It Would be “Good for All to Become Baha’is”

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Baha'i s and friends after the indoor program.

SRSG Farid Zarif says

Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG), over the weekend hailed the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, saying it would be “good if all humankind become Baha’is.”

Zarif made the statement when he served as keynote speaker on the occasion marking the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of the Baha’i Faith – Baha’u’llah, which was observed in Monrovia.

He said that the teachings of the faith of the new manifestation of God are unique, “because they present hope and solutions to the world’s problems.”

Founded in 1844 in Persia, now Iran, the Baha’i Faith is the latest of all independent world religions whose teachings call for the unification of mankind and religions, and the recognition and respect for the unique singularity of God, the Almighty.

It discourages discrimination in all forms and manners and promotes universal peace, universal education, equality of men and women, justice for all and the advancement of civilization at all levels of human existence.

“I am not really a good scholar of Baha’i, but considering the little I know about its principles, I believe we should all be Baha’is,” Zarif noted amid rousing applause.

“Baha’is belief does not seek supremacy over any other faith neither does it alienate people of other religions or even those who up to now think that there is no God. The followers of Baha’u’llah do not believe in the exclusion of others but their inclusion and participation in working for the betterment of the world,” he said.

Zariff speaks to audience at the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Baha’u’llah

Zarif noted that peace, justice, hard work, honesty and education are the very foundations on which today’s model civil society is also established. “We are all trying to promote these principles regardless of whether they are religious or not. We are all doing this across the world through our constitutions or laws, teachings at universities and several schools and this unique model of our time is eventually becoming a teaching for a way of life,” he pointed out.

The religious advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Reverend Sando E. Townsend, said the President and the government are aware of the “many impacts the Baha’i Faith  is making in the country and will continue to make in the revival of the souls of Liberians and others.”

Baha’u’llah was born on November 12, 1817 in Tehran. His father was a renowned and respected government minister. But with all the wealth and comfort at his disposal, Baha’u’llah chose to champion the cause of justice and work for the redemption of humanity from hate, malice, and disunity. In 1863, after several years of exile and incarcerations, he declared to the world that he was the promised one of all ages.

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  2. *Some personal observations about Baha’i faith.*

    When researching the Bahá’í Faith, please do not limit yourself only to the officially-sanctioned literature of the Bahá’í Administrative Order.

    Here are a few observations…

    1) The Bahá’í Faith exists solely to perpetuate itself, 99% of its focus and activities are toward this one goal, growth in membership. Throughout their history they have been preparing their members for the “entry by troops” of new converts, which has yet to materialize. They do a minimal amount of humanitarian or charity work.

    2) Bahá’ís use terminology in ways that was not intended. Bahá’ís don’t have censorship, they have “review.” They don’t proselytize, they “teach.” They don’t have missionaries, they have “pioneers.” They don’t have prophets, they are called “manifestations.” And so forth.

    3) Bahá’ís have a “lo is us” sense of historical persecution. If you look at their history, though, most would call it just fruits. During the founding of the religion, the forebear Babi sect led a violent, apocalyptic revolution in Iran, and some of their members later attempted to assassinate the Shah. Their leadership were exiled to the Ottoman Empire where schismatic violence within the group later led to house arrest. Of course, this is all billed as being persecuted.

    4) Bahá’ís lament how others view them in a conspiratorial light, when in fact, again, this is based on historical reality. In Iran the Babis had the protection of the Russian ambassador (Russia being an imperial power that had seized wide swaths of territory from Iran and at one point the Russian ambassador had to approve Iranian cabinet ministers). In the Ottoman Empire, Bahá’ís conspired with the Young Turks, who deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid II in a coup. Later, they would assist the British, and their leader `Abdu’l-Bahá earned knighthood, being designated KBE. With their headquarters in Haifa, Bahá’ís have cooperated with the state of Israel, to the extent that some of the Bahá’í World Center buildings are built on land expropriated from absentee Palestinian land owners.

    5) Bahá’ís inflate their membership numbers. Comparing census data of various nations to self-reported data confirms this. The outside data Bahá’ís often cite, like from the Association of Religion Data Archives, only uses self-reported data, creating a circle.

    6) In the community I was a member of, even in the lifetime of Khomeini, there were Persian Bahá’ís who would regularly travel to Iran during their summer holidays to visit family. When I would ask them how that was possible, their response was always along the lines that the arrested Bahá’ís were those who were administratively and politically active, almost to the point of referring to them as “troublemakers.” The Bahá’í Administrative Order uses these news stories of alleged persecution very astutely to generate media attention. A Google News search for the term “Bahá’í” shows a predominance of news stories regarding Bahá’í temples and discrimination. Otherwise, the Bahá’í Faith generates little to no interest.

    7) Bahá’ís initially hide from members some of the more unsavory realities of their religion. Men and women are equal, but women are barred from serving in the highest organ of the religion, the Universal House of Justice, and will presumably be barred from the local and national Houses of Justice that the current LSA’s and NSA’s will one day evolve into. The hierarchy is billed as being democratic, but only in the sense of council democracy as it still exists in Cuba where individuals elect local committees, who then elect national committees, who then elect the Universal House of Justice. There is a parallel appointed hierarchy. With no politicking or partisanship allowed, elected members in the higher ranks serve for life until they die or retire, and are subsequently replaced by nomenklatura.

    8) Bahá’ís hide from members some of the more unsavory realities of their history. After Bahá’u’lláh their leader was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and then Shoghi Effendi. By the time Shoghi Effendi died, all the living descendants of Bahá’u’lláh had been excommunicated from the religion for various offenses, including marrying a “lowborn Christian girl,” a term he would later defend. Shoghi Effendi was also designated the “Guardian,” by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The Guardian was supposed to designated subsequent Guardians, but did not do so, although the entire Bahá’í administrative structure depended on it.

    9) Ignoring failed prophecies, like `Abdu’l-Bahá declaring the peace of the world to come by the year 2000. Those of us around in the 1980’s and 1990’s remember the crescendo, and the anticlimactic ignoring of reality and denial of the build up.

    10) Many Bahá’ís books have been posthumously rewritten to remove references to to failed prophecies and prominent individuals who left the Bahá’í Faith for various reasons. These rewrites are more than minor edits and constitute a different process than “Bahá’í review” which the euphemism used for pre-publication censorship.

    11) Bahá’ís claim earlier religions are valid, but in reality they only do this in an Islamic sense (i.e., the earlier revelation was perverted over time). For example, they deny the parts of Bible written by Paul. Or when Muhammad says he is the last prophet, Bahá’ís say that was true only for the Adamic Cycle, but now we are in the Bahá’í Cycle.

    12) The Universal House of Justice has noted that only “A fraction of the total numbers of unique works have been published in the original languages or translated into Western languages.”

    The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the central book of the Bahá’í Faith written by Bahá’u’lláh, was only officially translated into English in 1992, by which time other translations, such as one by the Royal Asiatic Society, were becoming increasingly available through dissemination via the internet. My personal opinion is that the material in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas is so objectionable that the Bahá’í authorities wished to shield Western believers from its contents, as they do from Bahá’u’lláh’s other works by not publishing the originals or providing translations.

    I could go on.

    If you’re wondering why I am sending you this message, it is because of my personal experience with the Bahá’í Faith. If years ago I knew what I know now, I would have avoided years of commitment and devotion, not to mention financial contribution, to a religion that was presented inaccurately. In the final analysis, I do not believe the Bahá’í Faith to be true.

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