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June 27, 2013

House of Baha’u’llah in Baghdad destroyed

Universal Hosue of Justice, June 27

TO: All National Spiritual Assemblies DATE: 27 June 2013
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With shattered hearts, we have received news of the destruction of the Most Great House–the House of Baha’u’llah in Baghdad. While the precise circumstances attending this outrageous violation are as yet unclear, its immediate consequence is without doubt, and must be emphatically stated: The peoples of the world have been robbed of a sanctuary of incalculable sacredness.

So deplorable an act, coming on the eve of the unprecedented worldwide convocation of Baha’u’llah’s young followers and their friends, calls to mind that mysterious interplay of crisis and victory through which His indestructible, irrepressible, inexorable purpose will finally be consummated.

We supplicate the Blessed Beauty to confer upon His faithful followers throughout the world fortitude and resolve in the face of this grievous blow. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Universal House of Justice

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  1. “Grieve not, O House of God, if the veil of thy sanctity be rent asunder by the infidels. God hath, in the world of creation, adorned thee with the jewel of His remembrance. Such an ornament no man can, at any time, profane.”

    (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 113)

    “Call thou to mind that which hath been revealed unto Mihdi, Our servant, in the first year of Our banishment to the Land of Mystery (Adrianople). Unto him have We predicted that which must befall Our House (Baghdad House), in the days to come, lest he grieve over the acts of robbery and violence already perpetrated against it. Verily, the Lord, thy God, knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth.

    To him We have written: This is not the first humiliation inflicted upon My House. In days gone by the hand of the oppressor hath heaped indignities upon it. Verily, it shall be so abased in the days to come as to cause tears to flow from every discerning eye. Thus have We unfolded to thee things hidden beyond the veil, inscrutable to all save God, the Almighty, the All-Praised. In the fullness of time, the Lord shall, by the power of truth, exalt it in the eyes of all men. He shall cause it to become the Standard of His Kingdom, the Shrine round which will circle the concourse of the faithful. Thus hath spoken the Lord, thy God, ere the day of lamentation arriveth. This revelation have We given thee in Our holy Tablet, lest thou sorrow for what hath befallen Our House through the assaults of the enemy. All praise be to God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”

    (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 114)

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    The House of Bahá’u’lláh

    PROPHECY 18: {The seizure and desecration of the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdad.}

    ABSTRACT: Bahá’u’lláh foretold that the house He occupied while living in Baghdad (and which He later ordained as a centre of pilgrimage for Bahá’ís) would one day be ‘abased’ by enemies of the Faith, that the ‘veil of [its] sanctity’ would be ‘rent asunder’ by them in such manner as to cause tears to flow from every discerning eye. Around the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing, Shi’ih Muslims in Baghdad — seemingly intent on vindicating Bahá’u’lláh’s prediction — occupied the building, expelled its Bahá’í owners and defied a later high court ruling unanimously denouncing the seizure as illegal. Although Bahá’ís are certain they will one day regain their rightful property, they have now been barred from this sacred and historic site for more than seventy years.

    BACKGROUND: The house that Bahá’u’lláh occupied during His exile in Baghdad was designated by Him, in His Book of Laws, as a centre of pilgrimage for Bahá’ís. He Himself acquired title to the residence, which remained in unbroken and undisputed possession of the Bahá’í community after His departure from Baghdad.

    Bahá’u’lláh, however, wrote of it: ‘Grieve not, O House of God, if the veil of thy sanctity be rent asunder by the infidels’ (G 114). ‘Verily, it shall be so abased in the days to come as to cause tears to flow from every discerning eye. Thus have We unfolded to thee things hidden beyond the veil…’ (G 115).

    Around the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing, the Shi’ih Muslim community of Baghdad, which had no conceivable claim to the property, seized it and expelled the Bahá’ís. After a succession of legal battles, Iraq’s Court of Appeals ruled in favour of the Muslims. Bahá’ís appealed to the League of Nations, which at the time exercised control over Iraq. The Council of the League — the world’s highest tribunal — ruled unanimously in favour of the Baha is, concluding that both the seizure and the subsequent appeals court verdict had been motivated by religious passion.

    There followed many years of delays, protests and evasions. Bahá’ís, as a result, have never regained possession of the property. Their sole consolation is the further prophecy of Bahá’u’lláh regarding His house:

    “………. In the fullness of time, the Lord shall, by the power of truth, exalt it in the eyes of all men. He shall cause it to become the Standard of His Kingdom, the Shrine round which will circle the concourse of the faithful. Thus hath spoken the Lord, thy God, ere the day of lamentation arriveth.”

    (Prophecy, He Cometh with Clouds by Gary Matthews, p. 198)

    Comment by Bryn Higgins — June 28, 2013 @ 03:19 | Reply


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