A Lost History of the Baha'i Faith: The Progressive by Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

By Shua Ullah Behai, Eric Stetson

Within the mid 1800s, a Persian nobleman in exile claimed to be a brand new messenger of God. He referred to as himself Baha'u'llah ("The Glory of God") and taught that each one international locations, races, and religions should still come jointly to construct an international civilization of peace and justice for all. Baha'u'llah's innovative teachings have encouraged hundreds of thousands of individuals all over the world. yet his family used to be torn aside through schism and authoritarian interpretations of the faith. such a lot of his descendants are remembered at the present time as heretics or were forgotten via Baha'is. This publication tells the tale of the Baha'i religion in the course of the eyes of a few of the kids and grandchildren of its founder, and others who knew Baha'u'llah in my opinion. regardless of their honest trust, they have been excommunicated and kept away from by means of their very own relations and fellow believers after the prophet's loss of life. They known as themselves Unitarian Baha'is and stood for a broad-minded religion in response to cause and person freedom of moral sense. Shua Ullah Behai, the eldest grandson of Baha'u'llah, led a Unitarian Baha'i denomination within the usa and compiled an advent to the Baha'i religion within the Nineteen Forties. This traditionally major manuscript was once preserved by way of the author's niece and is released for the 1st time during this annotated quantity.

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The theological significance of these facts may be debated, but it is my considered opinion that the observed patterns and changes are not accidental. In the early 1900s, the Unitarian Baha’is tended to exalt Baha’u’llah’s divinity as greater than that of other great religious leaders, with the possible exception of Jesus Christ. A prominent advocate of this view was Ibrahim Kheiralla, the first Baha’i missionary to the United States, who emphasized Baha’u’llah’s station as the Return of Christ and the “Everlasting Father” of Biblical prophecy, and downplayed the station of Baha’u’llah’s forerunner the Bab and other religious figures usually thought by Baha’is to be Divine Manifestations rather than mere prophets.

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Muhammad Baqir, son of Zayn al-Abedin. Ja'far Sadiq, son of Muhammad Baqir. 32 Musa Kazim, son of Ja'far Sadiq. 33 Ali Reza, son of Musa Kazim. Muhammad [al-Jawad] Taqi, son of Ali Reza. Ali [al-Hadi] Naqi, son of Muhammad Taqi. Hasan Askari, son of Ali Naqi. H. ] The Shi'ites hold that he did not die, but disappeared in an underground passage in Surra Man Ra'a; that he still lives surrounded by a chosen band of his followers in one of the 36 mystical cities called Jabulqa and Jabulsa; and that when the fullness of time is come, when the earth is filled with injustice, and the faithful are plunged in despair, he will come forth to overthrow the infidels, establish universal peace and justice and inaugurate a millennium of blessedness.

Her respect for all religions and habit of interfaith dialogue and fellowship are extraordinary for someone who grew up in her generation in the Middle East. Wishing to avoid Preface xlv fruitless sectarianism, she does not enjoy talking about, in her words, the “unfortunate conflict” between her grandfathers Mohammed Ali and Badi Ullah and her great-uncle ‘Abdu’l-Baha; but she is firm in her conviction that they were good men and that her family’s side of the story deserves to be told. As a personal friend of Negar, I desire to see her quite reasonable wish fulfilled before she passes on from this world.

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