Is Abu Mazen Bahai?


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith – Jerusalem Post – 24/05/03
Thousands of leaflets were distributed after the Friday prayers on the Temple Mount accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of being a follower of the Bahai Faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions.
U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations – Haaretz – 28/05/03
Former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, who said in a newspaper interview that Abbas belongs to the Bahai faith. Shavit explained at length in the interview that a Bahai cannot become a Palestinian leader. That false rumor has been lately disseminated by people with ill-will toward Abbas. I sued a Jordanian newspaper for publishing it. Regrettably, the person I sued passed away before the court ruled unequivocally that the report was false. I am a believing Muslim, son of a family of believers, and committed to the religion’s commandments.”

Bahai' star
Bahai’ star

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith
Jerusalem Post – 24/05/03
Thousands of leaflets were distributed after the Friday prayers on the Temple Mount accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of being a follower of the Bahai Faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions. The Bahai Faith is another sect descending from Islam, but most Muslims don’t regard it authentically Islamic. Its founder, Bahaullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahais as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Rumors about Abbas’s affiliation with the Bahai Faith have been circulating among Palestinians for many years. His critics have used these rumors to portray the new prime minister as a member of a cult who does not recognize Islam as his sole religion. This image is in sharp contrast to that earned by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, who is keen on maintaining the figure of a devout Muslim.
The rumors resurfaced two months ago when Abbas’s name was first mentioned as a top candidate for the premiership. Some Palestinians have hinted that Arafat and his inner circle are behind the rumors, which have never been denied by Abbas himself. The leaflets distributed on Friday carried no signature and it wasn’t clear who stood behind them. Some worshippers told The Jerusalem Post that the leaflets were handed out by at least a dozen of young bearded Muslim activists.
The fliers accused Abbas of belonging to the Bahai Faith, “a breakaway sect established by the British colony with the aim of distorting the image of Islam.” They also accused Abbas of seeking to “uproot the Islamic trend and martyrdom” and of relinquishing the Muslim right to all of Palestine. “The appointment of Mahmoud Abbas as Prime Minister is part of a Zionist plan so he would continue making concessions to the Jews,” the leaflets said. “They want him to negotiate on the remaining 20 percent of Palestine after he voluntarily gave up 80 percent of the blessed Palestinian land when he signed the Oslo Accords.” This is the first time that such leaflets are distributed on the Temple Mount. Similar leaflets have appeared in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza City, but none mentioned the alleged Bahai connection, focusing instead on the widespread belief that Abbas was appointed by the US and Israel in order to serve the latter’s security interests. In an apparent attempt to ward off the rumors, Abbas earlier this year performed the haj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The main headquarters of the Bahai are in Haifa. Today there are probably between three and four million Bahais scattered throughout the world, and the largest community can be found in India. The Bahais constitute the largest religious minority in Iran, where they have been persecuted harshly. Bahai doctrines are radically egalitarian, teaching the complete equality of men and women and the unity of all humanity. Followers of this faith consider themselves to be working towards a world government where extremes of poverty and wealth, along with all forms of persecution, will be eliminated.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) with Hamass
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) with Hamass

Abbas assailed for purportedly belonging to Bahai Faith

U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations
Haaretz – 28/05/03
The question about whether he denied the Holocaust in his Ph.D. angers Abbas. “I wrote in detail about the Holocaust and said I did not want to discuss numbers. I quoted an argument between historians in which various numbers of casualties were mentioned. One wrote there were 12 million victims and another wrote there were 800,000. I have no desire to argue with the figures. The Holocaust was a terrible, unforgiveable crime against the Jewish nation, a crime against humanity that cannot be accepted by humankind. The Holocaust was a terrible thing and nobody can claim I denied it.” He does not forget to ask that I write he is still awaiting an apology by former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, who said in a newspaper interview that Abbas belongs to the Bahai faith. Shavit explained at length in the interview that a Bahai cannot become a Palestinian leader. That false rumor has been lately disseminated by people with ill-will toward Abbas. He is angry at The Jerusalem Post for prominently reporting that posters claiming he is Bahai are appearing in Arab countries. “This is not the first time that people spread that malicious rumor. I sued a Jordanian newspaper for publishing it. Regrettably, the person I sued passed away before the court ruled unequivocally that the report was false. I am a believing Muslim, son of a family of believers, and committed to the religion’s commandments.”
U.S. told us to ignore Israeli map reservations

Abbas is Baha’i, pamphlet claims
Jewish News Weekly – May 30/05/03
JERUSALEM — Thousands of leaflets were distributed after Friday prayers on the Temple Mount, accusing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas of being a follower of the Baha’i faith, the youngest of the world’s independent religions. The Baha’i faith is a monotheistic religion that began in the Muslim world in the 1860s, but most Muslims don’t regard it as authentically Islamic. Rumors about Abbas’ affiliation with the Baha’i faith have been circulating among Palestinians for many years. His critics have used these rumors to portray him as a member of a cult who does not recognize Islam as his sole religion.
Abbas is Baha’i, pamphlet claims

Bush likes Dahlan, believes Abbas, has `a problem with Sharon’
Haaretz – 10/06/03
A researcher looking at the roots of the change that took place in the spring of 2003 in the Israel-Palestine-U.S. power balance will no doubt give pause to examine the interview with former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit in Yedioth Ahronoth in the winter of 2001. He promised, “If we get rid of Arafat there won’t be anyone who will fill his shoes as a door-opener to the leaders of the world, and the Palestinian issue will drop off the international agenda.” Shavit, a friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, “revealed” that the shoes of the door-opener are closed to the moderate Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) “because of his Bahai background,” with the former top intelligence boss of Israel explaining, “The chances a Bahai will be leader of the Palestinians are about the same that a Samaritan will be president of Israel.” If Sharon bought that nonsense, then the decision “to get rid of” Arafat may have been meant to torpedo the Palestinian issue, but in effect was the first step to putting it back on the international – meaning American – agenda. The name “Abbas” might be coincidentally the same as the last name of one of the founders of the Bahai faith, but Abbas is Muslim and the coincidence didn’t prevent Abbas from becoming the Palestinian prime minister. Not only did the doors of the White House, which had been closed to Yasser Arafat, open to Abbas, President George W. Bush spent 40 of his precious minutes with Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad. And instead of Mahmoud going to the mountain – Washington – the leader of the free world came to the Middle East to hold a three-way summit with Abbas and Sharon.
Bush likes Dahlan, believes Abbas, has `a problem with Sharon’

Special dispatch
MEMRI – 30/12/04
On the elections in the Palestinian Authority, [Osama Ben Laden] said, “The land is under occupation, the constitution of the land is a Jahili [pre-Islamic constitution] made by man … and the candidate Mahmoud Abbas is a Bahai who was brought in … under the Oslo Accords.”
Special dispatch

Re: Feelings on Abbas
Posted by Rehmat – 18/12/06
According to the secularist Palestinian writer, Abd al-Qadir Yasin, quoted by the Egyptian newspaper ‘Al Usbu’( January 12, 2001) – Mahmoud Abbas came from an Iranian Bahai family which had emigrated to Palestine in the British Mandate period. His family surname used to be Mirza, which seems to have been quietly dropped as they tried to assimilate into mainstream. Born in the North Palestinian town of Safad, he was a young boy, 13, when the district was occupied by European Jew settlers and, like many other native Palestinians, the Abbas family too had to escape the terror of occupation. In the worlds of terror-lord, Yigal Allon (d. 1980), who then commanded the Zionist Palmach brigade – foreign minister between 1974 and 77 – they ‘did everything to encourage them to flee’. Abbas family ended up in Syria where Abbas took a law degree from the University of Damascus.
Re: Feelings on Abbas

The Road Map: A Fresh Conspiracy Targeting the Intifadah
Missionislam.com – date unknown
It is important to study Abu Mazen’s background to understand the size and gravity of the conspiracy he was entrusted with against the Muslim people of Palestine. Abu Mazen’s real name is Mahmoud Abbas Mirza. He is a follower of the Bahai religion, a branch of Zionism, which originated in the first half of the nineteenth century to tackle Islam from within. Mirza Ali Mohammed Shirazi created Bahaism. He was executed in 1266 Hijra due to such blasphemous beliefs as incarnation, and his claim that the ‘divine being’ have materialised in his own body. All Muslim sects unanimously agree that Bahaism is a religion separate to Islam serving the Zionist cause. Its followers are not Muslim.
The Road Map: A Fresh Conspiracy Targeting the Intifadah

Is Abu Mazen Bahai?

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