Influence of Sufism on Baha'i Cult

Several Dervish friends of Baha'u'llah.
From left to right Dervish Yoghdeh, Dervish Teighoor, Dervish Moones, Dervish Moosadeh, Dervish Tavangar, the first person from the right is unknown.
On April 10 in 1854, Bahá'u'lláh left Baghdad for the mountains of Kurdistan almost one year to the date of his arrival in Baghdad from Iran on April 8, 1953. Bahá'u'lláh spent two years using the name Darvish Muhammad-i-Irani studying with various Sufi sheikhs. His studies with the Sufis led to his writing the Four Valleys in 1857 and Seven Valleys in 1860. Both books are usually published together and their contents are largely based on the experiences he had as Darvish Muhammad-i-Irani. Similarly, the Kitáb-i-Íqán, written in 1861, contains many themes common to Sufi teaching. Finally, Bahá'í cosmology is largely a reflection of Sufi cosmology.

'Mother of Baha'is' alienates herself from the Bahá’í cult due to shameless behaviour of Bahá’ís

Phoebe Hearst - 'Mother of the Faithful'

On April 13, 1919, Phoebe Hearst passed away. She was an early Bahá'í who later became estranged from the Bahá'í Faith due to being extorted for money by other Bahá'ís. She was also a wealthy philanthropist, the wife of Senator George Hearst, and the mother of publisher William Randolph Hearst.


Hearst was raised a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian faith in the 1840s. In 1898 she converted to the Bahá'í Faith, and undertook a Bahá'í pilgrimage to Palestine to meet 'Abdu'l-Bahá with other American pilgrims, including Ibrahim George Kheiralla, Lua Getsinger and May Boles. It was during this trip, in Akka, that Kheiralla witnessed firsthand the conflict between 'Abdu'l-Bahá and his brothers, leading him, upon his return to America in 1899, to form the "Society of Behaists" which would later be led by Shua Ullah Behai and to author a book, Beha'u'llah, wherein he states his belief that 'Abdu'l-Bahá was equal in rank to his brothers Mírzá Muhammad `Alí, Díyá'u'lláh, and Badi'u'lláh

Phoebe Hearst helped play a key role in the spread of the Bahá'í Faith in the United States. In October 1912 she invited 'Abdu'l-Bahá, who was travelling throughout the United States, to stay at her home for a long weekend, even though at that time she had become estranged from the Bahá'í faith. During his stay 'Abdu'l-Bahá mentioned that anyone who tried to extort money or goods from others should not be considered a true Bahá'í. Mrs. Hearst had been a victim of such an incident, which had caused her estrangement from the religion.

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