The Baha’i way of Purification of "Sacred International Edowments" – From Baha’i writings

Following the establishment of the state of Israel, the government proceeded to identify the holy places of all of the religions in the Holy Land, and to officially recognize them. The Shrine of Baha’u’llah was one of these officially-designated Holy Places. I heard, though I do not recall from whom, that Mr. Ioas learned that the government of Israel had passed a law prohibiting residential dwellings within a certain number of meters from a designated holy place.  He informed Shoghi Effendi of this, and stated that perhaps the Covenant-breaker dwelling could be removed.  The Guardian asked, (paraphrasing, not his exact words), “Leroy, do you really think you could do this?”  Mr. Ioas answered that he could not; however, he knew that God assisted everything Shoghi Effendi wanted done, and if Shoghi Effendi told Mr. Ioas to do it, he knew that it could be accomplished.  Shoghi Effendi then told him to proceed, and said that it would be a miracle to get the Covenant-breakers out.

“When Leroy was given this assignment, the Guardian said to him, ‘Everything you have done up to now, including your work on the Shrine of the Bab, is as silver, whereas removing the Covenant-breakers from Bahji, and securing the buildings and lands for the Faith, will be as gold.‘  (Leroy Ioas, p. 194)

Building on the Right Side. Click to enlarge.

This photograph, taken on the occasion of the believers praying at the Shrine of Baha’u’llah following the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, clearly shows the building under discussion. On the right is the Shrine of Baha’u’llah.  Behind it, not visible in this picture, is the Mansion of Bahji. In the center of the photograph is the apartment house that was occupied by the Covenant-breakers. It was this dwelling that was finally brought into the hands of the Faith in 1957 through the confirmations of God that attended the efforts of Mr. Ioas; and which was destroyed by the Hands of the Cause following their first conclave in December, 1957.

This was not merely removal of an ugly building from otherwise beautiful gardens, nor merely the eviction of undesirables. This represented the death-blow to the violators of the Covenant. Their violation of the Ark of the Testament — the Will and Testament of Baha’u’llah establishing His Covenant– was prophesied in the Bible, as explained by Abdu’l-Baha here….

The joy of Shoghi Effendi at the successful accomplishment of this is evident in his message to the Baha’i world:

“With feelings of profound joy, exultation and thankfulness, announce on morrow of sixty-fifth Anniversary of Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, signal, epoch-making victory won over the ignoble band of breakers of His Covenant which, in the course of over six decades, has entrenched itself in the precincts of the Most Holy Shrine of the Bahá’í world…”

Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Baha’i World – 1950-1957, p. 120)

Later in November 1965 the UHJ desecrated the grave of Abdul Baha’s brother (who was accused of Covenant Breaking) and thus declared the Baha’i World :

“ANNOUNCE BAHA’I WORLD REMOVAL FROM IMMEDIATE PRECINCTS HOLY SHRINE BAHA’U’LLAH REMAINS MIRZA DIYA’U’LLAH YOUNGER BROTHER MIRZA MUHAMMAD ALI HIS ACCOMPLICE IN EFFORTS SUBVERT FOUNDATIONS COVENANT GOD SOON AFTER ASCENSION BAHA’U’LLAH. THIS FINAL STEP IN PROCESS PURIFICATION SACRED INTERNATIONAL ENDOWMENTS FAITH IN BAHJI FROM PAST CONTAMINATION WAS PROVIDENTIALLY UNDERTAKEN”
In honor of his services (Demolishing the House of Covenant Breakers), Mr. Ioas was given the inestimable gift of having a door of the Shrine of the Bab named after him by Shoghi Effendi.
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3 thoughts on “The Baha’i way of Purification of "Sacred International Edowments" – From Baha’i writings

  1. My information is that the removal of the body, from a room adjacent to one in which Baha'u'llah is buried, was initiated by the heirs of the Muhammad-'Ali faction, who moved the remains of Mirza Diya'u'llah to a building they had erected over the grave of Mirza Muhammad-'Ali, in the vicinity of Bahji (H. M. Balyuzi, Eminent Baha'is in the Time of Baha'u'llah, p. 210). This is confirmed in a part of the UHJ's cable which you no doubt accidentally omitted to quote: “… Was providentially undertaken upon request family old covenant-breakers.”

    So the removal of the body was initiated because the family wanted to have possession of Mirza Diya'u'llah's body.

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  2. McGlinn, seriously, how much longer are you going to continue this charade of giving public fellatio to the Bahai officiocracy and their propaganda narratives: the same offiocracy that kicked you out and humiliated you? Do you honestly think by publicly soiling your intellectual integrity as you have consistently is going to persuade them to let you back in again? Do you have any self-respect left or are you so far gone down the whirlpool of cognitive dissonance that you can't tell the difference anymore? How much more are you going to lie for this cult and its transparent stories in broad daylight? We know what the cablegram said. We know its circumstances, and no amount of opportunistic and delusional spin by you will hide the fact. The uhj is a desecrater of graves, the very same thing they have accused the IRI of in regard to the Iranian Bahais (most of which is proven hype), and evidence is in black and white. Don't know what it is about you white Anglo Kiwis that makes you so dishonest, but there you go…

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