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by Keyvan
Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahais who used to be Muslim
Replies: 0
Views: 14935

Re: Bahais who used to be Muslim

The foundation of the Baha'i Community is rooted in those who came to the Baha'i Faith from Islam. Countless devout followers, even many noble Muslim clergymen became Baha'i's. Actually to say "convert" is not proper perse since Baha'u'llah's faith did not come to replace Islam, but to ful...
by Keyvan
Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The faith in UAE
Replies: 4
Views: 11937

Re: The faith in UAE

If you hear about any conferences going on in Dubai or anywhere else in the gulf, please let me know. I've been trying to find one to go to.
by Keyvan
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Number of Bahai's worldwide?
Replies: 9
Views: 14423

Re: Number of Bahai's worldwide?

As for India, I read somewhere (cant verify) that most live in more rural and/or relatively disenfranchised areas. So they are there, but most just don't exactly have the opportunity to get out of the country and visit Baha'i communities around the world, or have computers and broadband to particip...
by Keyvan
Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Number of Bahai's worldwide?
Replies: 9
Views: 14423

Re: Number of Bahai's worldwide?

As for India, I read somewhere (cant verify) that most live in more rural and/or relatively disenfranchised areas. So they are there, but most just don't exactly have the opportunity to get out of the country and visit Baha'i communities around the world, or have computers and broadband to participa...
by Keyvan
Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Number of Bahai's worldwide?
Replies: 9
Views: 14423

Re: Number of Bahai's worldwide?

Trying to get a current headcount is like trying to shoot a moving target. id love to know the answer, but I think its more practical (and useful) try to track the rate of growth, and projected exponential growth of that rate over time, than it is to try to track a ballpark figure for how many peopl...
by Keyvan
Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 14712

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

Oh you aren't? I guess I misread your post. Sorry about that.
by Keyvan
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 14712

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

This is the official position of the Baha'i Faith on unmarried couples living together: 1270. Regarding Couples Living Together without Being Married "When considering cases of couples who are living together without being married it is important to distinguish those who started this associatio...
by Keyvan
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 14712

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

OBLIGATORY PRAYERS: This is very understandable and I totally relate. That's why we have the "Short Obligatory Prayer." It takes 15 seconds in the afternoon. Surely you can find 15 seconds in the afternoon (break from work, closing your eyes at your desk, or right before you start your car...
by Keyvan
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha'i update --- need some guidance!
Replies: 9
Views: 14712

Re: Baha'i update-need some guidance!

One important thing that needs to be said because this is a common discussion. Yes no one is perfect and is bound to mistakes, etc etc. However , the fact of that alone does not mean we can accept a margin of imperfection for ourselves. We have to keep striving for perfection, and never consciously ...
by Keyvan
Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government
Replies: 9
Views: 13127

Re: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government

Well explained Brett. For this particular situation though, I'm sure you can agree, its basically questioning the decision of a National Spiritual Assembly, at which point there is no body in the world left to appeal to other than the Universal House of Justice. Not to mention, the answers to these ...
by Keyvan
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government
Replies: 9
Views: 13127

Re: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government

To clarify, I didn't mean to come off as though to undermine the National Spiritual Assembly of Guyana. I am just confused and puzzled by this decision though to the point that I question the righteousness of it. (I rarely if ever find points to question to this extreme, of administrative bodies) Un...
by Keyvan
Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government
Replies: 9
Views: 13127

Re: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government

I mean it just doesn't make any sense is all. 1) We as Baha'i's believe that old-world/man-made governments will eventually fall apart or lose relevance by way of their societies embracing social decadence and corruption anyway. This is why we don't seek to influence or hold jurisdiction outside of ...
by Keyvan
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: 2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government
Replies: 9
Views: 13127

2003 Guyana NSA Letter to their National Government

Here is something I am having issue with. It is clear in the Baha'i Writings that we as Baha'i's should not and do not attempt to enforce our laws over those who are non-believers. This, let alone, when the Baha'i Faith is not even governing a nation, and a man-made government holds the reigns of po...
by Keyvan
Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the faith
Replies: 11
Views: 15508

Re: Some questions about the faith

ON WOMEN AND THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE - This is something that is misunderstood. People tend to judge the activities and make up of the Baha'i institutions based on the standards of the political institutions of their own society. 1) It is not the men of the Universal House of Justice who rule...
by Keyvan
Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Age of Aquarius - Zeitgeist
Replies: 2
Views: 9422

The Age of Aquarius - Zeitgeist

So I just watched Zeitgeist, which is a pretty popular documentary distributed on the Internet. It covers alternative studies on western religious beliefs, 9/11, the central banking system, and a number of conspiracy theories related thereto. Now I don't buy everything the the documentary said, but ...
by Keyvan
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 54507

Re: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?

Keyvan, you said "No offense but are probably the last person here who should be talking about misrepresenting the faith in writing." If I say "you are probably the last person here who should be talking about...", would you not take offense? If you must, no doubt it is better t...
by Keyvan
Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 54507

Re: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?

Brett I made no "personal barbs." I addressed a condescending comment directed to myself by suggesting, non specifically mind you, why one should not condescend or act authoritative in any manner. It is not the position of any living individual to act in such a manner, let alone one with a...
by Keyvan
Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 54507

Re: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?

Thank you Brett Sen McGlinn , nothing I said contradicts the quotes that you cited. I resent your misplaced sense of authority, you have provided no explanation for the issues you have with what I wrote. No offense but are probably the last person here who should be talking about misrepresenting the...
by Keyvan
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72844

Re: Last Prophet?

Keyvan, I do apologize for not having notified you by private message. I also should have preserved your exact text to refer back to it. However, Jonah and I are particularly wary (and weary) of categorical statements referring to a group of people, saying that they "always" do this, and ...
by Keyvan
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:56 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights
Replies: 8
Views: 14961

Re: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights

I tend to agree with Vaughan here, that speaking of presidents or their advisors could give the impression that we will side with them or that we are trying to agitate for certain policies, etc. I know that for someone familiar with the Faith, that is a stretch, but we have to realize what most of ...
by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 54507

Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?

When it comes to "politics" I notice that Baha'i's tend to have a hyper-conscious and exaggerated understanding of what the faith says about it. Yes we are to "shun politics like the plague," this is true. However, this has lead to great misunderstandings by Baha'i's which has le...
by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights
Replies: 8
Views: 14961

Re: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights

Do you think Obama really has power to change anything in the World? We as Baha'i's know that no old world system of government can ever bring mankind into an era of peace and justice. That is what the Baha'i administration is for. We can only get there though after Baha'i's are emancipated and on ...
by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights
Replies: 8
Views: 14961

Re: The Barack Obama Administration and Baha'i Human Rights

In my opinion, it is best for us as Baha'is not to refer to individual politicians and their political advisers-- that has been the consistent advice and policy over the years. There can be all sorts of implications we are not aware of, including some saying we are partisan, and claiming that we li...
by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72844

Re: Last Prophet?

by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72844

Re: Last Prophet?

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btw i dont know why my post on the previous page was edited. there was nothing offensive about the tone. that was unfair and i should have been consulted
by Keyvan
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Last Prophet?
Replies: 51
Views: 72844

Re: Last Prophet?

In Islam they believe that the Mahdi heralds the return of Christ who makes the sharia universal before the day of Judgement. Now logically this is flawed on its face, because why in the world would the Mahdi and Christ come to triumph Islam throughout the world only for the world to end right afte...

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