I speak from the point of view of Persian Bahaism and not from that American fantasy which bears its name.--Nicolas, "Beyan Persan," Vol. I, p. II.
Abbas is an elderly and venerable man, very similar to a score of venerable Druse and Moslem Sheikhs I have met. The Lord deliver them (American Christians) from the delirious blasphemies. . . . The claim that the Acca Sheikh is God is quite enough to condemn them.--H. H. Jessup, "Fifty-three years in Syria," p. 638.
Pray for my return to America and say: O Baha Ullah! Confirm Him in the servitude of the East; so that He may not spend all his time in the Orient; that He may return to America and occupy His time in the Western wor]d.--Prayer of Bahais.
It is doubtless this mystical, allegorical character of Bahaism which attracts a certain type of mind in America, in the main probably, the same type which follows, after spiritualism, esoteric Buddhism, Swamis from India, theosophy, and other movements which play around the edges of the occult and magical, and help to dull the edge of present realities with the things which are neither present nor real. . . . Indeed it is probably this soft compliance with anything and the absence of the robustness of definite truth and solid principle which makes Bahaism attractive to many moral softlings in the West. . . . It will run a brief course and amount to little in America. . . . The novelty will soon be over and the people 'who did not have sufficient discernment to discover the truth that will satisfy them in Christianity, will not find it in Baha Ullah or Abbas Effendi.--R. E. Speer, "Miss. and Mod. Hist," Vol. 1, pp. 143, 162--168.