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Abdu値-Husayn Ayati (Avarih) the former Baha段 historian and scholar mentions in his book Kashf al-Hiyal (Uncovering the Deceptions), that:

"[Baha段s] deem it a great sin to send their children to Muslim, Protestant, Jewish, or Zoroastrian schools and their leader has forbidden them from doing so. This is specially [evident] with respect to Islamic and Protestant schools. It was because of this that they established [Baha段] schools so that no words originating from outside of Baha段sm reaches the ears of their children and those logical words influence them." (Abdu値-Husayn Ayati (Avarih), Kashf al-Hiyal (Uncovering the Deceptions), 3rd ed., vol. 1, p. 115)

Being labeled a covenant breaker, the words of Avarih are usually met with skepticism and are in many cases categorically denied by Baha段s. We have observed many times that what Avarih mentions is the truth and the denial by Baha段s is not justified. We will now proceed to show from authentic Baha段 scripture (as yet untranslated by Baha段 authorities), the official Baha段 order on the prohibition of Baha段s from attending non-Baha段 schools.

Pay attention to the following letter from Abdu値-Baha:
"You had inquired about the Tarbiyat School. (Know that) it is absolutely prohibited for the children of the friends to go to the schools of others (meaning non-Baha段s) for this is [a cause of] humiliation (dhillat) for the Cause of God and they will be completely deprived of the Blessed Beauty痴 graces. Because they will be educated/nurtured elsewise and they will disgrace the Baha段s." (Abdu値-Baha, Makatib (Letters), vol. 5, p. 170)

Since Abdu値-Baha had prohibited his followers from sending their children to non-Baha段 schools, Baha段 schools such as the Madrisiy-i Tarbiyat (in Tehran) were established. What is extraordinary are the words used by Abdu値-Baha to describe the result of Baha段s studying in non-Baha段 schools: humiliation (dhillat) of the Cause of God and disgrace (ruswa段) of Baha段s and being completely deprived of the Blessed Beauty痴 graces!

One wonders why these words have been uttered. Does `Abdu値-Baha regard all forms of education other than what the Baha段s preach invalid to such an extent that when Baha段s are educated and nurtured using those methods they will be regarded as a disgrace and cause of humiliation for this creed? Or is he afraid that Baha段 children will expose the true face of Baha段sm amongst non-Baha段s which will result in their disgrace and humiliation?

In another letter while praising Baha段 schools and giving guidelines on how to teach Baha段 children, Abdu値-Baha concludes his statements by these words:
"Sending Baha段 children to non-Baha段 schools and nurturing them there is a cause of abatement (khumudat) and stagnation (jumudat)." (Abdu値-Baha, Muntakhabati az makatib-i hadrat-i Abdu値-Baha [Selections From the Letters of Abdu値-Baha], vol. 6, no. 397)

Abdu値-Baha痴 description of non-Baha段 schools is no wise fair nor based on sound reasoning. The words khumudat and Jumudat used by Abdu値-Baha used to describe the effect of non-Baha段 schools have a multitude of similar meanings with the former also meaning apathy, depression, passivity, dullness and the latter meaning stiffness, recession and freezing. It is not clear which meaning Abdu値-Baha had intended although they are all derogatory.

To make matters worse, Abdu値-Baha states what he means by these two words in another statement:
"O true friends! There is no calamity greater than abatement (khumudat) and stagnation (jumudat) for they are death incarnate." (Abdu値-Baha, Muntakhabati az makatib-i hadrat-i Abdu値-Baha [Selections From the Letters of Abdu値-Baha], vol. 6, no. 7)

Thus, according to Abdu値-Baha, studying in non-Baha段 schools is a form of incarnation of death itself. Do these statements conform with the Baha段 principles of 然emoval of All Prejudice and the 前neness of Humanity? Is this how Compulsory Universal Education is achieved by isolating Baha段 children from non-Baha段 children and establishing separate schools for them?

In yet another one of his letters, Abdu値-Baha writes the following:
"You had written about Baha段 girls and that they are attending the schools of other peoples (non-Baha段s). The truth is, although these children are taught a few things in those schools, but the manners of the teachers will influence the (Baha段) children and will cast doubts into their hearts and will convert and alter them. The friends of God (Baha段s) must establish a school for girls so that the (Baha段) teachers educate them by Godly manners, divine morals, and methods of the Merciful Lord." (Fadil Mazandarani, Amr wa khalq, vol. 3, p. 339)

Abdu値-Baha is actually stating that he doesn稚 want Baha段 children to study at non-Baha段 schools because Baha段 children might be influenced by the manners of their non-Baha段 teachers and doubts might be cast in their hearts about Baha段sm. How can the leaders of a creed claim they strive for the Oneness of Humanity and unity of mankind when they cannot tolerate their own children being educated by non-Baha段s?

The Baha段 attitude toward non-Baha段 teachers and schools and the words used to describe them are what one would except from a cult practicing an extreme form of information control on the adherents. One might even go as far as calling it a form of brainwashing. Anyway, since these orders were so illogical and impractical - like many other Baha段 teachings that Baha段s in the western world are kept in the dark about - they were temporarily abandoned until a "future state of society" when Baha段s are hopeful that they can be implemented...

What is even more interesting, is that although Abdu値-Baha had prohibited his followers in the strictest sense and using threatening language from sending their children to non-Baha段 schools, he defied this order himself and sent his own beloved grandson to non-Baha段 schools in Palestine:
"It was here that Shoghi Effendi had a very significant dream which he recounted to me and which I wrote down. He said that when he was nine or ten years old, living with his nurse in this house and attending school in Haifa, he dreamed that he and another child, an Arab schoolmate, were in the room in which 'Abdu'l-Baha used to receive His guests in the house in Akka . . ." (Ruhiyyih Rabbani, The Priceless Pearl (London: Baha段 Publishing Trust, 1969), p. 16.)

"Shoghi Effendi entered the best school in Haifa, the College des Freres, conducted by the Jesuits. He told me he had been very unhappy there. Indeed, I gathered from him that he never was really happy in either school or university. In spite of his innately joyous nature, his sensitivity and his background - so different from that of others in every way - could not but set him apart and give rise to many a heart-ache; indeed, he was one of those people whose open and innocent hearts, keen minds and affectionate nature seem to combine to bring upon them more shocks and suffering in life than is the lot of most men. Because of his unhappiness in this school 'Abdu'l-Baha decided to send him to Beirut where he attended another Catholic school as a boarder, and where he was equally unhappy. Learning of this in Haifa the family sent a trusted Baha'i woman to rent a home for Shoghi Effendi in Beirut and take care of and wait on him. It was not long before she wrote to his father that he was very unhappy at school, would refuse to go to it sometimes for days, and was getting thin and run down. His father showed this letter to 'Abdu'l-Baha Who then had arrangements made for Shoghi Effendi to enter the Syrian Protestant College, which had a school as well as a university, later known as the American College in Beirut, and which the Guardian entered when he finished what was then equivalent to the high school." (Ruhiyyih Rabbani, The Priceless Pearl, p. 17)

Anyway, one should think twice before joining a creed that claims its purpose is unity of the masses but does not allow the children of its own adherents to attend the schools of those same masses. And one should think twice before joining a creed that claims one of its main principles is the 然emoval of All Forms of Prejudice but refers to schools that are run by non-Baha段s as "death incarnate" and believes attending these institutions is a cause of disgrace, humiliation and spiritual abatement and stagnation. Baha段s, especially in English speaking countries, will vehemently deny their leaders statements about non-Baha段 schools. We do not blame them for as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, these quotes have never been translated to English.

This article was sourced from the Internet. It can be accessed with full references at: http://www.bahaibahai.com/eng/index.php/articles?id=92



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