One upon a time... there was a "House of Justice" in Tehran

By Juan Cole



The struggle for the equal participation of women in Baha'i Administration has been played out most dramatically, however, in the arena of the development of local institutions. The first of these bodies was formed in Tehran, Iran, at the initiative of individual believers.

In 1873, Baha'u'llah revealed the Kitab-i-Aqdas, the Most Holy Book, His book of laws. Here He established the institution of the House of Justice (bayt al-'adl). The Kitab-i-Aqdas states:

The Lord hath ordained that in every city a House of Justice (bayt al-'adl) be established wherein shall gather counsellors to the number of Baha [i.e., nine], and should it exceed this number it does not matter ... It behoveth them to be the trusted ones of the Merciful among men and to regard themselves as the guardians appointed of God for all that dwell on earth. It is incumbent on them to take counsel together and to have regard for the interests of the servants of God, for His sake, even as they regard their own interests, and to choose that which is meet and seemly. [10]

In the same book it is written:

O ye Men of Justice! (rijal al-'adl) Be ye in the realm of God shepherds unto His sheep and guard them from the ravening wolves that have appeared in disguise, even as ye would guard your own sons. Thus exhorteth you the Counsellor, the Faithful. [11]

There are other references in the Kitab-i-Aqdas to the House of Justice (bayt al-'adl) or the Place of Justice (maqarr al-'adl) which define its function and fix some of its revenues. In most cases, these references are not specific but refer to the general concept of a House of Justice rather than a particular institution. The Universal House of Justice has explained:

In the Kitab-i-Aqdas Baha'u'llah ordains both the Universal House of Justice and the Local Houses of Justice. In many of His laws He refers simply to "the House of Justice" leaving open for later decision which level or levels of the whole institution each law would apply to. [12]

Although the Kitab-i-Aqdas was revealed in 'Akka in 1873, it was withheld for some time by Baha'u'llah before it was distributed to the Baha'is of Iran. [13]

It appears that it was not until 1878 that the Baha'is of Tehran received copies of the book and began to implement some of its laws in their personal lives. Upon reading the Kitab-i Aqdas, Mirza Asadu'llah Isfahani, a prominent Baha'i teacher living in Tehran, was particularly struck by the command of Baha'u'llah that a House of Justice should be established by the Baha'is in every city.

Mirza Asadu'llah is an important figure in Baha'i history: he eventually married the sister of 'Abdu'l-Baha's wife; he was (as we shall see) one of the earliest Baha'i teachers sent to America by 'Abdu'l-Baha to instruct the new Western believers and he later accompanied 'Abdu'l-Baha on his travels in Europe. In any case, in 1878 he was the first to undertake the organization of a local House of Justice in Iran. He took the initiative to invite eight other prominent believers to form a body, responding to the laws of the Kitab-i Aqdas, which they referred to as bayt al-'adl (House of Justice) or bayt al-a'zam (the Most Great House).

The organization of this first House of Justice was kept a secret, even from the believers. However, it met sporadically in the home of Mirza Asadu'llah for a couple of years. After consulting with this body, the prominent Baha'i men who had been invited to attend its meetings would seek to take action as individual Baha'i teachers that would implement its decisions.

Around 1881, the Tehran House of Justice was reorganized and more members were added. The House adopted a written constitution and pursued its activities with more organization and vigour than before. The constitution mandated, however, that the meetings remain strictly confidential, hidden from the body of the believers.

This constitution also assumes that the members of the House would all be men (aqayan). Naturally, considering the social conditions in Iran at the time, no other arrangement was possible.

Some of the minutes of this early House of Justice survive today. It was a gathering of the older and more prominent Baha'i men of Tehran. Meetings were attended by invitation only, and at times included fourteen members or more. Eventually, this meeting came to be called the Consultative Gathering (majlis-i shur), while the house where the body met was referred to as the House of Justice (bayt al-'adl).

These meetings sought to assist and protect the Baha'is through consultation on various problems. The House in Tehran sent Baha'i teachers to other cities in Iran to organize Houses of Justice there. Again, the decisions of the House were always carried out by individuals, and the consultations remained secret.

The organization of this body eventually met with some controversy. One important Baha'i teacher, Jamal-i Burujurdi, who later - in the time of 'Abdu'l-Baha - would become a notorious Covenant-breaker, objected strongly to the organization of a House of Justice in Tehran. Because of these objections, the Baha'is involved on the House appealed to Baha'u'llah for guidance. Baha'u'llah replied with a Tablet in which He approved of the House of Justice and strongly upheld the principle of consultation in the Baha'i Faith. [14]

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10. Synopsis, p 13.

11. Ibid., p 16.

12. Ibid., p 57.

13. Ibid., pp 5-6.

14. All information in this section concerning the first House of Justice of Tehran is based on Ruhu'llah Mihrabkhani, Mahafil-i shur dar 'ahd-i Jamal-i Aqdas-i Abha, (Assemblies of consultation at the time of Baha'u'llah) in Payam-i Baha'i, nos. 28 and 29, pp 9-11 and pp 8-9 respectively.

https://www.h-net.org/%7Ebahai/docs/vol3/wmnuhj.htm

In the Baha'i Faith Women are Equal to Men... but they are not allowed to serve the UHJ.

By Juan Cole



The belief that women were not eligible for service on local Baha'i institutions was based on the language of certain passages of the Kitab-i Aqdas which refer to the House of Justice. Of course, as we have noted above, these passages do not make a distinction between local, national, and international bodies. The institution as a whole is addressed. Baha'u'llah twice uses the Arabic word rijal (gentlemen) to refer to the members of the Houses of Justice. He says:

O ye Men (rijal) of Justice! Be ye in the realm of God shepherds unto His sheep... [22]

And:
 
We have designated a third of all fines for the Place of Justice (maqarr al-'adl), and exhort its members (rijal) to show forth perfect equity...[23]

The word rijal (plural; singular is rajul) is exclusively masculine in Arabic. A dictionary would render an English definition of rajul as: man, gentleman; important man, statesman, nobleman. (A related form of the word, rujula or rujuliyya, would be translated as: masculinity; virility.) Since Baha'u'llah addressed the members of the Houses of Justice using this term, it appears that it was universally assumed that only men were eligible for service on such institutions.

The word rijal, meaning men, is used in the Qur'an and is part of an important passage which establishes the relationship between men and women in Islam (Qur'an 4:34):

Men (rijal) are superior to women (nisa') on account of the qualities with which God hath gifted the one above the other, and on account of the outlay they make from their substance for them.

However, Baha'u'llah has in His Writings clearly established the principle of the equality of men and women. It is therefore possible that when He used the word rijal He did not intend its normal meaning.

Although rijal is the normal Arabic word for men (as opposed to women), there are passages in the Writings of Baha'u'llah that indicate that He may have used the term in a special sense. Such passages suggest that, in a Baha'i context, the word may be understood to include women. Baha'u'llah has stated that women in His Cause are all to be accorded the same station as men - and He has used the very term rijal to make this point. For example, He writes:

Today the Baha'i women (lit., the leaves of the Holy Tree) must guide the handmaidens of the earth to the Lofty Horizon with the utmost purity and sanctity. Today the handmaidens of God are regarded as gentlemen (rijal). Blessed are they! Blessed are they! [24]

And in another passage:
 
Today whoever among the handmaidens attains the knowledge of the Desire of the World [i.e., Baha'u'llah] is considered a gentleman (rajul) in the Divine Book. [25]

And in another place:

...many a man (rajul) hath waited expectant for God's Revelation, and yet when the Light shone forth from the horizon of the world, all but a few turned their faces away from it. Whosoever from amongst the handmaidens hath recognized the Lord of all Names is recorded in the Book as one of those men (rijal) by the Pen of the Most High. [26]

Likewise, 'Abdu'l-Baha in one of his Tablets has made the same point:
 
Verily, according to Baha'u'llah, women are judged as gentlemen (rijal). [27]

However, such passages were not raised as an issue at the time, either because the believers were not aware of them, or because they did not find them applicable. Certainly, the American Baha'is had no access to these texts and had to rely on the understandings of the Persian teachers who were sent by 'Abdu'l-Baha to guide them.

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22. Marzieh Gail and Fadil-i Mazandarani (trans.), typescript translation of the Kitab-i Aqdas.

23. Ibid.

24. Quoted in Ahmad Yazdani, Mabadiy-i Ruhani, Tehran: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 104 Badi', p 109.

25. Ibid

26. Women: Extracts from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, 'Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, comp. by The Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, Thornhill, Ont.: Baha'i Canada Publications, 1986, #7, p 3.

27. Quoted in Ahmad Yazdani, Maqam va Huquq-i Zan dar Diyanat-i Baha'i, vol. 1, Tehran: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 107 Badi'.

https://www.h-net.org/%7Ebahai/docs/vol3/wmnuhj.htm

Haifan Baha'is are part of the AngloZionist empire’s global espionage apparatus

Don Tannant with prominent Baha'is (1980s)
Here is one another proof that Haifan Baha'is are a part of AngloZionist empire’s global espionage apparatus:

Don Tennant :

Don Tennant is the co-author of “Spy the Lie”, a publication in which “Three former CIA officers—among the world’s foremost authorities on recognizing deceptive behavior—share their proven techniques for uncovering a lie.”[1]. The book was authored with the assistance of former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero, who, according the publisher’s website, “are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior. Spy the Lie chronicles the captivating story of how they used a methodology Houston developed to detect deception in the counterterrorism and criminal investigation realms, and shows how these techniques can be applied in our daily lives.”[2]

A former National Security Agency analyst, Tennant is also partner at the “deception-detection services provider QVerity[3].

According to his employment profile, Tennant is “A veteran business/technology journalist and speaker” who “began his career with the National Security Agency as a research analyst covering international economic issues. His proficiency in the Chinese language and experience in producing key intelligence reports for senior U.S. policymakers prepared him for a venture into journalism, beginning in Hong Kong where he served as the Editor in Chief of the Hong Kong edition of Computerworld. He returned to the U.S. to become Editor in Chief of the flagship U.S. edition of Computerworld, and later assumed the editorial directorship of Computerworld and InfoWorld. Don has conducted in-depth interviews with hundreds of top corporate executives and dozens of high-profile CEOs, from Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, to Oracle‘s Larry Ellison and Xerox‘s Anne Mulcahy.”[4].

As his profile further states: “Don was presented with the 2007 Timothy White Award for Editorial Integrity by American Business Media, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for editorial excellence in news coverage. His weekly editorial column in Computerworld won the national gold award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and the national gold award from Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI) in 2006. Under his leadership, Computerworld won dozens of editorial awards, including ASBPE’s Magazine of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006. Don holds a B.S. in Language from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @dontennant.”[5].

Tennant’s author profile in “Spy the Lie”, states that “his experience in producing key policy reports for senior U.S policy makers prepared him for a venture into journalism, which led to his appointment as editor-in-chief of Computerworld.” [6].

Tennant is a member of the Baha’i Faith, and “lives with his wife, Ardith” at the campus of the Green Acre Baha’i School, in Eliot, Maine,[7], where Ardith Tennant is a program coordinator.[8]

References :
Spy the Lie
ZoomInfo Employment Profile, accessed June 18, 2013.
“Spy the Lie”, Tennant, D, Macmillan, 2012, Accessed June 18, 2013.
Green Acre Baha’i School
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Don_Tennant

Other References :
http://bahaicia.blogspot.com/
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Sum_Mehrnama
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Sara_Bevels
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Viktoria_Yazdani
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Eugen_Yazdani
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Samuel_Godard

From all fake Christs Baha'u'llah is the most prominent!


It is clearly written in the Bible that Baha'u'llah can never be The Second Coming of Christ. Only two examples are sufficient:

> Matthew 24:23-28
  1. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
  2. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
  3. Behold, I have told you before.
  4. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
  5. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
> Luke 17:22-25
  • And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
  • And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
  • For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
From all fake Christs Baha'u'llah is the most prominent.

Baha'u'llah said he believe in the Quran but at the same time he believed in the crucification of Christ, but the two versions of Jesus' passing, that of the Bible and that from the Quran, contradict each other. What is logic here?

https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/a93jst/christmas_in_haifa/

Russian Prince Dolgorukov's 'love' for Baha'u'llah!

Mírza Majíd Khan Aahí the son-in-law of Baha'u'llah and secretary to the Russian Ambassador.


On Monday, 16 August 1852, Bahá'u'lláh rode out towards the headquarters of the imperial army. At the time, He had been in ‘The Abode of the Birds’ (MurghMaḥallih), a garden which had been His summer residence. He stopped at Zargandih at the home of Mírzá Majíd Khán-i-Áhí, secretary to the Russian legation. [BKG77; DB603, AY235]
  • Bahá'u'lláh was invited to remain in this home. [DB603] 
  • The Sháh was informed of Bahá'u'lláh's arrival and sent an officer to the legation to demand the delivery of Bahá'u'lláh into his hands. The Russian minister, Prince Dolgorukov, refused and suggested that Bahá'u'lláh be sent to the home of the Grand Vizier. [BKG77; DB603] 
  • Bahá'u'lláh was arrested. [BKG77; DB603]
On 28th June 1845, Prince Dolgorukov was appointed Russian ambassador to Tihrán. He was previously first secretary of the Russian legation at Istanbul. He arrived in Tihrán in January 1846.
  •  In Dec. 1852 Bahá'u'lláh was released from the Síyáh-Chál owing to the efforts of the Russian Minister Prince Dolgorukov. [GPB104–5] 
  • See CH43–4 for the role of the Russian Consul in securing His release. He invoked his full power as an envoy of Russia and called out the Sháh and his court for their 'barbaric' behaviour. 
  • The Russian minister invited Bahá'u'lláh to go to Russia but Bahá'u'lláh chose instead to go to Iraq.

A podcast with Matthew Barker and Wahid Azal discussing the intimate ties of the Haifan Baha'i organization with the Establishment.

The harmony of science and religion is one of the fundamental principles of the Bahá'í Faith!!!!! What?

"Cancer is contagious" - 'Abdu'l Baha

"… Thou hadst asked some questions; that why the blessed and spiritual souls, who are firm and steadfast, shun the company of degenerate persons. This is because, that just as the bodily diseases like consumption and cancer are contagious, likewise the spiritual diseases are also infectious. If a consumptive should associate with a thousand safe and healthy persons, the safety and health of these thousand persons would not affect the consumptive and would not cure him of his consumption. But when this consumptive associates with those thousand souls, in a short time the disease of consumption will infect a number of those healthy persons. This is a clear and self-evident question."


(‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tablet to an individual believer, October 1921: Star of the West, Vol. XII, No. 14, p. 233)​

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/a7g3y0/according_to_abdulbaha_cancer_is_contagious/

Tribute to "Nabil", one of the leading early "apostles" of Baha'u'llah.

By N. Wahid Azal


Nabil Zarandi was one of the leading early "apostles" of Baha'u'llah who had made a divine claim of his own in Baghdad and then retracted it after the murder of Dayyan and joined Baha'u'llah. He was a sufiesque poet with countless panegyric poems to his name lauding Baha'u'llah to the heavens and beyond. Apparently he authored an extensive history whose original manuscript has only ever been seen by a tiny handful of people, i.e. the history known as The Dawn Breakers which in its English translation by Shoghidelic I have dubbed Pseudo-Zarandi.

Mirza Agha Khan Kirmani and Shaykh Ahmad Ruhi (both executed in 1896), and sons in law of Subh-i-Azal, claim in the final part of their massive work hasht bihisht (The Eight Heavens) that Nabil Zarandi was actually murdered by the Baha'is in Acre in an act jointly undertaken by both the Abbas Effendi faction as well as the Muhammad Ali faction after Baha's death because he had begun making claims once again.

As I mentioned, an original history posthumously renamed The Dawn Breakers has been attributed to him. But only Shoghi Effendi, Fadil Mazandarani, very briefly Denis MacEoin, Ahang Rabbani, Vahid Rafati and recently Stephan Lambden have ever seen a manuscript of this work apparently penned by Zarandi. Shoghi Effendi's purported English translation was translated into Arabic and the Arabic translation was soon thereafter translated into Persian by 'Abdu'l-Hamid Ishraq-Khavari (even though the original work was supposedly authored in Persian). Fadil Mazandarani, a Hand of the Cause appointed by Shoghi Effendi, fell afoul of both Shoghi Effendi as well as the Iranian National Spiritual Assembly during the 1940s for his own multivolume history named The History of the Manifestation of Truth (tarikh-i-zuhur al-haqq) because it explicitly contradicts much of the narrative of Nabil Zarandi (or, rather, Pseudo-Zarandi's) history as crafted by Shoghi Effendi, especially in the Babi section of it as well as in the final chapters which covers the final years of Baha' and his family life in Acre.

I once was told by Ahang Rabbani under confidence (but now that he is dead, this can be revealed) that the later part of Zarandi's original history explicitly lauds and panegyrizes Muhammad Ali above Abbas Effendi, and this is one of the reasons why the original manuscript has been systematically suppressed from public circulation or indepedent scholarly examination by Baha'i authorities. If true, it is a supreme irony that a text whose original lauds and panegyrizes Muhammad Ali has been made the official history of the Haifan as well as the Orthodox Remeyite Baha'i groups who have established themselves on the very basis of demonizing Muhammad Ali, his family and followers. But such opportunism is a consistent and well established pattern of Bahaism throughout all of its phases.

A problem with the 'history' of the Baha'i Faith

by Dale Husband

Taherzadeh wrote in The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, Volume 4, Chapter 26:

"The signs of the violation of the Covenant appeared on the actual day of the ascension. The body of Bahá'u'lláh was awaiting interment when His sons secretly launched their treacherous schemes to rob the Centre of the Covenant of His legitimate successorship which was explicitly conferred upon Him by Bahá'u'lláh Himself. A detailed account of this breaking of the Covenant is beyond the scope of this book. It is, however, the hope of the present author to produce, God willing, one or two volumes on the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh as a sequel to the four volumes of The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh. The study of the Kitab-i-'Ahd with all its implications will also be carried out in these forthcoming volumes."

Here's a problem with the 'history' of the Baha'i Faith: If the younger sons were indeed so unfaithful, why would Baha'u'llah, who was supposed to be a Prophet of God, proclaim in his Will and Testament (the Kitab-i-'Ahd) that the Greater Branch (Muhammad Ali) would have a rank in the Faith below that of the Most Mighty Branch (Abdu'l-Baha) and would also be Abdu'l-Baha's successor, even stating this was what God wanted? This is a clear failure on the part of Baha'u'llah. A real Prophet able to foresee the future would have avoided mentioning any of the younger sons at all.

​If something does not make sense, it cannot be true, period.
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