UHJ is interested in having more Martyrs from Iran!

'Great' Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani gifts a writing of Baha'u'llah to the Haifan UHJ
 
To,
The Bahá’ís of the World
Allah u Abha
In a very recent incidence as mentioned by UHJ in letter dated 7 April 2014 that an Iranian senior cleric has presented to the Bahá’ís of the world, an exquisite calligraphic prepared by him of a passage in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas wherein Baha'u'llah calls upon His followers to: “Consort with all religions with amity and concord, that they may inhale from you the sweet fragrance of God.” 
The letter requested the Bahá’ís to contact their Office of External Affairs to take immediate steps, in consultation with individuals and like-minded organizations, to draw widespread attention to it. The Office of External Affairs was also to call upon its contacts in the mass media, as well as Bahá’ís and others with whom it has established relationships and who have achieved distinction in such fields. The letter assured the Bahá’ís that alongside the foregoing action, the Bahá’í International Community, will be apprising its contacts at the United Nations and among international non-governmental agencies of the significance of this gift. The UHJ also hoped that The Brussels Office of the Bahá’í International Community will, in addition, pursue related action at the level of the European Union.

Surprisingly the letter further states that “Given the considerable risk to the personal freedom and safety of Ayatollah Masoumi-Tehrani on account of this courageous act, the fact that people of prominence in the political, religious, and civil spheres express their support publicly, may well serve as a protection for him. Your Office of External Affairs may consider making approaches to some of its high-level contacts in government and elsewhere on this matter, on a confidential basis.”

I have been a member of NSA of an Eastern country for almost twenty years and since then every month I see a Message from House asking the Bahá’ís to meet the prominent people or government officials or writing open letters to Iranian leaders. It surprises me that what is the purpose of this. It looks like the UHJ has no concern with the teachings of Baha’u’llah and its just involved in political matters. And then claims that Bahá’ís do not indulge in politics.

The recent letter of the UHJ has many unexplained points:
  1. Even if the said cleric has gifted his calligraphy to the Bahá’ís, then it is a gesture. Why  the Government of Iran should eliminate him and moreover in which way the governments of other countries are concerned with it. Isn’t the UHJ itself is suggesting the government of Iran to take some action against the cleric? It looks like the UHJ is playing a part of clever enemy and not a good friend for the cleric inspite of his gesture. UHJ by this way is really putting the life of the said cleric in danger. UHJ is not trying to PROTECT the cleric they want to further EXPOSE the cleric to the Iranian authority. 
  2. The UHJ is trying to make this incidence as an excuse of meeting various governments’ officials and influential people. I guess that the Bahá’ís must have informed and UHJ must have realized that the Government officials of various countries are no more interested in meeting them and are refusing to give any hearing to Bahá’ís. The declining support of countries towards various motion tabled by western countries on human right issue is an indication towards it.
  3. My Persian Bahá’í friends who echoed same sentiments regarding this letter believed that this recent incident is fake, the Website is fake and it is operated from outside Iran. He said that this will put further restrictions on Bahá’ís and Bahá’í Faith. He narrated a recent incident that a couple of months back there was a news originated from some corners that an Iranian Mollah has praised Bahá’í Faith on Iranian TV. He said that we investigated the matter and found that the whole news is fictitious. When he talked to other Bahá’ís they were of the opinion that Bahá’ís themselves are putting these fake news on internet to get some publicity for them and putting their own Bahá’í brothers under more problems. He further said UHJ is interested in having more Martyrs from Iran.
  4. A Persian Bahá’í recently informed me that he has come to certain conclusion that It was only UHJ who was interested in death sentence for Yaran so they could easily gather money from the Bahá’ís of the World. But the Iranian government acted smartly and waved off their death sentence and destroyed the Party of UHJ.
  5. Never UHJ has taken some concrete steps to help the Bahá’ís of Iran. Whatever steps they took resulted in increased persecution of Bahá’ís.
  6. Same policy UHJ has followed in other countries resulting in imprisonment of Bahá’ís in Indonesia, deportation in Uzbekistan arrest in India. The list is endless.
  7. Isn’t it is the responsibility of parent body to see that if the situation is not favorable in some parts of the world to ask Bahá’ís to slow down their activities till the situation turns favorable but always the Messages of the House and directives of the counselors are “Go to Court” , “Go to police”, register a complaint. Even a layman will understand that UHJ is interested in blowing the situation out of control so as to gain some benefit and in return Bahá’ís are put to more harassment, in the name of reforming and transformation of the society. Really is the Blood of Bahá’ís become so cheap!!!.
  8. He was very apprehensive of certain Iranian members of the UHJ whom he thinks are misguiding the UHJ and probably they are more close to Iranian Government then the teachings of Baha’u’llah. Instead of taking inspirations from the writings of Baha’u’llah they are being directed by friends of Iranian regime on regular basis.
  9. The problem of the Bahá’í world are Persian Bahá’ís. They make a group, they decide amongst themselves they dictate terms, they humiliate non-Persian Bahá’ís in every country, make mockery of them and all of them are interconnected to each other. If this tendency went unchecked then very soon we will see all nine members of UHJ as Persians. We will see an Iranian flag over UHJ and the same Ayatollah leading Friday prayers in Haifa.
Source : http://singaporebahais.blogspot.co.nz

Interesting "Bayani Curse" on Husein Ali Baha'u'llah

 In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful! O God, blessings and salutations be upon Muḥammad and the Family of Muḥammad; and the Majesty and the Beauty from God be upon the First Unity with exaltedness and the highest elevation! Amen! And the curses of God be upon Mīrza Ḥusayn ʿAlī Nūrī, the hell-firey, the antichrist and the splendor of satan, the accursed, the damned; we take refuge with God from the totality of his black sorcery, tyrannical darknesses and lies; and then the curses of God and then the curses of God and then the curses of God and then the curses of God and then the curses of God and then the curses of God and then the curses of God be upon him within the post-eternity of all post-eternities, in every moment, before every moment and after every moment from before and after, for “those who have tyrannized shall learn with what kind of an overturning they shall be overthrown” (Qur’an 26:227)! Amen!


بسم الله الرّحمن الرّحيم، اللهمّ صلّ و سلّم على محمّد و آل محمّد و انّما الجلال و الجمال من الله على الواحد الاوّل بعزّة و علاء آمين، و لعنة الله على ميرزا حسين علي نوري النّاري الدّجّال و بهاء الشّيطان اللعين الرّجيم، نعوذ بالله من سحره و ظلماته و مؤتفكاته اجمعين، و لعنة الله و ثم لعنة الله و ثم لعنة الله و ثم لعنة الله و ثم لعنة الله و ثم لعنة الله و ثم  لعنة الله عليه في ابد الآبدين في كلّ حين و قبل حين و بعد حين من قبل و من بعد، وسيعلم الذين ظلموا أي منقلب ينقلبون!  آمين

Source : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/talk.religion.bahai/5ysMJ6Wd8LA
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Supporting and Sheltering the Sexual Abusers by Haifan Baha'i LSAs


Apart from the confusion about the 'continuance' of the Bahai Faith through male offspring and Wills. Surely the failure to attain this testifies to the weakness of the predictions and claim that the faith is inspired. Looked like chaos to me. But I must answer the 'shame' accusation. I became a Bahai after attending firesides. I thought it was a faith of benefit. Once I was in I learned that certain aspects were only revealed after joining not before.

I found a strong bias against women and pressure to entertain all Bahais no matter what and to live my life within the community. The fact that I had many friends outside the faith was frowned upon. I was constantly being visited by Bahais new to the area who were told to expect hospitality as "that is what Bahais do". On one long visit to a Bahai in a different area, I was raped by the man who drove the vehicle. I was traumatized by this but thought that I should appeal to the Bahai's in the first instance. It was obvious from their response that they knew that he had commit other offences. He had been thrown out by his wife, his sister. He subsequently committed a sexual offence again, still the same "we are all sinners and come to Bahaullah for help with this. No sympathy at all. The man also beat up men who he saw as 'competing for women he was interested in'.

At a later stage one of the young daughters aged 14 announced she was pregnant by a 22 year-old policment also of the Bahai faith. We were expected to rush around trying to find someplace they could go to where a marriage could be conducted not possible in the UK. The charge for an adult having intercourse with a minor is rape in the British Isles.

As someone whose womenfolk have compaigned long and hard over the last century for equality of females I found this insistance that men could decide the fate of these perpetrators of crime sickening. Everything was about preserving the outward appearance of the faith not protecting and supporting victims.

I also found the constant gossip, innuendo and backbiting worse than anything I've ever experienced anywhere, including my school. There was much more than the national average divorce in our community also. My view of faith is that the truth will attract right thinkers and truth seekers. It will also help those seeking a better way of spiritual development to flourish. This was certainly not my experience. With regard to the young girl who I see as being abused the explanation was "thats why Bahaullah suggests that girls be married off by this time" it saves them from harm. Actually, I was 40 when I joined, I had travelled extensively in East Africa and the Middle East and have never been in harms way. In Britain we have an age of consent so that children can be educated and reach their full potential whether male or female. These two cases show that the Bahai Faith is neither progressive nor inclusive.

There is no hatred in my heart, just disappointment and a lingering anger at the way I was abused and made to feel I was in some way responsible for that abuse.

Finally, the man who abused me has gone on to commit further atrocities. He has just been accused of brutality by his third wife and she and her daughter have had to be housed in a womens' refuge. Once again, the LSA have supported him and sheltered him to the detriment of another innocent victim.

The Bahai faith talks about equality of the sexes but does not practice it, talks about 'no backbiting' but is a hotbed of gossip and untruths and fails to uphold the laws of the land if to do so exposes the Faith to criticism and contempt. Inspired by God? I certainly hope not.

I also believe that Bahais are supporting the Israeli Government in their attrocious policies against the Palestinians. As someone very familiar with Israel and its views I find it astounding that Bahai institutions can flourish the way they do unless they support the Government.

Author's name withheld for security reasons.

Image courtesy : kamilagornia.com 
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Sadeq Larijani : We don’t have conflicts with Baha’is merely because someone is a Baha’i

Sadeghi Larijani, Head of the Judicial System of Iran, stated that in Iran “under no circumstances” is there any execution of individuals under the age of 18. He also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran would not take action against anyone merely for being a Baha’i; he mentioned that the West is intent upon spreading sexual promiscuity in Iran.

According to various news media outlets, Mr. Larijani expressed these words on Wednesday the 9th of April at a meeting of the leaders of the Supreme Judicial System. He said that in Iran there are no religious, ethnic or gender restrictions, nor is there are any objection to the presence of Sunni Musims in the country. Larijani called the Baha’i faith a “religion fabricated by Westerners to create disruptions in Islamic Countries”, and said that even keeping this in mind, in the Islamic Republic “there are no objections to Baha’is merely because someone is a Baha’i”.

Regarding the actions taken against Baha’is, he said “these were taken against those who were spying for foreigners or who acted against national security.”

Source : iranpresswatch.org/?p=9654

The Oneness of Humanity in the Baha'i Faith

1. Is the principle of Oneness of Humanity novel?

`Abd al-Bahā:

The Oneness of Humanity is not novel and was the basis of the teachings of the Divine Prophets.[1]


`Abd al-Bahā:

The principles of Baha’u’llah are novel.[2]

2. Are black Africans cows or humans?

`Abd al-Bahā:

Black Africans that have not been nurtured are cows that God has created with human faces.[3]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

All of humanity are members of the human species.[4]

3. Are Africans uncivilized, wild, and without common-sense?

`Abd al-Bahā:

God created all humans from clay and did not put any differences. He created everyone the same and has put no differences in any grace or mercy.[5]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

The inhabitants of a land like Africa are all like wild savages and land-dwelling animals that lack common-sense and knowledge.[6]

4. Should we be polite or rude?

Baha’u’llah referring to his brother:

Oh donkey[7], oh cow, Oh polytheist,  dung beetle, Satan, mosquito . . .[8]
 

Baha’u’llah and `Abd al-Bahā:

Whoever is without manners, it is better that they be destroyed.[9]
We must not insult people.[10]

5. Are Turks murderers and cannibals that deserve ridiculous answers?

`Abd al-Bahā and Baha’u’llah:

Turks are murderers and cannibals.[11] They deserve ridiculous answers.[12]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:


We are all divine sheep and no one has any superiority over another.[13]

 6. Does God’s Grace apply to all humans?

Baha’u’llah:

Whoever calls a single person of those that have not accepted Baha’ism a human will be deprived of God’s Grace.[14]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

God’s Grace applies to all humans even though some are ignorant and must be taught, some are unaware and should be awakened.[15]

7. Interacting with other faiths or cutting relations?

Baha’u’llah:

Shia Muslims are polytheists[16] and meeting with them is forbidden.[17]
 

Baha’u’llah:

Interact with followers of other faiths with kindness and affection.[18]

8 . Are all people equal or are Baha’is superior to non-Baha’is?

Baha’u’llah:

My followers are [precious] gems and all other people are [worthless] pebbles.[19]
 

Baha’u’llah:

All people are the same, just like the leaves or fruits of a tree which have no difference.[20]

9. Accompaniment or Banishment?

Shoghi Effendi:

No one is allowed to speak with those who have been spiritually excommunicated, even their family members.[21]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

If someone is separated, he should be returned and accompanied.[22]

10. Kindness or Torment?

Baha’u’llah:

Be a certain torment for the disbelievers and polytheists.[23]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

Be kind to any creature that has a soul.[24]

11. Kindness or Beating?

`Abd al-Bahā:

My father (Baha’u’llah) told his companions to hit the kebob seller in the mouth because he merely said the Bābīs have come again.[25]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

All are the creations of God and God is kind to all. So why should we be unkind?[26]

 12. Kindness or Separation?
Baha’u’llah:

You do not have the right to meet or speak with those who have objected to Baha’ism.[27]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

Kindness brings about life, separation brings about death.”[28]

13. Should traitors be given refuge?

`Abd al-Bahā:

Do not be kind to traitors, for kindness will cause them to revolt.[29]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

Give traitors shelter and refuge.”[30]

14. Should we utter rude words?

`Abd al-Bahā:

In the fight over succession, he calls his brother and his followers names such as mosquito, earthworm, bat, raven, fox . . .[31]
 

Baha’u’llah:

Do not utter profanities at any one and do not make anyone upset.[32]

15. Should we be kind to wolves?

`Abd al-Bahā:

Do not be kind with wolves, for it is betrayal of the sheep.[33]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

Act with kindness towards bloodthirsty wolves.[34]

16. Are those that turned back from Baha’ism animals?

Baha’u’llah:

Those who have turned away from Baha’ism are animals[35], keep away from them.[36]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

We should not consider ourselves greater than others, even those who are not believers.[37]

17. Are those who deny Baha’u’llah bastards?

Baha’u’llah:

Whoever denies me and is my enemy, is a bastard.[38]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

As soon as we see ourselves superior to others, we will have gotten distant from the path of salvation and prosperity.”[39]

 18. Must we be kind towards tyrants or should we punish them?

`Abd al-Bahā:

Punish tyrants so they do not revolt.[40]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

Be kind to tyrants.[41]


 19. Kindness towards the opposition or enmity?

`Abd al-Bahā:

Meeting with the polytheists and hypocrites is forbidden.[42]
 

`Abd al-Bahā:

We must be kind to the enemies and love the deniers.[43]



[1] “The foundation laid by all Prophets, is the foundation of Baha’u’llah and that foundation is the Oneness of Humanity,” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, p. 286; “All divine prophets struggled for the Oneness of Humanity and served humanity. For the foundation of the divine teachings is the Oneness of Humanity. Moses served the Oneness of Humanity, Jesus established the Oneness of Humanity, Mohammad declared the Oneness of Humanity. The Bible, Torah, and Quran established the foundation of the Oneness of Humanity,” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 18-19.
[2] “The call of Allah (nidā Allāh) was raised to such an extent that . . . the minds were astonished at what call this is that is so high? What is this star that has come up? Some were astonished, others were researching, and others were uttering proofs. They all said, ‘The principles of his Highness Baha’u’llah truly have no equal, they are the soul of this era and the light of this century,’” Abbas Effendi (`Abd al-Bahā), Khaṭābāt, vol. 3, p. 78.
[3] “The [black Africans] are cows that God has created with human faces,” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 3, p. 48.
[4]`Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, pp. 145–146.
[5] “The God of the world created all [humans] from clay and created everyone from one element, created all from one progeny, created all in one land, and created in the shadow of one sky, and made all emotions shared, and did not put any differences. He created everyone the same and gives all sustenance, nurtures/brings up all, protects all, and is kind to all. He has put no differences in any grace or mercy,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payāmi malakūt, p. 42 (citing `Abd al-Bahā).
[6] “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,” `Abd al-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 . . .” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 3, p. 48.
[7]“Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists,” Baha’u’llah, Badī`, p. 174.
[8] “When Mīrzā Yaḥyā Azal started opposing the works, deeds, and words of his esteemed brother (Baha’u’llah) in Edirne[8] . . . he plunged from his [high] stature and the rank of union and agreement [that he had with Baha’u’llah] and was gradually— in the tablets, works, and revelations [from Baha’u’llah]— 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 mosquito, and similar names,” Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. 5, p. 345–346.
[9] “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,” E.G. Browne, Nuqṭat al-kāf (Leiden: Brill, 1901), p. 203–204.
[10] “The divine principles in this luminous era are such that one must not insult anyone,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, p. 355.
[11] “Seek distance from the Turks, even if it is your father. For if they like you they shall eat you and if they are your enemy they will kill you,” Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī, vol. 2,p. 154.
[12] “When Djemal Pasha[12] . . . reached Acre[12] 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,” Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Asrār al-āthār khuṣūṣī,vol. 3,p. 4243.
[13]“The second principle is the Oneness of Humanity: all humans are divine sheep and God is the kind shepherd who has utter compassion towards all the sheep and has made no distinction [between them],” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb, vol. 3, p. 67.
[14] “From this day, any person that considers a single person from those who deny me a human—whether that [denier] has a high or low stature—they will be excluded from all Divine Graces, let alone trying to prove [those deniers] have dignity or stature,” Baha’u’llah, Badī`, p. 140.
[15] “The human species are all in the shadow of the Lord’s mercy. At most some are imperfect and must be perfected, are ignorant and must be taught, are sick and must be treated, are asleep and must be awakened. We should not be angry at an infant for being an infant. We should nurture him. We should not be angry at a sick person for not being well. We should have the greatest mercy and kindness towards him. From these [examples] it is apparent that the enmity between religions should be completely wiped out; oppression and injustice should be removed and instead, the greatest amount of kindness and affection should flow,” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, pp. 145–146.
[16] “[I swear] by the age of God, the Shia sect have been mentioned as polytheists in the Red Book written by the Exalted Pen (Qalam A`lā),” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 4, pp. 140141.
[17] “Know that God has forbidden his lovers from meeting with the polytheists and hypocrites,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 4, pp. 280.
[18] “Consort with all religions with amity and concord,” Baha’u’llah, Aqdas (n.p.: Baha’i World Centre, 1992), p. 72.
[19] “My friends are pearls and jewels and all others are small earthly pebbles,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 4, pp. 353.
[20]“You are all the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch,” Baha’u’llah, Majmū`iyi alwāḥ mubāraki, p. 265.
[21] “A question was asked about the friends that, as a result of their ignorance and neglect, had been excluded from administrative affairs about whether they should be invited to public assemblies or not? He (Shoghi) said, ‘Inviting them is not permitted.’ And it was asked about those that had been excluded from the community whether greeting and speaking with them was permitted? He replied, ‘If they have been spiritually excommunicated speaking with them is not permitted in any way,’” Shoghi Effendi, Tauqī’āt Mubāraki (year 102–109), pp. 9495.
[22] “Thus, the divine sheep must interact with each other with utter affection. If one wanders away they should return him and accompany him,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payāmi malakūt, p.44 (citing `Abd al-Bahā).
[23] “And you, O friends of God, be clouds of grace for those who believe in God and his signs, and be certain torment for those who do not believe in God and are polytheists,” Baha’u’llah, Majmū`iyi alwāḥ mubāraki, p. 216.
[24] “God the Exalted has put the crown of grace and beneficence on man’s head so that he shows kindness and affection to all things that possess a soul and to make apparent the greatness of the world of humanity,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Tehran), vol. 8, p. 227.
[25] “When his holiness returned from Sulaymaniyah, he was strolling in the street one day with the late Āqā Mīrzā Muḥammad Qulī. A Kebob seller quietly said, ‘These Bābīs have appeared again!’ His holiness said to Mīrzā Muḥammad Qulī, ‘Hit him in the mouth!’ Mīrzā Muḥammad Qulī grabbed his beard and started hitting him in the head,” Ḥabīb Mu’ayyid, Khāṭirāti Ḥabīb (n.p.: Mu’assisiyi Millī Maṭbū`āt Amrī, 118 Badī`), vol. 1, p.266.
[26] “All of humanity are members of the human species. They are all servants of God. They have all been created by God. They are all divine children. God gives sustenance to all of them; nurtures all of them; is compassionate to all of them; why should we be uncompassionate?” `Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Tehran), vol. 2, pp. 145–146.
[27] “It is not permitted to interact, speak, or meet with those dissenting individuals that have made their objections apparent. This is an order revealed from the heavens of an Ancient Commander,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 8, pp. 74.
[28]`Abd al-Bahā, Khaṭābāt (Egypt), vol.1, p. 153.
[29] “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,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 211.
[30]`Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb, vol. 3, p. 160.
[31]“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,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, pp. 442–443.
[32]“Oh followers of Bahā! You were—and are—the starting point of affection and the beginning place of divine favors. Do not stain your tongue by swearing and cursing . . . do not be the cause of sadness,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniyi ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 47, p. 322.
[33] “If you are kind to a wolf you are betraying the sheep because it will destroy a herd of sheep. If you give a dog that bites the opportunity, it will kill thousands of humans and animals. Thus showing affection to savage animals is equal to being unfair to oppressed animals,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 212.
[34] “Make bloodthirsty wolves smell the scent of musk like gazelles,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb, vol. 3, p. 160.
[35] “Those individuals who oppose this Novel Affair (meaning Baha’ism) are deprived of the garb of being called and described [as humans?] and are and have been animals in the presence of God,” Baha’u’llah, Badī`, p. 213.
[36] “We must avoid deniers in all affairs and we must not become fond of them or sit and converse with them even for a moment, for by God the [effect of] evil individuals on pure individuals is like fire on dry wood and heat on cold snow,” `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 8, pp. 39.
[37]“we must not desire ourselves and must regard others as better than ourselves, even those who are not believers,” `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniyi ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 49, p. 326.
[38] “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,” `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 4, pp. 355 and `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj shāygān, p. 78; “Whoever has the enmity of this servant (meaning Baha’u’llah) in his heart, certainly Satan has entered their mother’s bed,” `Abd a l-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganj shāygān, p. 79.
[39] `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Ganjīniyi ḥudūd wa aḥkām, chap. 49, p. 326.
[40] “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,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 3, p. 211
[41] “Apply ointment to the wounds of tyrants and heal the pain of oppressors,” Asad-Allāh Fāḍil Māzandarānī, Amr wa khalq, vol. 3,p. 228.
[42] “Know that God has forbidden his lovers from meeting with the polytheists and hypocrites,” `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Mā’idiyi āsimanī, vol. 4, pp. 280.
[43] “We must . . . warn the unaware, show compassion to the enemies, and love the foes,” `Abd al-Bahā, Makātīb (Egypt), vol. 1, p. 288.
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