Did the Founders of Baha’ism Believe in the Oneness of Humanity?

Baha’i scripture is replete with violations of this principle. These violations are sometimes so blatant that one reaches the conclusion that this principle should be referred to as the ‘noneness’ of humanity.

Black Africans are All Like Wild Savages and Land Dwelling Animals:

`Abdu’l-Bahā had quite an interesting view about black Africans.

“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, p. 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. In this trip to the black centers, schools, and churches in Washington there were extensive talks with the blacks, and they understood all the points like the intelligent people in Europe. So what difference is there between these two types of blacks other than nurture, with one in utter ignorance and the other in the peak of civilization?”

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


Abdu’l-Bahā’s Opinion About Turks

When Djemal Pasha (One of the most important leaders of the Ottoman government between 1908–1918.) . . . 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 himself 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 (n.p.: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 124 B.), vol. 3, pp. 42–43.


Non-Baha’is Are like Dry Trees 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 a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī (Tehran: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 129 B.), vol. 8, p. 39.

“Do not socialize with those who deny God (This sentence is referring to those who deny Bahā’u’llāh, because he had on many occasions referred to himself as God) and his signs and keep away from their kind.”

“It is 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.

“It is not permitted to interact, speak, or meet with those individuals that have turned away and made their objections apparent. This is an order revealed from the heavens of an Ancient Commander.”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 8, p. 74.

“Run away from he who you do not find my love in his heart, keep away from him, and keep a great distance between you.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 2, p. 345 (sūrat al-aṣḥāb).

“Cleanse your eyes from [seeing] the deniers and the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism) and turn away from them.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 2, no. 81, p. 477.

“Break all ties with the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism).”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Majmū`iy-i alwāḥ-i mubārak-ih, p. 90.

“O SON OF DUST! Beware! Walk not with the ungodly and seek not fellowship with him, for such companionship turneth the radiance of the heart into infernal fire.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, The Hidden Words of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 42, no. 57.


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