Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Talking Back to Egyptian Critics of the Baha'i Faith

(David prepares to lay the almighty "smack down" on Goliath. Don't people learn anything from history?)

The struggle against recognition of the status of Baha'is in Egypt as members of an independent world religion continues as political, religious and cultural leaders and everyday folks debate the "Baha'i Question" in the media.

The Weekly Ahram features one of the latest articles detailing this debate.

Truthexaminer systematically knocks down all the false accusations and misinformation in the Ahram article.

An Egyptian Blogger attacks the Baha'is as a threat to national security.

My man Marco in Portugal gives this blogger a good "smack down".

A free thinking blogger in Egypt ask some refreshing questions about this whole issue with great humor and sums up his opinion of what this is really all about:

"Again I am ignorant of the Bahaai faith, but in this controversy it appears to be only our ignorance and prejudice talking so far."

No doubt my brother, no doubt! For Baha'is of course none of this is new as it has been this way since the inception of our Faith more than a century and a half ago. Our critics will continue their unsuccessful campaign to destroy us, particularly in the Middle East, and Baha'is will continue doing what we've always done, promoting the oneness of humankind.

Behold how in this Dispensation the worthless and foolish have fondly imagined that by such instruments as massacre, plunder and banishment they can extinguish the Lamp which the Hand of Divine power hath lit, or eclipse the Day Star of everlasting splendor. How utterly unaware they seem to be of the truth that such adversity is the oil that feedeth the flame of this Lamp! Such is God's transforming power. He changeth whatsoever He willeth; He verily hath power over all things....Consider at all times the sovereignty exercised by the Ideal King, and behold the evidences of His power and paramount influence. Sanctify your ears from the idle talk of them that are the symbols of denial and the exponents of violence and anger.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 72)