Date: Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:22 pm
I read with great interest your email and your article on the web
about refugee suffering at the hands of the UNHCR, and about the
"human buttons". Well, my dear friend, have you heard of the Baha'i
Faith? Have you heard of the Baha'is in Iran, who have been
persecuted and have been suffering terribly since 1844? Have you
heard of the Bab, a young man of 25 years, YOUR promised Qaim, who was
executed for BEING the Qaim? The promised Mahdi? The return of
Christ? This was even before any UNHCR was created. Have you heard
of Baha'u'llah, the Promised One of all religions, who was persecuted
and banished from Iran to Iraq, then to Turkey, then finally to Akka,
where He passed away in 1892? He wrote to all the Kings and rulers of
His time from His prison cell in Adrianople (now Edirne), urging them
to care for their subjects, to get together and bring about the peace
and tranquillity of the world. With the exception of Queen Victoria,
not one ruler responded. Maybe this is the reason our refugee friends
are suffering worldwide. Maybe this is the reason that mankind all
over the world is lost in "sin" and lust and greed and perdition and
senseless massacre and war. Ever thought of that?
God made a promise in EVERY Holy Book that He would never leave
mankind alone, that He would always give us guidance. And when He did
bring us that guidance, what did humanity do? They persecuted and
banished the very Manifestation Who brought them that guidance!
Why don't you write about all this too? Which is the greater sin --
to uncover a woman's face, or to treat with shame the Manifestation of
God for this Age? You want to write about that too? You're good at
writing, my dear friend, why don't you include the shameful treatment
of the return of Imam Husayn, or the return of Christ, or the Shah
Bahram of the Zoroastrians?
Let me share with you a quote from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, which
will perhaps help you understand why we are all suffering now.
"The world is in travail, and its agitation waxeth day by day. Its
face is turned towards waywardness and disbelief. Such shall be its
plight that to disclose it now would not be meet and seemly... It's
perversity will long continue. And when the Appointed Hour is come,
there shall suddenly appear that which will cause the limbs of mankind
This is pretty much what I remember. I apologize if I made any errors.
Is the picture clear?
Have a wonderful day!
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the
intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful
to these teachers.
- Khalil Gibran.