Contradictions Part – 2

7. Removing All Prejudice or Saying Non-Baha’is Are like Dry Wood That Are Only Worthy of Fire?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: We act to remove prejudice but others just talk.

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

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

Bahā’u’llāh: Non-Baha’is are like dry wood that are only worthy of fire.

“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),”

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


8. Removing Prejudice or Depriving of All Graces, Those Who View Non-Baha’is as Humans?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: People must not regard themselves superior to others.

“One of Bahā’u’llāh’s teachings is mutual aid between humans. This aid is much greater than equality. It means that not only one must not see himself superior to others; rather, he must sacrifice his life and belongings for other people,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 107.

Bahā’u’llāh: Whoever call my deniers humans, will be deprived of all of God’s graces.

“From this day, any individual that mentions as human a single person from those who deny me—whether that [denier] has a high or low stature—they will be excluded from all of (God’s) Merciful Graces, let alone trying to prove [those deniers] have dignity or stature,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 140.


9. Removing Racial Prejudice or Calling All Black Africans Irrational Savages?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Prejudice destroys the foundations of humanity.

“The fifth Baha’i principle is that sexual prejudice, religious prejudice, spiritual prejudice, national prejudice, and political prejudice are the destroyers of human foundations,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 147.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: The inhabitants of a land like Africa are all like wild savages and land-dwelling animals that lack common-sense and knowledge.

“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.


10. Having No Prejudice or Saying Turks Deserve Ridiculous Answers?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: “In the presence of God there is no [such thing] as English, French, Turk, or Persian. To God they are all the same.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 45-46.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Turks deserve ridiculous answers.

“When Djemal Pasha. . . reached Acre and asked to see me, I mounted a donkey and headed for his home. As soon as he saw me, he greeted me and sat me next to him and without hesitation said: “You are a corrupter of religion and that is why the government of Iran exiled you here . . .” I thought to myself that he is a Turk and I must give him a ridiculous and silencing answer,”

Reference: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī,vol. 3,p. 42–43.


11. Removing All Prejudice or Discrimination between Men and Women?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: All people have equal 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.

Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā: Women are inferior to men, they take a smaller share of inheritance, and cannot be a member of the UHJ.

“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 UHJ

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


A Summary and Conclusion

1) Is Removing All Prejudice a new principle?

The extreme form of removing all kinds of prejudice brought forward by Bahā’u’llāh is novel to an extent but nevertheless incorrect and unacceptable.

2) Did the leaders of Baha’ism act upon this principle?

There are numerous documented instances where Baha’i leaders have expressed, religious, racial, and sexual prejudice. This shows that those who created this principle didn’t adhere to it themselves.

3) Is this principle rational and logical?

No rational person will accept that all kinds of prejudice and zeal must be removed. In other religions, this fact has been explained by pointing out that having prejudice on what is right and favorable is not only good but also defendable.

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


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