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by Fadl
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?
Replies: 41
Views: 53350

Re: baha'i writings addressing pornography specifically?

Here are some quotes on the subject: Masturbation is clearly not a proper use of the sex instinct, as this is understood in the Faith. Moreover it involves . . . mental fantasies, while Bahá’u’lláh, in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, has exhorted us not to indulge our passions and in one of His well-known Tablet...
by Fadl
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed
Replies: 34
Views: 51780

Re: going to pubs/places where alcohol is consumed

Not all pubs are alike. Many of them are really just like restaurants, and like many (if not most) restaurants, alcoholic beverages are on offer. I have had many fine meals in some pubs in London and Vancouver and neither I nor anyone in my company, consumed any alcohol. Nevertheless, other kinds of...
by Fadl
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Has there ever been a case of the UHJ forgiving a Covenant breaker
Replies: 4
Views: 15502

Re: Has there ever been a case of the UHJ forgiving a Covenant breaker

Bearing in mind, this is a hypothetical for me, but there is nothing purely administrative about one being or not being a covenant breaker. It is a grave spiritual condition. Therefore, should soneone have been cleared of this dark condition, then even after their death, I would think the administra...
by Fadl
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Has there ever been a case of the UHJ forgiving a Covenant breaker
Replies: 4
Views: 15502

Re: Has there ever been a case of the UHJ forgiving a Covenant breaker

Don,

Thanks for that. However, I wonder if death would really make it moot if the intend was to forgive? It seems to me there might be a reason to do it in that case.

Cheers
by Fadl
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Abdulbaha's hair length
Replies: 1
Views: 18600

Re: Abdulbaha's hair length

It seems that you are of the opinion that "Abdu'l-Baha was either ignorant of the this passage of the Aqdas, was disobedient to it, or determined it was not applicable to at least himself. Let me offer another alternative for your consideration. Perhaps you have not understood the meaning of th...
by Fadl
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Just a question on baha'i burial practice.
Replies: 1
Views: 11982

Re: Just a question on baha'i burial practice.

Hi,

It would assuredly also happen in a casket, only much slower, since the integrity of the casket itself will eventually fail and also decompose.

Cheers
by Fadl
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: greatest name
Replies: 3
Views: 27242

Re: greatest name

Hi, Ya baha'u'abha means literally " oh (thou) glory of the most glorious" and allah'u'abha means "God is glorious. " As to which one is better, the first is longer and in superlative form whereas the second is shorter and stative. I know that doesn't actually answer your questio...
by Fadl
Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Simulation hypothesis/quantum physics and the Faith
Replies: 5
Views: 32810

Re: Simulation hypothesis/quantum physics and the Faith

In the "valley of wonderment," of the Seven Valleys, Baha'u'llah mentions the dream where "without eye and ear and hand and tongue a man puts all of these to use...". It seems to me, that this is supportive of the simulation hypothesis, because the dream state or dream world coul...
by Fadl
Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: reasons why the bahai faith is not a cult
Replies: 10
Views: 29221

Re: reasons why the bahai faith is not a cult

Friends, I'm not sure if 'cult' or 'religion' are significantly different designations. It is true that the word 'cult' is more often intended to be derogatory, however, even the word 'religion' has come to carry a certain negative connotation in recent times. I am reminded of a particular religion...
by Fadl
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: where were we before we were born?
Replies: 4
Views: 20329

Re: where were we before we were born?

Before we were born, most all of us, were in the womb of our mother, but I get the feeling this isn't what you meant. Perhaps you meant to ask where we were before our conception. If so, according to Baha'i beliefs, the soul of the individual comes into existence at the moment of conception. That me...
by Fadl
Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Put your faith to work for science
Replies: 0
Views: 31071

Put your faith to work for science

Friends, At the following link: https://somapps.med.upenn.edu/neuro_t/ you can participate in a survey that is part of important research into an emerging specialization in neurology called neurotheology. Out of this branch of science there has been accumulated a considerable amount of evidence sugg...
by Fadl
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 59924

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

LONG obligatory prayer This takes approximately 15 minutes to say. I usually say this one at the end of the night when ive got time for myself. Does not involve face-washing (a.k.a. "abultions") You say the prayer in different standing positions (i.e. kneeling down, standing up with hands...
by Fadl
Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: About the Prayer of Nudbih
Replies: 3
Views: 26693

Re: About the Prayer of Nudbih

I've confirmed that the English print copy does say both as Huang mentioned, as does the official digital copy (which may be more up to date) at http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/KI/ki-1.html (though there is no glossary online to confirm that reference). The glossary and no doubt even the footnote...
by Fadl
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Bahá'í Writings
Topic: About the Prayer of Nudbih
Replies: 3
Views: 26693

Re: About the Prayer of Nudbih

I don’t have a printed copy of the Kitab-i-Iqan, only electronic, so unfortunately, I can’t verify or look into the discrepancy you mention. I am not that knowledgeable about Shia’ prayers and writings, but I can read Arabic so I did some sleuthing about the web among Shi’a sources to see what I cou...
by Fadl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 59924

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

Brett, You have many wonderful suggestions, and I would be interested in seeing how one of these virtual meetings would work if you want to pull off the first one, since you are probably more tech saavy and seem to know about it since you brought it up! It is intriguing, and I agree, very necessary....
by Fadl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Various questions from a seeker
Replies: 5
Views: 18271

Re: Various questions from a seeker

Jonah,

There is a recorded dialogue about the Baghvad Gita and the Baha'i Faith that may be of some interest to your person: www.archive.org/details/SrimadBhagawatG ... Discussion
by Fadl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 59924

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

Thank you for sharing those observations, Fadl. And for kicking up some activity here! The only issue that may be off is that the House of Justice has stated that we do not know when the 24-hour period begins: http://bahai-library.com/uhj_contacting_obligatory_exemptions#s1b As far as reciting vers...
by Fadl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Organic hemp oil in body product
Replies: 9
Views: 25354

Re: Thanks for the quick replies, everyone :)

A big thank you to everyone for their replies -- I've learnt a lot from your different perspectives and quotes. I wanted to mention that one of the selling points of this particular product is the fact that it contains hemp oil (which we all know by now!). Apparently, hemp oil is good for your skin...
by Fadl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 59924

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

I--and probably most other Baha'is here--have no idea whatever what a "raqa't" is! You would do better to post your comments in English. >The qiblih lies in the East, ie Bahji in Akka in Israel, but it is NOT true that facing the qiblih simply means facing east. In fact, the best way to f...
by Fadl
Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 59924

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

So I was searching the internet for some information regarding Baha'i obligatory prayers and the number of raqa'ts they contain, versus the 9 prescribed in the text of the Aqdas, and came across this old thread. There was some interesting discussion here, but I wanted to point some things out, as I ...
by Fadl
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Various questions from a seeker
Replies: 5
Views: 18271

Re: Various questions from a seeker

Wow, not a lot of takers on this! It is a lot of work to answer these questions all together, as each topic is worthy of a deep and lengthy discussion. The Seven Valleys is a good call, and I would also recommend the Arabic and Persian Hidden words to find the answer to many of these, which are prim...
by Fadl
Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Organic hemp oil in body product
Replies: 9
Views: 25354

Re: Organic hemp oil in body product

The primary prohibition against hemp would be when it is an intoxicant. If it is not an intoxicant, and not harmful or habit forming, it seems the injuction of the Aqdas doesn't apply to it. There are other considerations, however. For example, as Brett pointed out, wearing it as an ornament is inad...
by Fadl
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Religion discussion forum on amazon
Replies: 2
Views: 12646

Re: Religion discussion forum on amazon

Thanks, Bruce!

Looks like a great forum.
by Fadl
Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:29 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Religion discussion forum on amazon
Replies: 2
Views: 12646

Religion discussion forum on amazon

Not to take away anything from the great discussion forum here, but I recently discovered Amazon.com also has a very nice and lively forum for religious and philosophical discussion: http://www.amazon.com/tag/religion/forum/ref=tag_cdt_hd_icdf . I have recently enjoyed participating in a discussion ...
by Fadl
Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New roof tiles on Shrine of the Bab
Replies: 2
Views: 12742

New roof tiles on Shrine of the Bab

Dear Friends, Does anyone know when the work of replacing the roof tiles of the Shrine of the Bab is scheduled, and for approximately how long the project will last? I have had the recent bounty of my name coming to the top of the list for pilgrimage (yay!) and would kind of like to miss the scaffol...
by Fadl
Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fascinating hadith about progression and unity in religion
Replies: 2
Views: 13109

Re: Fascinating hadith about Progessive revelation and oneness

I thought I should provide some commentary to explain why this hadith impressed me so much. “The Jews were divided into seventy-one sects, one of which is in Paradise and seventy are in the Fire.” It is useful to see what Baha’u’llah says of heaven and hell: “Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly ho...
by Fadl
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Non-Baha'i issues
Topic: A nice poem by William Stafford
Replies: 1
Views: 20172

A nice poem by William Stafford

If you don't know the kind of person I am and I don't know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star. For there is many a small betrayal in the mind, a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break sending with s...
by Fadl
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Friendship with the "ungodly"
Replies: 10
Views: 38716

Re: Friendship with the "ungodly"

Hi! Befriend can also have the meaning of "being kind to", or "acting as a friend to" someone. When you take "walk" together with "fellowship", it seems to me that the meaning is to have similar activites and pursuits, or walking the same path. I don't think i...
by Fadl
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fascinating hadith about progression and unity in religion
Replies: 2
Views: 13109

Fascinating hadith about progression and unity in religion

I found a fascinating Hadith to share with you that I feel speaks very clearly about the meaning of progressive revelation and the oneness of religion. I wanted to see if some of you got the same thing from it that I did. It was reported from ‘Awf ibn Maalik who said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace ...
by Fadl
Wed May 27, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can Someone Answer My Question?
Replies: 10
Views: 43806

Re: Can Someone Answer My Question?

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim My point is that Hurqalya is confirmed by Baha'u'llah and that Hurqalya is not a part of Islam, furthermore, ahadith contradict with the basic elements of Hurqalya. I agree with you that messengers bringing a new revelation can make certain things either kosher or unkoshe...
by Fadl
Wed May 20, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why a Messenger after Muhammad?
Replies: 19
Views: 57513

Re: WHy a Messenger after Muhammad?

In islam it is clearly said that Muhammed is the last prophet. I did not read much about the Bahai faith. But isn't it strange that Bahai believers accept muhammed as a prophet and at same time does not believe what he says or what is written in the Quran? Greetings, Johnny Hi Johnny, you are posit...
by Fadl
Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A return of christ question
Replies: 5
Views: 16695

Re: A return of christ question

Dear Spiritual Seeker, As you know most of the Islamic references (but not all) to the return of Christ, the Mahdi, the Qaim are found in the various hadith. Since there are so many hadith, and so much disagreement about which are reliable or not, could you quote the particular hadith that are troub...
by Fadl
Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why a Messenger after Muhammad?
Replies: 19
Views: 57513

Re: WHy a Messenger after Muhammad?

Hello all, Due to my readings and interest in shia islam, I am a bit confused as to why there would need to be a messenger after the Prophet Muhammad. He seemed to be the perfect example and he seemed to bring the perfect religion for ALL of mankind. He was uniting tribes and races. He spoke that p...
by Fadl
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 361, profound miracle of the Quran
Replies: 12
Views: 24126

Re: 361, profound miracle of the Quran

BB, I think what our guest was referring to is the fact that our calendar is 361 days (19 x 19) in length. You are right that 361 is not a sacred number per se, but I would argue that no numbers are sacred in our faith. There is the abjad numerology in the Babi and Baha'i religions which is why baha...
by Fadl
Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Beit ul-Moqaddas
Replies: 2
Views: 9560

Re: Beit ul-Moqaddas

holy house

بيت المقدس
by Fadl
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 21521

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

Hi Brittany! So glad to hear about Ruhi, and your walking down the Baha'i path! Don't worry that you're not perfect: nobody is. Developing a prayerful attitude and habit takes time and effort. Don't give up and you'll acheive it. There are three prayers with different rules so you can work with it a...
by Fadl
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Some questions & concerns regarding the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 17
Views: 38854

Re: Some questions & concerns regarding the Baha'i Faith

Hi Ian, Welcome to the forum! Although it would be wonderful to have you in the Faith, based purely on the nature of your questions, I humbly suggest that you first consider an entirely different approach before making your decision. Rather than basing your decision on whether or not you like or agr...
by Fadl
Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: dhikr and contemporary pop music
Replies: 4
Views: 13758

Re: dhikr and contemporary pop music

Depressing? Interesting. Tragic for sure, but each story has hopeful conclusions. In a Christian video like this one, you'd probably see angels or ascending spirits to make the point of hope. This video also has its angels I think. Subtle, realistic angels. To me that's why it is profoundly hopeful ...
by Fadl
Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: dhikr and contemporary pop music
Replies: 4
Views: 13758

dhikr and contemporary pop music

Sounds like a funny topic, but have you seen the Devon Gundry video "Armed" yet? Take the verse: "Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world's afflictions can in no wise alarm me" (Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah,...
by Fadl
Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:12 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: PK where are you???
Replies: 1
Views: 7542

PK where are you???

Has anyone seen our dear friend Pat Kohli out there in cyberspace lately or know what he's up to these days? Miss that guy!
by Fadl
Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Marriage and Engagement
Replies: 10
Views: 23016

Re: Marriage and Engagement

Dear Brittany, It’s nice to know that you are considering marriage, and are concerned about the Baha’i laws of marriage. One thing I would tell you from the beginning is that if you are not a Baha’i then you are not obligated to any of the marriage laws. However, this may only be a technicality, sin...
by Fadl
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 40417

Re: Discovering Baha'i --- Questions

Hi Brittany! What a happy accident that you have found us! It looks like nharandi has done an excellent job of answering your questions already so I will only touch briefly on the issue of hijab in the faith. First, the hijab is neither forbidden nor an obligation in our faith. Many Baha’i women do ...
by Fadl
Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 99835

Re: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?

This is half correct. I am not an enrolled Bahai, although I was for many years until the UHJ disenrolled me in 2005, and I would like to be enrolled again, when the UHJ sees fit. Sen, I don’t know what happened that caused you to be dis-enrolled, and I don’t want to know, since I feel it is a pers...
by Fadl
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Request for help with Ruhi material
Replies: 5
Views: 14332

Re: Request for help with Ruhi material

Thanks All, I'll write to the publishers and see if they'll let me or someone make an electronic copy. The problem with buying and shipping the actual books is that the mail is very slow here, and if I get them at all (which is not a given) it would only be after a couple of months. I'm hoping for s...
by Fadl
Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith
Replies: 15
Views: 82633

Re: Masturbation and sex in the Baha'i Faith

Dear FJR, I don’t know what advice any of us can give you about such things. Of course we can share with you various quotations from the writings, which I will do too, but ultimately, how you choose to enact these teachings, and the means you employ to struggle against your own vices, are personal, ...
by Fadl
Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Request for help with Ruhi material
Replies: 5
Views: 14332

Request for help with Ruhi material

Dear Friends, I am an American Pioneer living in Russia. I have been taking a Ruhi 1 course with my non-Baha'i wife, with an English and Russian book in a mixed language group. We will soon finish the book, and hope to continue through the sequence. Unfortunately, all of the Ruhi books in the commun...
by Fadl
Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Questions on a variety of things
Replies: 11
Views: 22491

Re: Questions on a variety of things

Is it correct that a Christian or a Buddhist (etc) can become a Baha'i whilst still practising his first religion and in concurrence with the Baha'i faith? If so - are there certain religion's which cannot be practised at the same time as Baha'i? (also, what is the plural for Baha'i? Baha'ism?) Tha...
by Fadl
Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Questions on a variety of things
Replies: 11
Views: 22491

Re: Questions on a variety of things

Thanks so much for you prompt and considered reply! You’ve answered my questions quite flawlessly. I agree with you very much about “The fact that Radhakrishnan, as well as the many other great thinkers around the globe who, on the grand scale of history, almost simultaneously awakened to and began...
by Fadl
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 103998

Re: Last Prophet?

That is exactly right. It is like a parent who wants to teach their child on how to live a prosperous life, the parent doesn't start teaching the child about writing checks when an infant. The child must mature to a certain level before they learn this information. And eventually it comes to a cert...
by Fadl
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Questions on a variety of things
Replies: 11
Views: 22491

Re: Questions on a variety of things

Dear Alex, Welcome to the forum! It is wonderful that you have decided to investigate our faith. I hope the quest you are on leads you to the desire of your heart, and your spiritual home. The fact that you have had previous encounters with ideas such as the oneness of humanity, and the essential un...
by Fadl
Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why was congregational prayer abolished?
Replies: 10
Views: 39776

Re: Why was congregational prayer abolished?

This is a good question, one for which there is probably not one correct answer. However, I have thought about this before, and can share with you some of my thoughts on the abolition of congregational prayer based on some of my experiences of them. I spent some time living in the Middle East, as we...
by Fadl
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:18 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Many questions about Baha'i...
Replies: 18
Views: 34369

Re: Many questions about Baha'i...

Dear MasterKey, An excellent, well thoughtout and analytical post! I thought I'd respond to a couple of points, and not necessarily to you, but to any reader in general, since it isn't necessarily true that you have intended any of the points I would criticize. First, I very much liked your approach...
by Fadl
Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Many questions about Baha'i...
Replies: 18
Views: 34369

Re: Many questions about Baha'i...

Dear Kate, I am so glad that you mentioned your study circle experience. Am I right to assume it is a Ruhi study circle? Don't worry about Baha'is being able to discuss events and opinions, because we do-a lot! But Ruhi courses are designed to establish a firm foundation in the basics, and key aspec...
by Fadl
Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Many questions about Baha'i...
Replies: 18
Views: 34369

Re: Many questions about Baha'i...

Dear Kate, My wife grew up in a communist country (USSR) so it sounds like we have something in common! I grew up in the Mormon faith, and have many relatives who are active in the church. My mother and father eventually left the church, so when I became a Baha’i there wasn’t any conflict in the hom...
by Fadl
Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 103998

Re: Last Prophet?

Dear Abu Talib, I wanted to offer for your consideration a different perspective based on Qur’anic text, that I wonder if you have thought about before. In the Holy Qur’an God says: الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُم نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلاَمَ دِينً “This day I ...
by Fadl
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Many questions about Baha'i...
Replies: 18
Views: 34369

Re: Many questions about Baha'i...

Dear Sam, Nice to see you here again. I apologize for my long and error filled response! I was tired and my fingers and mind weren’t in sync. I’m glad you were able to make sense of it. (1) Harmon has answered this question well. We really don’t like to get into debates like was the flood historical...
by Fadl
Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Many questions about Baha'i...
Replies: 18
Views: 34369

Re: Many questions about Baha'i...

Dear Sam, Welcome! It was nice to read your very thoughtful questions, and introspection. I also liked your “quick tangent.” Thanks for sharing that, it made me smile. I’m sure many of us have a friend or two like those! I also appreciated your kind words about our little community. It is indeed a d...
by Fadl
Tue May 20, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "No clergy in BahaiFaith" prophecised by previous religions?
Replies: 4
Views: 13612

Re: "No clergy in BahaiFaith" prophecised by previous religions?

Hi, BB!

How about things like the sun and moon being darkened, and the stars falling from the heavens? (see Bible, Qur'an, and cf the Iqan) 8-)
by Fadl
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: SHACKLES
Replies: 2
Views: 10048

Re: SHACKLES

Dear Richard, This is a very beautiful post! You have reminded me of something 'Abdu'l-Bahá said while in London during an interview which he gave to the Weekly Budget in 1923, and recorded in the book 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London. As you may know, 'Abdu'l-Bahá shared the exiles and much of the imprisonme...
by Fadl
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles
Replies: 8
Views: 25576

Re: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles

Hello Loren, Jim, and Bruce, I truly hope you and other readers on this site will examine Jim's concerns with the problem of well-intended persons who unwittingly shackle the spirit of our one and only God within their hearts, minds, and souls---within their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, words, be...
by Fadl
Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Freedom from sectarian hatreds and other shackles
Replies: 28
Views: 110497

Re: Freedom from sectarian hatreds and other shackles

This is a response to Loren's post to me in the thread " A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles. " My response could lead to discussions that might divert attention from what I wanted to discuss there. ---- Loren, I was very happy to see such a sympathetic and thought...
by Fadl
Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles
Replies: 8
Views: 25576

Re: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles

Hi Loren, I was very happy to see such a sympathetic and thoughtful response from someone who has concerns about what I'm doing. Thank you very much for posting! I've moved the rest of my response to the thread " Freedom from sectarian hatreds and other shackles ." I want to limit my resp...
by Fadl
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles
Replies: 8
Views: 25576

Re: A movement to help free the Baha'i spirit from its shackles

Hi Jim! I have been reading your posts, and I think you seem very reasonable and well meaning, and that you are trying to find understanding and promote unity. I think those are wonderful goals, and I applaud you for it. However, one area I would critic your approach, is that you seem to exhibit at ...
by Fadl
Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: non-Bahai parents are not consenting to marriage
Replies: 6
Views: 17367

Thanks everyone for your responses. She just emailed me right now: Thanks for your help everyone, I appreciate it. how does the consent thing work... This is my main question. Ive skim read L.O.G. but havent come across anything. is it a verbal agreement or are there administrative formalities wher...
by Fadl
Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:01 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: What did Jesus come down to Earth to do????
Replies: 5
Views: 15827

Re: What did Jesus come down to Earth to do????

What was Jesus' "mission"? The New Testament says it was to atone for the sins of mankind. Baha'is say it was to "unite cities"(?). I ask Baha'is what they meant? Alexander the Great united cities and countries. So did the Roman legions. John Adams of Massachusetts help "un...
by Fadl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Inequality of men and women in the system of inheritance
Replies: 7
Views: 18079

Hi Loren, I think the comparison is legitimate, based on your original statement: You may be interested to know, if you didn't already, that Baha'i women were voting and serving on assemblies long before women's suffrage had come even to the most liberal countries of the west. (Loren) However, rath...
by Fadl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Inequality of men and women in the system of inheritance
Replies: 7
Views: 18079

Re: Women's suffrage

You may be interested to know, if you didn't already, that Baha'i women were voting and serving on assemblies long before women's suffrage had come even to the most liberal countries of the west. (Loren) I believe you're overstating the case. Women's suffrage came to the more liberal countries of t...
by Fadl
Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Inequality of men and women in the system of inheritance
Replies: 7
Views: 18079

Re: Inequality of men and women in the system of inheritance

When Bahá’u’lláh elaborates the Bahá’í law of inheritance in the page 183 of Kitab-al-Aqdas, He says: 1. If the deceased is a father and his estate includes a personal residence, such residence passes to the eldest son (Q and A 34). If the deceased father has one or more daughters, she(they) will h...
by Fadl
Wed Mar 05, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: One Muslim has said that Bahaulllah's arabic was rubbish
Replies: 11
Views: 27633

Re: Bab's writings in Arabic

Dear Loren and Jamal, Loren said: the Bab and Baha'u'llah introduced grammatical forms or terms that are unconventional or innovative I do not know how many pages of Bab's writings in Arabic you have seen and read. As far as I know, only a few of selections of Bab's writings are accessible to Bahai...
by Fadl
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: One Muslim has said that Bahaulllah's arabic was rubbish
Replies: 11
Views: 27633

Let us call a spade a spade and refrain from sacrificing evident facts at the altar of destructive fanaticism. God forbid! Baha'u'llah's Arabic is not flawed. It is sweet, melodious, mellifluous and eloquent; however, it is just incomparable to the exalted majestic Arabic of the Quran which has giv...

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