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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WHAT IS FREE BAHA'I FAITH

  THE FREE BAHA'I FAITH ?
 
INDEX
1-FREE BAHA'IFAITH'S TEACHINGS
A-Social teachings of the Free Bahai Faith:
B-Spiritual teachings the Free Bahai Faith:

2-FREE BAHA'I LAWS

3- A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FREE BAHA'I FAITH
A-Shayk Ahmad-i-Asai and Siyyid Kazim-i-Rashti:
B- The Bab:
C-Baha'u'llah:
D-Abdul-Baha:
E-Ruth White and Zimmer Hermann

4-COVENANT OF BAHAULLAH

5- PRESENT POSITION  
 
What is the FREE BAHA'I FAITH ?

1-FREE BAHA'I FAITH'S TEACHINGS
A-Social teachings of the Free Bahai Faith:
1. The elimination of prejudice.
2. The equality of men and women.
3. Spiritual solution of economic problems.
4. The oneness of all the world's great religions.
5. Universal compulsory education.
6. Independent investigation of the truth.
7. The establishment of a world government, based on principles of collective security and international justice.
8. The harmony of science and religion.
9. The oneness of humanity.
10. A universal auxiliary language and script.
11. A universal system of currency, weights, and measures.
12. The Oneness of God. 


B-Spiritual teachings the Free Bahai Faith:
1. Progressive Revelation - God has progressively revealed His attributes through a series of Manifestations or Prophets including Adam, Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad, Christ, Zoroaster, Moses, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah.
  2. God is an unknowable essence, but His attributes are made known by following the Manifestation of His attributes for our Day.
3. The Manifestation of God's attributes in our time is Baha'u'llah.
4. Prayer is obligatory.
5. Work done is a spirit of service to mankind is the highest form of prayer.
6. Study of the Writings of Baha'u''lah leads to spiritual development.
7. One should prefer his neighbor above himself.
8. Strict adherence to the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and Abdul-Baha's
9. Participation in Free Baha'i community life.

2- FREE BAHA'I LAWS:

1. Free Baha'is should have the permission of both sets of parents, and a Baha'i Marriage.
2. Free Baha'is should say an obligatory prayer at least once a day as prescribed in the Kitab-i-Aqdas.
3. Free Baha'is should be buried within an hours journey from the place of death and have a Baha'i funeral.
4. Gambling is forbidden.
5. The use of intoxicating drinks and drugs is strictly forbidden.
6. Free Baha'is should teach others about their faith.
7. Religion and politics are different.
8. Free Bahais love the entire world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.

 
3-A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FAITH

A-Shayk Ahmad-i-Asai and Siyyid Kazim-i-Rashti:
The first of two teachers who began to teach that a new dispensation was about to dawn, and a new Manifestation about to appear. They taught further that He would bring the entire world together under one banner. 

B-The Bab:
In 1844, the Bab (meaning, the Gate) announced to Mulla Husayn, a follower of Siyyid Kazim-i-Rashti, that He, the Bab, was a Manifestation of God, the Promised Herald of "Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest". The Bab was thrown into prison and moved to two different prisons during a short time. His followers were killed and tortured by the government. Finally, the Bab Himself was executed in the public square of Tabriz.

C-Baha'u'llah:
Baha'u'llah (meaning, Glory of God) was a follower of the Bab. After the death of the Bab, Baha'u'llah in 1853 was thrown in to the Dark Pit of Teheran, and while imprisoned there received the Revelation from God as to the start of His Mission. After release and banishment to Baghdad, Baha'u'llah for a time went into a self-imposed exile into the mountains. The Babi community was more and more degenerated and leaderless. Even though the Bab had appointed a figurehead in Mirza Yahya, the half-brother of Baha'u'llah, the real leadership had always revolved around Him. Finally the community sought Him out and begged Him to return. In 1863, Baha'u'llah publically announced His assumption of the mantle of Prophethood, and declared Himself to be the Promised One of the Bab and all the world's religions. After this He was banished to Constantanople, then Adreianople, and finally to the Holy Land, and the prison city of Akka. There he spent 35 years as a prisoner, and wrote great many volumes of His Scriptures for this dispensation. Toward the end of his life, he was made a prisoner under house arrest in mansion of Bahji. There He passed away in 1892.

D-Abdul-Baha:
Abdul-Baha, was appointed by Baha'u'llah in His own lifetime, to be the appointed interpreter of the Writings, and the Center of His Covenant. To Him all Baha'is to turn for guidance and to remain undivided. Abdul-Baha accepted His father's prophethood at the age of 9 years, and spent His life imprisoned with Baha'u'llah. With the Young Turk revolution Abdul-Baha was freed, and in 1912 He went on a worldwide teaching trip, in Europe and London, and to America. He passed away in 1921.

E-Ruth White and Zimmer Hermann
These were the two divinely guided teachers who came to the conclusion that the position of guardianship which Shoghi Effendi, grandson of Abdul Baha, claimed for himself the position of Guardianship based on FRAUDULENT will of Abdul Baha. Shoghi Effendi changed the most unpolitical religion in the world to a political religion, ignoring the sayings of Abdul Baha that "This religion could not be compressed into an Organisation. Shoghi built up an administration where the spirit of the Religion of Bahaullah and Abdul Baha was completely missing. He became for himself a world dictator a power hungry person who excommunicated all the members of the Abdul Baha's family including his own parents.
He abrogated the most important principle of the Bahai Faith "Independent investigation of the Truth" and called the followers of the Bahai Faith as "Harmful Elements", as "Enemies" or as "Crazy".


4-COVENANT OF BAHAULLAH
The promised one of Bahaullah will appear after one thousand or thousands of years. This is the Covenant which Bahaullah made...in case of differences, Abdul Baha must be consulted.....After Abdul Baha whenever the Universal House of Justice is organised, it will ward of differences.

 
5- PRESENT POSITION

Today free Bahais are residing in different parts of the world like Germany, Russia, Israel, India, Iran, Dubai Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Although few in number they are busy carrying out the teachings of Bahaullah and Abdul Baha, hoping one day the True "House of Justice will" be formed which will ward off any differences.

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