And if he feareth not God, God will make him to fear all things; whereas all things fear him who feareth God.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Four Valleys, p. 58)
Armed with the power of Thy name nothing can ever hurt me, and with Thy love in my heart all the world’s afflictions can in no wise alarm me.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 208)
Assemblies should be aware that some situations of domestic abuse will not resolve favorably even after all avenues for protection and remediation have been explored. Threats may continue to exist over extended periods of time and family members may be faced with continuing uncertainty, apprehension, and fears for safety. Among the ways to strengthen individuals to deal with such situations is to encourage and assist them to do whatever is realistically possible to remedy the situation according to the guidance in this supplement, and then to turn their hearts to God and trust in Him for, in the end, the lives of all people are in God’s hands.
(National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, Guidelines for Spiritual Assemblies on Domestic Violence, p. 131).
Build ye for yourselves such houses as the rain and floods can never destroy, which shall protect you from the changes and chances of this life. This is the instruction of Him Whom the world hath wronged and forsaken.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 261)
But the beam of our Guardian’s guidance shines as bright as ever, and as long as we keep within the path of that light and follow its course, there is nothing to fear and we are assured of victory.
(Custodians, Ministry of the Custodians, p. 173)
But, even as the sun rises after the darkest night, so have emerged the clear evidences of the unfailing protection of Bahá’u’lláh vouchsafed to His broken-hearted servants.
(Custodians, Ministry of the Custodians, p. 78)
Forget yourself. God’s help will surely come! When you call on the Mercy of God waiting to reinforce you, your strength will be tenfold.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, pp. 38-39).
Furthermore consultation is the essential process prescribed by Bahá’u’lláh for the resolution of such problems. If a couple are unable to resolve conflicts themselves in this way they are advised to consult their Spiritual Assembly at an early stage. It is the function of Assemblies to help believers resolve the problem of domestic violence and to provide a support system to believers who are victims as well as those who are attempting to overcome this violent behaviour.
(National Spiritual Assembly of Australia’s “Policy Regarding Domestic Violence", quoted in Australian Bahá’í Bulletin, July, 1990).
Furthermore, these events have deeper reasons. Their object and purpose is to teach man certain lessons. We are living in a day of reliance upon material conditions. Men imagine that the great size and strength of a ship, the perfection of machinery or the skill of a navigator will ensure safety, but these disasters sometimes take place that men may know that God is the real Protector. If it be the will of God to protect man, a little ship may escape destruction, whereas the greatest and most perfectly constructed vessel with the best and most skillful navigator may not survive a danger such as was present on the ocean. The purpose is that the people of the world may turn to God, the One Protector; that human souls may rely upon His preservation and know that He is the real safety. These events happen in order that man’s faith may be increased and strengthened.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 48)
Give greetings to thy dear mother. Superstitions hath somewhat overcome her. When the imagined Satan overpowers let her say: ‘O Bahá-el-Abhá!” She should then turn to the highest Kingdom. Thus will the imagined Satan leave her.
(She) has a form of obsession; therefore, you may not heed her sayings.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of Abdul‘-Bahá v1.p103)
Having found upon the earth many a soiled hand, We sanctified the hem of Thy garment from the profanity of their touch and placed it beyond the reach of the ungodly.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 25)
He will assuredly not forsake you. In this, likewise, there is no doubt. No father will surrender his sons to devouring beasts; no shepherd will leave his flock to ravening wolves. He will most certainly do his utmost to protect his own.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Fire and Light, p. 10)
In formulating the principles and laws a part hath been devoted to penalties which form an effective instrument for the security and protection of men. However, dread of the penalties maketh people desist only outwardly from committing vile and contemptible deeds, while that which guardeth and restraineth man both outwardly and inwardly hath been and still is the fear of God. It is man’s true protector and his spiritual guardian.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 93)
In one of His Tablets, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote: ‘If you seek immunity from the sway of the forces of the contingent world, hang the ‘Most Great Name’ in your dwelling, wear the ring of the ‘Most Great Name’ on your finger, place the picture of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in your home and always recite the prayers that I have written. Then you will behold the marvellous effect they produce. Those so-called force will prove but illusions and will be wiped out and exterminated.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Lights of Guidance, p. 520)
Individual Bahá’ís, including Assembly members, are strongly encouraged to seek any protections available under civil law, particularly in matters pertaining to personal safety. Although, in some cases, reporting domestic violence to civil authorities or Bahá’í institutions may in itself seem threatening, neglecting to do so could have serious consequences.
(National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, Guidelines for Spiritual Assemblies on Domestic Violence, p. 54.)
It behoveth thee, therefore, to safeguard thy treasures from the assaults of them who wish to rob thee.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 236)
It is essential that the Assembly be cautious in any contact with the abused party concerning the matter. Furthermore, before approaching an alleged abuser, the Assembly should, in consultation with the abused and with advice from domestic violence professionals as necessary, attempt to assess the risk of any proposed approach and take care to ensure the safety of everyone involved before carrying out any actions. In any situation in which the Assembly has exhausted its local advisory resources and is still uncertain how to proceed, it should seek guidance from the National Spiritual Assembly.
(National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, Guidelines for Spiritual Assemblies on Domestic Violence, p. 81.)
Let no one imagine that these words imply that man should not be thorough and careful in his undertakings. God has endowed man with intelligence so that he may safeguard and protect himself. Therefore, he must provide and surround himself with all that scientific skill can produce. He must be deliberate, thoughtful and thorough in his purposes, build the best ship and provide the most experienced captain; yet, withal, let him rely upon God and consider God as the one Keeper. If God protects, nothing can imperil man’s safety; and if it be not His will to safeguard, no amount of preparation and precaution will avail.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 48)
O Son of Being! My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray and perish.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 9)
O my Lord! Make Thy protection my armor, Thy preservation my shield, humbleness before the door of Thy oneness my guard, and Thy custody and defense my fortress and my abode.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í Prayers, p. 135)
O thou who hast bowed thyself down in prayer before the Kingdom of God! Blessed art thou, for the beauty of the divine Countenance hath enraptured thy heart, and the light of inner wisdom hath filled it full, and within it shineth the brightness of the Kingdom. Know thou that God is with thee under all conditions, and that He guardeth thee from the changes and chances of this world and hath made thee a handmaid in His mighty vineyard …
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 122).
Regard men as a flock of sheep that need a shepherd for their protection. This, verily, is the truth, the certain truth.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 335)
Reliance on God is indeed the strongest and safest weapon which the Bahá’í teacher can carry. For by its means no earthly power can remain unconquered, and no obstacle become insuperable.
(Shoghi Effendi, Power of Divine Assistance, p. 221).
Rest assured in the protection of God. He will preserve his own children under all circumstances. Be ye not afraid nor be ye agitated. He holds the scepter of power in His hand, and like unto a hen He gathereth his chickens under His wings … Now, friends, this is the time of assurance and faith and not fear and dread.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, Vol. 8, No. 19, p. 241)
The Bahá’ís all over the world are subject sometimes to suffering, along with their fellow-men. Whatever vicissitudes befall their country, they will be protected though, and watched over by Bahá’u’lláh, and should not fear the future but rather fear any failure on their part to carry out the work of His Cause.
(Shoghi Effendi, Dawn of a New Day, p. 202)
The essence of true safety is to observe silence, to look at the end of things and to renounce the world.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 156)
The friends must realize the Power of the Holy Spirit which is manifest and quickening them at this time through the appearance of Bahá’u’lláh. There is no force of heaven or earth which can affect them if they place themselves wholly under the influence of the Holy Spirit and under its guidance. Such individuals who are subject to the negative influences of the world are those who are not properly consecrated in the Faith.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 519)
The institutions of a Bahá’í community that has been allowed to become complacent will find it difficult to protect the younger members from the forces of gross materialism, with the accompanying moral decay, that are assailing society.
(Universal House of Justice to a National Spiritual Assembly, April 2013)
The mere act of your gathering together is enough to scatter the forces of these vain and worthless people.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 84)
The primary meaning of this guarding of oneself is to acquire the attributes of spiritual and material perfection.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 34-35)
The spirit of man is in need of the protection of the Holy Spirit. Just as he advances by progressive stages from the mere physical world of being into the intellectual realm, so must he develop upward in moral attributes and spiritual graces. In the process of this attainment he is ever in need of the bestowals of the Holy Spirit.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 288)
There is no obligation on a wife, who is being subjected to beating by her husband, to continue living with him; she has the freedom to leave him and to live in a separate domicile if she feels it necessary to do so.
(Letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the National Spiritual Assembly of Australia, dated April 12, 1990)
These are they whose countenances God hath graciously turned away from the face of the unbelievers, and whom He hath sheltered beneath the shadow of the Tree of His own Being.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 10)
Things came to such a pass that in the end whenever there was an uproar Mulla ‘Ali would put on his turban, wrap himself in his ‘aba and sit waiting, for his enemies to rouse and the farrashes to break in and the guards to carry him off to prison. But observe the power of God! In spite of all this, he was kept safe. “The sign of a knower and lover is this, that you will find him dry in the sea.” That is how he was. His life hung by a thread from one moment to the next; the malevolent lay in wait for him; he was known everywhere as a Bahá’í - and still he was protected from all harm. He stayed dry in the depths of the sea, cool and safe in the heart of the fire, until the day he died.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Memorials of the Faithful, p. 11)
This is the Day of mutual deceit; whither do ye flee? The mountains have passed away, and the heavens have been folded together, and the whole earth is held within His grasp, could ye but understand it. Who is it that can protect you? None, by Him Who is the All-Merciful! None, except God, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Beneficent.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 45-46).
Verily I ask God to protect thee from the waves of tests and storms of trial until thou becomest firm in the Cause of thy Lord—a firmness whereby thou be enabled to withstand all nations and peoples. When thou art thus confirmed by God, with firmness and solidity in His Covenant among the people, thou wilt see the hosts of the Kingdom shelter thee from all sides with banners whereunto all heads bow.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 267)
We do not know what form the immediate future will take, anywhere. Because the passions of mankind are so unregenerate, and it is so deaf to the voice of Bahá’u’lláh, no doubt great suffering will be experienced. What we do know however, is that we are Bahá’ís and that our salvation lies in this God-sent Faith. As we give to God, as we serve Him and love Him, so will He vouchsafe to us His Mercy, Guidance and Protection. We must, at all times, put the Faith first and our personal desires and comfort second. Having this Faith we have eternal security and happiness which nothing can take away from us ever, no matter what afflictions may befall a faithless world. The Cause of God is our security, and confidence in Bahá’u’lláh our protection.
(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 129-130)
Whatever hath befallen you, hath been for the sake of God. This is the truth, and in this there is no doubt. You should, therefore, leave all your affairs in His Hands, place your trust in Him, and rely upon Him. He will assuredly not forsake you. In this, likewise, there is no doubt. No father will surrender his sons to devouring beasts; no shepherd will leave his flock to ravening wolves. He will most certainly do his utmost to protect his own. If, however, for a few days, in compliance with God’s all-encompassing wisdom, outward affairs should run their course contrary to one’s cherished desire, this is of no consequence and should not matter. Our intent is that all the friends should fix their gaze on the Supreme Horizon, and cling to that which hath been revealed in the Tablets.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Crisis & Victory, p. 171)
… and he that placeth his complete trust in God, God shall, verily, protect him from whatsoever may harm him, and shield him from the wickedness of every evil plotter.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 233)
… let us turn our hearts away from the world of matter and live in the spiritual world! It alone can give us freedom! If we are hemmed in by difficulties we have only to call upon God, and by His great mercy we shall be helped.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 110).