Baha'i man charged with murder of his ex-wife with scissors.

Mokhtar Hosseini and Leila Alavi at the Australian Baha'i Temple
Leila Alavi killed with scissors, police reveal, as estranged husband refused bail.

Mr Monty said Mr Hosseiniamraei followed the Baha'i faith and they were married at the Australian House of Worship on Sydney's northern beaches in 2011.
Ms Alavi was "like an angel with a bright smile", Mr Monty said.

"This is just a tragedy and we are all in shock. I looked to her as a sister. She was the most adorable person you could come across."

Sources :

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/slain-woman-had-tried-to-support-abusive-husband-20150118-12sr6q.html

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/ex-husband-of-hairdresser-leila-alavi-charged-over-her-stabbing-death/story-fni0cx12-1227187991140

http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/leila-alavi-killed-with-scissors-police-reveal-as-estranged-husband-refused-bail/ar-AA8iGJe

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2914283/Woman-stabbed-death-car-shopping-centre-car-park-husband-run-police.html

Baha'i Pioneer Arrested in Yemen

Baha'i Volunteers - Serving the Temple in India

Baha'is in Iran

Baha'is in Iran

Iranian national to stand trial in Yemen for espionage
[12/January/2015]

SANA'A, Jan. 12 (Saba) – An Iranian national is to stand trial in Yemen on charges of spying with a foreign country and seeking to spread a new religion.

The defendant was arrested in Mukalla City of Hadramout province in 2014, while other suspects in the case are pursued by the security services, a judicial source at the Penal Prosecution said.

The prosecution completed the case investigation and referred it to the Specialized Penal Court in the Capital Sana'a as a prelude to start the trial, the source added.

According to the indictment, the accused, whose name is Hamid Mirza Kamali Srostani (Iranian nationality), 51, has impersonated the name of Hamid Kamal Mohammed bin Haidarah and lived in the Socotra archipelago and in Mukalla on the pretext that he has free businesses.

During the period from 1991 to 2014, Srostani has sought with a foreign country (Israel) represented in what is called the Universal House of Justice that he works to its advantage, to spread the Baha'i Religion in the territory of the Republic of Yemen, the prosecution said in the indictment, considering that harms Yemen's political status and its independence and territorial integrity.

In the indictment, the prosecution revealed that the defendant incited a number of Muslims to exit from Islam and embrace the Baha'i religion by enticing the poor families and children with money and charitable aid.

The penal prosecution explained that the accused has held a number of meetings and symposiums in several forums and houses affiliated to him comprising Baha'is and Yemenis to elect members of the so-called 'the central sacred lodge' and form its branches in the provinces.

The defendant falsified many official papers, gave false statements and changed his personal documents and used them to buy land and establish business ventures for the purpose of bringing in a large number of Baha'is to Yemen, the penal prosecution added.

Source : Yemen News Agency (SABA)

Also appeared in Arutz Sheva, Israel

نشر البهائية في اليمن

حامد كمال محمد
براقش نت – سبأ : استكملت النيابة الجزائية المتخصصة بأمانة العاصمة يوم امس التحقيق في قضية شخص يحمل جنسية دولة اسلامية وتم ضبطه في اليمن بتهمة التخابر مع دولة اجنبية والسعي لنشر ديانة جديدة مزعومة .

وأوضح مصدر قضائي بالنيابة الجزائية لوكالة الأنباء اليمنية (سبأ) أن المتهم ضبطته أجهزة الأمن في مدينة المكلا بحضرموت خلال العام الماضي 2014 م، فيما يجرى ملاحقة من يشتبه بهم في القضية .. مبينا أن النيابة الجزائية استكملت التحقيق في هذه القضية وأحالت ملفها إلى المحكمة الابتدائية الجزائية المتخصصة بأمانة العاصمة تمهيدا للبدء بمحاكمته.

وبحسب قرار الاتهام الموجه من النيابة الجزائية المتخصصة فان المتهم والذي يدعى حامد ميرزا كمالي سروستاني (ايراني الجنسية)، انتحل اسم حامد كمال محمد بن حيدرة ويبلغ من العمر(51 عاما) و اقام في ارخبيل سقطرى، وفي المكلا محافظة حضرموت بذريعة أن له أعمال حرة.

وقالت النيابة الجزائية في قرار الاتهام :" وخلال العام 1991م وحتى العام 2014م، سعى لدى دولة اجنبية هي (اسرائيل) ممثلة بما يسمى "بيت العدل الأعظم" التي يعمل لمصلحتها لنشر الديانة البهائية في اراضي الجمهورية اليمنية والتحريض على اعتناق تلك الديانة من خلال السعي للتغرير على بعض اليمنيين بغية إخراجهم من الدين الإسلامي ليعتنقوا هذه الديانة المزعومة الأمر الذي من شانه الاضرار بمركز الجمهورية اليمنية السياسي والمساس باستقلالها وسلامة اراضيها ".

وتضمن قرار الاتهام قيام المتهم بعدد من الأفعال الاجرامية لخصتها النيابة الجزائية في ارتكاب افعال ماسه بأمن واستقلال الجمهورية اليمنية ووحدتها وسلامة اراضيها وذلك بان سعى وعمل ومنذ دخوله الاراضي اليمنية في عام 1991م ومن قبله والده على تأسيس وطن قومي لمعتنقي الديانة البهائية المزعومة على اراضي الجمهورية اليمنية على إحدى جزر أرخبيل سقطرى وفي المكلا محافظة حضرموت وأمانة العاصمة صنعاء وبأسماء مستعارة وذلك بإقامة مشاريع اقتصادية ومساكن ومراكز ايواء تستوعب اصحاب الديانة البهائية الوافدين الى اليمن من الدول العربية وشرق اسيا تنفيذا لتوجيهات ما يسمى " بيت العدل الأعظم" في اسرائيل.

وكشفت النيابة الجزائية المتخصصة بأمانة العاصمة في قرار الاتهام ان المتهم حرض عدد من المسلمين على الردة والخروج من الاسلام والدخول في الديانة البهائية وذلك بان اغراهم على ذلك باستخدام المال والمساعدات الخيرية لاستغلال الاسر الفقيرة والاطفال والظهور الزائف بمكارم الاخلاق لكسب ثقتهم وقام بتوزيع الكتب الخاصة بالديانة البهائية عن طريق الانترنت والمنتديات إلى جانب قيامه بدروس تقوية في المناهج التعليمية ومحو الامية والتي من خلالها تدرس الديانة البهائية وفقا لمناهج تعد من توجيهات ما يسمى بـ"البيت الاعظم " عن عمد وإصرار الأمر الذي يتنافى مع قواعد الاسلام وأركانه.

وأوضحت النيابة الجزائية أن المتهم قام بعقد العديد من الاجتماعات واللقاءات والمؤتمرات والندوات في عدة محافل ومنازل ومنتديات تابعة له تضم بهائيين ويمنيين لانتخاب أعضاء ما يسمى بـ"المحفل المقدس المركزي" وتشكيله على هيئة فروع للمحافظات وكان من شأن ذلك خروج عدد من المسلمين من الدين الاسلامي الحنيف ودخولهم الديانة البهائية.

كما كشفت النيابة الجزائية في قرارها ان المتهم حامد ميرزا كمالي سروستاني قام بتزويرات متعددة في محررات رسمية وأدلى ببيانات كاذبة وتغيير وثائقه الشخصية من البطاقة الشخصية وجواز السفر باسم يمني وغيرها من المحررات واستعملها من اجل شراء الاراضي وعمل مشاريع تجارية الغرض منها استقدام اعداد كبيرة من البهائيين إلى اليمن.

http://www.barakish.net/news02.aspx?cat=12&sub=23&id=267771

The Bahá’í Mona : This time she is from Mumbai and a teacher of Baha'i Moral Classes for children.

Tahirih Gaur - Jiwnani - Makhija in Malaysia with her "New Husband".

Tahirih Gaur - Jiwnani - Makhija with her "New Husband"
Tahirih Mona Gaur a Bahá’í from Mumbai, India was married to another Bahá’í Siddharth Jiwnani settled in UK. After just four months of marriage Mona left suddenly one day whilst Siddharth was at work and under very suspicious circumstances and with no apparent reason. Subsequently, and reliably informed that Tahirih had walked out of the marriage as she was engaged in plans to marry another person (a supposed close friend). Siddharth then found secret phone calls being made between her and this same person from the time she arrived up to the moment she left marital home in London and even calls made up to the moment of her departure from London airport. Mona and her family then admitted that this same male had already proposed her during the year of patience and that she had shown her true motivations by taking the proposal to her parents.

This short marriage was never given a chance of success due to Mona’s conscious decision to enter into an extra marital relationship with a known 3rd party male in Mumbai whilst being married to Siddharth. Mona has been made to understand that any such relationship (whether it be physical or emotional) is in complete breach of her marital vows and in complete contrast to what she had undertaken, namely to remain faithful to her husband to the exclusion of all others pursuant to the law.

The ABM and the counselor were all aware of the circumstances of Mona's departure after only two months of marriage, the secret phone calls and of course the proposal and parental consideration as she was present in the room when these were discussed. She pronounced it herself during the meeting that a 'third voice has ruined the marriage'.

The Bahá’í officials, held a meeting on April 4 2010 and it was established that Mona did had extra marital relationship was obviously the critical factor in the breakdown of the marriage and the sole reason why Mona did not respond to reconciliatory gestures. The Chairman of the Assembly of Mumbai wrote to couple granting the year of patience in December 2009, and the 3rd party had already proposed to her within 3 months of this? The Assembly called it as a ‘temperamental difference’. The Assembly failed to record the crucial deceit element. It seems that all the evidence in the world and all the Bahá’í guidance may not be sufficient to extract some honesty from Mona, her Bahá’í ABMs and Counselor.

However, in light of the open proposal of marriage and public continuation of their relationship including circulating pictures of themselves together, their future actions may well speak louder than their denying words.

Mona after her condemnation of Bahá’í laws openly and ruining the life of another Bahá’í was made a member of Regional Bahá’í council of Maharashtra where she is holding children Moral classes for Bahá’í and non-Bahá’í children.

Only God knows what morals she must be inculcating in them. Indeed Hypocrisy and Bahá’í organization are twin sisters.

"The question you raise as to the place in one's life that a deep bond of love with someone we meet other than our husband or wife can have is easily defined in view of the teachings... after marriage absolutely faithful to one's chosen companion. Faithful in all sexual acts, faithful in word and in deed. "

(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, September 28, 1941: Messages from the Universal House of Justice, 1968-1973, pp. 108-109)

Source : http://ukbahais.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/true-bahai-morals-story-of-mona-bahai.html

Baha’i Leaders and Violence: Abdu’l-Baha the Face Slapper

When Baha’is preach their beliefs, the audience are induced into believing that Baha’ism is a peaceful religion refraining from all forms of violence. In the current article, using historical evidence from trusted Baha’i eyewitnesses, we will show that this is simply not the case and Abdu’l-Baha was a violent person who would routinely slap people. 

One of the key witnesses to these acts is Khalil Shahidi who was born in Akka and was a trusted companion of Abdu’l-Baha and other Baha’i leaders for about forty years. According to the famous Baha’i translator Ahang Rabbani:

“As a trusted resident believer of ‘Akká and a longtime custodian of the House of ‘Abbúd, he was at a unique vantage point to observe ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as He dealt, neutralized and triumphed over all opposition and adversaries.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p.3)

Khalili narrates many violent acts from Abdu’l-Baha. In one instance a question is met not with an answer, but a slap:

One day in the birúní[outer section] of the blessed House of Haifa, He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] stated, “I have forgotten my handkerchief.” One of the friends who was known as Ustád Muhammad-‘Alí Banná, remarked to this effect, “How is it possible for the manifestation of Truth to forget anything?” Immediately, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá slapped him and stated, “Over forgetting a handkerchief that man puts a hundred souls to test.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, pp. 100-101)

In another instance he states that a certain person who opposes him needs a slap. The man mysteriously dies the next day:

One of the inhabitants of ‘Akká was exhibiting great opposition. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá stated, “He needs a slap.” Next day that person died. It was said to His blessed presence, “He received his slap,” but He did not respond. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 41)

In yet another incident a man asks Abdu’l-Baha for a bribe. He receives a beating instead:

Thereupon, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sought water to perform His ablution. With the utmost deliberation, He completed His ablution and then commenced to perform the long obligatory prayer of the Muslims. During His prayer, the man kept interrupting, “This matter must
be concluded quickly, as there is little time!” Meaning that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá should end His obligatory prayer and attend to this urgent matter. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá finished His prayer, with the utmost dignity and authority He came close to him and slapped him several times, saying, “I sent it for you.” With great stress and anxiety, never having imagined such an outcome, he held his face and head, and shouting, screaming and roaring, he returned to the government office and informed his comrades of what had transpired. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 116)

This story has been narrated from Abdu’l-Baha by multiple witnesses. For instance, Doctor Habib Mu’ayyad a member of the National Spiritual Assemblies of Iran and a frequent visitor of Abdu’l-Baha narrates it like this:

‘Hurry, Effendi, it is best not to delay this matter!’ I asked, ‘Which matter?’ He replied, ‘The issue of the money!’ ‘The money was sent a while ago. Why are you here?’ I told him. ‘How was it sent? By whom was it sent?’ he inquired. I said, ‘By now it has reached the Mutasarrif. Go quickly!’ He rose and began to put on his shoes; and, when he turned back towards Me, I slapped him hard and was about to slap him again, but he fled and went to the Mutasarrif who had inquired, ‘Why did it take you so long? Where is the money?’ He replied, ‘By God, I went to them, but all I received was a hard beating. Look, my face is still quite red! These people are very tough!’ (Ahang Rabbani, Eight Years Near Abdu'l-Bahā: The Diary of Dr. Habib Mu'ayyad, p. 431)

Khalili narrates another story about a group of people who were harassing the Baha’is of Egypt:

During the blessed days of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a person in Egypt was the leader of a band of men, and would provoke these men against the Bahá’ís of Egypt, and for this reason had brought about difficulties. One day that same person arrived in Haifa from Egypt. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá summoned him. After the man entered into ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s presence, He said to him, “You are causing injury to my community.” Then he was the recipient of warnings, admonishments and several slaps. After he left [the room], immediately he was summoned once more. He thought to himself that perchance the page had turned [and this time ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would be friendly to him], but it was not so since upon his entrance, one more time, the same thing occurred and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá picked up where He had left off. When this man returned to Egypt, he gave unequivocal, emphatic and decisive command to that band and emphasized, “You should not show any malice towards this community [i.e. Bahá’ís], as no one can defeat their Chief [‘Abdu’l-Bahá]; He is most powerful and able.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 127)

So how does Abdu’l-Baha justify his actions? Khalili continues:

One time, He [‘Abdu’l-Bahá] stated, “With some people, a thousand counsels and admonishments would not have the same effect as a slap.” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 128)

Many people who commit violent acts utter similar arguments, so what advantage does Baha’ism have over other opinions and why all the commotion about Baha’is being peaceful and refraining from physical abuse? Matters don’t finish here. In fact Abdu’l-Baha had hit people in different shapes and forms innumerable times. This is what Khalili tells us directly after the previous quote:

 At all events, in different forms and taking
different shapes, many such occurrences would take place – so many that they remain unnumbered and uncountable. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, while extremely meek, was the zenith of power and grandeur. (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with `Abdu'l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 128)

Can Baha’i leaders be considered peaceful non-violent people? How can the leader of a group of people who cannot abide by his own words and the orders of his father be considered a teacher of morals and peace? Apparently, when Baha’u’llah had prohibited conflicts and striking others, he was giving orders to everyone but his own beloved son:

Ye have been forbidden in the Book of God to engage in contention and conflict, to strike another, or to commit similar acts whereby hearts and souls may be saddened. (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, pp. 72-73) 

How can someone who has a reputation of having slapped different people innumerable times, condemn violent acts:

“In this, the cycle of Almighty God, violence and force, constraint and oppression, are one and all condemned.” (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 149)

The Quran and the Bible condemn this attitude:

Do you order the people to do good but forget about yourselves whilst you read the Book! Do you not use your reason! (Quran 2:44)

You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? (Romans 2:21-22)

And why isn’t the true violent face of Abdu’l-Baha ever shown to those being preached about Baha’ism?

Abdu’l-Baha and Instant Karma: People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones

Subh-i-Azal
In this article, we will examine a severe case of Instant Karma suffered by Abdu’l-Baha. The incident occurs when Abdu’l-Baha is bashing his father’s half-brother, Mirza Yahya Subh-i Azal, for making a minor mistake when citing verse 21:52 of the Quran. This is the verse:

Original Arabic:ما هذِهِ التَّماثيلُ الَّتي‏ أَنْتُمْ لَها عاكِفُونَ
Translation: “what are these statues/images that you are worshipping”
Transliteration: "mā hādhihī l-tamāthīl al-latī antum lahā kifūn"

Now the story: Abdu’l-Baha utters the following statement when criticizing Mirza Yahya:

«از جمله از شخص مجهول (منظور میرزا یحی صبح ازل است) نوشته‌ای به خطّ دست او داشتند، آیه مبارکه قرآن «ما هذه التّماثیل الّتی انتم علیها عاکفون» را عافکون نوشته بود و الآن در نزد میرزا یحیی قزوینی موجود است. ملاحظه فرمائید که مقتدای این قوم عاکف را از عافک فرق نمی‌دهد و چگونه آیه صریحه کتاب اللّه را به خطّ خویش تحریف می‌نماید.» (عبدالبهاء، منتخباتی از مکاتیب حضرت عبدالبهاء، شماره 430)
“He had written the blessed verse of the Quran ‘what are these statues/images that you are worshipping’ (mā hādhihī l-tamāthīl al-latī antum `alayhākifūn) [and had written the last word] as fikūn and the [text] is in the possesion of Mīrzā Yaḥyā Qazwīnī. Pay attention that the leader of this group cannot make a distinction between kif and fik and he distorts the evident verse of the Book of God in his own handwriting!”
(Abdu’l-Baha, Muntakhabātī az makātīb Ḥaḍrat `Abdu’l-Bahā [Selections from the Letters of Abdu’l-Baha], vol. 6, no. 430) The original Farsi text can be found here: http://reference.bahai.org/download/swa6-fa-pdf.zip

Now, the moment of instant Karma. Pay attention to how Abdu’l-Baha writes the verse (shown in red) and compare with the original:

mā hādhihī l-tamāthīl al-latī antum lahā `ākifūn (original)
mā hādhihī l-tamāthīl al-latī antum `alayhā `ākifūn (Abdu’l-Baha version)

Abdu’l-Baha distorts the same verse that he was bashing Mirza Yahya for distorting! He uses the word `alayhā  (over) instead of the word la (for). Would Baha’is feel good if we use Abdu’l-Bahas own words to describe him for distorting this verse of the Quran:

“Pay attention that the leader of this group cannot make a distinction between `ākif lahā and `āfik `alayhā and he distorts the evident verse of the Book of God in his own handwriting!”

To make matters worse, both Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha have made numerous mistakes and distortions when citing verses of the Quran. Baha’u’llah’s original version of the book of Iqan contained many such distortions that were fixed in later versions of the book (Yes in Baha’ism Gods words are edited and updated everytime someone finds an error in them) and many of Abdu’l-Baha’s tablets contain such distortions. There are even instances where completely new statements are created and then put forward by Abdu’l-Baha as being verses from the Quran. A large number of these distortions have been documented in the book: Twelve Principles: A Comprehensive Investigation on the Baha’i Teachings, Chapter 4, Section: 6-The Bāb, Bahā’u’llāh, and `Abdu’l-Bahā’s Religious Knowledge, subsections: b- Bahā’u’llāh’s Religious Knowledge and c- `Abdu’l-Bahā’s Religious Knowledge (download from here).

No the story doesn’t end here. Abdu’l-Baha continues the aforementioned quote like this:

«رغماً عن انفه از قلمش این خطّ صادر تا واضح شود که رئیس اهل تحریف است و زعیم اهل جحیم. بعضی از تابعین آن مجهول با وجود آنکه به رأی العین این را مشاهده  نمودند باز بیدار نشدند تا ثابت کردند که همج رعاع اتباع کلّ ناعق یمیلون بکلّ ریح هستند»
“This writing has been unwillingly inscribed by his pen so that it becomes evident that he is the chief of the distorters and the leader of those who are in Hell. Some of the followers of that unknown person [1]—even though they saw this [distortion] with there own eyes—didn’t wake up and proved that they were lowly flies that followed any caller and bended with any breeze.”

How would Baha’is react if we use the exact same reasoning and words to refer to Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha who have distorted numerous verses of the Quran, and the Baha’is who don’t wake up and follow them?

Oh and these not-so-loving, kind, and polite statements were uttered by the same Abdu’l-Baha who would continuously preach:

So far as ye are able, ignite a candle of love in every meeting, and with tenderness rejoice and cheer ye every heart. Care for the stranger as for one of your own; show to alien souls the same loving kindness ye bestow upon your faithful friends. Should any come to blows with you, seek to be friends with him; should any stab you to the heart, be ye a healing salve unto his sores; should any taunt and mock at you, meet him with love. Should any heap his blame upon you, praise ye him; should he offer you a deadly poison, give him the choicest honey in exchange; and should he threaten your life, grant him a remedy that will heal him evermore. Should he be pain itself, be ye his medicine; should he be thorns, be ye his roses and sweet herbs. Perchance such ways and words from you will make this darksome world turn bright at last; will make this dusty earth turn heavenly, this devilish prison place become a royal palace of the Lord—so that war and strife will pass and be no more, and love and trust will pitch their tents on the summits of the world. Such is the essence of God’s admonitions; such in sum are the teachings for the Dispensation of Bahá.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p.34)

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
             ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Collected Works

[1] ‘unknown person’ is a reference to Mirza Yahya. The Arabic word used is majhūl which literally means unknown and was probably used by Abdu’l-Baha to degrade him, or it could be that Abdu’l-Baha had intended to say jāhil which means ignorant.

Descendents of US Presidents working for Bahaism

US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro with Secretary-General of the Baha’i International Community
Mr. Albert Lincoln who is a direct descendent of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and a more distant relative of the sixteenth, Abraham Lincoln.

Bahá'í International Community Deputy Secretary-General Sarah Vader and
Jerusalem Representative Kern Wisman who is a direct descendant of US presidents William Henry and Benjamin Harrison

Abdul Baha : The humiliation of Jews will continue forever....

A Jew in Hrubieszow is humiliated & his beard cut off.
Photo : www.holocaustresearchproject.org
When you [the Jewish people] glorify and honor the memory of Christ, rest assured that the Christians will take your hands in real fellowship. All difficulty, hesitancy and restraint will vanish. Consider the troubles and persecutions heaped upon you in Russia for your fanaticism of unbelief. And you must not think that this is ended.

This humiliation will continue forever. The time may come when in Europe itself they will arise against the Jews. But your declaration that Christ was the Word of God will end all such trouble. My advice is that in order to become honorable, protected and secure among the nations of the world, in order that the Christians may love and safeguard the Israelitish people, you should be willing to announce your belief in Christ, the Word of God. This is a complete statement; there is nothing more. Is it not thoughtless, ignorant prejudice which restrains you from doing so? Declare that, verily, the Word of God was realized in Him, and all will be right.

(The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by 'Abdu'l-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912 rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1982), p. 414)

Shoghi Effendi : Baha'is should discontinue observing holidays as Christmas and New Years

A worker puts the finishing touches on a display of a Christmas tree, a crescent, and a menorah at the main traffic circle in front of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa for the Festival of Festivals, December 2014. (photo credit: Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)


Although Shoghi Effendi Said :
“As regards the celebration of the Christian Holiday by the believers; it is surely preferable and even highly advisable that the friends should in their relation to each other discontinue observing such holidays as Christmas and New Years, and to have their festival gatherings of this nature instead during the Intercalary Days and Naw-Rúz….”  

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/DG/dg-98.htm

Abdul Baha's funeral was carried out by Muslim rites!


Abdu'l-Baha's Islamic Funeral at Mount Carmel !
By Brent Poirier

In the Holy Land during the lifetime of both Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha, the Baha'i Faith was not yet recognized as an independent Faith with its own Prophet and Book and laws. (Actually Baha'is were concealing their faith in Palestine)

All ceremonies had to be conducted in accordance with Muslim, Christian or Jewish law, and by clergy of those faiths. I recently learned that the first Baha'i funeral in the Holy Land was the funeral of Mirza Muhsin, who had been married to one of Abdu'l-Baha's daughters. He died during the ministry of Shoghi Effendi. Up to that point, Baha'i funerals were conducted in accordance with (Sunni) Muslim rites, as that was the most recent of the divine revelations. For Mirza Muhsin's funeral, Shoghi Effendi informed the Mufti of Akka -- the leading Muslim clergyman -- that he would not have any role in Mirza Muhsin's funeral, which was conducted at Bahji. At one point during the ceremony the mufti stood up, and Shoghi Effendi pointed at him and told him to sit down. But up to that point, Baha'is had no choice. There was no such thing as a civil funeral, and until the time when the British governed the Holy Land, the Baha'i Faith was not recognized as an independent Faith there. Recognition by the authorities is a gradual process. Likewise the establishment of Baha'i cemeteries in the Holy Land was a gradual process. There are now 4 of them available for burials: One in Haifa at the foot of Mount Carmel, close by the Jewish Cave of Elijah; one near the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee; one in Jerusalem; and one in Eilat. These were gradually established.
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