|01-14-2015, 06:21 PM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2014
Authentic Baha'i websites
Hi my dear friends,
I have been having a little trouble with differentiating the authentic Baha'i websites from the inauthentic ones for eg: Official Website of the Universal House of Justice
This one lookes very authentic but the one I mentioned above doesn't though it answers lots of questions from the writings: The Universal House of Justice - An official website of the Bahá
So if some one could please tell me how to know which websites are authentic Baha'i ones and how to differentiate.
|01-14-2015, 06:34 PM||#2|
Joined: May 2013
From: forest falls california
. This website is the open portal for all the people of the world to contact the true Universal House of Justice of Baha'u'llah which is the visible incarnation of the only World Order the Bible supports – the Kingdom of God on Earth (Davidic) as it is in Heaven.
. Also, their target audience is fundamentalist Christians, trying to leverage the lingo
. The second one is legitimate, whereas the first is a very, very cheap counterfeit. (I wouldn't take it to Walmart in hopes to cash it in... ;-)
|01-14-2015, 06:40 PM||#3|
Joined: Nov 2012
There are some sites hosted by covenant-breakers; the 1st one you listed is one of them. If they denounce the Will of Abdu'l-Baha, talk about Guardians after Shoghi Effendi, and describe Baha'is as 'Haifan' Baha'is, they are not of the Faith of Baha'u'llah.
As Dale mentioned, the 2nd site you listed is legit.
Last edited by Josh; 01-14-2015 at 06:43 PM.
|01-14-2015, 08:49 PM||#4|
Just a member
Joined: Oct 2013
From: Glenwood, Queensland, Australia
Good morning Ramzi
One other thing that helps, in addition to other comments above, is that the words they claim to be in the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha at the top of the page do not exist - a simple perusal of that document will show this.
Sometimes, it can be hit and miss in picking which sites are genuine and which are fake or Covenant-Breaker. Some are not so blatant as this first one and only after a little exporation will it be seen to be not of the Faith. Remarks which are unkind is a common one. Copious quotes from other than the Baha'i Texts, or misquoting the Baha'i Texts (always a good excuse to get to know our Writings and Texts better by checking through, say Ocean or Interfaith Explorer). "Official" sites (as, for example, the first one in your post) with a .net instead of a .org can be assumed suspect. Supporting certain individuals for positions in the Faith such as Guardian or otherwise is a very blant sign of not a reputable Baha'i site.
One can call oneself whatever one wishes, but the mere calling does not mean that one is.
As you yourself noted, the first site did not look authentic. For me, that is always a good enough sign, the looks and/or the feel. We have a saying in my household in relation to food. - if in doubt, toss it out. Quite applicable also in the case of anything on the Internet
That said, the number of genuine sites far exceed the others.
By the way, this is my first look at the redesigned World Centre site. Have been to the preview for the Baha'i Reference Library numerous times now, and quite like the new design there. The new design looks nice and clean, and seems far easier to navigate than the previous version. I like that.
With warm greetings
|01-14-2015, 11:41 PM||#5|
Joined: Dec 2012
This is always easy to do. Simply visit a URL monitoring organisation like domaintools.com and type in the website address in the Whois section and it will show you who it is registered with. This can be a person, organisation or it can also be a proxy registration service that is holding it to conceal the registers identity. All official Baha'i websites should be registered under the Baha'i International Community through the Baha'i Office in the United Nations.
I hope this may help you to understand who any website is registered to. It is even possible to locate the register through legal contact with a proxy registration service. This is because if they refuse to divulge the owner they in turn become fully liable for its content if it breaches civil or criminal law. You would however need to do this through an attorney. In short anyone that registers a website can be located. But those that elect to conceal themselves naturally promote suspicion, as indeed they should. For your own safety never participate in dialogue on any website that is registered through proxy. A person or organisation that attempts to conceal their identity have their own aggenda.
Last edited by Earth; 01-15-2015 at 12:44 AM. Reason: Typo error.
|01-16-2015, 05:11 AM||#6|
Joined: Oct 2014
What you mentioned is a very interesting problem. With the advent of the web, a low-cost means of spreading information appeared, suddenly putting geniuses and maniacs, knowledgeable and ignorant, on the same footing. I have learned a simple rule: "By their smell you shall know them!" If you sense the scent of sincerity, honesty, modesty and humility, you have come to the right place. If, on the other hand, you notice the vapors of anger, discontent and hurt self-love, you've come to the wrong address.
Serious Bahá'í pages talk about building and creating something, about service and love. The others get lost in reasoning that reminds you of a snake biting its own tail, levelling attacks in different directions and underlining all kinds of hurt feelings.
That, in my opinion, is the litmus test for Bahá'í web sites.
Last edited by gnat; 01-16-2015 at 06:36 AM.