Baha’is misusing the name of Queen Marie of Romania

Princess Ileana of Romania (Queen Marie’s daughter)

January 30. On this date in in 1926, Martha Root secured the first of her eight meetings with Queen Marie of Romania, which occurred from January 1926 through February 1936. Although Bahá’ís frequently refer to her as “the first member of a royal family to embrace the Bahá’í Faith,”

Queen Marie’s daughter disputes this claim:  

“It is perfectly true that my mother, Queen Marie, did receive Miss Martha Root several times…..She came at the moment when we were undergoing very great family and national stress. At such a moment it was natural that we were receptive to any kind of spiritual message, but it is quite incorrect to say that my mother or any of us at any time contemplated becoming a member of the Baha’i faith.”.

3 thoughts on “Baha’is misusing the name of Queen Marie of Romania

  1. BRENT POIRIER says:

    The Queen’s own words state that she was a Baha’i. Queen Marie wrote a letter to an childhood friend of hers who had purchased a home in the Holy Land which had formerly been a residence of Baha’u’llah after His release from the prison-city of Akko. It is recorded in an early Baha’i history, “God Passes By”:

    “..she wrote to a friend of her childhood who dwelt near ‘Akká, in a house formerly occupied by Bahá’u’lláh: “It was indeed nice to hear from you, and to think that you are of all things living near Haifa and are, as I am, a follower of the Bahá’í teachings. It interests me that you are living in that special house… I was so intensely interested and studied each photo intently. It must be a lovely place … and the house you live in, so incredibly attractive and made precious by its associations with the Man we all venerate…”
    (Quoted in Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 392)

      • BRENT POIRIER says:

        I have looked but I do not see a facsimile of that letter – only its contents typed out in several important Baha’i publications – The Baha’i World Volumes which were personally supervised by Shoghi Effendi; God Passes By, a history of the Baha’i Faith written by Shoghi Effendi, the hereditary head of the Baha’i Faith and great-grandson of its Founder; and Her Crown of Glory, a book about Queen Marie and the Baha’i Faith. I personally have no doubt that the Head of the Baha’i Faith would not purjure himself. The letter I quoted is clear evidence that the Queen recognized Baha’u’llah as a Manifestation of God. Perhaps one day a facsimile of the letter will be made available – facsimiles of several of her other letters about the Baha’i Faith were published in the works mentioned above. Whether or not one accepts that she recognized Baha’u’llah I suggest that fairmindedness will disclose that her letters which have been published clearly show that she had high praise for the Founders of the Baha’i Faith and their Scriptures.

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