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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Adyannet
[Date:] 11 Mordad 1397 [2 August 2018]
Development of Baha’ism in Africa With British Support
British colonialism turned to supporting the promotion of Baha’ism on the African continent in order to advance its hegemonic goals; so, if people do not associate with Christianity, at least with a tendency towards Baha’ism, they [might] distance themselves from the liberating religion of Islam. Hence, with the start of propaganda activities, after some time, the news of the success of plans for Baha’ism in this continent was announced.
Adyannet – British colonialism supported and promoted the Baha’i sect on the African continent in order to advance its hegemonic goals. Britain’s goal in promoting Baha’ism in Africa was such that, if its people did not associate with Christianity, at least [they would] have a tendency towards Baha’ism, and distance themselves from the liberating religion of Islam. To this end, and to find ways to achieve this goal, the Baha’i Community in the United Kingdom organized a conference.
In his message to this conference, Shoghi Effendi stated, “The first aim of the Two-Year Plan is to consolidate the foundations of the nineteen assemblies formed by enduring hardships in England, Scotland, and the states of Wales and Northern and Southern Ireland. The second goal of the Plan is to establish major centres in the three territories under the control of the United Kingdom, located in East or West Africa. The third goal is to translate, publish, and disseminate books and works in the native African languages in addition to the three languages used during the First Plan.”¹
Therefore, by encouraging the Baha’is to emigrate to Africa and start propaganda activities, after a while, Akhbar-e Amri [Baha’i News] announced the success of Shoghi Effendi’s plans. The project was implemented in Africa with the support of the United Kingdom, and even in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) it led to the construction of the first Baha’i House of Worship on the continent.
¹Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Najafi, Baha’is, Tehran: Mashar Publishing, 2004, p. 655.