“The black man must be grateful to the white man”-Abdul Baha
Here is ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Exemplar and Interpreter of the Baha’i Faith) speaking about Blacks: “The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice for the black race.” (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.111)
“If man is left in his natural state, he will become lower than the animal and continue to grow more ignorant and imperfect. The savage African tribes of central Africa are evidences of this.” (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.308)
“If we study human beings such as the aboriginal tribes of central Africa, who have been reared in complete subjection to nature’s rule, we will find them deficient indeed. They are without religious education; neither do they give evidences of any advance toward civilization. They have simply grown and developed in the natural plane of barbarism. We find them bloodthirsty, immoral and cannibalistic in type to such an extent that they even kill and devour each other.” (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.399)
“The inhabitants of a country like Africa are all as wandering savages and wild animals; they lack intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one civilized and wise man is to be found among them. On the contrary, consider the civilized countries, the inhabitants of which are living in the highest state of culture and ethics, solidarity and inter-dependence; possessing, with few exceptions, acute power of comprehensions and sound mind.” (Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p.576)
The Founders of the Baha’i Faith are The Bab and Baha’u’llah. Both of them owned black slaves; although Baha’u’llah forbade the practice of slavery among His folowers in 1874. The Bab bought and sold black people who were forced to serve; whether they wanted to or not. They called their Masters by the Persian term for “Master”.
They couldn’t do anything without their master’s permission. They were “slaves”; in any language you choose to use. It is not I am trying to rewrite history! Rather, the NSA of the U.S. tried to get the book that reveals this (*Black Pearls* by Afnan–a descendants of The Bab) “quieted” and “covered-up”. Thankfully, Anthony Lee (the black publisher of Kalimat Press) didn’t listen to them.
The argument that ‘Abdu’l-Baha could not have considered Africans inferior in intelligence “because” He dedicated His life to Race Unity doesn’t follow. He considered mankind a Family. Even in families, some children are more intelligent than others. I’m not saying I think blacks are (in general) less intelligent. I’m saying that ‘Abdu’l-Baha may have thought so. Isfandiyar was not the only slave/servant of Baha’u’llah –there were _many_ more.