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Old 11-11-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Baha'u'llah on equality of men and women

A good friend of mine asked me this morning if I knew of any quotes directly from Baha'u'llah on the equality of men and women so here is a my response to my friend:

I didn't expect to find anything this soon but did run across an important quotes attributed to Baha'u'llah Himself regarding the equality of men and women so wanted to share them with you:

It is from a Complilation on Women:

"Praised be God, the Pen of the Most High hath lifted distinctions from between His servants and hand maidens and, through His consummate favours and all-encompassing mercy, hath conferred upon all a station and rank on the same plane. He hath broken the back of vain imaginings with the sword of utterance and hath obliterated the perils of idle fancies through the pervasive power of His might."

Bahá’u’lláh, Women: A Compilation, pg. 2

It was found in an essay that may interest you at

http://bahai-library.com/file.php5?f...n&language=All

A very similar text is found here:

Exalted, immensely exalted is He Who hath removed differences and established harmony. Glorified, infinitely glorified is He Who hath caused discord to cease, and decreed solidarity and unity. Praised be God, the Pen of the Most High hath lifted distinctions from between His servants and handmaidens, and, through His consummate favours and all-encompassing mercy, hath conferred upon all a station and rank of the same plane. He hath broken the back of vain imaginings with the sword of utterance and hath obliterated the perils of idle fancies through the pervasive power of His might.

From a Tablet translated form the Persian

A similar Tablet reads:

In this Day the Hand of divine grace hath removed all distinctions. The servants of God and His handmaidens are regarded on the same plane. Blessed is the servant who hath attained unto that which God hath decreed, and likewise the leaf moving in accordance with the breezes of His will. This favour is great and this station lofty. His bounties and bestowals are ever present and manifest. Who is able to offer befitting gratitude for His successive bestowals and continuous favours?

From a Tablet - translated from the Persian and Arabic

By My Life! The names of handmaidens who are devoted to God are written and set down by the Pen of the Most High in the Crimson Book. They excel over men in the sight of God. How numerous are the heroes and knights in the field who are bereft of the True One and have no share in His recognition, but thou hast attained and received thy fill.

From a Tablet - translated from the Persian

Source for your perusal:

http://bahai-library.com/compilations/women/1.html

So some of the above Tablets may not be translated as yet in English as such or widely known.


The Hidden Words certainly seem to testify that no one should exalt himself over the other:

O Children of Men! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.

The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh, Arabic no. 68, rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1985),


Abdul-Baha also says that it is a principle of Baha'u'llah:

"According to the spirit of this age, women must advance and fulfill their mission in all departments of life, becoming equal to men. They must be on the same level as men and enjoy equal rights. This is my earnest prayer and it is one of the fundamental principles of Baha'u'llah."

Since Abdul-Baha says it is a principle of Baha'u'llah then I am inclined to accept that on face value..believing that certainly He would be informed about His Father's teachings.

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Old 11-12-2007, 09:54 AM   #2
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Some might suppose that Abdul-Baha was trying to appeal to the western view of women as equals of men... but we should remind ourselves that the West of 1911-1912 was the West of today, that is women were not permitted to vote or go into many fields of endeavor because even the more "enlightened" of the day believed women were too fragile and had smaller brains and were unsuited for areas of thought more dominanted by men at the time... If anything the Baha'i revelation anticpated what was to come many years later.

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Old 12-31-2009, 08:54 AM   #3
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I would also mention to someone who asked me about equality of men & women the two wings of one bird analogy.

By the grace and favor of God, 'Abdu'l-Bahá has elevated the station of women in this radiant age. He has altered the quranic verse" "Men are the custodians of women." He has taught that men and women are like the two wings of a bird, and neither is superior to the other. Girls should be educated in the same way as boys, perhaps even given preference.

(Misc Baha'i, Munirih - Memoirs and Letters, p. 84)
 
Old 01-27-2011, 11:44 PM   #4
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equality or men and women is not just a good idea, it is a secret to success. if you look at so many broken economies around the world you'll see that many of them do not allow they women to contribute and advance tot heir full potential. they refuse to use about half of their population which makes no sense at all.
 
Old 01-28-2011, 04:29 AM   #5
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my favorite quote on equality of sexes!

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Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
equality or men and women is not just a good idea, it is a secret to success.
Women have equal rights with men upon earth; in religion and society they are a very important element. As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs

(Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 133)

So, right on Someguy!
 
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