member of the Universal House of Justice.

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 27, p. 219.

 

10- What is the position of Non Baha’is

“Anyone who has a garden will not allow the dry trees to remain in the garden and will definitely cut them and throw them in fire, for dry wood is only worthy of fire. Thus, O inhabitants of my orchard, protect yourselves from the wicked poisonous breath and void breeze which is socializing with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) and the unaware (ghāfil),”

“Do not socialize with those who deny God (meaning non-Baha’is) and his signs and keep away from their kind,”

“In it incumbent on ever soul to keep away from the wicked breath of the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism),”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 8, p. 39.

“Know that God has forbidden his friends from meeting with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) and hypocrites,”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 4, p. 280. for more quotes refer to chapter 2.

“God will soon take out from the sleeves of power the hands of strength and dominance and will make the Servant (Bahā’u’llāh) victorious and will cleanse the earth from the filth of every rejected polytheist (deniers of Baha’ism). And they will stand by the cause and will conquer the lands using my mighty eternal name and will enter the lands and they will be feared by all the servants,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 2, no. 90, p. 587.

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

 

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