The Independent Investigation of Truth
Dr. Mohammed Alam Qurayshi
This principle of the Bahai Faith is one of the oft-quoted statements any prospective convert would hear from the Bahai preachers. Reasoning and critical thinking leads one to the truth. Moreover, when one thinks independently, clearing his mind of past notions and ideas he will instinctively be attracted towards the truth. On this premise, the Bahais wish that all humans should leave their religious teachings aside and give a ear to the Bahai Faith. But the catch is, the Bahais do not permit investigation of the Bahai Faith.
Let us independently investigate this principle in the light of Bahai teachings.
Bahaullah explicitly commands his followers to abandon reasoning:
"If one wants to investigate the Bahai faith with eyes which are open and with knowledge and insight, then that one shall most certainly return emptily. All should leave their sense, insight, understanding and discernment and accept whatever I say."
(Ref: Makatib Vol 2, p 247)
Why is it that this Bahai principle is not applied to Bahai teachings. If truth has to be investigated independently, why is one not allowed to investigate Bahaism? On the contrary, the founder of Bahaism declares if you will investigate the Faith, it will not be worth your while!
He is also quoted to have said:
"O son of the soil become sightless so that you can observe my beautiful face, become unable to hear anything else so that you can hear my harmonious voice, become uninformed so that you can take away a part of my wisdom… so that you may enter my holy kingdom with a clean eye, an innocent heart and a benevolent ear."
(Ref: Bahaullah's Ad'leh Mahboub; Abdul Baha's Makatib pg 247)
Imagine if you will, a single-minded devotee, blind, deaf and ignorant to all but the body and soul of Bahaullah. Can such a person compare and investigate various truths and find The Truth?
The Bahai Faith incentivizes such sealing of reason, by calling it the believer's colossal delight:
"No delight has been created in the whole universe more impressive than for one to hear the sayings (of Bahaullah), comprehending their significance and refraining from (raising questions such as) "for what" and "to what" (purpose)."
(Bahaullah, Kitab-e-Badie, pg 145)
These negations and contradictions of the Bahai principle are never told to the prospective converts. These unreasonable ideas are never spoken of by the Bahai preachers. How the Bahais cheat innocent youths and never actually allow an independent investigation of truth is quite evident from the following statement of an ex-Bahai, Mr. Eric Stetson (Baha'i from 1998 to 2002). While writing about his conversion from Christianity to Bahaism he says:
"I did read several books of Baha'i scriptures that they provided me with, and I did ask plenty of questions and gave it a lot of thought before officially declaring my faith; but I did not know what to look for in the copious Baha'i sacred writings, much of which I had never yet been exposed to, that would have dissuaded me from becoming a Baha'i, nor would I really have wanted to know at that point anyway. (In retrospect, I wish I had been more cautious and probed with a more skeptical mind, so that I would have learned everything before choosing to sign a membership card.) The Baha'is certainly obliged my subconscious desire to avoid such pitfalls on the path to conversion, never informing me about the serious doctrinal and administrative controversies in their faith that demand careful consideration. I signed my Baha'i declaration card on the Baha'i New Year (Naw-Ruz), March 21, 1998, at a wonderful party where I performed some Baha'i verses of prayer I had memorized in Arabic, singing baritone as part of the U.Va. Baha'i choir. Everyone was happy: they were happy to have made a new convert, and I was happily ignorant of the bombshell discoveries that a few years later would tear my faith apart."
By saying "Investigate the truth" the Bahai's really want to say "Question your own religious beliefs as we want you to question them but NEVER question the Bahai faith as it is forbidden to question it"
The Bahais never talk about their disruptive history nor of their authoritarian administrative structure which they zealously propagate as their gift to mankind. The truth about these would repulse any prospective convert.
I call upon the Bahai's to independently investigate the truth in Baha'ism. Think honestly! Would you accept a faith which makes tall claims but falls short in action.!!
Would you rather not follow the Quranic teaching:
"Who hear advice, and follow the best thereof. Such are those whom Allah guideth, and such are men of understanding.
(Ref: Surah Zumar: 19)
Would you rather not shrug off prejudice and independently investigate the truth as was declared by the Holy Quran much before Baha'is came up with their un-acknowledged plagiarised teachings: "O Ye who believe! If an evil-liver bring you tidings, verify it, lest ye smite some folk in ignorance and afterward repent on what ye did"
(Ref: Surah Hujarat : 6)
If a Baha'i seeking help from the Almighty God (whom we all profess to believe) would honestly investigate the truth about Bahaism he would definitely conclude that Bahaism is not a religion guiding man to god but an organisation fulfilling Zionist aims. (How many prospective Muslim converts are told that the headquarters of Bahaism are in Haifa, Israel?)
Written by: Dr. Mohammed Alam Qurayshi