Martyrdom has intrigued mankind since ages. The concept of martyrdom has raised levels of courage and sacrifice. While in many cases heroic sacrifice has been for a higher purpose, in certain cases it has been a case of confusion and being deceived.
Take the case of Al-Qaeda inspired volunteering for martyrdom. Here the noble concept of martyrdom is tweaked to serve a political purpose. While such examples are clearly understood, inspiration for martyrdom sometimes comes smartly packed – typical Bahai style!
The Bahai faiths supreme body – Universal House of Justice (UHJ), has strategized the subject of martyrdom for serving its political masters. In the present modern age, any administrative body is interested in protecting lives and interest of its members. But UHJ has discreetly been marketing martyrdom to its members in politically sensitive countries like Iran, Uzbekistan and Egypt. Through camouflaged messages, UHJ instead of advising its members to run to safer havens, encourages and at times even threatens its followers to stay back.
Although the faith publicly propagates that it never gets politically involved and advises its members to comply with laws of the land, through its discreet messages it provokes its members to take propagation activities even in such sensitive countries. Certain of inviting tough action against its members, the UHJs next advice to its members is to be steadfast. UHJ then infuses stories of martyrs of past and concept of martyrdom. While this goes on at level of its members, UHJ starts its global propaganda parallely. It floats stories of severe punishment and suppression to its members in their country of residence. This is the political agenda of their Zionist masters.
Such a dual strategy forces regimes like Iran, Egypt and Uzbekistan to become more reactive. These governments now start viewing members of the faith as spies and become more vigilant towards them. Thus a vicious sequence of event emerges, each complimenting the other.
Such propaganda also helps in drawing sympathy in countries across the globe. Smart Bahai Faith members use this sympathy to get more facilities for their faith in different countries. In India, we can see the Sorabjees, Rowhanis, Wahedis running around meeting Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assemblies and Municipal Counselors under the pretext of taking up the cause of the oppressed faith members.
The UHJ thus cleverly scripts a political story (in contrast to its official stand of not being involved ever in politics) serving its masters at the cost of misery to its members.
Martyrdom is marketed nowadays - neatly packed!