Oneness of Humanity- Contradictions Part II

Should We Utter Rude Words?

Bahā’u’llāh: Do not utter profanities at any one and do not make anyone upset.

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniy-i ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 47, p. 322.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: In the fight over the succession of his father, calls his brother and his followers names such as flies, earthworm, bat, raven, fox …

“They are senile like arrogant fools and not seashells full of gems. They are ecstatic from the smell of garbage like dung beetles and not from the scent of a flower of gardens. They are lowly earthworms buried beneath the great earth not high flying birds. They are bats of darkness not the searchlights of clear horizons. They always make excuses and like ravens, have nested in the landfills of fall (Autumn) . . . so you Oh true friend and spiritual helper . . . attack these unjust foxes and like a high soaring eagle drive away these hateful ravens from this field,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 442–443.

 

Should Traitors Be given Refuge?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: “Give traitors shelter and refuge.”

Reference: Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb, vol. 3, p. 160.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Do not be kind to traitors, for kindness will cause them to revolt.

“One cannot be kind to a tyrant, traitor, or thief, for kindness will make them revolt instead of awakening them. The more you show affection to a liar, the more lies he will tell,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 211.

 

Should We Be Polite or Rude?

Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā: Whoever is without manners, it is better that they be destroyed. We must not insult people.

“Politeness is one of mankind’s traits that distinguishes him from other [creatures]. He who has no success in [being polite] then his demise certainly has—and will have—priority over his existence,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, pp. 203–204.

“The divine principles in this luminous era are such that one must not insult anyone,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, p. 355.

Bahā’u’llāh referring to his brother: Oh donkey, oh cow, Oh polytheist, dung beetle, Satan, fly . . .

“Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 174.

“When Mīrzā Yaḥyā Azal started opposing the works, deeds, and words of his esteemed brother (Bahā’u’llāh) in Edirne . . . he plunged from his [high] stature and the rank of union and agreement [that he had with Bahā’u’llāh] and was gradually— in the tablets, works, and revelations [from Bahā’u’llāh]— referred to with codes, references, and names such as the polytheist, the calf, the scarab (dung beetle), the tyrant, the Satan, the devil, the foul swamp, the buzzing of a fly, and similar names,”

Reference: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. 5, p. 345–346.

 

Those Who Deny Bahā’u’llāh Are Bastards Who Will Go to Hell

`Abdu’l-Bahā: “As soon as we see ourselves superior to others, we will have gotten distant from the path of salvation and prosperity.”

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

Bahā’u’llāh: Whoever denies Baha’ism or is Baha’u’llah’s enemy, is a bastard who will go to hell.

“Whoever denies this apparent exalted luminous grace (meaning Baha’ism), it is worthy that he asks his state from his mother and he will soon be returned to the bottom of hell,”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiy-i āsimānī, vol. 4, pp. 355 and `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 78

“Whoever has the enmity of this servant (meaning Bahā’u’llāh) in his heart, certainly Satan has entered their mother’s bed,”

Reference:`Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj-i shāygān, p. 79.

The result of these words: All Jews, Christians, Muslims, and all other people who do not accept Baha’ism are Bastards.

Must We Be Kind towards Tyrants or Should We Punish Them?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Be kind to tyrants and oppressors!

Reference: Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Amr wa khalq, vol. 3,p. 228.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Punish tyrants so they do not revolt.

“One cannot be kind to a tyrant, traitor, or thief, for kindness will make them revolt instead of awakening them. The more you show affection to a liar, the more lies he will tell,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 211.

 

Kindness towards the Opposition or Enmity?

`Abdu’l-Bahā: We must be kind to the enemies and love the deniers.

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, p. 288.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Meeting with the deniers of Baha’ism is forbidden.

“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, pp. 280.

 

How to Deal with the Unaware

`Abdu’l-Bahā: We must warn the unaware.

“We must . . . warn the unaware, show compassion to the enemies, and love the foes,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, p. 288.

Bahā’u’llāh: Protect yourself from the wicked poisonous breath of the unaware and do not socialize with them.

“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.

 

Is Shunning Bad?

Bahā’u’llāh: We have nullified anything that as a cause for shunning.

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 95.

Bahā’u’llāh: Shun my enemies!

“Shun any man in whom you perceive enmity for this Servant, though he may appear in the garb of piety of the former and later people, or may arise to the worship of the two worlds,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Bahā’ī World Faith—Selected Writings of Bahā’u’llāh and `Abdu’l-Bahā (`Abdu’l-Bahā’s Section Only), p. 431.

 

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Why are the communities engaged in shunning people?! Shunning has a demoralizing effect.

“One thing remains to be said: it is that the communities are day and night occupied in making penal laws, and in preparing and organizing instruments and means of punishment. They build prisons, make chains and fetters, arrange places of exile and banishment, and different kinds of hardships and tortures, and think by these means to discipline criminals, whereas, in reality, they are causing destruction of morals and perversion of characters,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Some Answered Questions, p. 271

“The community, on the contrary, ought day and night to strive and endeavor with the utmost zeal and effort to accomplish the education of men, to cause them day by day to progress and to increase in science and knowledge, to acquire virtues, to gain good morals and to avoid vices, so that crimes may not occur. At the present time the contrary prevails; the community is always thinking of enforcing the penal laws, and of preparing means of punishment, instruments of death and chastisement, places for imprisonment and banishment; and they expect crimes to be committed. This has a demoralizing effect,”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, Some Answered Questions, p. 272.

`Abdu’l-Bahā: Shun those who protest against the Guardian.

“The Hands of the Cause of God must be ever watchful and so soon as they find anyone beginning to oppose and protest against the Guardian of the Cause of God, cast him out from the congregation of the people of Bahā and in no wise accept any excuse from him. How often hath grievous error been disguised in the garb of truth, that it might sow the seeds of doubt in the hearts of men!”

Reference:`Abdu’l-Bahā, The Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahā, p. 12.

 

To Wish Death or Not to Wish Death?

Bahā’u’llāh: Don’t wish unto others what you do not wish for yourself.

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 266.

Bahā’u’llāh: “Die with anger, Oh he who denies this grace.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 213.

“Die with anger O you denying polytheist.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 1, no. 64, p. 276.

 

Why Have All of Bahā’u’llāh’s Descendants Been Shunned and Excommunicated?

Bahā’u’llāh: If the root of a tree becomes corrupt so do all its branches (aghsān) and twigs and fruits and leaves.

“You are like a spring of water. When its source becomes corrupt so do the streams that separate from it. Fear God and be pious. Likewise, look at man. When his heart becomes corrupt so do all his limbs and organs. Likewise, if the root of a tree becomes corrupt so do its branches and twigs (aghsan and afnan) and its leaves and its fruit,

Reference: ” Bahā’u’llāh, Āthār-i Qalam-i A`lā, vol. 2, no. 90, p. 603.

By the time Shoghi died all of Bahā’u’llāh’s blood descendants who are referred to as branches (Aghsān) had become corrupt and were shunned from the Baha’i community!

 

Oneness of Humanity in the Baha’i Kingdom

The earth will be cleansed from the filth of the deniers of Baha’ism and Bahā’u’llāh’s followers will be feared by the people. Thieves will be kicked out of the cities and deprived of all rights. Arsonists will be burned alive, executed, or given life imprisonment.

“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 (denier 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.

““Exile and imprisonment are decreed for the thief, and, on the third offence, place ye a mark upon his brow so that, thus identified, he may not be accepted in the cities of God and His countries,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, The Kitābi Aqdas, pp. 35–36.

“Should anyone intentionally destroy a house by fire, him also shall ye burn; should anyone deliberately take another’s life, him also shall ye put to death. Take ye hold of the precepts of God with all your strength and power, and abandon the ways of the ignorant. Should ye condemn the arsonist and the murderer to life imprisonment, it would be permissible according to the provisions of the Book. He, verily, hath power to ordain whatsoever He pleaseth,”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, The Kitābi Aqdas, p. 203.

 

All the Titles given to Non-Baha’is by Baha’i Leaders

Haters of light, sufferers from spiritual leprosy, unreasonable, unknowledgeable, polytheists, dry wood worthy of fire, possessors of wicked poisonous breath, deniers of God and his signs, hypocrites, ungodly, evil, unhuman, animals, earthworms, livestock, lowly flies, donkeys, dogs, beasts, those who should die with anger, earthly pebbles, people that must be tormented, people who will be cleansed from earth, bastards, children of Satan, manifestations of hell, manifestations of Satan, rising place of Pharaohs, calves, dung beetles, tyrants, devil, foul swamp, senile, bats, ravens, foxes . . .

“It is better not to read books by Covenant-breakers because they are haters of the Light, sufferers from a spiritual leprosy, so to speak. But books by well-meaning yet unenlightened enemies of the Cause can be read so as to refute their charges,”

Helen Bassett Hornby, Lights of Guidance: A Bahā’ī Reference File, chap. XII, no. 628.

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

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