March 25, 2016

Condition of Persia immediately before Baha’u’llah’s proclamation of “the oneness of the Kingdom of man”

Persia was at one time the centre of religious difference, antagonism and oppression, to such an extent that pen is unable to describe. The adherents of different nations and religions considered it their religious duty to shed the blood of their opponents; they pillaged and ransacked each other’s property and did not fall short of oppressing their own flesh and blood. The hatred between the various religions attained to such a height that they considered each other unclean. Should a Jew enter a Muslim home, he would be made to sit upon the ground; if he drank water from a cup, that cup was destroyed or washed again and again; for the Jew was considered unclean. Such was the hatred and rancor among the different religions and nations in Persia. 
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha  (From a Tablet addressed to Mr. C. C. Philips, Secretary of the Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration; Star of the West, vol. 2, no. 15, December 12, 1911) 
(To read the entire Tablet please visit Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in Star of the West)