Another failed prophecy of Abdul Baha

"Verily, I beseech God to make thee confirmed under all circumstances. Do not become despondent, neither be thou sad. ERE LONG, THY LORD GOD SHALL MAKE THEE A SIGN OF GUIDANCE AMONG MANKIND." 

(The Star of The West, Vol. V, No. 19 Tablet from Abdu'l Baha to Mason Remey)

Baha'is consider this person who is supposed to be a "Sign of Guidance" a fraud, liar, and covenant breaker.

Iranian Muslim youtuber exposes Baha'i electoral system and Baha'i dissmulation after the death of Shoghi Effendi.

All Baha'i properties and assets in Iran that had been registered under Shoghi Effendi's name from the late 1920s to his death in 1957. Apparently there was a sizable amount. Ershad even cites a case/court number to the alleged case.

According to documents obtained and cited by Hasan Ershad in the last episode of his weekly 1hr program which is posted here; after Shoghi Effendi died in 1957, his wife, the Hands and a few members of Shoghi Effendi's family colluded together and went to an Iranian court in Tehran and matter of factly claimed Shoghi Effendi to have been a Shi'ite Muslim in order seize Baha'i national assets in Iran that had been registered under his name. The Iranian law did not recognize the legitimacy of Bahaism as a valid religion and only a Jew, a Christian, a Zoroastrian or a Shi'ite or Sunni Muslim could legitimately inherit, transfer or pass on transference of property and assets in Iran. After his death, the legal status of these properties and assets obtained under Shoghi Effendi's name were in limbo so these people simply marched into an Iranian court and claimed Shoghi as a Shi'ite Muslim in order to resolve the legal ambiguity and seize the property and assets. A few of these people were summoned by the court to give legal testimony that Shoghi Effendi had been a Shi'ite Muslim, and that is exactly what they did!

Ficicchia's book forced Baha'i cultists to register themselves as an NGO in West Germany!

By Wahid Azal

Ficicchia's book is actually quite well written and extensive in its scope with the German Council of Protestant churches getting behind Ficicchia himself during the period. The German Council of Protestant churches is Germany's most powerful religious lobby. The Baha'is attacked Ficicchia and his book relentlessly, mobilizing their big guns here such as Udo Schaeffer and Nikola Tawfigh who wrote up an 800+ page Baha'i-style refutation that consists of pure bunkum and propaganda. This so-called refutation was later translated into English as Making the Crooked Straight. However, the damage inflicted on the reputation of these cultists in West Germany as a result of Ficicchia's book was decisive, wide-ranging and shattering. Only one or two years after its publication in 1981, the West German government of the time withdrew the Haifan Baha'i organization's "religion" status as a result of the book. The Haifan Baha'is were then forced to register themselves instead as an NGO until 2012-13 when they regained their religion status due to an administrative technicality. This book definitely deserves a translation. His most recent book on the Baha'is ( ) is also worth translating.

Former Baha'i (Qurrat361) replies to Baha'i troll Scott Hakala on Reddit

BIA Hack Scott Hakala

Click here to read Scott's post at reddit.

Below is the reply by user Qurrat361
Do you not realize that every academic you cite in this post is a Baha'i? Baha'i scholarship is hardly worthy of the name since all Baha'i "academics" are bound, as per the Baha'i Review policy, to subject their works to examination and correction by a Baha'i council, followed by punishment providing they don't retract any problematic findings, regardless of whether they're actually true. You provide no proof for any of your claims save references to these psuedo-historians, to Baha'i hagiography—which is not authentic history—and to "other historians and academics" (who?)

That the Baha'i's have, time after time, acted in service of empire and dictatorship is beyond denial. It is quite simply a matter of doctrine for the Baha'i, and it is no wonder that Idi Amin said of the Baha'i teachings concerning obedience to governments: "This is right." (Baha'i News, vol. 7, p. 873).

The extent of Baha'i boot licking is such that you find direct endorsements of the US government in Baha'i scriptures; that you have Baha'i's getting their administrative rights revoked because they lied to the Iranian government in order to leave the country (How is this not a martyr cult?); and that, time after time, the Baha'i Administration offers its tacit support to the Israeli government (absolutely indefensible in light of its recent actions) despite claiming otherwise (and before you come out with your prepared response, no, I am not claiming that the AO supports Israel simply because the BWC is in Haifa).

No doubt you'll just mark me off as being an Iranian agent and disregard everything I've said/respond with one of your cookie cutter responses. You've made that accusation about me before on Quora, though you later edited your comment, as you admit yourself here. You've called people who make connections between the Faith and imperialism "conspiracy theorists," yet you and other Baha'is are known for engaging in such behaviour. It's quite hypocritical, really, and extremely paranoid.

The Baha'i Administrative Order creates in its members a sort of pathological fear about Iran. I am no Iran apologist, but I suspect that many of their claims about Iran are overblown; same with the claims of other nations about the country. Even if your claims about Iran are true, this still doesn't resolve the fact that the Baha'i Faith creates in the Baha'i a pathological fear and suspicion concerning Iran, and this fear is used to conceal the true, imperialist motives the Baha'i Administration has for attacking Iran. These sorts of conspiracy theories and persecution narratives are necessary for the Baha'i Faith to sustain its ideological position and to gain the support of the nations of the world.

The Baha'i Administration doesn't truly care about Baha'is being persecuted in Iran. If they did, they wouldn't punish persecuted Baha'is for doing whatever they can to leave the country. The Baha'i Faith is a martyr cult—simple as that. The fact of martyrdom, however isn't of the greatest importance; what is important is why the Baha'i AO needs Iran to keep its ideological hold upon its members in place. Every controlling/destructive organization needs a scapegoat. For Scientology, that scapegoat is psychiatry; for the Baha'i's it is Iran. It does not matter if any of their claims about either of these things are true. What matters is that the people believe them, and the Baha'is certainly do believe the Faith's narrative about Iran. Other groups and nations eat it up too.

The claims about Iranian agents on the internet, however, is a very peculiar one. It's clear you're simply using it as an ad hominem to deflect focus from your poorly-evidenced claims onto the person arguing against them. One would think that the Iranian government has better things to do than to argue on the internet about a dying religion. That doesn't seems to be the case for the Baha'is, though. It is a matter of fact and is acknowledged by Baha'is that there is an arm of the AO specifically created to deal with faith-related issues on the internet (Baha'i Internet Agency). That fact makes me question why you are spending so much time here. 

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Baha'is making fool of Pakistan and Pakistani people.

Baha'is sowing the seeds of Baha'ism in the innocent hearts of Pakistani Children and Pakistani government is awarding them with more money!

Grant, scholarships announced for Baha'is!!!!!!?

Islamabad : The Bahai community celebrated their festival of Eid-e-Rizvan here on the Pakistan National Council of the Arts premises, where Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf was the chief guest.

Greeting the followers of Bahai religion on the festival, the minister expressed joy at the presence of prominent personalities of other communities, including Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Parsi.

He said minorities were enjoying equal rights in the country as Islam was a peaceful religion giving equal rights to all communities.

He announced Rs500,000 for the welfare of Bahai community, besides offering scholarships to its students.

MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankvani said five per cent quota reserved for non-Muslims in government jobs should be enhanced. According to information available, Eid-e-Ridvan is a 12-day festival in the Baha'i faith, commemorating the religion's founder, Baha Ullah's, declaration that he was a divine manifestation. It begins at sunset on April 21 and continues until sunset on May 2.

The Baha'i founded US defence contractor

One seeker after reading above pages, commented :
Are the Tayebis involved with the Administrative Order or are they individual actors who have enriched themselves in the arms trade?

You can find many individuals of various religions who engage in activities contrary to the precepts of their professed religion.

On the other hand, there are Bahá’ís who have actively paved the way for conflict with the blessing of the Administrative Order. The weapons inspector David Kelly comes to mind.
Masood Tayebi
Saeid Ghafouri, Massih Tayebi
 Answer by N. Wahid Azal

No Haifan Baha'i can so much as lift a finger or let out air without the nod and blessing of the Haifan "Administrative Order." If they were acting against the interests of this cult's politburo, they would be sanctioned, publicly humiliated and thrown out. As it stands the Tayyebis have neither been sanctioned or thrown out so it would appear that the "Administrative Order" views these things with complaisance. The Tayyebis aren't the only ones either. However, this particular family also happen to be related to a Sangsari Iranian Baha'i clan whose corruption under the Pahlavi regime as a cosa nostra crime syndicate was one that the "Administrative Order" then did nothing about since it appears that the "Administrative Order" under the tutelage of Habib Sabet-Pasal (the Iranian NSA's secretary-general from 1953 after the coup against Mossadegh to 1978) was in business with these very same people.

Given this, and numerous other examples, the claim that "individuals of various religions who engage in activities contrary to the precepts of their professed religion" is a non sequitur which does not really fly in the case of Haifan Baha'ism since Haifan Baha'ism is not really a religion at all but a cult which has for over a century masqueraded itself under a belief system when it is really a shady business engaging in arms dealing, espionage, and similar. After all Baha'ullah himself is documented to have engaged in such underhanded shady business activities while operating as the don of a mafia during the Baghdad period (1853-63). This was also one of the reasons why the Ottomans decided to move them from Iraq to Turkey on the Black Sea.

That aside, why don't you write your NSA and ask them about the Tayyebis and Kratos, and post the answer here when they respond.

Also ask them about this woman who is a contractor for the US departments of Defense as well as Homeland Security.

Another point to mention is that many of these aforementioned people also have direct, established and intimate ties to the "regime change" crowd in government and the private sector. In the case of the Abedians of Australia this is also due to their close business relationship with the royal family of the United Arab Emirates (particularly Dubai's) whose underhanded attempts against the Islamic Republic of Iran is well documented. This crowd of people are also linked closely to assorted anti-Iran Israeli lobbies and think-tanks, in the United States as well as Australia and elsewhere, and they are among the same crowd of Baha'i business people reaping the most benefits by Donald Trump scrapping America's role in the Iran Deal and attempting to position the US, Israel and their regional allies for possible regime change and war against Iran.

Those with money and those without it are treated completely differently within this cult. This is because Bahaism from its inception has always been a criminal kleptocracy. So while this system keeps rank-a-file plebs in line by keeping them preoccupied with the smokescreen of Bahaism qua "religion", the actual elite of the system make business and sells arms -- as well as many other things.

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Guardians of the Iranian American Scholarship Fund, extreme right Masood and Haleh Tayebi, they collect money then use it for Baha'is.

Queen of England grants the title of ‘MBE' to a Baha'i Teacher who converted Christians to the Baha'i Faith in Vanuatu.

Baha'i Teacher is awarded by the Queen for converting people to Bahaism.

Mr Pierce was recognised for four decades of education services to Vanuatu, the country he called home for more than half his life.

The 77-year-old Englishman said after travelling throughout Asia in his younger days, he discovered the Baha’i faith, and it was through this faith he began his journey of teaching abroad.

He now calls Albany home and has done so for the past five years, in-between trips to Vanuatu.

“I’m a teacher by trade, and I heard through my Baha’i faith that people were needed in the Pacific, to help develop and grow the Baha’i people in the community,” he said.

“So I lived and worked for a year in Vanuatu, married my wife in Australia a year later in 1968, then in 1971 went back to Vanuatu and stayed there for 42 years.”

Counselor Navid Serrano feels that he is elected to the UHJ ! 😀

Why was Praveen Mallik promoted to the UHJ?

Praveen Kumar Mallik celebrating his "election" to the Baha'i Supreme Body.

Praveen Kumar Mallik with his supporters in India.

A step towards controlling the radical Iranian Baha’is in India!

Election rigging is an act of dishonestly organizing an election to get a particular result. It is an electoral fraud and an interference with the election process. In the Baha'i Faith, the elections are NOT rigged because there are NO elections in the first place! The whole election process is an orchestra, in which the elected members are pre-decided, and the ballots are not even counted.

Like every previous International Convention, this year, it was pre-decided to induct Praveen Kumar Mallik as the new UHJ member.

To justify the result of the "selection process", desired member, Praveen Mallik was inducted into the ITC. This gave Baha'is the idea that such a person is on the waiting list.

It was expected that very soon the UHJ will elevate the Indian ITC member from Bihar a very politically sensitive state of India to the UHJ. For a common Baha'i this has come as a shocker because Praveen Mallik has no Baha'i credentials to get elected to the UHJ. It is not possible that the members of NSA of US and Europe will vote for him. It is unimaginable that any of the Indian NSA members would have voted for Praveen. There are many sincere and knowledgeable Baha'is worldwide to take up this position, but the UHJ has always been denying them for the reason known only to them.


1 - To stop the downward trend of the Baha'i Faith in India

UHJ is trying hard to uphold the ever decreasing trend of the Baha'i faith in India, where the last census data, conducted by the Government of India had just shown 4572 Baha'is in the country. The emerging of various Baha'i sects worldwide and particularly in India has shaken the beliefs of the ordinary Baha'is. These new and upcoming sects amongst the Baha'is i.e. Orthodox Baha'i Faith, Baha'is Under the Provision of Covenant, Reform Baha'is, and the Free Baha'i Faith are giving sleepless nights to the Baha'i Administration.

2 - To have a check on activities of the Persian Baha'is in India

Persian Baha'is like Mr. B. Afshin, Mr. Jabbar Eidelkhani, Dr. Ahmed Ansari and Mr. Lesan Azadi are active in teaching and spreading the faith. Brilliant reports are submitted of their work although the official statistics prove otherwise. In short, Praveen will carry out the responsibility of harassment, which earlier were used to be carried out by R. N. Shah against the Persian Baha'is.

It is a trend in India that once a counselor is relieved of his responsibility, he will be sent to serve the NSA of India. Mr. Rasheed Lateef, Mr. Bhaskaran and Mrs. Zena Sorabjee were once Counselors and now serving the NSA; except Borhanoddin Afshin who was also a counselor, but was never selected for the NSA. He was even humiliated and banned from visiting places. Even his wife was denied permission for attending many conferences despite her remarkable service in India.

Similarly, Dr. Ahmed Ansari was removed from the NSA, just for being a Persian Baha'i. Even his delegate election was manipulated and the UHJ instructed that if he gets elected as a delegate, he will be asked to resign.

Some years back, Mrs. Farida Vahedi, another sincere Persian Baha'i was asked to resign from the NSA of India. Mr. Sohail Mohajer, brother of a UHJ member Payman Mohajer, was booted out of the NSA.

One more example is Lesan Azadi who was removed from the post of ABM and was never appointed for any administrative post, even though other ABMs were given the opportunity of holding some position in the faith.

3 - Cleansing the UHJ from the Persian Baha'is

Selecting Praveen Mallik will help in cleansing the UHJ from the Persian Baha'is. After the retirement of Mr. Arbab, there was no replacement of a Persian member, and very similarly after the retirement of Firaydoun Javaheri there was no Persian member promoted to the UHJ. The Persian membership in the UHJ has fallen from 5 to 3. Next member to retire would be Payman Mohajer, followed by Shahriar Razavi, and then Ayman Rouhani.

This stroke of UHJ will have a reverse impact, because the Persian Baha'is will be further isolated from the Baha'i Faith, and we should further expect an 'exit by troops' of the Indian Baha'is in the future.

By a former NSA Member of India

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"You have to believe in the Baha'i Faith in order to believe in the Baha'i Faith."

Baha'ism is a highly manipulative cult. It brainwashes its new members by convincing them that the world peace can only be established by the Baha'is and that they have to work for establishing the Baha'i New World Order for this. Below are my findings about Baha'u'llah and his cult:

Baha'u'llah took on the title "Him who God will make manifest" a title that he claimed could not be challenged and the Bab said that his (The Bab's) rule would last at least 2000 years, just like what Baha said, Baha says that god changed his mind. There is an Arabic word for "God changing his mind" that was used for the 2000 year reign of the Bab. The Bab's laws and religion never got implicated as the Bab pronounced many times. Was God's manifestation wrong? Obviously, according to his jealous, religious, Messiah freak Baha'u'llah, who changed his own name, I will not look up his original name, but you can... it certainly was not "the light of God", "The Glory of God", "The Lord of Hosts" come on people. I could say my name is "Love" and every time you see it in the Bible, it is a direct reference to me... I am God according to the Bible. Using translations and the changing of one's own name is garbage. Baha'u'llah had multiple wives at the same time... do you approve of that? It could not be covered up, search for it, it is just explained away by non-sense, brainwash material. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE BAHA'I FAITH IN ORDER TO BELIEVE IN THE BAHA'I FAITH. This is not a play on words. One has to believe this non-sense to continue to accept any non-sense that YOU WILL RUN ACROSS... but it's from God and all disbelievers are fools and bereft of understanding. WAKE UP. READ, really read the Aqdas, why did it take until the 1990's before "The Most Holy Book" was translated in English when myriads of time and money were spent on other books. I will tell you. There were so many unfulfilled prophecies and contradictions within it's own texts that the UHJ put off the English translation until it could be corrected to where the brainwashed Bahai's could accept it. there are older English translations, 2 that I know of, that have entire chapters and paragraphs that were removed from what the UHJ released in the 1990's. These translations were made by very devout believers that had no reason to add or mistranslated any portion of their sacred scriptures... so my question is: Why change the words of God? Answer, they would not appeal to the general public, even though a few things fell through the Baha'i filter. There is an organization that makes sure anything in print gets an approval or not, it may sound good... nope, it's censorship, another thing that any "liberal" thinking Baha'i would be ready to fight to the death to eliminate. You Baha'is are your own worst representatives of hypocrites. There is no Unity, only if you follow like a Baha'i robot, all the rules and a very unhealthy fast... no water, are you kidding. it is hard on your kidneys and does not flush out any of the toxins that a fast would do for you... Baha didn't know this, he was not God. He was an ignorant Messiah complex lunatic that lived during a period similar to the time that the Jews were expecting a Messiah, I am not even going to address Jesus. But The Babi Faith and the 2000 year too quickly, Baha'i Faith all came at a time when another prophet was expected in the Islamic world. These people were ego maniacs, nuts, not messengers for God. Wake up, read, study and open up your eyes to the possibility that you have been deceived! It's just as possible that you were deceived as you were delivered this blessed gift from God. It's a lie, don't trust me, look at the facts my fellow human friends.

I became aware of each of the inconsistencies within my first two years of becoming a Baha'i. This is all true and much, much more. There are reputable news items of brutal murders to cover-up Baha'u'llah's claim to be the successor of the Bab. Mirza Ya Ya was clearly and plainly named by the Bab as his successor. Baha figured out that he could get no where with that title, so he switched tracks and took up the title, "Manifestation of God", and was able to get away with that one. The Baha'i faith is full of lies, changes in doctrines, rewrites of entire "infallible books"... it's sickening I have to just stop. I am embarrassed to had been deceived by this man-made cult by Islamic nut cases that had the messiah complex to the most extreme degree, to lie, kill, My God, it is sickening. Leave this garbage cult, ASAP!

As stated two months ago, Juan Francisco Mora has been elected to the Universal House of Justice.

Newly 'Elected' UHJ - 2018

As stated (predicted) two months ago, Juan Francisco Mora has been elected to the Universal House of Justice.

For those who may or may not be following the Bahá'í History blog, I will refer you to the post from April 22, 2018.

On April 22, the Bahá'í World News Service carried an article announcing the retirement of two members of the Universal House of Justice, Gustavo Correa and Firaydoun Javaheri.

The prediction made there on April 22 was...

Juan Francisco Mora and either Praveen Kumar Mallik or Andrej Donoval will be the next members elected to the Universal House of Justice.

Juan Francisco Mora has been on the International Teaching Centre since 2008.

Praveen Kumar Mallik‎ has been on the International Teaching Centre since 2010.

Andrej Donoval has been on the International Teaching Centre since 2013.

Here is the newest prediction: Andrej Donoval will be the next member elected to the Universal House of Justice.

What amazes me is that when describing the election process, the Bahá'í World News Service uses terms like "in a rarefied and spiritual atmosphere", "following prayers," "Delegates have a period of spiritual preparation before participating in the Convention. This entails time to pray and meditate in the Sacred Shrines in Haifa and Akka as well as to visit historical Baha’i holy places." Yet despite these lofty descriptions, any idiot like me can easily predict the next step in the process.

The Bahá'í World News Service also notes "Baha’i elections are distinctive for their lack of nominations and campaigning. The delegates to the International Convention, made up of the membership of all national Baha’i assemblies, vote by confidential ballot for the nine individuals they believe are best suited for membership on the House of Justice."

As I have noted previously, there is nothing unique in this voting system as it is essentially indistinguishable from the various versions of council democracies or people's democracies, which is the electoral voting model that still exists in Cuba.

In a short while, the Universal House of Justice will appoint to the International Teaching Centre Juan Francisco Mora and Praveen Malik's replacements. Any male replacements will in due time be elected to the Universal House of Justice. And these replacements will themselves undoubtedly come from the ranks of the Continental Boards of Counselors.

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Why I left the Baha'i Faith?

I was a Baha'i for about thirty years prior to the year 2000. We were led to believe that "entry by troops" and the "lesser peace" would happen by the year 2000, meaning that there would be a political peace in the world, and many, many thousands of people would be lining up to join the Baha'i religion.... and in fact, we were encouraged to donate to the building of the Baha'i World Center buildings in Haifa, Israel, because the buildings would be needed to handle the "entry by troops" that was about to happen.

Well, the year 2000 rolled around without any sign of mass conversions, and I finally realized that the people of the world weren't likely to ever convert to Baha'i 'en masse' because it is a repressive, guilt-tripping religion with many laws most people are not interested in signing up to follow. I weaned myself off the Baha'i belief system. It took over ten years to recover from the brainwashing I'd been through.

The Baha'i religion is very paranoid and fearful about their reputation because they want people to join the religion. Unfortunately for them, the internet was invented and knowledge of their imperfection has spread. They even have a "protection" arm of the religion with people appointed to go to communities to warn them about outsiders (mainly former Baha'is) who are dangerous to the religion. Baha'is were encouraged to avoid reading anything they wrote and instructed to entirely shun them. This is only one of many aspects of "information control" - a well-known sign of cult mind control, per many websites and books that expose cult methodology.

The list of principles of the Baha'i religion is a carefully crafted marketing plan to make the religion appeal to people in western countries such as the USA and Europe. Not everything they say is realistic, good, or in line even with the statements of their founders. For example, they have the principle of the equality of men and women but have different inheritance laws for each and don't allow women on the House of Justice (governing body) ... and they say they have a principle of the unity of religions but that doesn't mean that they respect people of all religions so much as it means that people of all religions can join Baha'i, give up their own religion, and then be united as a Baha'i community.

Baha'is want to say they are "the most wide-spread religion" so they force members in the USA (not sure about other countries) to have a "community" in each and every locality even if it is only two people... for example, say there are 11 people living in a city and 9 people living just outside the city limits. The 9 people living outside the city limits have to form their own "community" and must hold their "19 Day Feast" meetings separately from the 11 people living within the city limits. This is utterly ridiculous, but this way the national Baha'i center can count that as 2 communities or localities where Baha'is reside, rather than just one.

I could go on all day... writing about stupid things about the Baha'i religion. I'm so glad I made that mental break from the religion 18 years ago!

Treachery of Baha’is @ reddit

by Dale Husband

Ever since I joined reddit, I have found it a useful way to connect with others and put out information about certain topics as well as read information from others. Unfortunately, there have been attempts by some to suppress such information.

Take a look at this:

This community has been banned

This subreddit was banned due to being used for spam. If you’d like to take it over please make a post in /r/redditrequest

Uh, I was a subscriber to that community and am prepared to testify under oath that any claim that its users were spamming is a LIE. All it did was post information about Baha’i history, including some criticism of it.

It was created by

This account has been suspended

So both the community and the user that made it were banned from reddit! But I have known that guy for months and he is NOT a spammer.

What really happened was that someone, most likely a Baha’i, REPORTED A35821361 for spamming merely because he sent that person a message, probably with one or more links to information on his community. That is NOT spamming!

This sort of treachery is why I have absolutely NO respect anymore for the Baha’i Faith, because it seems to make its followers engage in backstabbing like this!

And when we ex-Baha’is try to get that community back under our control:

Requesting r/OnThisDateInBahai; This subreddit was banned due to being used for spam. from redditrequest

dragfyre 1 point 1 day ago

I am the top mod of r/bahaihistory, and would love to mod this subreddit to allow us to split off our existing “On This Day…” content into its own subreddit. Our subreddit has existed for a while, and is currently supported by the Today in History project on Bahaikipedia.

aGreenTeaLatte 2 points 17 hours ago

That would be an excellent idea! I second this. r/bahaihistory does need a complementary subreddit to cater to its daily posts, leaving r/bahaihistory for more in-depth discussions of Baha’i history. I think connecting it with the Bahaikipedia project also extends its potential for a subreddit that draws on multiple redditors collaborating.
Also, having a mod with demonstrated experience running and expanding subreddits, collaborating and developing the capacity of others to start modding too, will prevent spam by one individual seeking to make a subreddit his/her own personal message board in future, as was the unfortunate case with r/OnThisDateInBahai.

dragfyre and aGreenTeaLatte are certainly people I will be wary of in the future. Who is to say that in a few more months they won’t try to suppress the original ex-Baha’i community in reddit as well?

The banned user has now created a new blog of Baha’i history:

Let the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, never be suppressed!

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Did Abdul Baha personally oversee the murder of Siyyid Muhammad Isfahani?

submitted by wahidazal66

In his marginalia and commentary on tarjumih-i-tārīkh-i-bābīyih (A translation of the history of Babism from Russian into Persian), Shaykh Maḥdī Baḥr al-ʿUlūm Kirmānī contends that the murder of Hājjī Siyyid Muḥammad Iṣfahānī (d. 1869-70) took place at the hands of ʿAbdu’l-Bahāʾ personally who was accompanied by three accomplices who helped him in the deed. He alleges that one of the wives of Ṣubḥ-i-Azal who had been banished by the Ottomans to Acre alongside the Bahāʾīs, namely Badr Jahān Khānūm (the sister of Mīrzā Riḍā-Qulī Tafrishī, also killed by the Bahāʾīs), was a personal eyewitness to the event, see Princeton University, William M. Miller Bābī MSS Collection, Islamic Manuscripts, Third Series, No. 261, vol. 36, folio 60a-b (paginated at 117 and 118). However, we note here that this attribution of the murder of Hājjī Siyyid Muḥammad Iṣfahānī directly to ʿAbdu’l-Bahāʾ is Shaykh Maḥdī Baḥr al-ʿUlūm Kirmānī’s own contention and is not one that, to our knowledge, other Bayānī sources have explicitly made. Be that as it may, E.G. Browne observes that this event was viewed with some level of complaisance by the Bahāʾī founder, where he also quotes (in the original as well as in translation) one of Bahāʾuʾllāh’s own epistles from the period addressed to one of his disciples where he is quoted as saying, “O phlebotomist of the Divine Unity! Throb like the artery in the body of the Contingent World, and drink of the blood of the Block of Heedlessness for that he turned aside from the aspect of thy Lord the Merciful!,” see A Travellers Narrative Written to Illustrate the Episode of the Bāb, Volume 2, Note W, 359, 363 and 370.

Nasim Aghdam: Youtube shooter was a Baha’i

Nasime Sabz is a Baha'i activist who has written extensively about her findings, her experience, veganism and human-animal liberation. Nasime is mainly active on youtube but has previously had her own TV Show on Persian Satellite (the first of its kind in Persia). However due to financial constraints Nasime in no longest on mainstream TV, but no doubt, she’ll be back. Nasime’s approach is aimed at ‘inciting’ kindness to all living beings. Check out some of her mouth watering recipes here. Nasime has a resourceful website and also a ‘new’ facebook page as well 100’s of video on youtube and google+. Another Bahai leading the way.

The NSA of the United States has issued a statement saying that she was a Registered Baha'i and that she declared in 1996.

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Shoghi Effendi : Gradually and Tactfully convert the people.

...the upper classes ... need the right type of people to approach them, and a method that can suit their mentality. Our teaching methods should allow a certain degree of elasticity in establishing contacts with various types of individual seekers. Every inquirer has to be approached from his own angle. Those who are essentially of the mystic type should first be given those teachings of the Cause which emphasize the nature and value of spiritual realities; while those who are practically minded and of a positive type are naturally more ready and inclined to accept the social aspect of the Teachings. But of course, gradually the entire Message, in all its aspects and with the full implications it entails, should be explained to the newcomer. For to be a believer means to accept the Cause in its wholeness, and not to adhere to some of its teachings.

However, as already stated, this ought to be done gradually and tactfully. For conversion is after all a slow process.

(From a letter dated 28 December 1936 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer)

The UHJ in one of its message says:

The cornerstone of the foundation of all Bahá'í activity is teaching the Cause.

(The Universal House of Justice, Baha'i World Centre, March 3, 1977)

From the beginning of their history, Baha'is have been converting people "Tactfully" (or deceptively?). Here are some pictures from Pakistan and Bangladesh

They have been targeting Hindu Minority in both these countries. In Pakistan you can see Baha'i pictures in Hindu Temple!! they have been targeting vulnerable people in these countries. In India most Baha'is are poor Hindus, In Malaysia also they have been converting mostly Chinese and Tamils.

A Critical Analysis of the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha - by Dale Husband

I have begun a second series of blog entries about the flaws in Baha'i Writings. The first is here:

In this new one, I take a hard look at the document by which the present day Universal House of Justice gets its authority:

Shoghi Effendi's masterly use of the English language!!!

The infallible guardian committed at least 4 mistakes in his short write-up of a few sentences!

'CB' Ruhi Afnan seems to have more knowledge of English then the Infallible Guardian!

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American Baha'i converts to Episcopalian Christianity - Shares her thoughts...

Jenifer Tidwell
March 21, 1999

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the
Baha'is of Arlington. Massachusetts

My dear Baha'i friends,

I hope this year's Fast found you happy and healthy. This special season, which seems to arrive sooner every year, always makes us slow down and reflect upon spiritual matters -- why we go through this physically exhausting fasting process, what we expect from it, and what we believe about God's laws and our obligation to follow them. The Fast is a test, but it's also a time of spiritual rejuvenation, and I have always looked forward to it.

But this year was different for me. I was not fasting with the rest of you. This year, I am observing Lent instead; and at the end of it, I will celebrate Easter, for the first time in my entire adult life.

You see, I've been going through a crisis of faith over the past several months. The problem is this: I love the Baha'i Faith dearly, but there are some doctrinal and spiritual issues in it that I can no longer accept. Since I began attending an Episcopal church last year, many of those issues have been thrown into sharp relief. Seeing them "from the outside" has helped me understand the latent problems I've had with being a Baha'i all these years.

What it ultimately comes down to is that, now, I feel closer to God and to my fellow human beings than I did while I was an active Baha'i. That's the only factor that really counts, I think. Everything else either contributes to it, or is secondary to it. I think I should explain some of my reasons for making this rather unusual move (I don't personally know of anyone who has gone from being a Baha'i to being a Christian, let alone an Episcopalian). This letter is my apologetic. I hope that it will also help some Baha'is and Baha'i communities understand some of the factors that I think are causing them problems, at least in the United States; some of these points, while controversial, should at least spark some good discussion or soul-searching.

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Baha'i 'Yaran' comes back again!

5 out of 7 Released! So called 'Yaran' of Baha'is were prosecuted for taking part in illegal activities in their homeland.
The seven Baha’i leaders were arrested in early 2008. The most serious charges against them were espionage, propaganda against the regime and founding an illegal organization.

(Freed Baha’i Leader: Jailing Baha’is is Futile and Pointless, IranWire)

From what I understand, the charges include:

(A) Espionage. Sending information to the Universal House of Justice.

(B) Propaganda against the regime. Proselytizing (i.e. attempting to convert) Muslims, which subverts the Islamic theocracy and promotes the Baha'i theocracy.

(C) Founding an illegal organization. That is, the Yaran, which apart from its name and number of members, is identical to a National Spiritual Assembly.

Now, here's what I don't understand:

(D) Since the Baha'i Writings unequivocally demand obedience to one's government to the extent and not including the renunciation of one's faith, why are Baha'is being hypocritical? How are these people considered martyrs? Shouldn't they be rebuked for willfully violating the law of the land?

(E) Let's suppose that I completely misunderstood the Baha'i concept of obedience to one's government. Let's suppose that Baha'is have the right to violate the law of the land if it contravenes their freedom of religion. Why aren't Baha'is being honest about it? Why don't Baha'is admit that they are willfully violating the law of the land because it prevents them from practicing their religion? Why claim that you were arrested for merely being a Baha'i? To garner sympathy?

Something doesn't add up.

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Baha'is engage in deceptive advertising in Florida

This radio station advertisement signage says nothing naming Baha'i... it just tries to get unsuspecting people to enter a trap. This remind me of Jehovah's Witnesses in regards to the extent that they proselytize and value proselytizing people instead of helping people, except that they are less deceptive than Baha'is.

Baha'is asking money from non-Baha'is to establish 'World Peace'!

By Dale Husband

Look at this web page:

When I was a Baha'i, I was taught that Baha'i institutions never accepted funds from non-Baha'is, but it seems this one can do so. What the hell would they need the donations for, since they are affiliated with a UNIVERSITY? I smell a rat here, a dead one!

Baha'i is a cult? Yes 100%

Hello, everyone :) Last night I did a websearch for "warning signs of a cult". It might sound weird to hear me say that, since I've been pretty firm in calling Baha'ism a cult before--but I'd never actually put a number to it before. I just assumed it would be a lot of checks on any cult checklist. I was right. Let's examine it together, okay? (And the checklist I'll be using is from here. It's the most comprehensive.)
do they claim to have a special corner on the truth, something no other groups has?
Definitely. That's the whole point of Baha'ism. Check!
are you told to not question what is being taught, as the leadership are godly, honest, have divine authority and you must trust them?
Infallible Universal House of Justice who will eventually rule the world (no girls allowed for at least one thousand years). Check!
are you discouraged from asking questions as to why members have left, and expected to accept the reasons the group leadership gives you?
They left Baha'ism because they're cancerous, poisonous haters of Light, duh. Now stop asking why. Don't let your children associate with their children. Don't talk to them. And donate some more to the Fund. Check!
do they put down other churches, groups, etc, while pointing out their faults and errors to build themselves up? do they use peoples faults and sins as examples of what to do and what not to do?
Baha'is talk endlessly about the faults and shortcomings of other religions. That is the point of Baha'ism--that Baha'u'llah was the best and most recent, and if you're satisfied with outdated beliefs you're not spiritually mature. Check!
are you made to feel your failures, as though your performance is not up to par to their righteous standards?
Yes, if you're one of the Untouchables of the Baha'is: transsexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, etc. Little Baha'i children are taught that if they're not straight, they just need to pray really hard and God will change them. They're taught LGBT are sick and diseased—so pray harder!!!!!
Natural variation in personality is treated like a personal and spiritual failing. Check!
do they recommend for you to be around their people, expecting you to attend all group activities? if you do not, are you are questioned about your spirituality or dedication?
Why aren't you at Ruhi? Have you done Ruhi? We have a Fireside. And a Feast. And a Holy Day. How about some Ruhi? Have you finished Ruhi? You did? Don't worry, there's more Ruhi! RUHI! Check!
do they stop you from reading anything negative about themselves?
LOL! Checkity-check!
do they call those who fall away enemies, dogs, or cancer, even using examples from the Bible or other such materials?
Cancerous, poisonous snakes, etc. and haters of light and goodness. Critics of Baha'ism are depicted as moustache twirling villains out of a Star Wars film like the evil Emperor. Check!
do they place and emphasis on evil and the devil, declaring that the world outside is a threat to the group?
The world is hopelessly decadent, violent and corrupt according to Baha'i thought. It's also doomed without Baha'ism, apparently. Check!
do they defend themselves in every area?
Yep! Baha'ists become downright hysterical when presented with evenhanded criticism. It has taken quite a while to eke out this small corner of the internet for exB's, and it's still continually monitored and pestered by strident cultists. Check!
do they give importance to a spiritual goal, such as enlightenment, godliness, salvation, that has no real tangible way of being measured?
Yeah. Baha'u'llah uses a metaphor to compare basic humans to dirty coal which eventually turns into diamond with 'spiritual maturity' and other meaningless buzzwords that have no concrete metric. You're just supposed to become better and better as a Baha'i and make new Baha'is, but what does 'better' mean? It sure doesn't mean charity. It seems to mean attending Baha'i events and donating a lot of money to the NSA. Check!
do they operate in humility, or seem arrogant, and make demands on you to obey, using such statements such as “real believers obey without question or if you really were a devoted follower you would do such and such"?
If you were a real believer, you wouldn't doubt the Blessed Beauty. That's just spiritual cancer eating at you. Do some Deepenings. Recite the Most Blessed Name ninety-nine times. We can't possibly understand all of Baha'u'llah's reasons for His commands, but it's our job to obey. You'd have Faith. Check!

So let's count it up...


Yep, it's a cult. If you ever have any doubts ever again, just refresh yourself with the checklist, then shake your head in amazement and feel happy you're on the outside. And if you're reading this and you're on the inside, know that other people have left and we're doing great. You can leave, too.


Azalis accepting the Baha'i Faith in numbers !!!! 😉

An Azali professor was teaching a class on Mirza Yahya Nuri, a known Covenant-Breaker.

“Before the class begins, you must get on your knees and worship Subh-i-Azal and accept that he was the true successor of the Bab, greater than even Baha’u’llah!”

At this moment, a brave, faithful Baha’i who had given $300,000 in Huququ’llah payments and read the Kitab-i-Iqan over a hundred times and understood the urgent need for Baha’u’llah’s World Order and supported every ruling made by the Universal House of Justice stood up.

“How many years did the Bab say it would take Him Whom God shall make manifest to arrive?”

The arrogant professor smirked quite Azalishly and smugly replied “At least 1511 years, you stupid Baha’ist.”

“Wrong. It was 19 years. If it was 1511 and Subh-i-Azal, as you say, was correct, then Baha’u’llah shouldn’t have so many followers.”


The professor was visibly shaken and dropped his chalk and copy of Mustayqiz. He stormed out of the room crying those poisonous Covenant-Breaker tears. The same tears Azalis cry for the “oppressed Bayanis” (punishment for not accepting the Manifestation of Baha’u’llah). There is no doubt that at this point our professor, Abd al-Azal, wished he had accepted the message of Baha’u’llah and become more than a Covenant-Breaking hater of light. He wished so much that he could join the People of Baha, but he had been declared a Covenant-Breaker!

The students applauded, and all declared as Baha’is that day and accepted Baha’u’llah as the latest Manifestation of God. A dove named “Independent Investigation of Truth” flew into the room and perched atop a symbol of the Most Great Name and shed a tear on the chalk. The Kitab-i-Badi was read several times and Baha’u’llah himself showed up to enact the Most Great Peace.

The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He was shunned by all seven billion Baha’is in the world and starved to death.


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This is the age of woman... She should enjoy the same privilege BUT membership on the Universal House of Justice is confined to men!

World's greatest hypocrite
'Abdu'l Baha
"This is the age of woman. She should receive the same education as her brother and enjoy the same privilege; for all souls are equal before God." 'Abdu’l-Bahá

"The woman has greater moral courage than the man; she has also special gifts which enable her to govern in moments of danger and crisis." 'Abdu’l-Bahá

"So it will come to pass that when women participate fully and equally in the affairs of the world, when they enter confidently and capably the great arena of laws and politics, war will cease." 'Abdu’l-Bahá

"Therefore, as woman advances toward the degree of man in power and privilege, with the right of vote and control in human government, most assuredly war will cease; for woman is naturally the most devoted and staunch advocate of international peace." ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

"In some respects woman is superior to man. She is more tender-hearted, more receptive, her intuition is more intense." ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

"Know thou, O handmaid, that in the sight of Bahá, women are accounted the same as men, and God hath created all humankind in His own image, and after His own likeness. That is, men and women alike are the revealers of His names and attributes, and from the spiritual viewpoint there is no difference between them. Whosoever draweth nearer to God, that one is the most favored, whether man or woman. How many a handmaid, ardent and devoted, hath, within the sheltering shade of Bahá, proved superior to the men, and surpassed the famous of the earth." ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá


Baha'u'llah's 'divine revelation' exposed !

by Qurrat361

It's amazing how Baha'u'llah manages to say so little in so many words. It reminds me of L. Ron Hubbard. People who proclaim themselves "prophets" generally love to hear themselves talk, and so they do it endlessly and get very good at it.

What these people often present in their religions are very common sense ideas, which can be found outside of their religion. They draw people in by surrounding these ideas in walls of mystical language and making them much more complicated than they already are.

L. Ron Hubbard was infamous for doing this, as any ex-Scientologist would tell you. At its core, Scientology is a lot of common sense ideas—that talking to another person about your problems can help you solve them and stuff like that—but of course Hubbard had to make things weird like religious leaders love to do, and so he somehow connected this all to ancient aliens who are the source of all of your problems.

In the same way, Baha'u'llah and the rest of the Baha'i Central Figures liked to pretend that their theological ideas and especially their social ideas were anything unique to them, and so they wrote pages upon pages explaining these very simple ideas.

World peace isn't something new or unique to the Baha'i Faith, neither is gender equality, etc. The Unity of God certainly isn't a new idea, neither is the concept of theophany, which had been conceived of in polytheistic religion long before the Bab or Baha'u'llah, and in an Islamic context they were spoken of by Ibn Arabi and Shaykh Ahmad, who the Bab and Baha'u'llah were no doubt familiar with.

The Bab had a deep interest in Shaykh Ahmad and his successor Sayyid Kazim and their ideas, and he attended Sayyid Kazim's lectures. Baha'u'llah is known to have associated with Sufi mystics when he was in Kurdistan, so it's easy to see where the two got a lot of their ideas from. For example, the metaphor of wine in the Aqdas and other Baha'i writings is taken straight from Sufi poetry.

The Bab draws from a wide variety of neo-Platonic, Gnostic, and Sufi sources which I can't even begin to list. Baha'u'llah's works, specifically his Seven Valleys and Four Valleys; Hidden Words; and Ode to the Dove are quite clearly inspired by and more or less summaries of 'Attar's Conference of the Bird's; Mulla Sadra's Four Journeys; Umar Ibn al-Farid's Ode of the Way; as well as the hadith and Qur'an of course, and they are all very poor imitations at that. The Iqan, for instance, tries very hard to be Ibn Arabi's Bezels of Wisdom, but it very much misses the mark.

In some places in the Bab's and Baha'u'llah's writing, it can be very obvious which verses of the Qur'an they are trying to imitate. Arabic speakers have attested to this and to very the awkward phrasing of the Aqdas.

Baha'u'llah jumps so quickly between so many different topics without even attempting to smoothly transition between them, introducing a subject at one point and then not elaborating on it until way later in the text, and he repeats himself so many times that the book reads like it's written by some high school student desperately trying to reach a minimum word count.

But of course, when first read, and especially if the person reading it is from the West and/or isn't familiar with the literature the Aqdas is trying to imitate, it seems like such a unique and wonderful book; however, when critically analyzed, the book loses its mystical air.

Bahá’u’lláh’s megalomania and narcissistic self-pity

Here’s a single sentence that captures Bahá’u’lláh’s megalomania and narcissistic self-pity to an extent that perhaps no other statement of his does:
Verily, no God is there but Me, the Wronged One, the Exile.
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh …
The term “Wronged One” is a title that he appears to have adopted early in his career, and taken a great liking to later in life.

Here’s a tally of instances of “this Wronged One” or “the Wronged One” in selected volumes of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings:
  • Epistle to the Son of the Wolf: 102
  • Tablets … after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: 55
  • The Summons of the Lord of Hosts: 5
  • Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh: 4
  • The Book of Certitude: 2
  • The Most Holy Book: 0
Bahá’u’lláh’s son`Abdu’l-Bahá also referred to himself as the Wronged One, it turns out. In his Will and Testament, he refers to himself as “this Wronged One” ten times.

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Flattering American Baha'is...

“O friends! ... your high destiny….
Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding,
the breeze that stirreth at the break of day,
the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men,
the letters inscribed upon His sacred scroll.
Ye are the breezes of spring that are wafted over the world.
All very flattering, for people who like being flattered. A great boost to the ego. Narcissists like to flatter people too... it is one of their tools to convince people to do their will. Like a spider spinning a web.
Beware lest anything withhold you from observing the things prescribed unto you ...
If flattery doesn't work, maybe threats will. He's appealing to their fear.
We have made you to be the hands of Our Cause. Render ye victorious this Wronged One ...
This is how he got people to work for him. Flatter, threaten, then demand.
He, verily, will aid everyone that aideth Him ...
Such is the station ordained for the true believer that if to an extent smaller than a needle’s eye the glory of that station were to be unveiled to mankind, every beholder would be consumed away in his longing to attain it.
More bribery.

The hope for eternal glory - that's very appealing to the ego.
If Baha'is really think Satan is the EGO they should look within to figure out what really attracts them to this religion and keeps them mired in it.

Video : Peter Khan following the footsteps of Shoghi Effendi


The Covenant of the Baha’i Faith is dead, may it be buried forever!

Shoghi Effendi is known to Baha’is around the world as the Guardian of their Faith. But with a Guardian like him, the Baha’i Faith never needed enemies to destroy it!

Consider that in 1957, he:

•  Died at age 60,
•  Died suddenly of Asiatic Flu,
•  Died in London, not the Baha’i World Center,
•  Died in the middle of the Ten Year World Crusade (1953-1963),
•  Left no will and testament,
•  Had appointed no successor, and
•  Had expelled from the Baha’i Community, often for trivial reasons, EVERY ONE OF HIS BROTHERS, SISTERS, AND MALE AND FEMALE COUSINS! None of them were spared his holy wrath.

And every single issue cited above was either a discrediting or disobedience of some Baha’i scripture or is something that was totally unnecessary and made the obedience to Baha’i scripture impossible.

Also, if Abdu’l-Baha really believed in the equality of men and women, he would not have appointed his 21 year old grandSON his immediate successor, but would have instead appointed his eldest DAUGHTER. But she, even as the mother of Shoghi Effendi, is merely a footnote in Baha’i history. So Abdu’l-Baha was himself a hypocrite! Did you know that in the early years of his Guardianship, Shoghi Effendi tended to take long vacations in the Swiss Alps to get away from his duties and his relatives had to beg him to return? As long as the Greatest Holy Leaf, Abdu’l-Baha’s sister, was still alive, she could keep him in check, but after she died, he became a tyrant to his relatives, treating them like mere servants and punishing them whenever they dared to question his orders and demands. This is what happens when you give a man so much power that he thinks he is like God! Shoghi Effendi was a megalomanic that official Baha’i propaganda has tried to whitewash with false narratives decades after the fact, but the truth speaks for itself and cannot be excused.

This is a direct quote from the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha:

The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice, to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abhá Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both).

Read again the above the circumstances of the Guardian’s death. I guess the issue of “care and protection” for him was indeed a lie!

The Covenant of the Baha’i Faith is dead, may it be buried forever!

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The Baha'i Faith and Scientology: Aspects of Destructive Cults

By qurrat361

The subject of whether the Baha'i Faith is a cult has been hotly debated here on reddit, and it is often said that the Faith is in fact a cult. The Baha'i community has been forced on numerous occasions to defend themselves from these accusations.

In this post, I'm going to use the example of Scientology, a movement I'm sure we all can agree is a cult, and compare it with the Baha'i Faith to demonstrate that the "Faith" meets all criteria for being considered a destructive cult.

I will define a cult as being "a secretive, deceptive, and controlling, religious movement" and a destructive cult as being "such a group which has caused or is liable to cause physical/psychological harm or loss of life among its membership or the general public."


A cult draws members in through its secrecy. If a cult was fully open about their horrible practices and illogical beliefs, no one would join them. Scientology, for example, does not tell its new members about Xenu. Most Scientologists have no idea that this story is part of their religion, so when critics try to tell them about it, they are genuinely confused. It is not until a Scientologist has dedicated an immense amount of time and money to the religion that they hear about the Xenu story.

When trying to gain new members, cults present themselves as a friendly movement that only desires good and peace for the world. They engage in love-bombing (something which Scientology and the Baha'i Faith are especially known for), and they make you feel welcome before you've even joined. A Baha'i will smile at you, call you "friend," and tell you all about the supposed Baha'i belief in the unity of mankind, carefully leaving out the command to shun Covenant-Breakers in their scriptures.

When Baha'is "teach" (the Baha'i term for proselytization; I will go into this later), they are not open about everything. They do not tell prospective converts that women are not allowed to serve on the UHJ, of the violence committed by Baha'is and sanctioned by Baha'i leaders throughout history, or of the more problematic teachings within Baha'i scriptures.

It is usually only once a person has joined the Faith and studied the scriptures that they find out about these things. Most people on the outside, were they to find out about the sexism, for instance, in the Baha'i Faith, would completely drop all thoughts of converting; but once a person has joined, they will think differently. The new convert and his or her fellow Baha'is will have to justify this conversion, so they will come up with some ridiculous excuse for why the Baha'i Faith doesn't allow women in what is currently its highest governing body, such as "the reason will be made as clear as the sun at midday."


A lot of people think that they are too smart to join a cult like Scientology or the Baha'i Faith, but the fact is: there is no such thing as being too smart to fall for bullshit. A person who thinks that they can't be fooled is in fact a lot more likely to be fooled than a humbler person who realizes that they have been tricked in the past and that it could happen in the future.

Both Scientology and the Baha'i Faith engage in deception. Both of these cults have been caught lying about their membership numbers. The Church of Scientology have made the absurd claims that they are the fastest growing religion in the world, and that they gain 4.4 million new converts each year. Of course, this is demonstrably false. All you need to do to see this is to go into a Scientology org; they're all empty. Sometimes, you might see a few curious people in there, but it's generally just going to be a few staff. In fact, so few people come into Scientology churches, they don't even bother turning their air conditioning on.

However, due to these lies, as well as the grand buildings that both of these cults spend their money on, their followers are tricked into believing that they are a part of this massive, worldwide movement that actually has the power to change the world. Rather, both religions are experiencing serious decline currently, and rather than an entry by troops, the Baha'i Faith is experiencing an exit by troops

This is only one example of the many ways in which the Baha'i Administration deceives its members. Over the years, the Baha'i administration, when translating the works of the Central Figures have engaged in deceptive translation, and they have outright declined to translate anything more than selections from the writings of the Bab. Because of this, Baha'is are completely unaware of the fact that the Bab actually viewed Him Whom God shall make manifest as a figure who would not come until the distant future, or of the fact that the Bab forbade his followers from taking medicine, in addition to many ridiculous teachings.

Because, Baha'i translations are of course aimed at people who do not speak the original languages of the scriptures, they are able to take advantage of people's ignorance and make changes to the writings as they wish. Shoghi Effendi, despite how much he praised the Kitab-i-Iqan, was caught making changes to it in order to undermine Subh-i-Azal. Likewise, David Miscavige, the current leader of Scientology, has been caught making extensive changes to the writings of the religion's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.


Both the Baha'i Faith and Scientology are characterized by the excessive amount of administration. L. Ron Hubbard, like Shoghi Effendi, wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages on how the religion of Scientology should be run and organized. Once a person joins the Baha'i Faith, they are now going to be subject to this extensive control. For example, should a Baha'i wish to publish a book on his or her faith, they first need to get it reviewed by a committee; this is blatant censorship, and many scholars (Denis MacEoin, Juan Cole, etc.) have left the Baha'i Faith for this reason

Another method of control that destructive cults use is jargon. Cult leaders often create a complex system of jargon which can seem, to the outsider, to be like a completely new language. Scientology is especially known for this. The farther you move up in the cult, and the more you become controlled by it, the more jargon there is. It is impossible to understand some of the more advanced books and lectures by L. Ron Hubbard without a good grasp of Scientology terminology.

Here is a dictionary covering quite a bit of Baha'i terminology. The fact that this needs to exist proves my point. Much like Scientology, the Baha'i Faith has quite a lot of jargon: institute process, NSA, ATC, ITC, afnan, aghsan, auxiliary boards, B.E., teaching, etc. The layman would not be familiar with the Baha'i definition of any of these terms. The Baha'i Central Figures and Administration, just like L. Ron Hubbard, created many new words and re-defined many already existing terms. "Teaching" is an excellent example of this. "The Baha'is don't proselytize; they teach."

L. Ron Hubbard and the Baha'i leaders didn't invent all of this jargon for fun. It all serves a very particular purpose. It isolates the believer from the rest of the society. Try talking with a Scientologist who has allowed all the jargon to become a natural part of their lexicon; it's practically impossible, not just because the words are difficult to understand, but because they probably wouldn't even speak to you in the first place because they have become so entrenched in their cult! This has the potential to happen to a Baha'i as well. Of course, the Baha'i Faith doesn't have as much jargon as Scientology, but a very similar thing has happened among its members. Often in discussions, instead of forming any of their own arguments, a Baha'i will just quote from the writings ad nauseum, as if that is their only language.

Another method of isolation the Baha'i Administration uses is shunning. Baha'is have the concept of the "Covenant-Breaker," which is very similar to Scientology's concept of the "suppressive person," both of which are to be shunned by the followers of these cults. This Scientology apologist, on their blog, literally quotes Abdu'l-Baha to justify Scientology's practice of "disconnection" from "suppressive persons."

These kinds of practices have torn apart families and allow the Baha'i administration to exercise tight control over its members. Anyone who publicly criticizes these religions are at risk of being declared a "Covenant-Breaker" or a "suppressive person." This is exactly what happened to Avarih who was the subject of a recent post here, and his wife left him because of his apostasy and his criticisms of the Baha'i Faith.


Lastly, we'll deal with the subject of violence. Abdu'l-Baha physically attacked many differnet people despite condemning violence in his writings, but we have a plethora of more severe examples of violence than that. Baha'u'llah himself attempted to poison his rival (and his own half-brother) Subh-i-Azal. We have an account of this event from multiple sources:

"It was in fact the Mírzá [i.e. Baha’u’llah] who had sought to poison His Holiness [Azal]. [On the day in question] Sultán Khánúm (entitled the Greatest Holy Leaf), who at the time was still a believer in her most august uncle [i.e. Azal], with blinks and glances, [when the food was brought out by the servants] indicated that that he [Azal] should not partake of the meal placed before him. When the Mírzá [i.e. Bahá’u’llah] insisted that His Holiness should eat, His Holiness refused, thereupon the aforementioned saw that His Holiness had become appraised of their evil intentions [i.e. to kill him], and therefore, in order to deflect attention [from the deed], he proceeded to eat a few portions from that plate of food himself. Immediately his [i.e. Baha’u’llah’s] state was overturned [i.e. he became violently ill]. He then threw the plate of food in the courtyard outside. In that yard there was a dog who immediately began to eat [the discarded food] and thereupon fell dead shortly thereafter. When the Mírzá beheld this scene, he was immediately embarrassed, and so sought out a physician. After regaining his health, he proceeded to spread rumours that His Holiness [Azal] had attempted to poison him" (The True Acccount of Takur of Nur, p. 43-44).

"The first juggle and trick of sorcery which he [i.e. Baha] outlined was this, that he brought to Hazrat-i Azal [i.e. Subh-i Azal] a dish of plain food, with one side of which he had mixed with some poison, intending to poison His Holiness. For hitherto the apportioned breakfast and supper of His Holiness the Fruit [Hazrat-i Thamara, one of the titles conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point] had been from the house of Mirza Husayn Ali [i.e. Baha]. When that poisoned dish was placed before His Holiness, Mirza Husayn Ali pressed him to partake of it. By a fortunate chance the smell of onions was perceptible in the food, and His Holiness, being averse to taste it. Mirza Husayn Ali continued to press him urgently to eat. He replied, “it smells of onions, I will not eat it; if it is so good, eat it yourself. From this answer Mirza Husayn Ali supposed that His Holiness had divined his evil design, and, simply put the view of disguising the truth and putting a better appearance on the matter, ate a little from the other side [i.e. the unpoisoned side] of the dish, in order that the suspicion of His Holiness might perhaps be dispelled and he might eat the poisoned side. But His Holiness, because of the smell of onion would not eat" (Hasht Bihisht, p. 304-305).

Baha'u'llah also had Dayyan (one of the claimants of the station of He Whom God shall make manifest) murdered:

"Mírzá Huseyn 'Alí [Bahá'u'lláh], after a protracted discussion with him [Dayyan], instructed his servant Mírzá Muhammad of Mázandarán to slay him, which was accordingly done" (Hasht Bihisht, p. 302-303).

Of course, Baha'is accuse Subh-i-Azal of doing all of these things with very little evidence. They point to Baha'u'llah's shaky hand, evident in his writings, as "proof" that he was poisoned. In reality, Baha'u'llah poisoned himself, his shaky hand being caused by ataxia/dystaxia.

It seems very unlikely that Subh-i-Azal would have done any of this since he was reluctant to even verbally denounce him (doing so is frowned upon in the Bayan). Azal states in an 1890 letter to Edgard Blochet, keeper of the Oriental Manuscripts section of the Bibliotheque National in Paris:

"I simply wanted him [Baha'u'llah] to keep his silence and not compel me to denounce him. In the end he could not contain himself, and by taking an overdose of opium, he threw down the gauntlet, lured thereunto by the temptations of the bald soap-seller [i.e. Mírzá Aqá Ján of Káshán], and by his brother [Mírzá Músá Kalím]."


As we can see here, the Baha'i Faith exhibits all aspects of a destructive cult. It is secretive, deceptive, and controlling, and it has a history of violence.

As a former Baha'i and a person who was nearly duped into joining Scientology, I encourage Baha'is to critically examine and evaluate the kind of group they are in before any harm similar to what the ex-Baha'is here have experienced befalls them.

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