e diel, 8 korrik 2007

Baha'i followers pay tribute to Kelly

Baha'i followers pay tribute to Kelly

Elements of the Baha'i faith will feature in the funeral service
The funeral of weapons expert Dr David Kelly is likely to feature elements of the Baha'i faith to which he converted four years ago.
The religion follows the teachings of Baha'u'llah - an Iranian nobleman whose name translates as "the Glory of God" - and seeks to eliminate conflicts between faiths.

Barney Leith, secretary of the UK National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is, described Dr Kelly as a friend who was a "warm and witty man".

The Baha'i community, which has 6,000 followers across the UK, was greatly saddened by Dr Kelly's death and has been praying for the progress of his soul, Mr Leith said.

He was a very warm person, an honourable man and a witty man

Barney Leith National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the UK
Mr Leith said: "I very much liked him. He was a very warm person, an honourable man and a witty man.

"Conversations with Dr Kelly were always fun and interesting."

Dr Kelly is believed to have adopted the 159-year-old Baha'i faith during his travels in connection with his work.


While its followers are not pacifists, they take no sides in the political controversies of the day and believe that there will be lasting world peace only when major injustices such as racism, gender inequality and poverty are resolved.

"We see the life after death as continuing the process that begins in this life, that the soul develops qualities and values which it needs in the next life on its journey to come ever closer to God," said Mr Leith.

"What life is about here is about developing those spiritual qualities which then become part of us and which we take over into the next life.

"We don't believe in heaven and hell as places - we believe in life after death. Like an athlete training for a race, if we take care of our spiritual bodies in this life, we have a better start in the next life."

The faith, which has five million followers worldwide, has no clergy or leaders and Baha'i services can be led by any believer, said Mr Leith.


Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3128109.stm


Where is Abbas Effendi's certificate of British knighthood??

Where is Abbas Effendi's certificate of British knighthood ?

"Sir" Abbas Effendi being knighted on April 20, 1920, in the presence
of the British High Commissioner for Palestine Sir Herbet Samuel :


and asorted British
mandate, military and local dignitaries:


As those who know about modern knighthoods by the British crown, every
knighthood is for a specific reason; such reasons always being
explicitly spelled out in the Certificate of Knighthood. Over the past
87 years we have been repeatedly shown the picture of Abbas Effendi's
knighting ceremony in April 1920, but never have we been shown the
actual certificate of Knighthood itself which explicitly spells out
the reasons for the knighting.
Among other things, over the past several years, through various
contacts, I have been deliberating over facsimiles of local archival
material related to the Acre-Haifa areas of the Ottoman period of the
Young Turks, the British Palestinian mandate years of 1917-1948 and
Israeli material for the years 1948-57, all relating to the activities
of the Nuri family in that area. Thankfully, I have been paid for this
job by certain unamed private and well endowed employers/independent
contractors, which has allowed me time to write and publish a book
(work on 8 more) as well as conduct a war against the haifan bahaim
organization. Specifically I have looked at deeds of property (sales,
notaries, taxes etc) and what have you in the Acre-Haifa areas. But
especially I have looked at zeroing in on material specifically
relating to the contention in bahaim histories regarding the nature of
Abbas Effendi's so-called humanitarian activities during the
Palestinian war years of 1915-1917 in order to determine the precise
nature of such activities. Over 50,000+ pages alone of archival
documentation and sources has been looked at specifically for the
years 1910-1917 (i.e. the years of the Young Turk Ottoman period). To
date, whether they be files by public notary or police files, there is
not a single leaf of evidence (whether circumstantial or otherwise)
remotely establishing the bahaim claim that Abbas Effendi was engaging
in humanitarian activities during the Palestinain war years of
1915-1917. Nada!
Add to that the fact that the actual certificate of Abbas Effendi's
Knighthood has not been publicly seen since 1920 nor has it been
published, and the issue of Abbas Effendi's knighthood becomes another
suspicious enigma much like his purported (and largely fictitious)
will and testament. As stated, the reason for this is obvious: all
Certificate of Knighthood spell out the reasons for the knighthood. It
appears that the bahaim establishment is somewhat uneasy to disclose
the true nature of Abbas Effendi's knighthood and so have hidden this
document from public scrutiny. But, that stated, the Knighthood had
absolutely nothing to do in fact with any so-called humanitarian
activities on his part. Had it been, plenty of local archival material
would have corroborated it, and the certificate of knighthood would
have been released for display and public scrutiny long ago.
Another bahaim myth busted!


Reference : http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.bahai/msg/abf1414272e93155