LETTER NO.2

BY KAMAR BAHA’I

GRANDDAUGHTER OF BAHA U’LLAH.

In its issue No.1353 dated the 6th June 1952, the evening Hebrew Newspaper “Ma’ariv” published a lengthy article by the well known writer N.Giladi on the Baha’i Movement and the history of its founder and its leaders in which he discusses the existing dissensions between the members of the family. I quote hereunder for information a verbatim translation of the article for the particular attention of the Baha’i family and thee Baha’is all over the world.

While I do not concur with all the views expressed in the article, I must point out that the writer pronounced the mere truth about the malevolence of Shoghi Rabbani, his usurpation of the spiritual leadership of the Baha’i movement and the harsh treatment and exile inflicted by him on its leaders. However I leave it to every reader of the article to form his own judgment.

Kamar Baha’i

Grand daughter of Baha’u’llah

 

THE BROTHERHOOD CELEBRATES ITS JUBILEE IN DISSENSION

The Bahai religion called Brotherhood religion, religion of light or Persian religion will celebrate shortly the centennial anniversary of its founder Baha’u’llah (the light of God) thanks to whose inspiration the centre of the fourth world religion has been instituted in Palestine.

This event is to be celebrated in the midst of a great schism besetting the Baha’i family whose sixty members oppose the self-imposed leadership of Shoghi Rabbani.

While the nature of the dispute within the sect is spiritual yet it has a material and social aspect as well.

While his antagonists contend that in the founder’s will his son, Abbas Effendi is nominated as successor to be followed by his second son Mohammed Ali Effendi, they claim that Shoghi Effendi violated the succession order and unjustly took the crown to himself.

The dissension in the Prophet’s family has been lately brought before the Law Courts. Only a fortnight ago the public cherished the hope that the Ministry of Religious Affairs might reconcile the opponents.

The community has property considered holy by all the adherents of this religion. In Northern Acre there exists the house where the founder lived and his tomb. The house has been turned to a Museum but is also been utilized as a shelter for pilgrims from overseas. This property, six sevenths of which is registered in the name of the Baha’i family opposing the leadership of Shoghi Rabbani forms a bone of contention which may be settled by litigation. But matters relating to spiritual values where principles of faith are involved cannot be solved or determinate by human judgment. For this reason the opponents had resort to the Law Courts when Shoghi Rabbani ordered the demolition of a part of the said property.

SUCCESSION DISPUTE

When the demolition was started the opponents obtained a Court’s order for the stoppage of work. Consequently the head of the community approached the Ministry of Religious Affairs in the matter and a notice served by the Deputy Minister declared the property to be considered as a hly place and accordingly the dispute fell outside the jurisdiction of Civil Courts. In the circumstances the opponents lodged a case in the High Court against the Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs on the basis that the declaration of the place as holy was made without their knowledge.

At this juncture when the Deputy Minister foresaw the serious developments that might arise began taking steps in order to reach reconciliation. The main argument of the opposition was that they were not permitted access to the property which although partially their own right yet was wholly theirs spiritually. Mediation bore fruit as Rabbani agreed to permit his opponents both to use the house where the founder lived and to visit the tomb.

The lifting of the prohibition has reverted the dispute to its initial point and fresh developments are expected to ensue.

The Baha’is are of Persian origin and do not form a large community. Their head derives his strength from his followers in the United States and Canada from amongst whom he married a beautiful wife. The Baha’i Community in the Unites States is estimated to Number one million from whom their source of wealth emanates. The Baha’is posses large estates in Haifa with big edifices and spacious gardens located in the Persian street, besides the beautiful Baha’i garden where improvements are being carried out in preparation for the centenary Jubilee this year. It is a not permitted to see the Community Head not even for his entourage. The affairs of the Community are attended to by his Canadian wife assisted by a few Americans.

The Baha’i religion was founded 100 years ago at the birth of Baha’u’llah. Tradition speaks of a precursor called “The Bab” who annunciated the impending appearance of the founder of a new religion. When Baha’u’llah grew up he began preaching the Religion of Brotherhood and Peace. He did not prescribe any functional rites but instructed his followers to live in light. The American Community calls itself “The National Spiritual Council” and falls under the leadership of Shoghi Rabbani who is in fact the third leader, the first being Baha’u’llah who died in 1892, the second Abbas Effendi who died in 1922 and the third Abbas’s Grandson on the mother’s side who violated the founder’s will.

In the Brotherhood Religion, brotherhood does not prevail in this jubilee year.

 

KAMAR BAHA’I

GRAND DAUGHTER OF BAHA’U’LLAH.

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LETTER NO. 1

A STATEMENT ON THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE BAHA’I FAMILY

BY KAMAR BEHAI

GRAND-DAUGHTER OF BAHA’U’LLAH

In its issue of the 23rd May 1952 the daily newspaper “EL-YUM” published an article under the following heading: “THE MINISTRY OF RELIGION AFFAIRS SETTLES A DISPUTE BETWEEN THE BAHA’I FAMILY” This article is a gross misrepresentation of facts. In order, therefore, to do justice to History and proclaim the truth of the matter, I requested the newspaper “EL YUM” to publish the following statement but, taking a stand inimical to the principles of freedom of the press and for some other reasons, the said newspaper refused to accept to my request.

The dispute between the Baha’i Family is deep-rooted and cannot be settled as easily as may be inferred from the published article.

The Baha’i movement was born amidst vicissitudes and worn out traditions. Its leaders started in all sincerity a relentless social revolution against the shabby set-up then existing in Persia for the purpose of achieving social justice and general reform. In the initial stages of the movement they sacrificed worthy position for the sake of maintaining their strife and spreading their principles. When overwhelmed, they were banished to Acre where they were imprisoned in the citadel and severely tortured. At the head of these leaders were Bahaullah and his entourage.

Prior to his death Baha’u’llah nominated his eldest son Abbas Effendi, called “The Greatest Branch” to succeed him and to be followed by his second son, Mohammed Ali Effendi, “The Mightiest Branch”.

The followers loved Abbas Effendi, obeyed his orders willingly and faithfully as a result of which, the movement attained its zenith during his life time, spread widely both in spirit and truth. Abbas Effendi, was also respected by the Moslem community, was fulfilling his Moslem duty prayers in the Jreneh Mosque at Haifa uninterruptedly, was distributing alms to the Moslem, Christians as well as to the other denominations who may have stood in need, was convening Moslem religious personalities, who highly esteemed him, to discuss with them the interpretation of the Holy Koran.

Abbas Effendi, was fulfilling the commandments of his father “El Baha” to the letter and was faithful and trustworthy in his mission. His followers were conscious of his sympathetic regard towards them which he translated by elevating their educational and social standards, sending their children to Universities foe higher studies, and further extended his financial help to those of his own community who were in need. For all these humanitarian acts, Abbas Effendi, was greatly beloved and adhered to by his followers who carried out his wishes conscientiously.

Following the death of Abbas Effendi, Shoghi Rabbani, who was then still young, claimed that he was holding a WILL, from his grandfather, on his mother’s side, As Abbas Effendi, did not beget any male children. In accordance with this Will, which is counterfeit, Shoghi Rabbani was nominated successor. The Baha’is subsequently split among themselves, of them there were adherents of Mohammed Ali Effendi, the son of Baha’u’llah who was to be legal Successor to his brother in accordance with his father Will, while Shoghi Rabbani had few supporters amongst his relatives.

Mohammed Ali’s group were the true believers in Abbas Effendi, from his time remarkable advancement in the movement was made, because with his qualities, the most holy respect with which easterners regard will, Abbas Effendi, whom they believed and trusted could not possibly entertain the Idea of the non-fulfillment of his father’s Will.

It is therefore illogical that Abbas Effendi, should have committed the blunder of Appointing his young grandson as his successor and get aside his experienced brother who bore great suffering and struggled hand in hand with him to advance the movement.

As a final step to safeguard himself against the Baha’i Family, Shoghi Rabbani excommunicated the adherents of Mohammed Ali Effendi by introducing a reign of terror which deprived them of their rudimentary right such as the one of paying their respect to their grandfather’s tomb. He further threatened his immediate followers and sympathizers to discontinue any contact with the other group and considered their presence in his surrounding as disturbing to his divinity. He therefore dispersed and banished them, this causing a serious social and economic loss to his followers.

By Now the render would have realized how deep rooted lies the dispute between the Baha’is and how far it is from easy solution, for how could a settlement be achieved when such settlement should begin by deposing the world Baha’i Leader – as the news paper called Shoghi Rabbani.

Shoghi Rabbani is not the Grandson of EL Baha nor is he the legal heir of the Baha’i Movement, he does not represent the Baha’i Family or sect, the men of the movement and the members of the Baha’i Family are separated from him, In America there are thousands of followers of El Baha who hold dignified positions, own newspapers, publish books maintain their propaganda and consider Shoghi Rabbani as a usurper, diverted from the policy originally laid down by the leader of the movements.

Shoghi Rabbani, would have declined to accede to the wishes of the Ministry of Religious Affairs as to permit Mohammed Ali Effendi’s followers to visit their holy places- a visit prohibited to them for the last thirty years – had he not feared to be brought before to be the Israeli Courts where justice is delivered in an ideal measure and had he not anticipated the emergence of other serious complications, the settlement of which would have been impossible.

Although I feel in what critical position Shoghi Rabbani is placed and know that the permission to visit the holy places was extorted from him, his agreement to it disparages his position and dignity among his followers, yet on the other hand, Shoghi Rabbani, was unscrupulously called us towards the afflictions of his followers when he was ordering their banishment and dispersion.

It had not been my intention to raise the matter up to courts in order to stop the demolition of two small rooms situated at the entrance of El Baha grave except for the following two reasons:

  1. To preserve of the historical aspect of the building.
  2. To Apprise Shoghi Rabbani of the necessity of consulting His partners in the Estate when he proposes to undertake any constructional change.

I fail to understand how Shoghi Rabbani denounces a group as heretics and sets out to demolish their property by force without sanction; in the circumstances, I had no alternative but to lay the matter for adjudication before, the public through the medium of newspapers and to resort to litigation if necessary.

KAMAR BAHAI

GRANDDAUGHTER OF BAHA-U-LLAH

 

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