And in this new and wondrous age, the Holy Writings say that we must be at one with every people; that we must see neither harshness nor injustice, neither malevolence, nor hostility, nor hate, but rather turn our eyes toward the heaven of ancient glory.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 24)
And this is clear: a power above and beyond the powers of nature must needs be brought to bear, to change this black darkness into light, and these hatreds and resentments, grudges and spites, these endless wrangles and wars, into fellowship and love amongst all the peoples of the earth. This power is none other than the breathings of the Holy Spirit and the mighty inflow of the Word of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 52)
As long as the friends quarrel amongst themselves their efforts will not be blessed for they are disobeying God.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 21)
Beginning with demonstrations of sullen resistance, the situation steadily deteriorated to a point where the children and grandchildren of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá felt free to disagree with His appointed successor and to disobey his instructions.
(Universal House of Justice, Century of Light, p. 46)
Beware, beware, lest any of you seek vengeance, even against one who is thirsting for your blood.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 73)
Beware lest the desires of the flesh and of a corrupt inclination provoke divisions among you.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 140)
Beware lest ye give ear to the words of those from whom the foul smell of malice and envy can be discerned; pay no heed to them, and stand ye for righteousness.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 199)
Count annoyance and hostility as the torment of hell-fire.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 356)
Dissension and discord are most conducive to hardship, humiliation, agitation and failure.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 286)
For example, if someone oppresses, injures, and wrongs another, and the wronged man retaliates, this is vengeance, and is censurable.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Principles of Bahá’í Administration, p. 37)
Further, it is sometimes the case that staff members at your National Center, in their eagerness to be exactly and completely obedient, carry out the instruction of your Assembly with a sharpness of manner and tone that hurts people and provokes resentment against the very body the staff are striving to serve with loyalty and devotion.
(The Universal House of Justice, 1994 May 19, response to US NSA)
God has created all in His image and likeness. Shall we manifest hatred for His creatures and servants? This would be contrary to the will of God and according to the will of Satan, by which we mean the natural inclinations of the lower nature.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 286)
God is at peace with all his children; why should they engage in strife and warfare among themselves?
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 122)
He founded the oneness of the world of humanity. He declared that all humanity is the servant of God, and that God is kind to all, that He created all and provides for all; that He nurtures all; therefore why should we be unkind? Inasmuch as God is kind and merciful to all His creatures and manifests His care and goodwill to them in every way, why should we show forth that which is contrary? Inasmuch as God loves all, why should we entertain animosity or envy? For if God did not love all, He would not have provided for all; He would not have created man; He would not have trained him. Now that He has created, provided for all and preserved man, it is therefore evident that God is kind to all. Why then should man be unkind to man?
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 315)
How can hatred, hostility and persecution be reconciled with Christ and His teachings?
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 250)
How often it happens that in a family, love and agreement are changed into enmity and antagonism.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 79)
I, likewise, recognize, O my God, that every lamp, when exposed to the fury of the winds, must cease from burning.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 150)
If a person talks to you as an unpleasant duty, with no love or pleasure in his meeting with you, do you wish to converse with him?
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 236)
If … it consists in empty, profitless debates and in a vain concatenation of imaginings that lead to no result except acrimony, why devote one’s life to such useless hairsplittings and disputes.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 106)
Inasmuch as God loves all, why should we entertain animosity? … Why then should man be unkind to man?
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 315)
Nothing whatsoever can, in this Day, inflict a greater harm upon this Cause than dissension and strife, contention, estrangement and apathy, among the loved ones of God. Flee them, through the power of God and His sovereign aid, and strive ye to knit together the hearts of men, in His Name, the Unifier, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 8)
O Lord! Draw up the people from the abyss of the ocean of hatred and enmity, and deliver them from the impenetrable darkness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 180)
O my God, the lamps of guidance are extinguished; the fire of animosity is enkindled; wrath and antipathy are spread abroad and provocation and maliciousness are disseminated upon the face of the earth.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 569)
On the contrary, human hearts were filled with rage and hatred; darkness and gloom were manifest in human lives and conditions everywhere.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundations of World Unity, p. 81)
Pay ye no heed to aversion and rejection, to disdain, hostility, injustice: act ye in the opposite way.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 3)
Purge thy heart from malice and … enter the divine court of holiness.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 42)
Should the least trace of estrangement prevail the result shall be darkness upon darkness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 87)
Sin is the state of man in the world of the baser nature, for in nature exist defects such as injustice, tyranny, hatred, hostility, strife: these are characteristics of the lower plane of nature. These are the sins of the world, the fruits of the tree from which Adam did eat.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 177)
Skepticism, cynicism, disbelief, immorality and hard-heartedness are rife, and as friends are those who stand for the antithesis of all these things they should beware lest the atmosphere of the present world affects them without their being conscious of it.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 542)
The members of these Assemblies, on their part, must disregard utterly their own likes and dislikes, their personal interests and inclinations, and concentrate their minds upon those measures that will conduce to the welfare and happiness of the Bahá’í Community and promote the common weal.
(Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Administration, p. 41
The more antagonism they meet, the more let them show their own good faith.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 258)
The purpose of these new laws is to destroy antagonism by finding a point of agreement.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 84)
They must cleanse their hearts from even the slightest trace of hatred and spite, and they must set about being truthful and honest, conciliatory and loving to all humankind—so that East and West will, even as two lovers, hold each other close; that hatred and hostility will perish from the earth, and universal peace be firmly rooted in their place.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 244)
This hostility failed to cause the fire that burned within them to subside.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 152)
Today the one overriding need is unity and harmony among the beloved of the Lord, for they should have among them but one heart and soul and should, so far as in them lieth, unitedly withstand the hostility of all the peoples of the world.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 277)
Verily I say, strife and dissension, and whatsoever the mind of man abhorreth are entirely unworthy of his station.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 196)
We believe that on deeper reflection it will be recognized that love and hate are emotional attachments or repulsions that can irrationally influence the seeker; they are not aspects of the truth itself.
(The Universal House of Justice, Messages 1963 to 1986, p. 389-390)
We must all … abolish the foundations of hostility and animosity from among mankind.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 432)
Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 327)
Ye must not look upon violence, force, evil intentions, persecutions or hostility, nay rather, ye must raise your eyes to the horizon of glory and see] that each one of these creatures is a sign of the Lord of Signs and has] stepped upon the arena of existence through divine favor and supreme energy. Thus they are known and not unknown, are friends and not strangers. We must deal with all according to the above criterion.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 389)
You are urged to avoid confrontation and dissension; these would tend to increase the antagonism.
(Universal House of Justice, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 185)
… if he does not use these qualities [anger and wrath] in a right way, they are blameworthy (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, pp. 250- 251).
… strife, antagonism … a spirit of hostility and hatred, … is contrary to the good pleasure of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 397)