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 known as himself Baha'u'llah ("The Glory of God") and taught that every one countries, races, and religions may 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 around the globe. yet his circle of relatives used to be torn aside by way of schism and authoritarian interpretations of the faith. so much of his descendants are remembered at the present time as heretics or were forgotten by way of Baha'is. This publication tells the tale of the Baha'i religion in the course of the eyes of a few of the youngsters 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 refrained from via their very own kinfolk and fellow believers after the prophet's demise. They known as themselves Unitarian Baha'is and stood for a broad-minded religion in response to cause and person freedom of judgment of right and wrong. Shua Ullah Behai, the eldest grandson of Baha'u'llah, led a Unitarian Baha'i denomination within the usa and compiled an creation to the Baha'i religion within the Nineteen Forties. This traditionally major manuscript was once preserved via the author's niece and is released for the 1st time during this annotated quantity.
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It is not easy to learn this, because the evidence for this fact has been omitted from recently published histories of the religion; and even in the past, the reason for the rebellion of some early Baha’i insiders was glossed over as simply a stubborn refusal to obey legitimate Baha’i leaders. Although many Baha’is in recent times have left the Baha’i community or even the faith itself for the same basic reason they did—conscientious disagreement with Baha’i leaders’ claims to be the infallible representative of God— surprisingly little has been written by religious scholars or historians about the fact that this kind of dissent is nothing new, but is part of a long, rich tradition of liberal-minded “dissident” Baha’is led by members of Baha’u’llah’s own immediate family.
John and Linda Walbridge, likewise have resigned their membership after being threatened by Baha’i officials for seeking greater openness of scholarly dialogue and administrative re8 form of the faith. ” Originally published in The Journalfor the Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 37, No. 2 (June 1998): 234-248. htm 7 Ibid. 8 Dr. John Walbridge is a professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. His late wife, Dr. Linda Walbridge, served as deputy director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University in the 1990s and taught anthropology at Indiana University.
Justice is of my bounty to thee, and of my providence over thee; keep it ever before thy sight. 9 —Baha’u’llah 9 The Hidden Words, Arabic #2. | 1 ! i ! i I I i Shua Ullah Behai, eldest grandson of Baha’u’llah. xlvii Kamar Bahai in the 1960s. xlviii i 1 The Origin of the Baha’i Movement By Kamar Bahai 1 Kamar Bahai (October 5,1904 - November 10,1970) was a granddaughter of Baha’u’llah through his son Badi Ullah. ” Both were originally written in English and Arabic versions, as were all the letters and essays of Mrs.