Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Baha'is have been warmly pro-Israel.

Baha'is have been warmly pro-Israel. They subscribe to the prophecies of the Bible and see in many Biblical verses predictions of the rise of their own faith. Thy believe that restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land and the rebuilding of Jerusalem precede the inevitable day of Final Judgment. They note that establishment of the State of Israel did not take place in the Muslim era nor in the Christian era, but in what they call the Baha'i period of history. When their pilgrims come here this year to mark their 100th anniversary they will at the same time, and in all sincerity, also join in celebrating Israel's twentieth year.

Baha'i schools and other establishements will be erected on Mount Carmel that will serve the Cause of God.

Sarah Farmer Inn, Green Acre Baha'i School, United States
The outstanding contribution made to the Haifa landscape by the Baha'is, the shrines and gardens on the Carmel slopes, were begun many years ago and steadily developed by Shoghi Effendi with the advice of Mr. W. Weltsch , the architect.

The gardens are only part of the large area which the Baha'i community owns, and on which it is planned to erect schools and other establishments to extend from the crest of Mount Carmel down to the German Colony.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jailed in Turkey for teaching the Baha'i Faith.

By Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari

My beloved dad was jailed in Turkey for teaching the Bahá'i Faith, he was eventually freed with the condition that he would leave the country, which he did, and eventually the government after years of court trials recognized the Bahá'i Faith as an independent religion, and not a sect of Islam. My father also suffered 2 years in Iranian prisons, jailed for being an outspoken Bahá'i, just after the Islamic revolution. He eventually was able to escape the country and join me and my family in Spain, where I had pioneered to 9 years before the revolution. Dad lived in Spain and quickly learned the language, now he continued teaching his beloved Faith in Spanish. Some years later we left Spain to again pioneer to Paraguay. Eventually I left Paraguay for USA, leaving my old man behind, for he would not come with me. My father spoke very good German - among other languages - so he lived in a retirement home full of elderly Germans in San Lorenzo outside of the capital Asuncion. Every day he would go to the park, sit next to Paraguayans on a bench, he would hand them a Bahá'i pamphlet and ask them kindly to read it to him, and explain what the pamphlet said. This practice caused hundreds to accept and embrace the Cause of God. Years later when my darling wife and I went to visit him so many greeted us with a loud and clear Alláh'u'Abhá, and told us that señor Shokrollah Badiian had been their Bahá'i Teacher.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

I am the One Who conversed with God on Mount Sinai

By Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari

The Blessed Beauty of Abhá: Bahá'u'lláh was most loving and generous towards my ancestor Hakim Haroon, to the point that He blessed him by revealing the Tablet of "Hakim" in his honor. In that Tablet The Glory of God: Bahá'u'lláh referred to Hakim Haroon as "My true brother". Saying : "For I am the One Who conversed with God - through the Burning Bush - on Mount Sinai - You Haroon = Aron are my brother" In that Holy Tablet Bahá'u'lláh also revealed: "O Hakim, from the moment you prostrated yourself before The Primal Point (The beloved Báb) and embraced His Cause all your descendants shall be the steadfast servants of this Most Great Cause of God" And so it is.

Baha'u'llah welcomed him with an embrace...

By Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari
When in 1846 Hakim Haroon my beloved ancestor was in the presence of the beloved Báb in the home of Manuchehr Khan, Gorji Mo'tamad al-Dawle a government official in Qajar Iran The Governor of Isfahan, he was in his mid to late forties. That made him about 20 years older than the twin Manifestations of God: The beloved Báb & The Blessed Beauty of Abhá: Bahá'u'lláh. Hakim Haroon raised his 16 children, all his grandkids & their kids in the Cause of God, stayed firm in the Covenant to his last breath, and at a very old age in 1892 just before the Ascension of The Blessed Beauty of Abhá: Bahá'u'lláh, he was on his deathbed in coma for days, in the town of Kashan, Iran, with all his entire family of now hundreds at his bedside, prayerful and in tears. When suddenly to everyone's great astonishment and delight he regained consciousness, setup in his bed, bowed his head out of respect and in loud voice greated "Alláh'u'Abhá": The family were all beyond themselves, as he asked them all to be quiet and respectful and say Alláh'u'Abha. But to whom they asked. Do you not see The "Rab'u'l-Jnud" "ربلجنود" = The Lord of Hosts = Bahá'u'lláh in the Jewish tradition" is here to receive me and take me with Him? So they all quietened down only saying Alláh'u'Abhá, as he passed away looking happy with a smile on his face.. Years later some of his sons were on pilgrimage at the Bahá'i World Center, in the presence of the beloved Master Abdu'l-Bahá, sitting quietly, when Abdu'l-Bahá said: you gentlemen have a question you have been wanting to ask for years. They respectfully smiled and one said: "beloved Master, you know our question" The beloved Master said : "Yes, we were all in the presence of The Blessed Beauty as He was revealing a Tablet, when suddenly He stopped and said: "At this very moment My beloved brother Haroon in Kashan Iran, is ready to ascend to The Abhá Kingdom, we must go to welcome him" Bahá'u'lláh left the room, we all say quietly, a minute or two later He appeared and said: "We welcomed him with an embrace and he is now in his due high abode in the Concourse on High"

Jewish Baha'i Pioneer established the Baha'i Faith in Edrine, Turkey

By Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari

Pioneering must be for the love of God and The Blessed Beauty of Abhá: Bahá'u'lláh. When this humble servant of His Servants was a young child, my beloved parents in obedience to the wishes of the beloved Guardian of the Bahá'i Faith and only for the love of Bahá'u'lláh, uprooted them selves and our family pioneered to Edirne, Turkey. In Tehran, Iran, we were living very comfortably. My father had a very lucrative business, a factory with many employees. Yet mom & dad left their loving families, old parents, siblings, and much more all behind, and bravely, trusting and only relying on the help, the guidance and the confirmations of the armies of angles of the Concourse on High, detached from all else but Him Whom God hath made Manifest took their young children and pioneered to a small desolate faraway town Edirne where they knew no one, did not speak the language, and had never been there before. That was a leap of faith and absolute courage. Edirne is very cold and snowy in winters, we had no proper heating or running hot water, there was not a hosítal let alone a supermarket there, life in general was not easy. in those days Turks did not like Iranians much. In a word: it took much courage, prayers and sacrifice to live there and put up with so many difficulties. The mission the Guardian had given my parents, the goals he had set for them, which they had accepted with all their heart were not easy. Yet they never backed down, they proceed with firm feet, adamantly, till absolute success and final victory. And so that is why in some of his letters to my dad, often hand delivered by some of the beloved Hands of the Cause, the beloved guardian would kindly mention say things as such to my father: "You are my true brother and coworker" .."Your services and sacrifices for This Most Great Cause of God shall only be rewarded in the Abhá Kingdom.." The merit of a true pioneer such as you, is no less than that of a martyr.."

Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari is a Baha'i of Jewish background

Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari (A Jewish Baha'i Pioneer, originally from Isfahan, Iran)
I am of Jewish ancestors, so one could say I have 100 % pure Jewish blood in me, but of course I am a Baha'i thank God, Baha'u'llah and my ancestor (The first Jew to accept the Babi Faith in the very beginning 1846, when His Holiness the Primal Point went to Esphahan.) He was a Jew who had accepted Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrian faith and was looking for the Qaim. The moment he met the Bab - in the home of Manuchehr khan, the Governor of Esphahan - he recognized the Bab as The Promised Qaim and accepted / embraced the Babi Faith. Later he was in the presence of The Blessed Beauty many times, in Iran and in Baghdad and received a Tablet in his honer from the blessed hands of Baha'u'llah. The Beloved Master Abdu'l-Baha has written much about my great, great, great grandfather: Hakim Haroon (meaning Doctor Aron) of whom I am a 6th generation on my dad's part and a 7th generation on my mom's side Babi and Baha'i ...Our family story is long and I think quite interesting I would gladly tell any one on Skype. God be with you all.

First Jewish gentleman who met the Bab.

By Mehrdad Badiian Eghrari (Jewish Baha'i Pioneer, originally from Isfahan, Iran)

My beloved great- grandfather Mr. Eliahu was of Jewish origin, yet he was a grand-child of the first Jewish gentleman : Hakim Haroon who met His Holiness The beloved Báb in 1846 in Esfahan immediately becoming a believer and a follower of the Báb. Later when The Blessed Beauty of Abhá: Bahá'u'lláh declared His Faith & Mission in the garden of Ridvan Baghdad in 1863 on the 9th day of Ridván, my ancestor Hakim Haroon was present as a believer & a follower of Him Whom God made Manifest. That makes me a 7th generation Báb'i & Bahá'i.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Perhaps Israel would be the first non-Baha'i state to adopt the Baha'i Faith as it's State Religion.

In answer to those who raise objections to this vision of a worldwide commonwealth inspired by a Divine Revelation, fearing for the freedom of minority groups or of the individual under such a system, we can explain the Bahá’í principle of upholding the rights of minorities and fostering their interests. We can also point to the fact that no person is ever compelled to accept the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh and moreover, unlike the situation in certain other religions, each person has complete freedom to withdraw from the Faith if he decides that he no longer believes in its Founder or accepts His Teachings. In light of these facts alone it is evident that the growth of the Bahá’í communities to the size where a non-Bahá’í state would adopt the Faith as the State Religion, let alone to the point at which the State would accept the Law of God as its own law and the National House of Justice as its legislature, must be a supremely voluntary and democratic process.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Joy Stevenson was a Baha'i of Jewish background

Marion "Joy" Stevenson (March 17, 1919 - April 25, 2016) was a Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre for ten years from May 19, 1988 to 1998. She served on the National Spiritual Assembly of Australia, and as a Continental Counsellor for Australasia - appointed in 1983 - and an Auxiliary Board member in Australasia. She passed away in Queanbeyan, Australia on 25 April 2016. When she died the Universal House of Justice requested that Baha'i communities around the world convene "commemorative gatherings in her honour." In 1985 she was a Trustee of the Continental Fund and one of nineteen Continental Counselors for Asia.