DISCLAIMER: This is NOT an official publication of the Bahá'í Faith, but the personal interpretations of the author of this article (Darrick Evenson). It is NOT copyrighted. You are welcome to make copies without permission. It is about 20 printed pages.*Al-Dajjal was Siyyid Muhammad Isfahaaní a one-eyed disciple of Bahá'u'lláh's younger brother Yahya Sub-i-Azal. He was a LIAR, and caused many Bahá'ís to die. He was killed in Akka, in what was then part of the Turkish province of Syria. Thus fulfills the Islamic prophecy that al-Dajjal ("The Liar") would be one-eyed, and be killed by the Prophet Isa in Syria.
Dear Muslim Seeker of Truth,
Among the Muslims, as among all peoples, are certain Seekers of Truth; those who are NOT content to merely blindly imitate the ways of their fathers of their religious leaders, but who actively seek to discover the Truth for themselves. For you this article is written: not for the blind follower, or imitator of the traditions of his fathers, but for the sincere Seeker of Truth.
The Bahá'í Faith
The Bahá'í Faith is NOT a sect or school of Islam. Bahá'ís are NOT Muhammadans ( followers of the Revelation of Muhammad). But the Bahá'í Faith came from Muhammadanism the same way that Christianity came from Judaism. Bahá'ís accept Muhammad as a true Messenger of God, but not the LAST Messenger! Bahá'ís DO accept Muhammad as "The Seal of the Prophet", but interpret the term "Seal" differently from Muslims. To a Muslim the term "Seal of the Prophets" means the "Last Prophet for All Eternity". For a Bahá'í, the term "Seal of the Prophets" means "Last Prophet Until God Breaks the Seal". The term "Seal of the Prophets" will be discussed below.
Muhammadans ("Muslims") consider the Bahá'í Faith to be a heresy; a false religion. This is what their imams and religious scholars tell them, and they believe what they are told; without questioning.
Bahá'ís consider the Faith to be a fulfillment of Islamic and Christian prophecy.
The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Siyyid Alí Muhammad Shirazi in the year 1844 A.D. (1260 A.H.) in Shiraz, Iran; exactly 1000 lunar years from the disappearance of the 12th Imam of Shi'a Islam (The Imam Mahdi). Shi'a Muslims believe that the son-and-law and cousin of The Prophet, Alí ibn Abu Talib, was His true Successor, and the first Imam. They believe that all of the 12 Imams of Shi'a Twelver Islam were divinely-inspired of God; not "Prophets" but "Seers" and divinely-guided Leaders (Imams).
Siyyid Alí Muhammad Shirazi was a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He was a merchant living in Shiraz, Iran, then called "Persia". He was a disciple of a Muslim mystic visionary named Siyyid Kazim Rashti; who himself was a disciple of Shaykh Ahmad al-Asá'í; the founder of the Shaykhi sect of Shi'a Islam. Shaykh Ahmad claimed to be a Múhaddáth (Arabic: "One Spoken To" by angels who is not a Prophet). He claimed divine visions and visitations from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Fatimah, and some of the Imams. He prophecied that the Mahdi would appear among the Siyyids (descendants of the Prophet) in the year 1260 A.H. (1844 A.D.).
In 1844 A.D. (1260 A.H.) Siyyid Alí Muhammad announced that He was the Promised Al-Mahdi.He took the name of "Al-Báb" ("The Gate" of God). About half ot the Shaykhis accepted this claim, and became known as Bábís. The Báb anounced that He was the promised AL-MAHDI in 1260 (1844 A.D). He was martyred in 1267 A.H. (1850 A.D); exactly 7 LUNAR YEARS afterwards. According to Muslim prophecy, the Mahdi would has a ministry of 7 lunar years.
The Báb was known as a worker of miracles. Some of His miracles can be found in the books New History of The Báb, and The Dawnbreakers and elswhere. He wrote IN ONE NIGHT a book of Revelation that equaled the Qur'an in style and length; called the BAYAN. He wrote other books and many epistles.
The Bábís were considered heretics, and they were persecuted much the same way the Jews persecuted the first Christians. Many Bábís died at the hands of Shi'a Muslims. Entire Bábí families had their throats cuts; men, women, and children. Others were stoned to death, or had stakes driven into their chests, or had the souls of the feet cut-off and then forced to walk over fields of stone. Many Bábí women and young girls were raped, or forced into marriages with Shi'a Muslim men.
The Báb Himself was taken to Tabriz, in Iran, in 1850 as a prisoner. He was to be executed by firing-squad, but the Mullas pleaded that The Báb not be executed by Muslims; because a Shi'ite Muslim prophecy says that Al-Mahdi would be killed by Muslims. So, the authorities called in an Armenian Christian regiment in Tabriz (at that time Persia included much of Armenia). The Armenian regiment had 750 rifles. The Báb was taken out of His cell before He finished His last epistle. He was tied with robes and suspected over a ledge. The 750 rifles fired, and when the smoke cleared (this was before smokeless gun-powder), The Báb had disappeared! All that was left were the ropes; burned and severed by the 750 bullets! Thousands in the crowds shouted, "Allah'u'Akbar! It is a miracle! A miracle!" But the Mullas quickly grabs the burnt pieces of rope, and went through the crowds yelling, "God forbid! It is NO MIRACLE! The bullets severed the ropes! It is NO MIRACLE!"
They found The Báb soon afterwards back in His cell, finishing His last epistle to His followers. They took Him out again, but the Armenians refused to fire again; thinking that His deliverance was a sign from God. So, they were forced to bring in a Muslim regiment. They fired, and this time The Báb was riddled beyond recognition. Muslims did kill Al Mahdi!
One of the disciples of The Báb was Mirza Husayn Alí Núrí ; a descendant of King Cyrus of Persia, and of King David of Israel via Bostanai; a Jewish Exilarch in Iraq in the 7th century A.D. who received a Persian princess as a bride from Alí ibn Abu Talib; the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and first Imam of Shi'a Islam.
The Báb gave to Mirza Husayn Alí the new name of BAHÁ'U'LLÁH; which means in Arabic, "The Glory of God".
Because He was of royal birth, Bahá'u'lláh was not killed as a Bábí, but was sent to the Siyah Chal ("Black Pit") prison in Tehran for 4 months. Upon release He was exiled to Baghdad, and then to Erdine (Turkey), and finally to the prison city of Akka; in what was then the province of Syria, part of the Ottoman Empire.
He remained a prisoner of the Sultan of Turkey for many years. He was known as a Holy Man, and a worker of holy miracles. He made many prophecies; all of which have come to pass. He wrote 100 books, and wrote thousands of epistles.
He claimed to be AL-MASEEH.
Islam is NOT Muhammadaniyyah
Today there are various Schools in Islamiyyah; different schools of interpretation. Some schools forbid things other schools permit. The Prophet warned this would happen, and said that when the Imam Mahdi would come there would be 73 sects in His Ummah (Community), and all but one fit for Hell-fire.
Bahá'ís believe that the one true sect of Islam (under the Dispensation of Muhammad) was the Shaykhi sect of Shi'a Islam.
The Bahá'í Faith is NOT a sect of of the Ummah of Muhammed (PBUH). It is not a "school" of Islamiyyah. It is a completely new Revelation of God. Bahá'ís believe that the one True Sect of the UMMAH of Muhammad was the Shaykhi Sect of Shi'ite Islam; founded by Shaykh Ahmad al-Asá'í.
The Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH) today is FULL of INNOVATIONS that The Prophet warned Muslims about! Muslims have made the same mistake the Jews had made; to follow "the commandments of men" as if they were commandments of God. Jesus quotes Allah saying:"But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:9)No Compulsion in Religion
The Qur'an says there is to be "no compulsion in religion":
"There is no compulsion in religion. The right way is henceforth distinct from the wrong way. And he who rejects false gods and believes in Allah has grasped a firm grip which will never break." (2:256)In every single Muslim nation today there IS COMPULSION IN RELIGION! Those born Muslims are FORCED to remain so (or at least go by the name of "Muslim") and not change their religion. The Prophet taught that there should be "no compulsion in religion". A person should be free to choose their own religion, or no religion. Muslims are forced by family, culture, and even the laws of Muslims nations to remain Muslims; even under threat of death. This is compulsion in religion; an innovation in Islam.
The Seal of the Prophets
Muslims believe that Muhammad is "the Seal of the Prophet". It says in the Qu'ran:"Muhammad is ot the father of any of your men, but He is the Messenger of God and the Seal of the Prophets." (33:40)Bahá'ís believe that Muhammad is also "the Seal of the Prophets", but they believe that God can and has "broken" than seal TWICE since the Dispensation of The Prophet: first by The Báb and then again by Bahá'u'lláh, and the SEAL will be broken many more times on this earth on and other worlds.
Muslims believe that The Prophet is the Last Messenger of God FOR ALL ETERNITY, but the Qur'an has various Verses which seem to station otherwise.
1) The Qur'an tells Muslims that more Messengers will come from among them:"Children of Adam, when Messengers from among your own people come to you to preach My Revelation, those who choose piety and reform themselves will have nothing to fear nor will they be grieved. But those who have rejected Our Revelations out of pride will be the dwellers of Hell-fire wherein they live forever." (7:35-6)Muslims say that "the Children of Adam" are not Muslims, but other peoples, but the Qur'an also says:"Children of Adam, dress well when attending the masjids, eat and drink but do not be excessive, for God does not love those who are excessive (in what they do)." (7:31)Who are the "Children of Adam"? Are they Pagans? Is God telling pagans to "dress well" when they worship idols? Do pagans or Christians or Jews worship in MASJIDS ("places of prostration")?
The term "Children of Adam" OBVIOUSLY refers to Muhammadans (Muslims), and God is telling them:
"Children of Adam (Muslims), when Messengers from among your own people come to you to preach My Revelation,...." (7:35)
Messengers (Razools) from among the Muhammadans shall arise to preach the Revelation of God.
Both The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh were Muhammadans (Muslims), and both were Messengers of God who arose from among the Muslims as Messengers of God to preach His Revelation.
The Seven Messengers of God and Seven Revelations
In The Book of Revelations, written by John, the "beloved disciple" of Jesus, he sees a vision of a scroll "sealed with seven seals", and a strong angel saying "Who is worthy to open the scroll and BREAK ITS SEALS?" (Rev. 5:2). Nobody is found worthy to break the seals, but then a Lamb with 7 HORNS and 7 EYES "which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth." (Rev. 5:6). The Lamb BREAKS THE SEALS, and then John sees SEVEN ANGELS come out from the cube-shaped Temple.
What does this mean?
*The Scroll with 7 Seals represents the Religion of Abraham with 7 Revelations which are "sealed".
*The Lamb with 7 Horns and 7 Eyes represents the 7 Messengers of God of the Religion of Abraham.
*Abraham was a Messenger of God, and the founder of the religion of ISLAM.
*The Temple represents the Ka'aba (Arabic: "Cube"); built by Abraham in what is now Mecca.
*Each Messenger comes out of the Temple (the Religion of Abraham) and "breaks the seal" of the Revelation before Him. Jesus broke the seal of the Revelation of Moses. Moses broke the seal of the Revelation of Joseph. Joseph broke the seal of the Revelation of Abraham. In like manner, Muhammad broke the seal of the Revelation of Jesus. The Báb broke the seal of the Revelation of Muhammad, and Bahá'u'lláh broke the seal of the Revelation of The Báb.
The Seven Angels represent Seven Messengers of Islam; the Religion of Abraham:
6) The Báb
The 7 Revelations of Islam are the 7 PATHS mentioned in the Qur'an:The 7 HEAVENS represent the 7 REVELATIONS of Islam; which was the religion began by ABRAHAM, and not the Prophet Muhammad!
"And We have created above you SEVEN PATHS: We have never been unmindful of the Creation." (67:3)
The circling of the Ka'aba 7 times by pilgrims symbolically represents the 7 Revelations and the 7 Messengers of ISLAM:
The circumvolution of the Ka'aba
The Israelites believed foolishly that Joseph was the last of the Messengers of God:"And Joseph came to you aforetime with clear tokens, but ye ceased not to doubt the message with which He came to you, until, when He died, ye said, 'God will by no means raise up a Messenger after him.' Thus God misleadeth him who is the transgressor, the doubter." (40:34)God BROKE THE SEAL of the Revelation of Joseph by appointing Moses His new Messenger (Razool)! But the people foolishly followed their religious scholars who ignorantly said, "God will by no means raise up a Messenger after him (Joseph)."
Notice, the Muslims are saying TODAY the same thing the Israelites said before Moses! The Israelites said, "There will be no Prophet after Joseph, he is the last and final Prophet for all eternity!"
Then God broke the Seal, and appointed Moses as a Messenger of God.
The Muslims day today, "There will be no Prophet after Muhammad (PBUH), he is the last and final Prophet for all eternity!"
Then God broke the Seal, and appointed The Báb as a Messenger of God. Then God broke the Seal again, and appointed Bahá'u'lláh as a Messenger of God; the 7th Messenger of God in Islam.
1. Abraham, 2. Joseph, 3. Moses, 4. Jesus, 5. Muhammad (PBUH), 6. The Báb, and 7. Bah&a'u'lláh!
Why were the Israelites so ignorant?
Why do the Muslims say that Muhammad is the "last Prophet for all time"?
Why did they say that?
Because they foolishly thought that "Seal of the Prophets" meant "End of the Prophets for all time"! IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT!
"Seal of the Prophets" means end of prophecy and revelation UNTIL God breaks the seal by sending a new Messenger.
God breaks the Seal of the prophets that came before via His "lamb"; the symbol of the Messengers of God. The Lamb with 7 Eyes in the Book of Revelations is a symbol of the 7 Angels (Messengers=Razools) of God in the one Religion of Islam; a religion founded by Abraham (who built the Ka'aba in Mecca).
Q. Doesn't the Qu'ran say that the only religion acceptable to God is Islam?
A. Yes! The Holy Qu'ran says:"Truly the only religion acceptable to Allah is Islam." (3:19)But you must understand the difference between Islam (the Religion of Abraham) and Muhammadaniyyah (the Ummah of Muhammad). You need to understand that difference between the RELIGION OF ISLAM and the REVELATION OF MUHAMMED.
"And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of them." (3:85)
The Religion of Islam contains 7 "Revelations"; the Revelation of Muhammed (PBUH) is just one of them!
The word Islam is Arabic and has 5 meanings:
The word Islam means to surrender one's rebellious Self (Ego) to the Will of God. It means to surrender or submit the Ego (will) voluntarily; peacefully, to Allah (God).
THAT is ISLAM!
On the other hand, the religion which is called "Islam" today is really "Muhammadaniyyah" (Muhammadism). It is the REVELATION that came after Christianity. Chrisitianity is a REVELATION. Judaism is a REVELATION. True Islam is NOT any particular Revelation or Faith but in fact the RELIGION OF ABRAHAM with SEVEN REVELATIONS.
Islam is the "Lamb of God" with 7 eyes!
The Bahá'í Faith is the 7th Revelation of Islam! The Muhammadan Faith was the 5th!
Anyone who sincerely and voluntarily submits his or her will to the Will of God is practicing Islam; if they are sincerely trying to worship the One True God (ALLAH). In this case a person is a "muslim" (submitter to the Will of God) if they are a Jew, a Christian, a Muhammadan, a Zoroastrian, a Sabean, or a Bahá'í! Anyone who truly and sincerely tries to worship the One God and SUBMIT his or her will to His Will is a true muslim (submitter)!
What we call "Muslims" are really "Muhammedans"; those who follow the Revelation of Muhammad. The Revelation of Muhammad was NOT the Revelation of Jesus, nor the Revelation of Moses. But the RELIGION of Jesus and Moses and Muhammad and The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh were ALL THE SAME. There is RELIGION OF ABRAHAM, and that is ISLAM (the sincere submission to the Will of God)!
The RELIGION (ISLAM) is One, but the Revelations (Dispensations) are different.
Since Abraham there is only one true Religion: ISLAM! The religion of Abraham was Islam. The religion of Joseph was Islam. The religion of Moses was Islam. The religion of Jesus was Islam. The religion of Muhammed was Islam. The religion of The Báb was Islam. The religion of Bahá'u'lláh was Islam.
The RELIGION OF ISLAM was always the same! Only the REVELATIONS of it were different!
The Religion of Islam began with ABRAHAM; not Muhammad!
"Abraham was neither Jewish, nor Christian; he was a Haneef [monotheist] Muslim. He never was an idol worshipper." (3:67)The Disciples of Jesus (who are called by the world the first Christians) were really Muslims:
"You shall strive for the Cause of God as you should strive for His [Muhammad's] cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion; the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you Muslim originally." (22:78)
"Had you witnessed Jacob on his death bed; he said to his children, 'What will you worship after I die?' They said, 'We will worship your god, the god of your fathers Abraham, Ismail, and Isaac; the One God. To Him we are Muslims." (2:133)"Recall that I inspired the disciples: 'You shall believe in Me and My Messenger (Jesus).' They said, 'We have believed, and bear witness that we are Muslim.'" (5:111)The One True Faith has always been ISLAM since the time of Abraham.
But the REVELATIONS have all been different, but not the RELIGION.
What the Muslim World calls "Islam" is really the Revelation of Muhammad, or Muhammedanism.
Any man or woman who sincerely submits his or her will to the Will of God is a SUBMITTER (muslim), and their religion is SUBMISSION (Islam). This is why the Qu'ran says:"Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts, anyone who believes in God, and believe in the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear." (2:62, 5:69)How can Jews and Christians have nothing to fear if they do not accept Islam?
The answer is: if they are sincerely trying to submit their wills to the Will of Allah, as they sincerely understand His Will to be, then they are truly "muslims". Jews follow the religion of Moses; which was ISLAM. Christians follow the religion of Jesus; which was ISLAM. Muslims (Muhammadans) follow the religion of Muhammad; which is Islam. That is why Jews and Christians who are sincere submitters will have nothing to fear! The true "muslims" among them will not go to Hell; even though they are not Muhammadans. This is what the Qur'an says.
The mission of Bahá'u'lláh was to establish the Kingdom of God on earth; otherwise known as "The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh". His mission was to establish the Justice of God internationally; so that mankind could escape the "Day of Doom" and continue as a living species, to colonize the civilize the Cosmos under the rule of the Law of God.
Q. How could the Bahá'í Faith be true when the Messenger of God (PBUH) declared that he was the "Seal of the Prophets" and the "last of the Apostles" and no Messenger or Prophet would ever come after him?
A. Already answered! God sends Messengers to "break the seal" of the Revelation before him.
Abraham broke the seal of the Revelation or Dispensation that came before him; and founded the Religion of ISLAM. Before that, the Religion of Islam did not exist on earth. God had Messengers like Noah, Enoch, and others, but there was no religion of ISLAM until Abraham.
Joseph broke the seal of the Dispensation of Abraham. Moses broke the seal of the Dispensation of Joseph. Jesus broke the seal of the Dispensation of Moses. Muhammad broke the seal of the Dispensation of Jesus. The Báb broke the seal of the Dispensation of Muhammad. Bahá'u'lláh broke the seal of the Dispensation of The Báb. Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, The Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh are the "seven angels"; the seven Messengers of Islam (the religion of Abraham). All six Messengers of Islam after Abraham were His descendants.
The Bahá'í Faith is the 7th, or final, Revelation of ISLAM. More Messengers of God will come. One will come sometime after the year 2844 A.D. and "break the seal" of the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, but the Revelation of that Messenger will not be ISLAM.
More Messengers will come; both on this planet and on other planets as humanity spreads out over the galaxy and eventually into other galaxies. But these new Messengers will not preach the religion of Abraham (Islam); because They will not be His descendants. But, they will still preach the Word of God, and be true Messengers.
There were true Religions of God before Abraham (the founder of ISLAM), so there will be true Religions of God after Islam.
Why are there so many different sects of Islam? Why do they all differ on so many things?
Jesus said:So as it was in Jesus' day, so it is today with the Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH)! The common-people blindly follow their human leaders; the imams and religious scholars. But these human leaders are not inspired of God. Their opinions and interpretations come from their fallible brains! However, the Revelation of The Báb and the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh came directly from God!"Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
Q. I have heard that Bahá'ís worked for and supported the Shah of Iran, is this true?
A. No Bahá''ís held any high offices in the reign of the last Shah. There were a few men whose grandfathers or greatgrandfathers had been Bahá'ís, but whose grandfathers or greatgrandfathers had reverted back to Shi'a Islam. There were also a few men who worked in the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Health who were Bahá'í physicians or educators, but these were generally men who were "Secular Bahá'ís"; or men born of Bahá'í parents but did not "declare" themselves a "Bahá'í" at age 15. A person who does not "declare" at 15 or older is not a "Bahá'í" even if their pareants and entire family are!
Anti-Baha'i Mullas use the fact that a few "Bahá'ís" worked in the Shah's government as PROOF Bahá'ís supported the represive regime of the Shah, but they FAIL to add that 99% of those that worked for and supported the Shah (including 100% of the SAVAK~the Shah's Secret Police) CLAIMED TO BE "MUSLIM"! Were they? How can you blame ALL Bahá'ís for the crimes of the Shah when perhaps two-dozen seculars who did not practice the Bahá'í Faith worked for him, while hundreds of thousands of MUSLIMS worked for the Shah, and yet ALL Muslims are not blamed for his crimes?
What ABSURD FOOLISHNESS! These are the stupid claims of anti-Bahá'í Mullas who lie like the Devil himself!
Because a few dozen of so secular "Bahá'ís" (in name only) worked for the Shah doesn't mean the Shah's regime was "Bahá'í" since 99% of those who worked for the Shah were not Bahá'ís but MUSLIMS (at least in name).
Q. I have been told that Bahá'ís help the Zionists and are spies for them?
A. FALSE! Bahá'ís are forbidden to pretend to be Muslims; which would be required to be spies in Iran or elsewhere else in the Muslims world. Some anti-Bahá'í Mullas make this false claim merely to try to enrage people against the Faith; nothing more. They tell lies, and these lies are spread. Bahá'ís consider Nationalism to be among the "three false gods" of modern man: Nationalism, Racialism, and Communism. Zionism is Jewish Nationalism.
Q. But why are the Bahá'í headquartered in Haifa if they do not help the Zionists?
A. The Bahá'í World Centre is located in Haifa because Bahá'u'lláh and the Bahá'ís were exiled from Iran to Iraq because of the Shah of that time, and because of the anti-Bahá'í Mullas. Bahá'u'lláh was first exiled to Baghdad, then to Adrianople (Erdine), and finally to Akka, in what was then part of Syria. Bahá'u'lláh visited Haifa in 1890 and 1891, and said that the remains of The Báb should be buried on Mount Carmel. There was no Jewish State at that time; it was the province of Palestine and part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The Jewish State came into being long after the Bahá'í Holy Shrines had been built in and around Haifa.
If not for the Anti-Bahá'í Mullas, the Faith would still be headquartered in Iran, and not the State of Israel.
THERE IS NOT ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE of any "Bahá'í spies" anywhere! It is a lie, a fabrication; a way to JUSTIFY anti-Bahá'í persecution in Iran. That is all.
Q. If Bahá'ís don't like Nationalism~which includes Zionism~then why do not they preach against it?
A. Bahá'ís do preach against Nationalism, but a guest does not insult his host. The Bahá'ís in Israel are not citizens of Israel, but guests of the State of Israel; which is now (and perhaps always will be) controlled by Zionist Jews. Bahá'ís DO NOT PROMOTE Zionism, but they don't insult their host. Some Jewish Israeli citizens DO insult or criticize the Israeli government, but Bahá'ís are FORBIDDEN to do so because this may cause that government to restrict Bahá'ís from visiting the Most Holy Shrines of the Faith; which exist in Akka, in Bahjí (near Akka) and in Haifa. Bahá'ís DO PREACH against all forms of Nationalism: Jewish, Arab, Irish etc. But guests DO NOT INSULT their hosts.
Bahá'u'lláh wrote:"The Earth is but one country, and mankind are its citizens." (Gleanings, p.249)Bahá'ís don't believe in "Nationalism" in any form.
The government of Israel does not allow Israelis to become Bahá'ís. Also, Bahá'ís are not allowed to make converts in Israel. The government only allows 800 Bahá'ís to live in Israel at any one time. The government allows the Bahá'í Shrines to be beautified because it attracts thousands and thousands of tourists ($$$) to the city of Haifa.
Q. I have heard that Bahá'ís wish to destroy Islam. Is this true?
A. No. It is FALSE...another lie of anti-Bahá'í Mullas and imams. The Bahá'í Faith __IS__ the 7th REVELATION OF ISLAM!. Do Bahá'ís wish to destroy their own Religion? I think not.
Bahá'ís wish no harm to the Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH); the various sects and schools of Muhammadiyyah! It is the Sunnis, and Shi'ites, and others, who wish to harm the Bahá'ís and destroy the Bahá'í Faith! It is they who wish destruction; not us!
If Islam COULD BE destroyed by Bahá'ís (or anyone else) the it is NOT of God! But it is of God, and cannot be destroyed by anyone. Bahá'ís DO believe that eventually entire countries will become Bahá'í, but even when this happens Muslims (Muhammadans) will not be forced to become Bahá'ís. Indeed, in Bahá'í States all will have the right to worship what they wish AS LONG AS they do not hurt or infringe on the rights of others. That Bahá'ís wish to destroy Islam is a LIE! But it is true that many Muslim clerics and perhaps the entire Islamic Revolutionary Government of Iran WISHES TO DESTROY THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH! NOT because Bahá'ís are "Zionists" or "spies" (which are lies invented to justify anti-Bahá'í measures) but because they fear that certain Bahá'í principles will become popular with the masses and cause them to eventually lose power and control over the common-people. Some Mullas and imams and Islamic religious scholars have become Bahá'ís because they recognize it as the 7th Revelation of ISLAM!
Q. If the Bahá'í Faith is the 7th Revelation, or final revelation, of Islam, as you say, what will be the Religion of the Messengers of God after Bahá'u'lláh?
A. The Religion of God has always been the same! Bahá'ís believe that there were Manifestations and Prophets before Adam on this planet! The Religion of God had different names them. Beginning with Abraham it was called "ISLAM". Bahá'u'lláh is a descendant of Abraham; as was Joseph, and Moses, and Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUH), and The Báb. But when the next Messenger comes, He will call the Religion of God by another name. What name that will be we do not yet know.
Q. How could Bahá'u'lláh be al-Maseeh when only ISA (Jesus) is al-Maseeh and He shall descend to earth near a white minaret east of Damascus, clothed in two saffron garments, with His hands on the wings of two angels and break the Cross, kill the swine, kill al-Dajjal, and abrogate the Jizya Tax?
A. Bahá'ís don't interpret those Hadiths literally. Here is a Bahá'í interpretation:
*Bahá'u'lláh was a descendant of King David of Israel and of the ancient Persian kings. The color of royality is SAFFRON. The hadith saying that al-Maseeh shall wear two dyed saffron garments means He shall be born of two royal houses. Bahá'u'lláh was of the Royal House of David (Israel) and the Royal House of Cyrus (Persia). Bahá'u'lláh was not a "Jew", but a descendant of a Persian princess who anciently married a Jewish Exilarch (Bostanai) in Iraq. The man who gave Bostanai the Persian princess as a bride was Imam Alí ; the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
*Bahá'u'lláh did make His anouncement near a white mineret directly due EAST of Damascus; in the city of Baghdad, in 1863. If one looks toward the East from Damascus, there is nothing but desert until one comes to Baghdad. Bahá'u'lláh was exiled to Baghdad, and in 1863, near a white mineret, He announced to the Bábís that He was "He Whom God Shall Make Manifest"; the Promised One of all Religions:
*The Al-Maseeh of Islam
*The Messiah ben David of Judaism
*The Shah Bahram of Zoroastrianism
*The Maitreya Buddha of Buddhism
*The Kalki Avatar of Vaishnava Hinduism
*The Spirit of Truth of Christianity
Jesus said:Bahá'u'lláh wrote:
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth; for he will not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall gloify Me...." (John 16:13-14)The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the "Comforter" Jesus promised would come. Bahá'u'lláh was the "Spirit of Truth" Jesus promised would come. He "descended from Heaven" the same way Jesus did; through a woman! While Jesus was on earth He said that He had "come down from heaven", but everyone knows He was born of a woman (Mary). In the Qur'an Jesus is called "The son of Mary".
"Verily, He Who is the Spirit of Truth is now come to guide you unto all truth. He speaketh not as prompted by His own Self, but as bidden by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Say, this is the One Who hath glofified the Son and hath exalted His Cause." (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p.12)
Jesus came down from heaven through the womb of a woman. So did Bahá'u'lláh.
*The "wings" of two angels symbolically represents the Revelations of two Messengers of God. Bahá'u'lláh was born a follower of the Revelation of Muhammad, and then became a follower of the Revelation of The Báb. Both were Messengers of God. The word "angel" in both Hebrew and Arabic means "messenger".
*Bahá'u'lláh was not the REincarnation of Jesus, but He came "in the spirit and power" of Jesus just as John the Baptist came "in the spirit and power" of Elijah. The Spirit of Jesus returned "in" Him. Bahá'u'lláh wrote:
"O Jews! If ye be intent on crucifying once again Jesus, the Spirit of God, put Me to death, for He hath once more, in My person, been made manifest unto you." (Gleanings, XLVII)
*The "breaking of the Cross" represents the end of the political power and dominance of Christendom. Bahá'u'lláh prophesied to the Pope and the Kings of Christendom, that their empires would fall! Soon, the Papal States fell out of the control of the Pope, and the last kings and emperors of Christendom were deposed or fell out-of-power. The few kings that remains, of England and Holland and Norway and Sweden, have no real power but are mere figureheads.
* The "killing of the swine" does not mean to destroy all pigs or the killing of all non-Believers, but the abrogation of the prohibition of the eating of swine flesh. In the days of the Prophet (PBUH) pigs ate dead animals, and were highly deceased; hence the prohibition against eating them. In the days of Bahá'u'lláh, as today, pigs eat grains and fruits, and are not dead animals. They are not deceased as they were in the days of the Prophet (PBUH). The abrogation of the Jizya Tax means that al-Maseeh will abolish some laws of the Qur'an; which Bahá'u'lláh did (including the Jizya Tax).
The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh FULFILL THE PROPHECIES!
THE BÁB _ IS_ AL-MAHDI, and BAHÁ'U'LLÁH _ IS_ AL-MASEEH!
The prophecies of the Bible, of the Qur'an, of the hadiths, and the traditions of the Shi'a Imams, have been fulfilled!
Muslims living in Muslim countries have NO freedom of religion! They MUST remain "Muslims" (really, "Muhammadans") at least in name or suffer DEATH! However, there are now MILLIONS of Muslims in Great Britain, the United States, and other countries which allow freedom of religion. This article is for YOU! We encourage you to investigate more about the Bahá'í Faith. It is the fulfillment of Muslim prophecy.
Muslims (actually: "Muhammadans") who become Bahá'ís DO NOT betray ISLAM; they simply recognize The Báb as AL-MAHDI , and Bahá'u'lláh as AL-MASEEH! They recognize that "Muhammadanism" is NOT "ISLAM"! It is a Revelation of Islam; the 5th Revelation of Islam. "ISLAM" is NOT the divided and fragmented UMMAH of Muhammad (PBUH)!
Muhammadans who fight against the Bahá'í Faith do what the Jews did to the early Chrisitians, or Christians did to Muslims. They are obeying their uninspired human religious leaders instead of God!
There have been 7 Messengers of Islam!~the Religion of Abraham!
The Revelation of Muhammad was the FIFTH Revelation of ISLAM: the religion of Abraham.
The Ummah of Muhammad (what is called "Islam" today) is HOPELESSLY divided, and will never be able to establish the Kingdom of God on earth!
The Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH), will never convert the Christian world! NEVER! With their belief that Jesus was never crucified, and their rejection of Jesus as the "Son of God", Muslims will never convert but a small handful of Christians. On the other hand, the Bahá'iacute; Faith has converted millions of Christians, and will convert hundreds of millions more!
We invite you to accept The 7th Revelation of Islam~ the Bahá'í Faith~and work with us to establish the Kingdom of God on earth!
If you live in the United States (except for the states of Alaska and Hawaii) you can call a toll-free number and a free Bahá'í magazine will be mailed to you:
Bahá'ís of the U.K.: (020) 75840-2566 or NSA@bahai.org.uk
Bahá'ís of Canada: NTC@cdnbnc.org
Bahá'ís of Australia: (612) 9913-2771 or INFO@bahai.org.au
Bahá'ís of India: NSAIndia@bahaindia.org
Bahá'ís of South Africa: email@example.com
Bahá'ís of Germany: INFO@bahai.de
Bahá'ís of Turkey: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not find a contact number above just look in your local telephone directory for "Bahá'í Faith" under "religious organizations" or "churches" in the Yellow Pages or "Bahá'ís" in the White Pages or Business Pages.
GO IN PEACE!
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