How Muslims view Baha'is and the Baha'i Faith

Obviously opinions will differ with different people according to the extent of one's familiarity with, and knowledge of the Baha'i Faith. Also, on the extent of one's personal association with Baha'is. And here we note that , notwithstanding the very large geographical spread of the Baha'i Faith, the number of Baha'is in the world - except in a few places -, is still very small, and the number of Muslims who have had opportunities to directly know and associate with Baha'is, is also very small.

So here we propose a simple idea, for our visitors to think about:

It's an unfortunate fact that a large number of people, especially in the West, have many misconceptions and wrong ideas about Islam and Muslims. The reasons are many for this, including the role of the media and their statistically biased reporting of the negative, with very few positive stories about Islam. But a much more important reason (rather, the most important reason) for this misunderstanding and misinformation, has always (and since the inception of Islam), been the opposition of the Jewish and Christian clergy, and their false accusations and inciting remarks against Muslims and Muslim beliefs, as well as books written by missionaries and influential writers.

And now we see that most of what Muslims know about the Baha'i Faith at present, is from what other Muslims say, or from what they read in Muslim and other non-Baha'i sources.

Yet, would it be fair that while Muslims encourage others to learn about Islam and understand it from its own Holy Book, and books written by Muslim scholars, they themselves remain satisfied with what their clergy and others say about the Baha'i Faith? Without investigating the truth for themselves?

In the Holy Quran we find:

... and say not to any one who offers you a salutation: "Thou art none of a believer!" [4:94]

... "Will ye slay a man because he says, 'My Lord is Allah'?- when he has indeed come to you with Clear (Signs) from your Lord? and if he be a liar, on him is (the sin of) his lie: but, if he is telling the Truth, then will fall on you something of the (calamity) of which he warns you: Truly Allah guides not one who transgresses and lies! [40:28]

O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done. [49:6]

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Islam and the Baha'i Faith