Badaliyya is a movement based on the concept of BADAL. Badal is an Arabic word for “Substitution” or “Ransom”. Louis Massignon had “discovered” the reality of BADAL – Substitution/Ransom for the reparation of injustices and for witnessing to the poor and victims of injustices. Substitution/Ransom demands an offer of the total self – similar to the test of martyrdom or Shahid. Badaliyya is the movement began by Fr. Louis Massignon in Egypt upon the inspiration of Blessed Charles de Foucauld.
Jesus Christ is the Model of Badal. Quoting from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation. (Romans 5: 5-11)