DISOBEDIENCE TO THE DIVINE TREE

abdul baha
Abdul Baha, leader of Baha’i Faith

Mirza Jawad Qazvini who was one of the supporters of Baha’u’llah,though he turned away from Abbas Effendi after the death of Baha’u’llah, but when he narrated this history to Professor Browne, he was enumerated as one of the obedient lovers of Baha’u’llah at that time. Hence he was aware of most of the realities which he has written and this was frequently the cause of the displeasure of Baha’is since they wanted that such history should not be written.

Mirza Jawad writes in his book “A BRIEF HISTORY OF BAHA’U’LLAH -THE FOUNDER OF BAHA’I RELIGION” how Abdul Baha deceived the believers, after the ascension of Sacred Tree. How he changed the Divine teachings and manipulated its interpretation. How he disobeyed the commands of his father and lead to confusion and discord among the faithful ones. To further the authenticity of the events mentioned in the book,the author was the eye-witness of the events that he has narrated in this book.

“The first step toward dissension took place directly after the Departure. Abbas Effendi concealed a part of the last will of Baha’u’llah, entitled “The Book of My Covenant”, which was given him, written in the Sacred Handwriting of the Father, Himself. On the ninth day after the ascension of Baha’u’llah, Abbas Effendi selected nine believers, myself and eight others, and gave us the said Will. “The Book of My Covenant”, that we may look at it, as a favor and blessing bestowed on us. While eagerly we were gazing at it, we discovered that the last part thereof was covered and concealed by a blue paper. Abbas Effendi requested one of us, Agha Riza to read it, with the exception of the part which was covered by said blue paper. Agha Riza obediently did so. When Abbas Effendi turned to us and said “For discretion and wisdom I concealed a part of “The Book of My Covenant”, because the time is not ripe to reveal all of it”. So also later in the afternoon, Abbas Effendi, asked Majd Addin Effendi, while they were at The Sacred Tomb of Baha’u’llah and in the presence of the Branches, as well as other adherents and pilgrims, to read the same will with the exception of the concealed part thereof, Majdaddin Effendi obeyed.
The intelligent people know that the commandments in “The Book of My Covenant” were revealed for the sake and benefit of all the followers of Baha’u’llah. Certainly it was a breach of trust on the part of Abbas Effendi to conceal a part thereof. He had no right to do so. There is no doubt that Baha’u’llah revealed it to teach every word therein to His followers, otherwise He would not have written it in His own Sacred Handwriting. It behooves the obedient children to abide by the Will of the Father, and not to show a part and hide another, merely because it is contrary to their own ideas and personal desires. Baha’u’llah said to one of the Bahai Guides: O Jamal! I have spent my body and soul in order to elevate the Word of God and strengthen the cause of the Lord, the Mighty, the Generous. If We will find anyone of the Branches (Sons) doing what is contrary to the Will of God, We will in justice cut him out; and I am the Mighty, the Powerful.”

The second step in this dissension was, that as soon as Abbas Effendi was established as the head of the people of Baha, he began to ascribe to himself, Supreme and Divine Stations and positions, which belong to the Manifestations of God only. He declared himself to the American believers and others as a Christ, the Divine Son of the Manifestation of Servitude, which were claimed by and belonged to Baha’u’llah only. In plain and simple language Baha’u’llah said, “There shall be no manifestation until after the completion of a full thousand years from this manifestation. Should some one, anywhere claim a mission, he is a lying imposter.”
In Ketabi-Aqdas He said “Whosoever claimeth a mission before the completion of a full thousand years from this Manifestation is a lying imposter; whosoever interpreteth or explaineth this text different from what is obviously revealed, is bereft of the Spirit of God and His Mercy.”
Abbas Effendi claims in one of his epistles, saying, “Verily the entire matter comes to this Manifested Station (Abbas), and no one should move save by his permission.” Also Abbas Effendi said, “Whosoever calleth the people in my name is of me.”
But our Gracious Lord Baha’u’llah taught us as follows: “Whosoever claimeth a Station, Attraction, Devotion and Love in any other name save in this, is one of those who have gone astray, even though he is competent to give every elucidation, to make rivers flow from rocks, to direct currents of the winds, and to cause the rains to fall.
Abbas Effendi claimeth in one of his Persian epistles thus: “Sayeth all things return to and center in the utterances of this pen” (Abbas utterances).
But Baha’u’llah taught us in a Persian text as follows: “What this Oppressed One requireth of all the people is, to be just and equitable and not to be satisfied by mere hearing, but by rather pondering over what was revealed by His pen (Baha’s pen). By the Sun of Knowledge who is shining from the Horizon of the Heaven of the Kingdom of the Merciful, if there were in existence a commantator Of a Revealor, We would not have allowed ourselves to become the target for the ridicules and insults of the people,” Also He said in Sourat-et-Kalam (Tablet of the Pen): “Whosoever thinketh in his heart that his pen has a resemblance to a partnership with or a relationship to this Pen (Baha’s pen), or even hath the knowledge of what was revealed thereby, verily, the evil hath whispered in his innermost, thus this matter was revealed, were ye of those who know.”
Abbas Effendi said in a Persian epistle: “This servant (Abbas), is the commantator of the Manifest Book (Utterances of Baha), and if any of the Utterances of God were not approved by him (by Abbas), they should not be considered authentic.”
Baha’u’llah said: “The Covenant was taken in the be¬ginning of this Appearance, from those who become believers, that they should not worship save God, and should not cause corruption on earth.”
Abbas Effendi ascribed all the Covenants and oaths to himself. He said the following in Persian: “In brief, from the beginning of creation until now, no Covenants nor Oaths were taken so obviously as this Covenant (himself). Yea, many were established, yet none of them were under the shadow of the tree Anisah and Sadret-el-Montaha (the Tree of Knowledge of that Life) (himself), they were all as signs and symbols. But in this Great Period and Manifest time the point of Oath is well known everywhere, and the center of the Covenant (Abbas), is acknowledged amidst the people of the world.”
Baha’u’llah said in Persian: “Should anyone bring forth writings as much as there are in the books of the world and at the same time speaketh that which God doth not wish, he is considered in the Book of God and written by the Supreme Pen as one of the people of Fire.”
Abbas Effendi claims in a Persian epistle thus, “The cause of God fully pointed to this celebrated and illustrious position (Abbas), and this station (Abbas), in every respect for all those who are on earth, which is like unto to the sun, distinguished, apparent and established.”
Besides what was mentioned, there are many other claims of his, whosoever wisheth to know more about them can read the epistle entitled “Atian-el-Dalil” (Producing the Evidence), which is written in the handwriting- of one of the well known believers, and wherein his many claims are detailed.”

{Ref: A Brief History of Bahaullah by Mirza Jawad Qazvini pages 62-66}

Thus, after the ascension of Baha’u’llah, his own son Abdul Baha whom he entrusted the responsibility to spread the Cause and beautify this world with the values of the Divine Religion, made manipulations to suit his own desires damaging the Faith.

Note: We changed spellings for the sake of uniformity.

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