Criticism

Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Arabic 27

Warn, O Salman, the beloved of the one true God, not to view with too critical an eye the sayings and writings of men. Let them rather approach such sayings and writings in a spirit of open-mindedness and loving sympathy.

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 329

If a man has ten good qualities and one bad one, to look at the ten and forget the one; and if a man has ten bad qualities and one good one, to look at the one and forget the ten.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, , Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, p. 83

In your love for God and your attachment to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, accept ye every tribulation, every sorrow. Endure the aggressor's taunts, put up with the enemy's reproaches. Follow in the footsteps of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and in the pathway of the Bahá Beauty, long at every moment to give up your lives.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 243-246

It is again not permitted that any one of the honoured members object to or censure, whether in or out of the meeting, any decision arrived at previously, though that decision be not right, for such criticism would prevent any decision from being enforced.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 88-89

. . . to abstain from criticizing and disparaging the manners, customs and beliefs of other individuals, peoples and nations.

Shoghi Effendi, Scholarship, p. 7