In its issue No. 1353 dated June 6,1952, 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 the Baha’is all over the world.
Some Parts of the Article:-
The Baha’i religion, called religion of brotherhood, religion of light or Persian religion, will celebrate shortly the centennial anniversary of its founder Baha’u’llah (the Light of God).
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 Rabbani 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 [Baha’i] 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 into a museum but is also being 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 leader-ship 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 determined 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.
When the demolition was started the opponents obtained a court’s order for the stoppage of work. Consequently the head of the [Baha’i] 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 holy place and accordingly the dispute fell outside the jurisdiction of civil courts. Under 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, [he] began taking steps in order to reach a reconciliation. The main argument of the opposition was that they were not permitted access to the property, which although partially their own by 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 his tomb.
The lifting of the prohibition has reverted the dispute to its initial point and fresh developments are expected to ensue.
Courtesy:- “A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith”
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