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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