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In Islam, worship
of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) is one of the gravest sins you can commit. Muslims
don't like being called 'Muhammeddans' as they belive that it gives the
wrong impression that they worship the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Now (
some of the ) Bahais try to imitate this by telling others not to call
their religion 'Bahaism' as they say it is same as calling Islam- Muhammedanism.
say that the right word for their religion is 'Bahai faith'. On the look
of it everything looks fine. But one has to remember that all that glitters
is not gold. Let us look at some of the facts and Bahai beliefs and decide
whether it is the same as in the case of Islam or not.
Isin't Bahaullah considered to be a prophet by the Bahais?
Well, the answer is not that simple, we better let the Bahais answer this question for they themselves are very much confused about the station of Bahaullah. Sometimes he is spoken of as God himself & sometimes as a Prophet of God ( They both arent the same, are the? ). I will merely reproduce here a few of his writing and let the Bahais account for this.
Bahaullah initially claimed to be a Prophet beside the other hundred and one claims. But later on after he knew that he had enough following, he came up & claimed divinity. The following is the first so called revelation that Prophet part of Bahaullah is supposed to have recieved when he was in prison-
'During the days I lay in the prison of Teheran, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.
To the non Bahais who are new to the faith, Bahaullah is potrayed only as a Prophet. There are several websites on the net which try to prove to the world the prophethood of Bahaullah. Look for the urls in the links page. It is however strange that he is also considered as God ( astaghfirullah ). Here are a few quotations where Bahaullah declares his divinity.
1. "There is no God but I the Honoured , the Wise".
- Kitab al Aqdas pg 43
2."Accept whatever is commanded by Baha (himself) the
Lord of Eternity".
-kitab al aqdas pg 144
3."All praise is for you O Bahaullah, the Creator of
-Al mubeen pg 34
4."Obey the commands of your Elevated, Splendorous
-Al Mubeen pg 190
5."You Most beneficent Lord, Bahaullah",
Al Mubeen 297
The truth is revealed!. In all the above verses Bahaullah is clearly claiming divinity for himself here.
The Bahais even turn towards the shrine of Bahaullah when they offer prayers. Just listen to this statement in the Badaae ul Asaar of Abdul Baha-
6. Bahaullah is unique, Incomparable. It is necessary for everyone to turn towards Bahaullah in his prayers.
Even more revealing is this statement of Bahaullah in
a letter to his son Abdul Baha-
7. "This s a letter from Allah, the Honoured and the Wise (Bahaullah) to Allah the Gracious, the Aware (Abdul Baha)."
This statement really shocked me when I read it.
But the one statements which is most hurting to a Muslim is in the Kitab ul Aqdas where Bahaullah writes-
"A lot of requests and supplications from my followers reached 'My' Arsh wherein they have asked many questions from me. Thereupon Baha has revealed Epistles upon them. there was a request for revealing the Ahkam (Laws). But due to some wisdom, I withheld My pen and did not accede to their requests. Having received innumerable such requests from them, I have now acceded to their requests so that their hearts may remain alive".
We have seen above that initially Bahaullah made less dramatic claims as he did'nt have the neccessary following. Only after his popularity & following grew did he publically declare himself divine. We must also note that his claims grew bolder as time passed.
The divine status of Bahaullah is a fact of Bahai faith which is cleverly hidden from the non Bahai. This is clearly a deceptive tactic used by the Bahais. But those people who hide these facts must remember that they cannot hide the truth forever. The truth really will be successful at the end putting an end to the falsehoods the people invent against Allah and his Prophets.As the Holy Qur'an states in Surah Al Anbiya-
We hurl the truth against falsehood, and it knocks out its brain, and behold,
falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe be to you for the ( false ) things ye ascribe
Wilful misrepresentation of the Qur'an
It is very common especially in their prophecy fulfilled pages that the Bahais quote the Qur'an & the Hadith. Their aim always remains to prove that Bab & Bahaullah fulfilled the prophecies mentioned theirin. People who come in contact with the Bahais already know this. But how far they go in proving their case is the question. Here is a classic example of how the Bahais have been wrongfully using the Qur'an & hadith by quoting them totally out of context.
Those who have visited about.com's page on Bahaism might have read this. A certain Mr. Kamran Hakim writes about the Prophecies of Islam which were supposed to be have been fulfilled by Bahaullah. He quotes verse 6 to verse 13 of surah Al Naziat as given below-
"One day, the disturbing trumpet-blast shall disturb it [the universe] which the second blast shall follow.... Verily, it will be but a single blast..."
and he concludes that the two blasts here are referring to the appearence of Bab and Bahaullah!!!. I think the Bahais will take any prophecy with the numeral- two and mould it and conclude that these are prophecies referring to Bahaullah. And also these verses have been quoted wrongly out of context. The actual verses are-
6.one day everything that can be in commotion will be
7.Followed by oft repeated (commotions)
8.Hearts that day will be in agitation
9.Cast down will be ( their owners ) eyes
10.They say: what! shall we indeed be returned to our former state?
12.They "It would in that case be a return without a loss!"
13.But verily, it will be but a single (compelling) cry
Now you can see clearly what god almighty is actually
talking about. These verses are in no way referring to a coming of any
human nor any beast, but the coming of the judgement day. Detailed discussion
on the reality of the day of judgement can be found in the acid test page.
Muhammed (PBUH) the prophet
After reading all that claims of divinity of Bahaullah here is a statement of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)-
"The man who worships Muhammed will die, but the man who worships Allah will live for ever."
I would like the Bahais to seriously consider this statement of our beloved Prophet & compare it with Bahaullah's claims. I would like you to seriously think about all the things which we have presented here.
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1. A glance at history
2.What the Bahais claim
3. What Islam says
4. Scientific statements in Islamic & Bahai scriptures
5. The Acid test
6. The Acid test 2
7. The status of Bahaullah in Bahaism ( current page )
8. The final word
9. The Quran Central
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