Abdul Baha cursed Baha’u’llah’s wife and children

Then Abbas Effendi lived in a building situated half a mile west of Haifa, which belongs to the Mohammedan Church, erected close to the cave in which, it is claimed, Elijah the Prophet used to live in ancient times. This place, to which the Muslims pay religious visits, is called [Al-]Khader. There he stayed until the government forced him to return to Akka. While Abbas Effendi was at Tiberias and at Khader he plainly urged, on every occasion, his followers, who visited him in these places, to disregard the Branches, the family and the relatives [of Baha’- u’llah], and to despise, execrate, and curse them.

Abbas Effendi has intrigued so skillfully as to convince his followers that it is their duty to curse the [younger] Branches, the wife of the Manifestation [Baha’u’llah’s widow Mahd-i-‘Ulya] and the Holy Leaves [i.e. Baha’u’llah’s daughters, except Bahiyyih Khanum who supported ‘Abdu’l-Baha], openly in their meetings and writings. None of them can deny this statement, for their epistles, written in their own handwriting, bear witness that they have cursed the wife of the Manifestation, His daughters and the Branches. The Lord, Glory be to Him, strictly commanded us in many tablets to honor, respect, and follow them. He made the respect of the Branches a condition for strengthening His Cause and a means of elevating His Word. Therefore, whosoever breaks this commandment is not obeying the Supreme Word, but on the contrary, belittling the Cause of God.

Ref:- ‘A Lost History of Baha’I Faith’ Ch.22 – Khadimu’llah’s Epistle by By Aqa Jan Kashani

Events After the Departure of Baha’u’llah

Mohammed Jawad Gazvini, also known as Muhammad Javad Qazvini, was one of the inner circle of Baha’u’llah’s companions, and was given by him the title Ism-i-Jud or Ismu’lldhi’l-Jud (“The Name of God, Bounty”). Originally from Qazvin, Iran, he accompanied Baha’u’l­lah in his exile to Baghdad, Adrianople, and Acre, and served as one of his corresponding secretaries. After Baha’u’llah’s death, he sided with Mohammed Ali Bahai in the sectarian dispute against ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and in 1914 wrote one of the most important books of the Unitarian Baha’i tradition, a history of the Baha’i faith entitled A Brief History of Beha U’llah.

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Abdul Baha fabricates and distorts Baha’u’llah’s writings

8 Proofs

In answer to the question, “Has Abbas Effendi ever dared to change the texts uttered by Baha’u’llah?” we say, most certainly, “yes”; and we have no doubt that whenever he and his followers find a change of the texts necessary they will alter them, for when a man dares to alter one word of the texts he is liable to change whatever he desires.

We have in our possession many of the texts of Baha’u’llah which have been changed by Abbas Effendi. We send you a few of the most important ones.

1st. The so-called Tablet of Beirut. Abbas Effendi’s family produced a paper which at first they claimed was written by the servant of Baha’­u’llah, Khadimu’llah (Mirza Aqa Jan), and sent to the Greatest Branch (Abbas Effendi) when he was at Beirut. Later they claimed it to be one of the utterances of Baha’u’llah and called it the “Tablet of Beirut.” But Khadimu’llah, the servant of Baha’u’llah, denies that it ever was written by him and says that it is not one of the utterances of Baha’u’llah. Abbas Effendi does his utmost to impress his followers with a belief in the authenticity of this document.

2nd. They took one of the sacred surahs (tablets), which is called the “Tablet of Command,” and omitted from the middle of it some of its verses and then claimed it to be a special tablet to the Greatest Branch (Abbas Effendi). They have written this tablet in their epistles. It so happened that we saw these tablets and we refuted their claim, for we have this very tablet in the handwriting of Baha’u’llah, and then they were silenced. It is still read secretly to those who have not this knowledge of the works of Baha’u’llah, as the special tablet to Abbas Effendi.

3rd. They have taken texts from two different tablets and made out of them one tablet, called “The Treasure Tablet,” and claim that it was given specially to Abbas Effendi. When we received a copy of this we produced the two tablets from which it was taken and explained that clearly in our epistles. Then Abbas Effendi denied having composed it, and actually said that we, the Unitarians, had written it! But to this day some of his followers and teachers in India still produce this so-called “tablet” as proof of his claim.

4th. He misinterpreted the Arabic word tawajjuh, which means “to look to”; he said that it means “to look to him (Abbas Effendi) from all directions,” and as we should look to God, so we must look to him. This interpretation is always so used by him and his followers.

5th. Abbas Effendi has attributed [as referring] to himself a paragraph from a tablet called the “Sacred Tablet,” which belongs entirely to the Mightiest Branch (Mohammed Ali Effendi), and his followers use that paragraph as a further proof of his claims. But when we spread photographic copies of the original tablet  among the people they frequently asked Abbas Effendi about it and his answer invariably was that this paragraph referred to him as well as the Mightiest Branch (Mohammed Ali Effendi). His answer is an untruth, for no one with any common sense, upon reading the original, can see in it any reference to Abbas Effendi.

6th. Baha’u’llah (Glory be to Him) said the “Book of My Covenant” (Kitab-i-‘Ahdi), and did not say the Book of the Covenant of somebody else.  Abbas Effendi declares that this book is the book of his own covenant. He teaches his followers that the Speaker with God (Moses) took the covenant of the Spirit (Jesus Christ), and the Spirit (Jesus Christ) took the covenant of the Point of Furqan (Muhammad the Prophet), and the Point of Furqan (Muhammad) took the covenant of the Point of Bayan (the Bab), and the Point of Bayan (the Bab) took the covenant of “Him whom God shall manifest” (the Everlasting Father), and “He whom God shall manifest,” the Father, Baha’u’llah, took the covenant of “him whom God has chosen” (Abbas). By this Abbas Effendi claims to be a Manifestation of God and greater than Baha’u’llah.

7th. The servant of Baha’u’llah, Khadimu’llah, wrote an epistle, while Baha’u’llah was in exile at Adrianople, in which he described the disturbance which took place at that time (the great time of testing humanity), when Baha’u’llah declared Himself [as the Manifestation of God]. These days are called in the holy books, “the days of difficulties,” and that year was called “the year of difficulties.” The days, or year, of difficulties were mentioned in several tablets. Baha’u’llah expressly said in some of these tablets that the days, or yeas, of difficulties have passed away. Abbas Effendi explains that the “year of difficulties” is the year after the departure of the Father, and he calls this paper, written by Khadimu’llah, a tablet, and insists that it was written by the command of Baha’u’llah, and in this way he uses this paper for the furtherance of his own aims.

8th. Baha’u’llah, the All-Wise, uttered the first sentence of the Sacred Book, Kitab-i-Aqdas, for His Holy and Supreme Self, but Abbas Effendi claims that that first sentence descended in his favor, and he considers himself to be the representative of God.  Baha’u’llah expressly declared in many of His utterances that the glorious temple of His appearance was the representative of God, the Being. Abbas Effendi has changed the real meaning of several texts of Baha’u’llah to suit himself by giving them a false interpretation. But our space is too limited to give them.

Reference:- ‘ A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

Arguments Against ‘Abdu’l-Baha

This chapter is a short statement by Ibrahim Kheiralla, originally untitled, which was published in his 1901 book Facts for Behaists. Sec­tion headings have been added. It is a convenient summary of some of the most significant criticisms and complaints by Unitarian Baha’is against ‘Abdu’l-Baha during the early years of the schism. Notably ab­sent from this list is the charge that ‘Abdu’l-Baha concealed part of Baha’u’llah’s will.

The 9 Arguments:-

Shunning

1st. Baha’u’llah expressly said that the distinguishing feature of His teachings during His earthly dispensation was the prohibition of dis­cord and hatred and the establishment of union and love. He com­manded His servants to associate with people of all religions with spir­ituality and fragrance [i.e. pleasantness].

The Greatest Branch strictly forbade his followers to associate, speak or correspond with the Unitarians, with whom they are not even allowed to have the slightest business transactions. All the inhabitants of Akka can bear witness to this.

Excessive Claims

2nd. Baha’u’llah said: “Whosoever claims to be a Manifestation (a prophet) is a lying impostor.”

Abbas Effendi, in his epistles, has claimed to be a Manifestation, not always in express terms, but by hints and in obscure words and phrases. Those who preach him throughout the countries explain these obscure phrases to mean that he is God Himself; sometimes they say that the Father and the Son are one and that Abbas Effendi is a new Manifestation, and that his words are to be received as inspired texts. They have written many epistles to this effect and have even said that his position is superior to that of the Father.

We have many epistles in the handwriting of his most advanced teachers which bear witness to what we state. Every honor, respect, and help are bestowed upon these teachers by Abbas Effendi. He praises and glorifies them in all his writings and sends them to different coun­tries in order to accomplish  his aims and spread his erroneous doctrines.

 

Disrespect for Baha’u’llah’s Family

3rd. Baha’u’llah commanded everyone to respect the Branches, in order to strengthen the Cause. He expressly said that this command applies to the past as well as to the future. He also commanded that everyone should honor His family and relatives.

But Abbas Effendi ignored this command. Indeed, it would appear that Abbas Effendi wished the Cause to be suppressed, for Baha’u’llah, in the “Book of My Covenant,” commanded us to respect the Branches in order to strengthen and elevate the faith.

Disrespect for Baha’u’llah’s Secretary

4th. Baha’u’llah commanded us to respect and take care of His serv­ant (Khadimu’llah, MirzaAqa Jan). But Abbas Effendi insulted and beat this servant at the Sacred Place (the tomb of the Manifestation) when he rose up to defend the Cause of God. Abbas Effendi was not satisfied with what he himself had done to this faithful man, but ordered his followers to imprison and cruelly beat him, which they did on the same day, and, had they not been in fear of the local government, they would have slain him. To the present day they curse and slander him and invent and spread false stories against him.

 

Cursing and Slander

5th. Baha’u’llah prohibited backbiting and slander, execrating and cursing, etc., but Abbas Effendi caused his followers to commit all these crimes, in order that he might attain his purpose. This can be proved by attending their meetings or by reading their writings, which are now in our possession.

Trusting Unreliable People

6th. Abbas Effendi neglected the relatives and others whom Baha’­u’llah had relied upon and had confidence in. He slighted them upon all occasions and also ordered his followers to do likewise. On the other hand, he displayed great confidence in and reliance upon those whom the Father in his day had considered to be unreliable. These people Ab­bas Effendi allowed to do in all matters as they pleased.

Spreading His Own Writings, Not Baha’u’llah’s

7th. Baha’u’llah commanded us to publish His Sacred Word and spread it as soon as possible, but Abbas Effendi tried by all means in his power to prevent this order of Baha’u’llah from being carried out. His followers are only allowed to read those parts of the works of Baha’­u’llah which, according to his interpretation of them, support his claim. Should it happen that someone is present in their meetings whom they believe to be still a firm adherent of Baha’u’llah they will then read some of the shorter communes of the Father. Otherwise, all they read and circulate at the present time are the writings of Abbas Effendi. His believers are prohibited from reading the important tablets and books of Baha’u’llah.

Shutting Down Baha’u’llah’s Publishing Company

8th. By the command of Baha’u’llah, signed by His written com­mand, a lithographic press was established in India for the publication of the holy books and for the purpose of spreading them throughout the world. Some of the books were published at that time and some after His departure [i.e. death],Abbas Effendi did his utmost to destroy that press and prevent his followers from having or using the sacred books printed by it.

 

Disbanding the Spiritual Assembly of Egypt

          9th. By the command of Baha’u’llah, signed by His hand, a company was established in Cairo, Egypt, and its vicinity, called “The Spiritual Company,” for the sole purpose of serving the Cause of God. Abbas Effendi struggled hard for its destruction and eventually succeeded.

In this manner he destroyed the most important works established during the lifetime of Baha’u’llah, in order that no traces of what was done in those days might remain.

The above is a brief statement of what Abbas Effendi has done against the commandments of the Father, but we have seen and heard many things of what he has done and said of which it is not wise to write—things which can only be imparted verbally.

Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

Unitarian Baha’i Organizations and Teachings

   This chapter contains writings by Ibrahim Kheiralla about the Unitarian Baha’i organizations he helped to found and lead in the United States. The first section, about the Society of Behaists, is from his book Facts for Behaists. The remainder of the chapter, about the National Association of the Universal Religion, is from Dr. Kheiralla’s autobiography which was published in his book O Christians! Why do Ye Believe Not on Christ?

The Society of Behaists

Those [among the Baha’is] who were of my opinion and myself, on seeing clearly the unreasonable claims and teachings of Abbas Effendi and his messengers, decided to take this stand: To strictly follow the commandments of the Father in Kitab-i-Aqdas, depend upon God only, seek no help from anyone besides Him, and to allow no created being to stand between our Creator and ourselves. At the same time we made up our minds to investigate the cause of the dissension among the Branches and learn the truth and follow it. It was very difficult for us to believe the teachings we heard—i.e., that Abbas Effendi alone of the four Branches of Baha’u’llah and his sister [Bahiyyih Khanum] are the favorites of God, and the rest of the family and the relatives, numbering over thirty people, are all cut off and considered infidels, and with their followers are called naqizin (violators) simply because they do not obey and believe in the claims of their half-brother, the eldest son of Baha’­u’llah, Abbas Effendi.

According to the Kitab-i-Aqdas, our Assembly kept all the festivals and anniversaries which the followers of Baha’u’llah are commanded to keep, and organized the House of Justice, of not less than nine mem­bers, to manage the affairs of the cause of God and the spreading of His word. We also incorporated the Society of the Behaists (the followers of Baha’u’llah) in America, according to and under the protection of the laws of the government, as Baha’u’llah commanded us strictly to obey the laws of the country in which we live and be loyal citizens thereof. We conducted our meetings and performed all our religious duties in accordance with the Kitab-i-Aqdas, which we have constantly made our special study. Besides the organization of the First Assembly of Behaists in Chicago, we organized the Second Assembly in Kenosha,

Wisconsin, under a charter granted to them from the Society of Behaists in America.

Reference:- ‘ A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

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Against War: An Open Letter to World Leaders

By Majdeddin bin Moussa Irani

This originally untitled document by the nephew and son-in-law of Baha’u’llah, dated September 18, 1944, was included in a chapter called “The Two Younger Branches, the Leaves, and Their Spouses” in Shua Ullah Behai’s book manuscript.

Mr. Behai described this open letter as “his [i.e. Mirza Majdeddin’s] recent message to the world.” Written near the end of World War II, it is a short but forceful essay about Baha’u’llah’s teachings of peace, the dangers of excessive industrialization and the decline of religion.

According to Mr. Behai, the letter was “forwarded through the office of the High Commissioner of Palestine to His Majesty King George of Great Britain. Also a copy was sent by registered mail to His Excellency Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States.” The letter received a polite, brief reply from the British government, which stated that “your message has been laid before His Majesty the King but that the Secretary of State was unable to advise His Majesty to take any action on it.”

Letter:-

To Their Majesties the Kings and Honorable Leaders of State:

I do hereby lay before you an urgent plea that you soften your hearts and agree to decide on a general armistice for the establishment of peace. The wails of suffering humanity are loud and unto the heavens crying “it is enough.” The whole of this planet earth has become as one fierce flaming volcano spilling death and destruction all around. If there is a little corner somewhere that has escaped the fire, it has not escaped the scorching blinding smoke of its burning sides.

The underlying intention of all nations is peace. Had they not formed in the League of Nations a tribunal for the solution of interna­tional problems? This was what Baha’u’llah willed and advised long be­fore its formation. There is no doubt that if all the sister nations, to­gether and in agreement, solved the world’s problem, the waking fire of war would have been safely lulled back to sleep.

Thus spoke Baha’u’llah unto the kings:

Settle ye your disputes amicably among yourselves and ye shall have no need to equip and keep huge armies. For order and peace in your cities and kingdoms ye shall need but litde. Unite, all ye mighty sovereigns, and the storm of dissension will abate: Unite so that your people may live and prosper in peace and comfort.

He also says:

Blessed is the ruler that hath ruled his own self. Blessed is the king that hath mastered his temper. For he that is thus blessed is a lover of peace and a friend to equity; he is an enemy to all that is unjust and tyrannous. The finest fruit that the tree of wisdom hath ever borne is this celestial word: “Ye are all the fruits of one tree, and unto each other like the leaves of one branch. The glory is not to him who loveth his own land only, but to him who loveth the whole world.”

The Divine and Holy Pen to you hath writ: O ye kings and sul­tans, O ye partners of fate, ye princes, sages, and leaders of state, revere and uphold religion. For religion is the cause of all that is just and orderly on the face of the earth. Without it ye shall have no peace. Uphold it with all your might for if its pillars tremble, the wicked multiply and breed, its weakness lends them courage, its absence feme. I tell you in truth that ye may have faith in me, that the little that religion loseth from itself, the evildoers and sin­ners gain a hundredfold. Hearken unto me, [the] All-Seeing and mark my words, for if ye heed them not, there will be nothing save turmoil and the discord of chaos.

Taking away the life of a useless cumbersome old man is a crime the whole world abhors and severely punishes. But on the other hand we witness all around the merciless slaughter of millions of men in the bloom of their youth. Their pure and sacred blood is shed, the hearts of their weeping mothers are wrung and bled, their ldn scattered, their children starved and homes destroyed. We witness an endless chain of misery and suffering but the world seems to stand aside as if in wonder.

No matter what the outcome of war may be, does it balance the cost? The aims of wars are in fact mere hopes and illusions, that are indefinite at best and so grossly vague in themselves. One outcome and one end only is certain: it is misery, destruction and suffering on a grand scale, a heart-rending epic in so eloquent a style. Is this what the Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit ordain?

The tide of this unebbing sea is overflowing with the corpses of the guiltless and the rotting food of the starving and homeless. At the bot­tom of the sea lies the shattered framework of the world’s construction. And yet there is no shimmer of hope to reflect the radiance of peace. Whither from here and when is the end?

There is hardly a spot on the face of the earth that has not felt the guns of the sea, or the bombs of the air; hardly a plot that has not suf­fered, from mountain or plain. The aim is bent and energies focused on one sole object, which is the mass destruction of civilization and hu­manity.

If you have lost the track of truth and become blind to the light of peace, do not forget temperance in your every action. Of temperance Baha’u’llah in one of his tablets says:

The process of civilizing that is being followed by the sages of the industrial countries, if carried to excess and made to overstep the limits of temperance, will lead the people of the world to ruin. Thus speaketh the All-Knowing. For in its excess it doth become a process of vice and sin as much as it was in its temperance a way of new life and betterment. Ponder over these words, ye people, and reflect lest ye be followers in the footsteps of the rash and per­ish. With temperance follow it [i.e. industrial development], for if ye run after it your cities shall bum with the fire of its speed. The Tongue of Omnipotence hath spoken that sovereignty is God’s, the Merciful and Almighty.

How bitterly true these words have been. The cities now burn over the heads of their builders.

It gives me great pain to see the world’s leaders of state who are the most civilized indulge in wars with one another. Though they know the policies and intentions of one another, from the dawn of history until now they have not ceased this interminable stmggle for mutual de­struction. This has come as a result of their own man-made laws along which they are trying to run the universe. Their misery and that of their peoples increases day by day and generation after generation in spite of their professed intention of peace for all on the earth. Even now, though they are rich with the experience of thousands of years, they have not as yet changed what they have become used to. It is time for them who hold the right of life and death over their people to return to the Law of God—that divine law which He has given us so that we may enjoy His gifts and adore His works and so live in peace in happiness.

Listen, O ye mighty Icings, to this my call to you. I am but one of the weak and powerless. I send you this plea, in the eyes of God, seeking no recompense. Hearken unto it, for it embodies the hopes of the suf­fering millions that like me are weak and powerless.

Hoist unto the heavens the banner of armistice; unfold on the earth the healing wing of peace. May you in justice long rule and prosper.

This is from a supplicant that boasts nothing for himself save the power to plead unto God that He may have mercy on him. I humbly pray unto His Almighty Throne that you feel with the weak like me, and may He touch your hearts with the compassion that is His. And may His will be done.

Courtesy:- “A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith”

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Majdeddin bin Moussa Irani – Nephew & Son in law of Bahaullah

  Majdeddin bin Moussa Irani (before 1945 -1955), usually known to Baha’is as Mirza Majdi’d-Din, was a nephew and son-in-law of Baha’u’llah. He was the son of Baha’u’llah’s brother Moussa, known as Aqay-i- Kalim, who was a strong supporter of the Baha’i cause.

He was married to his cousin Samadiyya, the second daughter of Baha’u’llah. Majdeddin Irani was one of the inner circle of Baha’is until Baha’­u’llah’s passing, and is reported to have been given the honor of reading Baha’u’llah’s will to a group of relatives and important believers.

Later, he became one of the most significant opponents of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and sided with Mohammed Ali Bahai in the schism. He lived to be over 100 years old and continued to support Unitarian Baha’ism until the end.

Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

 

 

Open Letter to ‘Abdu’l-Baha

During the winter of 1910-11 I was visited by Mrs. L[ua] Getsinger and Dr. Ameen Fareed, while they were touring the States as Baha’i missionaries. The object of their visit was to guide me to the path which both of them believed then to be the right one. However they were un­successful in their mission.

In X9X2 while my uncle Abdu’l-Baha was visiting the United States, by the authority of my father I humbly wrote him a letter and asked him for a conference to settle the existing differences in our cause. I hereby reproduce the copy of the same:

To His Excellency Abbas Effendi Abdu’l-Baha.

 Dear Sir:

Inasmuch as your views and doctrines in our religion are rad­ically different from those of my father, your younger brother, Mohammed Ali Effendi, who was chosen in the “Book of My Cove­nant,” the Last Will of Baha’u’llah, to occupy after you the same position you occupy now;

And inasmuch as this difference between both of you spread among the followers of Baha’u’llah and divided them into two par­ties, one following you and believing in your personal teachings, and the other party which joined your brother believing in the teachings of Baha’u’llah only and considering them final as He de­clared;

And, inasmuch as we were all commanded in the “Most Holy Book,” Kitab-i-Aqdas, to bring our differences to the utterance[s] of Baha’u’llah, which sufficed the world, whereby they should be settled;

And, inasmuch as our duty is to establish peace at home, among ourselves first, before we preach others to do so;

I hereby beg your Excellency to appoint a conference of peace and spirituality to hold its meetings at the city of Chicago, or some other place, at a certain time, in order to discuss with the language of love and kindness the differences between the said two parties and settle them in accord with the utterances of Baha’u’llah and His commandments.

If it please you, said conference would be composed of your Excellency with some learned ones of your followers, myself and Dr. I. G. Kheiralla, who introduced Baha’ism into America and Christendom, with a few of our party.

My father, Ghusn-i-Akbar, authorized me to state that he will accept and sanction whatever your Excellency would establish with me and with his representative Dr. I. G. Kheiralla.

The official language of said conference shall be the U.S. lan­guage; a neutral interpreter should be hired to translate from the Arabic language all that you would like to say and in the meantime to translate to you all the discussions of the conference. Also to ask the Associated Press to send a reporter to write the minutes of the conference; and to invite three American savants to attend the meetings and act as witnesses and judges.

I suggest the questions and discussions to be the following:

 First: Why your Excellency concealed a part of the “Book of My Covenant,” the Will of Baha’u’llah? That will was entrusted to you that you might give all of it to the followers of Baha’u’llah.

 Second: Ghusn-i-Akbar was chosen to occupy after you the same position you occupy, but your Excellency claimed that he was cut off and fell. How is it possible that he fell from the said position before having had a chance to occupy it?

 Third: What grounds have you to claim that you are the Cen­ter of the Covenant? God only is the Center of the Covenant.

 Fourth: Why do you claim to be the Interpreter of the utter­ances of Baha’u’llah? He declared in the Book of Wisdom that there is no Interpreter to them save Himself.

 Fifth: How could it be that you are the manifestation of servi­tude and Baha’u’llah declared it to Himself only? Also He taught there are no manifestations after Him until one thousand years have passed from His appearance.

 Sixth: Why do you claim the great infallibility, calling your let­ters sacred tablets and revelations? Baha’u’llah said: “Whosoever claimeth a mission before the completion of one thousand years (from His Manifestation) is a lying impostor.”

 Seventh: Why do you teach that this greatest Manifestation has three chiefs, the Bab, Baha’u’llah and yourself? Baha’u’llah said: “There is no one else beside Me in the Kingdom.” Likewise the Bible taught that at the latter days we shall have one shep­herd, only one chief and not three. Also Baha’u’llah said: “He hath no agent, no successor, and no son.”

 Eighth: Why do you claim and in the same breath deny that which you claim?

 Ninth: Why do you not teach and spread the teachings of Baha’u’llah as you were commanded to do, instead of spreading your own?

 I close this open letter, appealing to your Excellency by justice, love and unity to grant my request.

Your humble servant,

The grandson of Baha’u’llah,

Shua Ullah

I forwarded the above letter to ‘Abdu’l-Baha in Chicago, Illinois, where he was staying, but unfortunately I did not receive a reply. When I heard of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s arrival in California I addressed him the same letter again, this time through the press as an open letter, a copy of which appeared in several newspapers throughout the United States.

 A reporter from the Los Angeles Examiner interviewed ‘Abdu’l- Baha and the following reply appeared in that newspaper, October 20, 1912:

“Would you listen to the talk of the drunkard in the street?” [said ‘Abdu’l-Baha]

“Do you class your nephew as one no better than a drunkard?” he was asked.

“Worse,” he benignly replied.

Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

Shoghi Effendi Orders Mass Emigration or Excommunication

There are over seventy persons, Baha’i-born men, women and children, residing at Acre and Haifa who are excommunicated.

 Most of the excommunicated persons who live at Acre and Haifa are offspring of those faithful followers who migrated with Baha’u’llah from Baghdad to Adrianople and from there to the great prison of Acre, and the manner of their excommunication is thus:

 A few years ago while Shoghi Effendi was in Europe, through his brother Hussein Effendi, he ordered a few of his followers and their families who had no business connections in Acre and Haifa and were mostly a burden on him financially, to leave for Iran, Syria, Lebanon, or Egypt, with the promise that they should be taken care of by the Baha’i Assemblies at their destinations. Those who left for Iran were to be paid P.L.50, equivalent to $200 traveling expenses and those who left for Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt were to be paid P.L. 20, equivalent to $80.

 Some of the families obeyed and left Palestine. Those who mi­grated to Iran received no assistance as promised and were left des­titute. When they applied for help from the Assemblies, they were informed that they had been banished from Palestine and under the circumstances, what did they expect! Finally, after severe hardship, a few of them secured employment and are earning a simple living. Oth­ers pleaded by mail to Shoghi Effendi to be permitted to return to Pal­estine, but were refused.

 After a few months, another order came, for more families to leave Acre and Haifa. This time the order affected those who were in busi­ness, shopkeepers of old standing, some who had inherited their busi­nesses from their fathers. A few of the faithful followers obeyed the orders, disposed of their merchandise at a loss and left. But a few fam­ilies made excuses and pleaded for mercy, explaining that they were born and bred here, and could not go to a foreign land and make a liv­ing. But their pleadings were rejected and they were threatened with excommunication if they disobeyed; and so, they were all excommuni­cated.

 After a while came the turn of the rest of Shoghi Effendi’s followers, who were property owners and government employees. This time the majority revolted and disobeyed; and so they were all excommunicated.

Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’

Shoghi Effendi Excommunicates His Family

Another occurrence was the excommunication and the expulsion of the members of the household of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the majority of the followers in the cities of Acre and Haifa, Palestine.

 A few years after the departure [i.e. death] of the Holy Leaf Bahiyyih Khanum, sister of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and after Shoghi Effendi was in­vested with the supreme and infallible power by the above-mentioned Declaration of Trust and By-Laws, by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States and Canada, the air of dissension appeared among the members of the household of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. His twin daughters Touba Khanum and Ruha Khanum with their families took up residence in Beirut, Lebanon, and the youngest daughter Munawar Khartum with her husband Aqa Ahmad Yazdi resided mostly in Europe and Egypt.

 When the war [i.e. World War II] started, they were all obliged to return to Palestine, and ever since they have made their homes in Naz­areth and on Mount Carmel, and none of them associate with Shoghi Effendi.

 Practically all the family of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, including the two broth­ers and sisters of Shoghi Effendi and their husbands and wives, are ei­ther excommunicated or expelled from the community circle by Shoghi Effendi.

Reference:- ‘A Lost History Of The Baha’i Faith’