Baha'u'llah is not the promised one of Bayan. He is a cheater!

By N. Wahid Azal

So called Baha'u'llah
1 The Persian Bayan is unequivocal that:

a No universal manifestation occurs unless a previous dispensation reaches its maturity. At the time of Baha'ullah's claim, the Bayan as a dispensation was only between 13-18 years old and its first Mirror was only in the 13th-18th year of his ministry.
b The anticipated timespan of the Bayan was to be similar to other dispensations, which means a duration of 1000 years and above.
c The Bab provides the numbers 1511 and 2001 as the years of this timespan until the Promised One of the Bayan appears.
d The Bab anticipated the erection of 18 shrines to the Letters of the Living and one for himself as the 19th before the appearance of the next manifestation.

2 The Bab anticipated a system of continuing hujjiya where 19 consecutive mirrors would appear every 66 years.

3 The Promised One of the Bayan is supposed to be the archetypal "return" of the Prophet Muhammad (ص).

4 A Babi or Bayani state is anticipated before the appearance of the Promised One of the Bayan.

5 The Babi/Bayani laws and ordinances would be implimented before the coming of any next manifestation.

6 All the writings of the Bab (and his successors) would be collected and printed before the coming of the next manifestation.

7 The Promised One of the Bayan would be born to human parents at an unspecified date in the future, would have a childhood and attend school and grow to adulthood. Baha'ullah was already the Bab's senior by 2-3 years (the Bayanis celebrate the date of 1820 rather than 1819 as the year of the Bab's birth).

8 The Bab addressed Baha'ullah as an inferior and only as 238 (the numerical value of 'Husayn-Ali). He never bestowed on him any titles, and the title baha' itself was given to him by Qurra'tu'l-Ayn at the gathering of Badasht in 1848.

9 The Bab claimed his ontological identity with Subh-i-Azal in several key tablets, in one particular one addressing him as "You are I and I am You."

10 Baha'ullah paid public obeisance and reverence to Subh-i-Azal for 11 years per the Bab's instructions.

11 Baha'ullah whitewashed while plagiarizing much of the Bayan with his kitab-i-aqdas being a totally distorted version of the Bayan with the addition of a few nonsensical ordinances by himself (such as the laws pertaining to marriage, inheritance, arson, etc). This raises legitmate questions as to what the need would've been to abrogate the Bayan if one was merely going to rehash and plagiarize it. Note that even the concept of the house of justice was not uniquely Baha'ullah's. This was first enunciated by Subh-i-Azal in his 1852 Book of the Testament (kitab al-wasiya), which I wrote about here

12 Baha'ullah's writings and his overall teachings are not particularly profound. They are rehashes of Persian Sufism but popularized with a vague Babi afterthought and all put under the rubric of a very authoritarian form of modernism.

13 Per Arabic Bayan 9:11, the Bab unequivocally leaned in the direction of an eco-socialist order where the buying and selling of the 4 Elements are prohibited (something the world desperately needs presently) whereas Baha'ullah fully sided with Western Anglo-Saxon capitalism. In other words, Baha'ullah sidestepped the real solution and instead plunged headlong into the problem.

14 The Bab repeatedly stressed the sanctity and veracity of the four gates to the Hidden Imam, and in his sahifa 'adliya unequivocally states that whosoever dismisses them is a heretic. These four gates are believed by the Bayan to have "returned" as four of the Letters of the Living. The Bab also believed in the physical existence of Muhammad ibn Hasan al-'Askari (ع). Baha'ullah instead called the four gates to the Hidden Imam (ع) liars and did not believe Muhammad ibn Hasan al-'Askari (ع) physically existed. In fact he sided with al-Shalmaghani, whom the Hidden Imam (ع) cursed as a heretic during the minor occultation, as well as Ja'far the Liar whom he called "Ja'far the Truthful." This makes Baha'ullah fundamentally a heretic from the point of view of the Bab and thus automatically negates any other claims he made.

All in all, Baha'ullah's enitire claim rests on quicksand. There was literally no anticipation of an imminent universal manifestation to abrogate the Bayan until the elapsing of this abovementioned 1511 to 2001 year interval. The only anticipation of manifestations was that of the consecutive mirrors of the Bayan, the first of whom was Subh-i-Azal.

"Baha'is don't proselytize!" What!????

Ruhi Class in Bangladesh
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The dangerous confusion of Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani vis-a-vis the Baha'is

By N. Wahid Azal

Watched this interview with Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani last night to the end, and I must say this woman is all over the place. She may have a few good points but overall if she is representative of the thinking of the reformists in the Islamic Republic then they are in trouble. Let me underscore one sticking point for me.

At 5:20 (and later) she examples Bahaism explicitly (among others) as a legitimate creed that should be allowed to operate in Iran unimpeded. Her argument rests on Western human rights and liberal democratic arguments where laws and constitutions do not discriminate based on people's chosen creeds or ideologies such that an "Us & Them mentality/reality" (as she calls it) is avoided (as opposed to Iran where, she argues, this exists). This is all very well and good. But there is a fundamental problem in this approach by Hashemi-Rafsanjani where Bahaism itself specifically is concerned.

Contrary to the principles she articulates, Baha'ism does indeed quite sharply discriminate people(s), groups and individuals precisely on the very same bases that Faezeh is complaining about the Islamic Republic. Bahaism discriminates Muslims (and Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians etc) on the basis that in Baha'ism's estimation 1. Islam is (as well as the other traditions mentioned are) abrogated; 2. it discriminates its own schismatics and/or dissidents as "covenant breakers" who should be shunned, ostracized and socially disenfranchised/disempowered; 3. and per the words of its founder, it consigns to hell anyone who criticizes it One of Baha'ism's own enshrined beliefs is that Baha'is should eventually take over governments (and per the kitab-i-aqdas ultimately the world itself). Under its own ideology, the above three categories of people are effectively considered socially disposal (to use Henry Giroux's term) under a Baha'i state in the exact same manner as Jews were seen under the Nuremberg laws of the Third Reich.

So, the question is this: how do you frame a social contract of non-discrimination and human rights that includes organizations, individuals and groups in it whose own enshrined scriptural ideology is to discriminate against anyone who does not agree with its ideology and political authority? Groups such as the Baha'is are also seeking outright political power in their own right with the creation of a Baha'i theocratic state that will automatically seek to disenfranchise the very people that today are advocating for their rights such as Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani. This is the dangerous paradox that many of these Iranian HR advocates like Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani are caught in when they champion Baha'is and Bahaism under the umbrella of HR discourses.

In the post-WWII era, the German state under its basic law and constitution made any/all forms of national socialist ideology and activities illegal. None of these liberal democrats and HR champions will ever say that this constitutes an HR violation by the post-WWII German state. In principle, the same issue applies here where Bahaism is concerned vis-a-vis Iran. Yet Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani does not see it.

Bottom line, whatever they say and pretend the Haifan Baha'is especially do not believe in any concept of human rights that is remotely recognizable to any liberal democratic pluralist. Their own history is drenched in the blood of their own schismatics and critics, such as the Azali Babis (Bayanis). They seek outright political power and the creation of a totalitarian Baha'i theocratic order that far surpasses in its potential anything Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani complains about the Islamic Republic of Iran: a totalitarian Baha'i theocratic order that upon taking power would seek to shun, ostracize, disempower and disenfranchise all dissidents, schismatics, critics and eventually those of other faiths as well.

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A warning to the Haifan Baha'i organization

By N. Wahid Azal


So certain Haifan Baha'is on Facebook known to be serving on the Baha'i Internet Agency are apparently on record in recent times openly claiming that the Baha'i "institutions" (i.e. the cult's bureaucracy) will be soon initiating a widespread "final solution" to their Bayani (Azali Babi) problem. I hope these people realize that the bloody nose they recieved from Mr Francesco Ficicchia and the German Council of Protestant churches during the early 1980s when the West German government withdrew their status as a recognized religion (forcing them instead for nearly 30 years into the wilderness of NGO status until by a legal quirk they regained that status from an administrative court only recently) can be replicated x1000 if they are not careful and do not back off immediately. The Haifan Baha'i organization is already on the radar of assorted law enforcement and government agencies in Germany for their documented collusion with the far-right in social media and the criminal activities of US based far-right trolls they are connected to. Further harassment will be taken as pursuance of a corporate institutional policy by the Haifan Baha'i organization itself*, and will be dealt with in exactly the same manner as they were dealt with in the 1980s since the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Germany would be answerable in law for such wanton criminality (as such an open enunciation of 'final solutions' is a direct violation of the German constitution and its basic law, not to mention the European conventions on HR to which they can simultaneously be held accountable).

The recent wave of fascism in Europe and North America seems to have emboldened the opportunism of Haifan Baha'is against their own longstanding political enemies: the Bayanis (Azali Babis). However, whatever the passing trends and fads, there exist red lines that once crossed will open a legal pandoras box for the Haifan Baha'i organization that will put them right back into the same situation they found themselves in during the 1980s-2000s -- and even far worse.

For German readers, a PDF copy of Francesco Ficicchia's Baha’i: Einheitsreligion und globale Theokratie. Ein kritischer Einblick in die Universalreligion der Zukunft (2009) can be found above.

Peace be upon those who follow the guidance!
A Document Prepared by the Universal House of Justice
January 29 2001


Protection of the Cause (pp. 15-16)

Although deepening the friends' understanding of the Covenant and increasing their love and loyalty to it are of paramount importance, the duties of the Auxiliary Board members for Protection do not end here. The Board members must remain ever vigilant, monitoring the actions of those who, driven by the promptings of ego, seek to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of the friends and undermine the Faith. In general, whenever believers become aware of such problems, they should immediately contact whatever institution they feel moved to turn to, whether it be a Counsellor, an Auxiliary Board member, the National Spiritual Assembly or their own Local Assembly. It then becomes the duty of that institution to ensure that the report is fed into the correct channels and that all the other institutions affected are promptly informed. Not infrequently, the responsibility will fall on an Auxiliary Board member, in coordination with the Assembly concerned, to take some form of action in response to the situation. This involvement will include counselling the believer in question; warning him, if necessary, of the consequences of his actions; and bringing to the attention of the Counsellors the gravity of the situation, which may call for their intervention. Naturally, the Board member has to exert every effort to counteract the schemes and arrest the spread of the influence of those few who, despite attempts to guide them, eventually break the Covenant.

The need to protect the Faith from the attacks of its enemies may not be generally appreciated by the friends, particularly in places where attacks have been infrequent. However, it is certain that such opposition will increase, become concerted, and eventually universal. The writings clearly foreshadow not only an intensification of the machinations of internal enemies, but a rise in the hostility and opposition of its external enemies, whether religious or secular, as the Cause pursues its onward march towards ultimate victory. Therefore, in the light of the warnings of the Guardian, the Auxiliary Boards for Protection should keep "constantly" a "watchful eye" on those "who are known to be enemies, or to have been put out of the Faith", discreetly investigate their activities, alert intelligently the friends to the opposition inevitably to come, explain how each crisis in God's Faith has always proved to be a blessing in disguise, and prepare them for the "dire contest which is destined to range the Army of Light against the forces of darkness".


See also Baha'i CULT FAQ

Baha'u'llah and all Baha'is are Covenant Breakers!


by N. Wahid Azal

The following is a legal argument and not a theological one, although it has theological implications.
According to all Bayani sources as well as documentation dispersed between several official non-Baha'i MSS collections (i.e. Browne CUL, British Museum Library, Oxford Bodleian Library, Princeton University MSS collections, Bibliotheque National of France, etc), after a lengthy correspondence of a year where he had elevated him in rank, in April 1850 the Bab officially appointed Mirza Yahya Nuri Subh-i-Azal (d. 1912) as his undisputed successor and mirror. In doing so, and as all the Bayani sources indicate, the Bab widely communicated his nomination to all the Babi leaders of the time and they in turn communicated it to the rank and file of the Babis. One of the original pieces of documentation in the handwriting of the Bab himself appointing Subh-i-Azal still exists and has been published several times in facsimile, beginning by E.G. Browne in his edition and translation of Tarikh-i-Jadid.

In the batch of communications from that April-May 1850 period, the Bab likewise sent a short missive to Mirza Husayn 'Ali Nuri Baha'ullah (d. 1892) instructing him to protect Subh-i-Azal as his sole duty until his death. This missive (whose original in the handwriting of the Bab also exists and is addressed to '238', i.e. Husayn 'Ali) states as follows:

From the element of the Most Splendorous (az ʿunṣur-i-abhāʾ), namely Yaḥyā [i.e. Ṣubḥ-i-Azal], the written tablets (alvāḥ-i-mastūrih), which hath disclosed from the simple substance of ecstatic spiritual attraction, were perused, thanks be the discloser of majesty, majestic and tremendous be he! Exercise a perfect watchfulness over the spirit and vitality (rūḥ va irtivāh) of that considered one [i.e. Ṣubḥ-i-Azal] so that the fierce simoom winds (aryāḥ-i-mushriqa) do not settle upon the heart of that inhabitant; and, in writing and dictation, the means of joy and delight in the acme of perfection should be facilitated for his sake such that he, absolutely, never ever beholds any grief or sorrow, neither secretly nor openly. And take the utmost care of him and his treasured works (āthār-i-makhzūna) until your own time arrives (tā vaqt-i-khud), for God is with the patient! (my trans.)

Nowhere in this communication does it appear that the Bab is speaking to a superior. He is in fact quite emphatically addressing someone who he deems to be a spiritual inferior which he instructs regarding his own successor (who happens to be the addressees younger step-brother).
According to all Bayani sources, as well as those remaining pieces of text from the Baghdad period, for 13-14 years Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri Baha'ullah himself unequivocally upheld (in private and in public) the wording and the spirit of the Bab's nomination and appointment of his younger brother as being unimpeachable. Mullā Muḥammad Jaʿfar Narāqī (d. 1871) confirms:

…in his [earlier] professed declarations of servitude [towards Ṣubḥ-i-Azal], [Bahā’u’llāh] would make the cap of pride and boastful vainglory reach the summit of the heavens…” (my trans.)

According to the explicit text of the Persian Bayan, a divine revelation and its dispensation must reach its stage of maturity until another revelation comes to abrogate it. Moreover, within the Persian Bayan the Bab also states that the Bayan's promised one may appear either in 1511 or 2001 years from his own time. Elsewhere the Bab anticipates a series of mirrors and successors within the Bayan whose number total 19:

…as long as the sun shines all will be illumined by its radiance; and afterwards if one like him should arise then you will be guided by one similar to him, and you will be illumined by the radiance of God until it reaches/concludes with the unity (wāḥid)… (my trans)

In the same text quoted above, the Bab anticipates that such successors or mirrors will arise once every 66 years (which spans a period of 1254 years, i.e. 66 x 19). This clearly underscores that the Bab did not anticipate a future universal manifestation like himself before the completion of this cycle. In other writings, the Bab indicates that the Babi promised one will in the future be born to human parents, will have a childhood and go to school before his or her revelation. The original of this aforementioned document also exist and has been published.

Now, depending on the calculation, Baha'ullah was two, nearly three years older than the Bab (the Bayanis calculate the year of the Bab's birth as 1820 and not 1819 as the Baha'is do). In 1850 Baha'ullah would have been roughly 33 years old and in 1863 he would have been around 46. At the time of his apparent declaration, whether taken in Baghdad or later in Edirne, the dispensation of the Bayan would have been in its most formative stage of a mere 13-17 years old (calculating BE from Naw-Ruz, March 1850 per the Bab's diary). There was no Bayani state in existence at the time per the anticipation of the Bayan. None of the Bayani regulations that required the existence of a Bayani state had been implimented in 1863-7, or since. Most of the remaining writings of the Bab which had not been destroyed by the Qajar state and 'ulama were still in 1863-7 being collected, collated and transcribed in copies. None had been printed yet as the Bab unequivocally antipated in the Persian as well as the Arabic Bayans. Nor had the shrines to the 18 Letters of the Living or to the Bab himself been erected. In short, none of the requirements for the coming of new revelation and dispensation superceding the Bayan existed in 1863-7.

Per the documentary evidence this unequivocally indicates that Baha'ullah had no business declaring himself to be the promised one of the Bayan and to inaugurate a new dispensation superceding it. As such Baha'ullah was not the promised one of the Bayan and hence his assertion regarding the establishment of a covenant has no legal bases and so is legally null and void. When key conditions for the reformulation and/or amendment to an original contract do not exist, or have otherwise not been fulfilled in any form or manner, under any jurisprudence of contract this contract has no legal weight, has no legitimacy and therefore those who attempt to introduce these new stipulations overriding the original contract (in opposition to its stipulations) are in actual fact in violation and so in breach of this original contract. As such this makes Baha'ullah the legally established contract breaker and so Covenant Breaker of the revelation of the Bayan and with him all the Baha'is together as well. QED

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A direct assault on the concept of a Covenant keeping the Baha'i Faith safe from error and divisions by Dale Husband

The basic problem of authority in the Baha’i Faith, with its false claim that those authorities are infallible, really becomes obvious when you consider the issue of the Guardianship, which Shoghi Effendi held from 1921 until his death in 1957. He was appointed to that position by his grandfather, Abdu’l-Baha.

O ye the faithful loved ones of Abdu’l-Baha! it is incumbent upon you to take the greatest care of Shoghi Effendi… For he is, after Abdu’l-Baha, the Guardian of the Cause of God… He that obeyeth him not, hath not obeyed God; he that turneth away from him, hath turned away from God and he that denieth him, hath denied the True One… All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause and the House of Justice. And he that turneth unto whatsoever else is indeed in grievous error.
(`Abdu’l-Baha: Will and Testament, pages 25-26)

Later, Shoghi Effendi himself wrote:

Divorced from the institution of the Guardianship the World Order of Baha’u’llah would be mutilated and permanently deprived of that hereditary principle which, as Abdu’l-Baha has written, has been invariably upheld by the Law of God. …Without such an institution the integrity of the Faith would be imperiled, and the stability of the entire fabric would be gravely endangered. its prestige would suffer, the means required to enable it to take a long, an uninterrupted view over a series of generations would be completely lacking, and the necessary guidance to define the sphere of the legislative action of its elected representatives would be totally withdrawn.
(Shoghi Effendi: World Order of Baha’u’llah, page 148 )
It stands to reason that if Shoghi Effendi must be obeyed absolutely as the representative of God’s will, then he himself must obey the Baha’i commandments that came before him. If he was disobedient to Baha’i laws, then no one should obey him.
Baha’ullah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated in his book of laws, the Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 109, “Unto everyone hath been enjoined the writing of a will.”

Likewise, Abdul-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah, in the very Will and Testament by which he appointed Shoghi Effendi to the Guardianship, stated: “It is incumbent upon the Guardian of the Cause of God to appoint in his own life-time him that shall become his successor, that differences may not arise after his passing. He that is appointed must manifest in himself detachment from all worldly things, must be the essence of purity, must show in himself the fear of God, knowledge, wisdom and learning. Thus, should the first-born of the Guardian of the Cause of God not manifest in himself the truth of the words:—“The child is the secret essence of its sire,” that is, should he not inherit of the spiritual within him (the Guardian of the Cause of God) and his glorious lineage not be matched with a goodly character, then must he, (the Guardian of the Cause of God) choose another branch to succeed him.”(Abd’ul-Baha. Will and Testament, p. 12.)

Shoghi Effendi did none of these things. He had no children, and in fact he expelled from the Faith as “Covenant-breakers” every other descendant of his own grandfather, thus betraying the Faith. When he died in 1957, he left no will and had appointed no successor, thus failing to obey the very Covenant he was expected to uphold.

With no further guidance from the Guardian, the Hands of the Cause of God that he had appointed to assist him did the only thing they could to keep the Baha’i Faith alive: They took over the Faith and arranged for the eventual election of the Universal House of Justice in 1963. But without a Guardian to preside over that body, it would never be in accordance with the very writings that established its authority. And the only ones who could be Guardian were the male descendants of Baha’ullah, all of whom were excluded from the Faith by the first Guardian!

Indeed, the simple fact that Shoghi Effendi disobeyed both Bahau’llah and Abd’ul-Baha by not leaving a will, by expelling all his own relatives from the Faith, and not appointing in his lifetime one of his brothers or male cousins as his sucessor to the Guardianship should be enough to demonstrate that there is NO “true” Baha’i Faith existing today. Its authority is meaningless by the testimony of its own history!

And perhaps this was inevitable, since Baha’ullah himself warned his successors in the Faith not to exceed the proper bounds of their authority. Referring again to the Kitab-i-Aqdas, we find this as paragraph 37:

“Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a man is assuredly a lying impostor. We pray God that He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate such claim. Should he repent, God will, no doubt, forgive him. If, however, he persisteth in his error, God will, assuredly, send down one who will deal mercilessly with him. Terrible, indeed, is God in punishing! Whosoever interpreteth this verse otherwise than its obvious meaning is deprived of the Spirit of God and of His mercy which encompasseth all created things. Fear God, and follow not your idle fancies. Nay, rather, follow the bidding of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Wise. Erelong shall clamorous voices be raised in most lands. Shun them, O My people, and follow not the iniquitous and evil-hearted. This is that of which We gave you forewarning when We were dwelling in ‘Iráq, then later while in the Land of Mystery, and now from this Resplendent Spot.” (Emphasis mine)

Since any Baha’i would affirm that Abdu’l-Baha is inferior in rank to Baha’u’llah, we have to apply consistent logic to the Baha’i Writings;  and when we do…..

“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 Abha Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of His Holiness, the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both). Whatsoever they decide is of God. Whoso obeyeth him not, neither obeyeth them, hath not obeyed God; whoso rebelleth against him and against them hath rebelled against God; whoso opposeth him hath opposed God; whoso contendeth with them hath contended with God; whoso disputeth with him hath disputed with God; whoso denieth him hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him hath in truth deviated, separated himself and turned aside from God. May the wrath, the fierce indignation, the vengeance of God rest upon him!” (Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha, Page 11 [Emphasis mine] )

There is no way that passage can be reconciled with the one of Baha’u’llah denying that anyone can receive direct revelation from God before the passage of 1000 years. And that might explain why Shoghi Effendi died:

  1.    without issue
  2.    at the relatively young age of 60
  3.    in the midst of the Ten Year World Crusade he was leading and…
  4.    in London, NOT at the Baha’i World Center.  
He was probably struck down by God himself just as Baha’u’llah would have predicted. And despite the desperate efforts made ever since to teach and proclaim the Baha’i Faith under the Universal House of Justice, it remains to this day a small, cultlike body scattered over the world, with no potential to make any real difference in the world at large.

To all those who are still members of this Faith, as I was years ago, I implore you to be fair in your judgement and search your feelings. The Baha’i Faith has failed you and you need not be bound by laws, authorities, or institutions that are not based on truth. Whether you belong to the mainstream Baha’i Faith that follows the Guardianship-less Universal House of Justice, or one of the splinter groups that rejected the authority of that body, the fact remains you follow a spirtually dead faith and are totally wasting your time. The Baha’i Faith will never become the great religion of the world Baha’ullah and Abdu’l-Baha envisioned it to be, because Shoghi Effendi ruined it with his blind assumption of his own infallibility. His own relatives questioned his decisions and were expelled for doing that. If you cannot question authority, it can destroy you. Or, in this case, the credibility of the authority is destroyed and opposing it becomes a moral obligation. Let it be so!

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Professor Ehsan Yarshater was excommunicated by the Baha'i patriarch Shoghi Effendi

Professor Ehsan Yarshater passed away on 1 September 2018
by N. Wahid Azal

Professor Ehsan Yarshater (b. 3 April 1920 in Hamadan, Iran and died 1 September 2018 in California, USA ), the founder and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Iranica, has passed away. Yarshater originally hailed from a Jewish Baha'i family, part of a group of Jewish converts from that city who during the late 19th century CE and early 20th became the biggest group of non-Muslim converts to the creed. As friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and peers pay homage to this man, there is a part of his biography that should be shared.

Ehsan Yarshater was among the most eminent victims of the Baha'i leadership of the last century. During the 1930s the Baha'i patriarch Shoghi Effendi Rabbani (d. 1957) had forbidden any Iranian Baha'i from traveling to the West on the pain of excommunication. The reasons for Shoghi Effendi's prohibition on Iranian Baha'is specifically remains somewhat unclear but many middle-class Baha'is of the intellectual class fell to Shoghi Effendi's authoritarianism during this time.

In the 1930s under the Reza Shah regime, after completing his studies at the newly established University of Tehran, Ehsan Yarshater won himself an Iranian government-sponsored scholarship for graduate studies overseas. He used this scholarship, first alighting in Germany. But the Nazi regime (and, even though he was officially a Baha'i at the time, Yarshater's Jewish Iranian pedigree) forced him out and soon to Britain where he enrolled in the graduate program at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies) studying under German orientalist Walter Bruno Henning.

When Shoghi Effendi found out that Ehsan Yarshater had defied his orders to stay in Iran and had gone to the West, he swiftly issued an excommunication against Yarshater that effectively made him what in Baha'i parlance is designated as a "Covenant Breaker" (a heretic which in Baha'i terminology is considered to be "spiritual leprosy" whereby all must shun such a person). Since his entire family were Baha'is at the time, under Baha'i beliefs (and Shoghi Effendi's authoritarianism specifically), the entire family of Ehsan Yarshater was obliged to shun him on the pain of being shunned and excommunicated themselves. Yarshater told me in person in his NY office in 1998 that following his excommunication by Shoghi Effendi, he was prevented from visiting his family for decades and was prohibited from even attending his parent's funeral. He was ostracized by his extended Baha'i family henceforth and the Baha'is in general for decades afterward.

Be that as it may, Ehsan Yarshater had his revenge against the Baha'i cult machinery (and Shoghi Effendi specifically) since during the years of the second Pahlavi shah, after Iraj Afshar (d. 2011), he emerged as one of the most eminent Iranists of his generation. Under the premiership of Amir Abbas Hoveyda (d. 1979), during the 1960s the Iranian government of the time commissioned the Encyclopedia Iranica with Ehsan Yarshater as its editor-in-chief: a project and monument that will bear his name forever.

Rest in Power, Ehsan Yarshater (d. 2018).

Why you should not join the Baha'i Faith?

Quite a few reasons why not to join the Baha'i Faith

1) The use of apologetics and prophesy to covert "seekers" and educate members is mind numbing. The thought is that if they can tell you enough anecdotes where you say "yes", then you MUST declare yourself a Baha'i or join a Study Group. It's brainwashing.

2) While there are no clergy, there are many people holding positions in the administration that have the same authority over its members. Cross one of those people, and you'll find out exactly where you stand.

3) Its membership (Real Baha'is) is made up of Persians, wannabe Persians, and people who the faith intends to convert to wannabe Persians. All roads lead to Persian culture worship.

4) Be prepared to open up your wallet often. They want a good chunk of your income and 19% of your wealth. As others have posted, you will be reminded of this very often, and people will visit your home to "educate" you about how much you should be giving.

5) Baha'i "teaching" is proselytization. No more. No less. Interfaith gatherings Baha'is organize are aimed at one thing... conversion. You will be asked to do a lot of it.

6) Ruhi books are written at a 3rd grade reading level. Hope you enjoy.

7) Unity is both a Baha'i principle and weapon. It sounds good until you disagree with anything you've been told or read. The UHJ is infallible after all :)

8) None of them I've met actually follow the Baha'i laws. If you drink alcohol, take drugs, fornicate, participate in a gay relationship, backbite, eat during fasts, etc, then the personal repercussions are the equivalent of "Oopsies!" It's a joke.

9) Their membership numbers are highly inflated. 5 million members are actually around 100-200 thousand members.

10) It's a social movement. The vast majority of their recruiting is aimed at poor minorities.

The Awakening of the Sleepers (Tanbihun Naimeen)

This book was composed by Subh-i-Azal’s and Baha’s half-sister Izziyya Khanum known as Khanum-i-Buzurg. The book is commonly called رساله عمه (The Aunt’s Epistle). It was written in reply to Sir Abb as Effendi’s communication inviting her to embrace Bahaism. The author died in A.H. 1332 (1904). Sir Abbas Effendi stepped into the shoes of his father Baha after his death in 1892. The aunt’s Epistle must have been composed between the years 1892 and 1904.

A facsimile of the letter from Abdul Baha to his aunt known as Khanum-i-Buzurg, urging her to believe in Baha and to abjure his half brother Subh-i-Azal.

1. A long reply to this from Khanum-i Buzurg, containing a considerable amount of interesting historical and biographical matter about Bahais, especially during the Baghdad period and the schism between the Bahais and Bayanis; this portion of the book being commonly called رساله عمه (the Aunt’s Epistle); the reply rebuts the pretensions of Baha;

2. A homily خطابه in Arabic followed by a refutation (رساله ردّیه) in Persian, both by Mirza Ahmad of Kerman

3. Fac-simile of the Will and Testament of Baha. The preamble and the concluding notes are in the handwriting of Baha whilst the body of the Will is the handwriting of his secretary. Baha recognised Subh-i-Azal as his chief and admitted to his authority.

Excerpts From The Book

(P. 5): Baha had “an ordinate desire for universal sway” and “an idle fancy for throne” as exalted as the heavens”. He labored under the misapprehension that if the Shah of Iran were come to grief one day, he was bound to step into his shoes.

P.4 Baha received “private tuition” at home in accordance with the norms then obtaining in Iran as regards persons whose parents were in affluent circumstances. He practiced calligraphy and learned the “rudiments of Arabic and literature”. He displayed an aptitude for the “science of philosophy” and for matters connected with “spiritual knowledge (Irfan). He frequented the company of philosophers, knowers of spiritual knowledge and Dervishes”. (PP. 7-8): Baha’s release from imprisonment following the attempt on the Shah’s life in August 1852 was subject to his expulsion from Iran.

Baha's Sufi Friends

(PP. 11-14), obsessed with his “inordinate desire” and “idle fancy”, during his stay in Baghdad, Baha uttered some remarks, which pointed to his “wickedness and insubordination” and exposed his “ulterior motives”. Believers of the first class who would not brook such “words and absurdities” called Subh-i-Azal’s attention thereto. “Reprimanded” by Subh-i-Azal for his attempt to “deviate the people of the Bayan from the fundamental Cause” and “re-enact the case of Samiri, Baha was strictly forbidden by him to make such statements in future.

With his ulterior motives thus disclosed, Baha took to flight towards Sulaymaniyya. For a time he associated with the leaders of various Orders in those regions, manoeuvring to create a position of ascendancy for himself. His labors came to naught. For a while he studied the occult science, wearied of life, and in his attempts to achieve his purpose, he appealed to Subh-i-Azal and prayed for forgiveness. Pardoned by him, he was brought back to Baghdad, and put in charge of his affairs.

P. 13: In his petition of repentance addressed to Subh-i-Azal from his self-imposed exile in Kurdistan during the Baghdad period, Baha concludes: “How am I to make mention, My God!, of what has taken possession of me by the wonders of thy dominance, and by the flashes of thy irresistible power. I would either be a pigeon in thy house or a bird in the valley of thy Oneness, or a gnat in the desert of thy Ever-abidingness or a mosquito in the wilderness of thy Eternity. My bones are dried up, and my limbs are broken. If thou forgivest me thou art in truth the Best Compassionate and if thou chastised me verily thou art the Much Forgiver, the Compassionate.”

Appropriation of the title of Baha or Bahaullah by Mirza Husayn Ali is confirmed by Tanbihun-Naimin, P.5. No such title was conferred on Mirza Husayn Ali commonly called Bahaullah.

Baha's Will and Testament of the Baghdad period is reproduced in facsimile at the end of the Tanbih-al-Naemin.

Baha's Will and Testament consists of three pages. The body of the Will appears to be in the hand-writing of Mirza 'Abd-al-Jawad of Khurasan also known as Mirza Wahab of Khurasan. The colophon at the beginning & in the end of the Will are however penned in the handwriting of Baha himself.

The colophon at the beginning sums as follows:

"This is my book of Testament of People of concourse, take notice." “……. Hear the call of the Holy Leaf [i.e. Subh-i Azal] ………… speaking unto you from behind the veils [Subh-i Azal lived in seclusion in accordance with the Point’s instructions] ………… He [i.e. Subh-i Azal] is the One whom god [i.e. the Point] hath appointed as Qayyum [self-existent, title by which Subh-i Azal is addressed by the Point in the nomination document in page 1 of the Collection entitled the Epistles of the Point and His amanuensis Sayyid Husayn] “unto …. He is the Eternal [Azaliyya] luminary ……… whomsoever turns aside from him doth perish …… He is the White Hand [alluding to the miracle of Moses] in the Mount …. For Israel of the Bayan …… There is no god but He, the Living, [Al-Hayy, title conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point.], the powerful, the self-Existent [al-Qayyum]. …. God has ordained in the Book that after the Remainder [Az-Zikr, the name by which the Point calls himself in the nomination document] one should turn himself to the Quibble of the Cause [i.e. authority is to vest in Subh-i Azal as dictated in the nomination document ….. ‘O People of the Bayan, can anyone produce verses like unto those revealed in the Book [of Bayan]? Verily the Remnant of god [Baqiyyatullah, one of the titles of the absent Imam; this title was assumed by the Point] in these days is the Apparition of light [Tal’at-an Nur].

Nur is one of the titles conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point. In his Dalail-i Sab’a (The Seven Proofs) the Point points out that the term ‘light’ in the passage of the prophet’s tradition of Kumayl “and in the first year thou shall see (fulfilled), there shone forth a light from the Morning of Eternity, if thou dost not thyself flee away and become troubled,” refers to Imam Husayn, son of Ali-Ibn Abi Talib, as the light is like a lamp that burns itself to illuminate others. Hence the designation of Subh-i Azal as Nur (light), or Husayn, and the Morning of Eternity by the Point. The prophetic tradition of Kumayl concerning the events of five successive years of the Point’s dispensation is quoted by Baha in his Kitab-i Iqan, in support of the Point’s divine mission, composed by him in his pre-‘manifestation’ days.

After a lengthy exordium in exaltation of Subh-i-Azal, in page 2, 1st column line 19, Baha asseverates: "In truth has god decreed in the Book, that after the reminder [i.e. Sayyid Ali Muhammad, the BءB] reference is made to the face of the cause [i.e. Subh-i Azal, title conferred on him by the Point, see Epistle in page 10 of the Epistles of the Point and his amanuensis] in these days and whoso turns aside from the injunction of his lord has in fact turned his back on the path of God."

In page 2, 2nd column, line 33, Baha affirms with solemnity:

"Bear witness in your hearts that appearance of light [i.e. Subh-i-Azal], and that the Remnant of God [i.e. He-Whom-God-Will-Make-Manifest] who will appear in the Mustaghath is truth, about which there is no doubt. And verily we are all expecting." In page 3, 1st column, line 3 Baha reiterates his allegiance to Subh-i-Azal: "Bear witness that I am a servant who has believed in God and in the appearance of light."

In page 3, 1st column, line 25, Baha makes a further solemn declaration: "Say, Is not the Face of the light all-sufficient unto you, who, from behind the veils, because of a command from God, the overseen, the self-subsistence. O people of the concourse, have I not summoned you unto god and his verses and, unto the appearance of light?"

"On you be the reminder [i.e. Sayyid Ali Muhammad] and on those who prostrate themselves before Face of God [i.e. Subh-i-Azal].

The colophon at the end runs as follows:
"Also, has God made Joseph the light [i.e. Subh-i-Azal] king of the truth in the city of the Bayan. But all the people are dead within the veils of their own selves and verily these papers are proof of my servitude to his Face, if you will know it, otherwise destroy them in the Shatt [i.e. al-Arab, in Iraq] haply [those in the realm of the possible might have faith in the verses of God, their Lord."

Baha suffered from dystaxia. P. 65 the Tanbihun Naimin (The Sleeper Awakened). This infinity affected Baha’s hands which had become shaky. Traces of this disease were noticeable in Baha’s writings written with a shaky hand.

"For long years", to quote from the Tanbih-al-Naimin (Awakening of the Sleepers, P.65," the disease ) of hernia was inseparable from the person of Baha, and those present and absent were an eyewitness to his hand's shaking continuously from palsy."

P.16: Husayn [i.e. the Imam] was the wronged-one (Mazlum) and not the wrongdoer [Yazid].” As admitted by Shoghi Effendi also, god passes by, p.114, Subh-i Azal and members of his family lived in a dilapidated quarter of the city. Their meals were provider from Baha’s kitchen. The Awakening of Sleepers (Tanbihun-Naimin), PP. 18-19.

PP. 16-17: Acting ostensibly on behalf of Subh-i Azal, Baha in Baghdad addressed circular letters to the BءBis in Persia calling upon them to return to him the Point’s writings in their possession, including Baha’s own letters wherein he acknowledged Subh-i Azal’s authority as the Point’s successor and offered his allegiance to him. Having received some of the documents, he despatched to Persia his wife Mahd-i Ulya, his own son Muhammad Ali and an attendant who went about the country and collected the Point’s writings. Laden with two chests containing the Point’s writings, they returned to Baghdad and delivered the writings to Baha.

The BءB’s epistle addressed to Baha appears in old BءBi manuscript. Following is from page 32 of the Tanbih-al-Naimin in which this historic epistle is reproduced textually.

Reference is also made to it in the Dawn Breakers, Nabil’s Narrative.

Contents of the epistle :
To “238” [Husayn Ali].
In the preamble of the epistle the BءB stresses Subh-i-Azal’s station, refers to him as “the Most Glorious [Abha] Element called Yahya”; Subh-i-Azal’s name, and notes with thanks “the tablets which have been made manifest by that Essence of Ecstasy and pure Magnet. Exercise,” the BءB then directs and instructs Mirza Husayn Ali, “the utmost vigilance for his spirit and vitality, so that simoom-winds settle not on his heart. Make available for him,” the BءB commands Mirza Husayn Ali, “the most perfect means of encouragement for calligraphy and orthography, so that he exhibits not absolutely, sorrow, overt or covert.”

از عنصر ابهی سمی یحیی الواح مسطوره که از جوهر و له سازج انجذاب متجلی گشته مشاهده شده الشکر لمجلیه جل و عز کمال تراقب در روح و ارتواح آن منظور داشته باش که اریاح مشرقه بر فؤاد آن ساکن نگردد و اسباب شوق در خط و املاء بر نهج کمال از رای او فراهم آورده که مطلق مشاهده حزنی نه سراً و نه جهرا ننماید و کمال حفظ آن و آثار مخزونه آن داشته باش تا وقت خود والله مع الصابرین

“Take the utmost Care,” the BءB enjoins upon Mirza Husayn Ali, “of him, and of his latent works [signs] till their [appearance in] due course of time, and god is with those that are patient.”

In the Badasht conference Mirza Husayn Ali was in attendance of Tahira together with a number of companions. He received the title of Baha from that great and pure lady. He became privileged by this title of which he was proud, and which he gloried among his equals.”

PP 87-90, the authoress takes her nephew Abdul Baha Abbas to severe task for his violent campaign against Subh-i Azal to involve the latter in the murder of Dayyan and quotes a passage from a letter written by Bahaullah, addressed to Aqa Mirza Muhammad Hadi wherin Baha takes full credit for having carried into effect the judgment of god to dispose of Dayyan, from which the authoress comes to the conclusion that either the father or the son is a liar, the former for his admission to have killed Dayyan and the latter for his attempt to contradict and whitewash him.

(PP 5-8) corroborates Baha’s complicity in the attempt. From the outset Baha was obsessed with personality cult. He had an inordinate lust for power; the hankered after world conquest and monarchy. He laboured under the misapprehension that if the Shah were to come to grief, he was destined to step into his shoes and accedes to the throne.

Baha'u'llah's Handwriting (British Museum)

The authoress of the Tanbihun-Naimin PP. 16-18 confirms Baha’s practice of verse-writing [ayat] preparatory to declaration of his mission.

Please Click here to view 'Awakening of The Sleepers' in Persian language.

Baha'i Community of UK and India commemorated the "Liberation of Haifa"!! Shoghi Effendi considers the British seizure of Palestine a "liberation"!!!

Regarding Israel-Palestine conflict Shoghi Effendi claimed that:
"the Baha’i Faith has no official position on the governance and current disputes regarding this land."
"The Baha’i Faith is entirely non-political and we neither take sides in the present tragic dispute going on over the future of the Holy Land and its peoples..."
and Jerusalem Post writes thus:
" an article of faith – it studiously keeps out of the tumultuous world of Israeli politics."
Now read these words of Shoghi Effendi:

On March 11, 1936, Shoghi Effendi wrote a letter later published as The Unfolding of World Civilization, a document included in the book titled World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.
Within The Unfolding of World Civilization are sections, such as one entitled Collapse of Islam, in which Shoghi Effendi summarizes late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican history in these terms...
The murder of that arrogant despot in the year 1876; the Russo-Turkish conflict that soon followed in its wake; the wars of liberation which succeeded it; the rise of the Young Turk movement; the Turkish Revolution of 1909 that precipitated the downfall of ‘Abdu’l-Ḥamíd; the Balkan wars with their calamitous consequences; the liberation of Palestine enshrining within its bosom the cities of ‘Akká and Haifa, the world center of an emancipated Faith; the further dismemberment decreed by the Treaty of Versailles; the abolition of the Sultanate and the downfall of the House of Uthmán; the extinction of the Caliphate; the disestablishment of the State Religion; the annulment of the Sharí’ah Law and the promulgation of a universal Civil Code; the suppression of various orders, beliefs, traditions and ceremonials believed to be inextricably interwoven with the fabric of the Muslim Faith—these followed with an ease and swiftness that no man had dared envisage. In these devastating blows, administered by friend and foe alike, by Christian nations and professing Muslims, every follower of the persecuted Faith of Bahá’u’lláh recognized evidences of the directing Hand of the departed Founder of his religion, Who, from the invisible Realm, was unloosing a flood of well-deserved calamities upon a rebellious religion and nation. World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, page 175
Three thoughts from this passage:

1) Shoghi Effendi considers the British seizure of Palestine a "liberation." By the time World Order of Bahá’u’lláh was published in 1938, the British had permitted the immigration of hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers to Palestine, and in 1937 the Peel Commission proposed a partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab sectors. The proposal was rejected by both the Arab and Jewish leadership. It is not mere conspiratorial inklings that lead detractors to consider the Bahá'í Faith to have ties to Zionism or British and Russian Imperialism.

2) Shoghi Effendi refers to "the further dismemberment decreed by the Treaty of Versailles" of the Ottoman Empire. The Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and some of the Allied nations, and it did not pertain to the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire would cease hostilities with Allies through the Armistice of Mudros, and Treaty of Sevres that was signed at the end of World War I was never ratified by the Ottoman Parliament in Istanbul. The nascent Republic of Turkey would later sign the Treaty of Lausanne with the Allies.

3) Shoghi Effendi describes the suffering of Ottoman subjects in World War I to have been "well-deserved calamities" unloosed by the "directing Hand" of Bahá'u'lláh. One wonders how anyone can equate Bahá'u'lláh's exile, where he was still allowed to lead his religious community and publicly declare himself Him whom God shall make manifest, with the suffering of World War I.

More about the so called "Liberation of Haifa" can be read here:

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Who was Bahauallah to you? A man inspired by God? False prophet? - Some answers by former Baha'is

One person wrote :

He was the manifestation of satan, the devil and antichrist, the trickster and evil whisperer, the Golden Calf, Beelzebub, Lucifer, ahriman, Mephistophles and Iblis in the flesh (ل), hence why long ago I dubbed him Baha'u-Shaytan. His objective was to carve a legacy for his ego with fluffy platitudes and half digested ideas he had literally stolen from other sources which he claimed to be his own unique revelations, i.e. a pure Nietzschean will to power; this, while he held a knife behind his back which he plunged into his own brother's back. Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri is one of the ultimate case studies in radical evil, sociopathic nihilism and the dangers of such people. If he was the return of anyone, this man was the return of Cain. If a time machine could be built and one could go back into the past, I for one would not hesitate to go to 1850s Baghdad, find him and put him out of his misery right then and there for the good of all posterity at the very moment when he first began his mischief making against the Babis and Subh-i-Azal. The dark legacy of this malevolent scheister and his fraud has negatively touched a myriad of innocent people across generations and destroyed countless lives. As such Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri Baha'u-Shaytan was one of histories finest criminals, hucksters and con-artists, and who other than the dark one can possibly inspire and possess such individuals as he? And all of his true believers -- particularly those of them who have marticulated in his doctrine and climbed to the highest ranks of his cult -- are just like he is: dogged sociopathic nihilists engaged in radical evil.

Another ex-Baha'i wrote:

He was a cult leader. Plain and simple.

Baha'ullah was the farce to the Bab's tragedy. He was an opportunist who, like many others, made an attempt at capitalizing upon the popularity of the nascent Babi movement. He was clever in that he transformed the esoteric Shi'ism of the Bab into a religion which could have a more widespread appeal and an influence which could last long after the death of its founder, but this was perhaps his sole virtue. The means by which he further secured the success of his religion consisted of deceit, propaganda, murder, and collusion with sympathetic foreign officials.

He stopped at nothing, not even conspiracy against his own brother, in order to benefit himself. He stole ideas from other writers and supplemented them with his own "revelations" in order to make himself appear knowledgeable, when the reality was that he knew little of the intricacies of Islamic theology.

Whenever he was guilty, he passed himself off as a "Wronged One," and whenever he was innocent, it was not long before he would commit some other heinous act against someone who had done no wrong against him.

Subh-i-Azal appointed him as one of the leaders of the Babis and decreed that they should obey him, but Baha'u'llah was not content with this station, and so he began preparing "verses" and thereafter claimed "divine revelation." He gathered around himself a group of followers prepared to murder on his behalf and turned them against Azal and his partisans.

Qahir, Seraj, Dayyan, Aka Jan, Sayyid Muhammad Isfahani, Mirza Riza...the list goes on and on. Babi after Babi fell in succession by the decree of Baha'u'llah and/or with his good-pleasure. It did not matter how innocent he was, or even if he was a companion of the Bab himself (as was the case with Isfahani), if someone stood in the way of Baha'u'llah, he was summarily dealt with.

As Avarih cleverly remarked, "Baha is not [Imam] Husayn but Hasan[-i-Sabbah] returned."

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Former Baha'i exposes Baha'i Hypocrisy

The Baha’i Faith as an organization does the complete opposite of what they teach ‘seekers’. They tell interested souls that it is a universal religion that accepts the validity of all religions, then goes around telling its own membership that the world is suffering because all of humanity hasn’t become Baha’is. It tells interested minds that the Baha’i Faith doesn’t demand or accept blind faith, unlike those ‘old religions’, but then tells skeptical believers that ‘there are some things you’re just going to have to accept, even if you can’t understand the wisdom of it at the moment’.

It tells open hearts that there is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith, that the consciences of human beings are sacred and should be protected, that every one has the right and obligation to independently investigate the truth, that every one has the right to express their concerns and opinions without fear; yet its top leadership dis-enrolls, excommunicates, and shuns those who ‘cross the line’.

If the Universal House of Justice would just once answer these legitimate objections that thousands have about the current administration of the Baha’i Faith, including many members (some of whom are quiet and some not so quiet), that would be a good start. But it appears that the people in the ‘higher up’ positions are just interested in short term goals and securing their status for as long as they can milk it. It’s sad, really, because the Baha’i Faith could have been a tremendous spiritual force in this world. But its vitality has been sapped by extreme over organization, meetings about nothing, meetings about having meetings, misplaced loyalties, politics when it suits their cause, abstention from politics when it is non-Baha’is who are suffering, etc.

It still makes me angry that this institution dares to say that it is because of Baha’u’llah’s ‘blessings’ that all of this ‘great’ stuff is being done by the rank and file Baha’i membership obeying their instructions. It offends me that they drag his name through the mud to promote their agenda, and I’m not even a Baha’i anymore. But I still have respect and appreciation for Baha’u’llah, enough to get mad when an institution will exploit his name and life’s work to further meaningless ‘plans’ that never do anything but entrap a few new members every year.

Since the Baha’i Faith is not going to take over the world, people know that how many people in the world call themselves “Baha’i” is pretty much meaningless. What matters is what values, principles and causes people are working for, giving their time and energy and money to make a constructive difference in the world. If Baha’is would take at least 50% of the time, energy, and money they’re currently devoting to the “global Plan” for “intensive programmes of growth” promoted by their beloved, supposedly infallible UHJ, and transfer those human and financial resources into doing actual work to promote ideals Baha’is have always believed in — things such as overcoming racism and gender discrimination, reducing the gap between rich and poor, and striving for peace between nations and religions — they might find that more people would want to get involved in their religious community!

What do you find most deceptive in the Bahai Faith?

Euphemisms. "Teaching" is nice way of saying, proselytizing. "Teachers" are proselytizers. "Oneness of humanity" is when most, if not everyone, converts to the Baha'i Faith. "Service" or "service to humanity" is almost always some sort of religious work and most religious work is "teaching work". "Pioneers" are long-term missionaries. "Unity" has the same meaning as "oneness of humanity", which I briefly mentioned. "Oneness of religion" doesn't mean that all religions are one; it has the same meaning as in Islam, in that, most of the predominant religions were revealed from God, but are now outdated and distorted. When I left the Baha'i Faith, it took me a long time to rewire my brain as to the real meanings of these terms. It was frustrating.

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Ridvan 2009: Baha’is missing the point of their own religion - by Eric Stetson

Former Baha'i, Eric Stetson

Today is the first day of Ridvan, a major holiday season for adherents of the Baha’i Faith. As a former Baha’i who still agrees with many of the basic principles of that religion, I keep up with what’s going on in the Baha’i world. This year’s Ridvan message from the highest leaders of the Baha’i Faith confirms my view that Baha’i has become an inward-looking religion that refuses to engage the world at large except for the purpose of trying to convert people.

Why am I bothering to comment on this? Baha’i, with only a few million adherents, isn’t exactly an important religion in worldly terms and most people haven’t even heard of it. But I think it’s a profound illustration of how beneficial, potentially transformative spiritual messages can be twisted and obscured by leaders and members of a religion for their own misguided ends — a problem that is all too common in every significant religion.

The Baha’i Faith was founded by Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), a Persian aristocrat in exile who in 1863 declared himself to be a new messenger of God. Baha’u’llah was raised a Shi’ite Muslim, and in his young adulthood followed the radical millennarian movement of another contemporaneous Persian claimant to prophethood known as the Bab. The Baha’i religion is above all an attempt to build a more universal spiritual paradigm out of the foundation of Islam. Much in the way Christianity emerged as a Jewish reform movement and a project to spread the core principles of Judaism into the Greco-Roman world, Baha’i was born from an Islamic matrix as a project to modernize, universalize and spread the central ideas and practices of Islam to the whole world.

Baha’u’llah’s main teaching was that humanity is moving into an age when barriers of race, language, nation, and religion should come tumbling down, replaced by global unity and the transcendent consciousness that all religions come from the same God. So what do the Baha’is do? As one might guess from the rich history of religious followers doing the opposite of what the founder of their faith taught, Baha’is today focus all their energies on trying to build their own new sect and convert as many people as possible to it!

The latest confirmation of this attitude comes from the 2009 Ridvan message issued by the Universal House of Justice, the international leadership body of the Baha’i Faith:

To the Baha’is of the World

Dearly loved Friends,

A mere three years ago we set before the Baha’i world the challenge of exploiting the framework for action that had emerged with such clarity at the conclusion of the last global Plan. The response, as we had hoped, was immediate. With great vigour the friends everywhere began to pursue the goal of establishing intensive programmes of growth in no less than 1,500 clusters worldwide, and the number of such programmes soon started to climb. But no one could have imagined then how profoundly the Lord of Hosts, in His inscrutable wisdom, intended to transform His community in so short a span of time. What a purposeful and confident community it was that celebrated its accomplishments at the midway point of the current Plan in forty-one regional conferences across the globe! What an extraordinary contrast did its coherence and energy provide to the bewilderment and confusion of a world caught in a spiral of crisis! …

The Baha’i leaders open their message to the Baha’is during a major holiday season of their faith by talking about how wonderful it is that Baha’is are following the UHJ’s “global Plan” for “intensive programmes of growth” — i.e. that they are focusing, in a systematic way, on trying to convert as many people as possible. And then they go on to mention how Baha’is held a lot of big conferences where they gathered among themselves. This is supposed to be an “extraordinary contrast” to the world that is currently suffering from a severe economic crisis and so many other problems.

Baha’is think that they will get more members because they are trying hard to get more members — especially because they feel confident in their religion while the world outside the Baha’i bubble is “caught in a spiral of crisis.” The irony is that if Baha’is shifted their focus away from proselytizing and organizing events for their own members, toward doing tangible things to help solve problems in the real world — economic development, human rights, peace movements, environmental protection, etc. — they would find that more people would naturally be attracted to their religion, because people would see that they care about helping the world, not the size of their membership rolls.

And therein lies the problem for Baha’is. They, or at least their leaders, seem to believe that the only way to truly help the world is to convert people to Baha’i. So that’s where they invest their time, energy, and money, leaving little or nothing for promoting the world-changing values and causes that really make a difference.

Sound familiar? Yup, it’s the same tired old attitude of fundamentalists of all religions. All of them essentially say some variation of the following: “Our religion is the only way of true salvation, so the whole world needs to join us. Doing other things is unnecessary or even counterproductive, because this world is destined to go through an apocalypse anyway, which will show people the glorious and absolute truth of our faith.” Actually trying to solve the problems of the world so that we won’t have an apocalypse — while accepting people’s religious preference as it is and working constructively on real issues with people of all faiths — is not on their agenda. Or if it is, it’s far down the list of priorities.

Baha’is, with their progressive belief that all religions are inspired by One God, should at least in theory be particularly able to avoid the trap of fundamentalism. In reality, sadly, they are not. I know a few liberal Baha’is who believe that the future of human spirituality lies not in one religious sect converting everyone else and taking over the world, but rather in “meta-spirituality” and interfaith respect and reconciliation. But the Baha’is who follow the party-line of their religious organization, which seems to be most of them, are blinded to this reality and instead chase the quixotic, ever elusive dream of one world, one religious identity/practice for everyone. Just as the fundamentalist Christians and Muslims do.

I think what this proves is that organized religion operating in a capitalist-style competitive environment of soul-winning is inherently going to focus on the bottom line — growing its rolls — even if it’s a religion that is based on the idea that all religions are worthy paths to the divine (and therefore that nobody needs to convert to escape hell). The relative lack of growth of the Baha’i Faith compared to some of its competitors in the spiritual marketplace also proves that when a religion offers little else but an incessant membership drive as the basis of its community life, it won’t actually grow as much as it would like. People don’t usually join groups unless they can see that the group is serving some noble or useful purpose other than to perpetuate and expand its own existence.

As I wrote in an article on recently:

Baha’u’llah said that “The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and tranquility of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally recognized.” Perhaps the main reason the Baha’i Faith has not lived up to its potential is that, in its desire to make more Baha’is, it has neglected the bigger and broader teachings such as this — teachings which could be spread and implemented regardless of how many people are adherents of any particular religion. …

To be a true Baha’i, in my opinion, is to devote oneself to serving the cause of the oneness of human spirituality and the oneness of civilization. Simply promoting the Baha’i religion is not getting the job done. For various reasons, most people are not converting to the Baha’i Faith — and perhaps never will. That shouldn’t stop Baha’is from living and sharing the deeper meaning of their faith.

Since the Baha’i Faith is not going to take over the world, people know that how many people in the world call themselves “Baha’i” is pretty much meaningless. What matters is what values, principles and causes people are working for, giving their time and energy and money to make a constructive difference in the world. If Baha’is would take at least 50% of the time, energy, and money they’re currently devoting to the “global Plan” for “intensive programmes of growth” promoted by their beloved, supposedly infallible UHJ, and transfer those human and financial resources into doing actual work to promote ideals Baha’is have always believed in — things such as overcoming racism and gender discrimination, reducing the gap between rich and poor, and striving for peace between nations and religions — they might find that more people would want to get involved in their religious community!

This is a lesson that all religions should learn, not just the Baha’is. The bottom line is that humanity needs to grow up. The time for fruitless sectarianism is over. The time for transcending religious differences to build a better world is at hand. When a religion focuses primarily on proselytizing and conversion, it misses the point and excludes itself from being a meaningful part of the interfaith discussion today. Spiritual maturity is when we are willing to devote ourselves to helping other human beings and helping the world, even if everyone else in the world belongs to a different religion than our own.

Abdu’l-Baha, the son and successor of the Baha’i prophet said:

Religion should unite all hearts and cause wars and disputes to vanish from the face of the earth; it should give birth to spirituality, and bring light and life to every soul. If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division, it would be better to be without it. … Any religion which is not a cause of love and unity is no religion.

Wise words we would all do well to heed.

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Baha'i Faith is an "information control" cult, says a former Baha'i from christian background

Baha'i Faith is definitely an "information control" cult because they are paranoid about attacks and think they need an organized class of people assigned to protect the religion as if God couldn't do it Himself if it was His religion. They are paranoid about reputation and what gets published... they don't even list most of their books on Amazon - possibly they're afraid of the public review system there.

Baha'is are controlled and have their lives hyper-regimented and micromanaged with laws and rules and procedures that are very strict. Easily seen - with their books, Kitab-i-Aqdas and Lights of Guidance.

Anyone who doesn't go along with the pack is in danger of being humiliated before the Local Spiritual Assembly watchdogs, and they risk being discarded or even entirely shunned by the "friends" and even family members.

Baha'i has a lot of guilt trips for people who don't perfectly obey the institutions and laws. These guilt trips are written into the books.

They also bend the realities of other religions to try to fit them into the Baha'i paradigm. Anything that doesn't fit the mold is discarded or bent to fit the Baha'i point of view. Members have to endure an unconscious or subconscious sort of denial of the truth in order to make everything fit their idea of what Baha'i is. This is cognitive dissonance. Baha'is do this all the time and seem completely unaware of it. (Example: equality of men and women vs. the reality of UHJ men-only policy and unequal inheritance laws.) The Baha'is must use many justifications to try to make everything fit together in their minds.

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Baha'i 'community' of St Petersburg (FL) exposed.

This 'vibrant' community also had a website that was shut down because of lack of volunteers.

They also have a facebook page that has 3 public ratings (3.7★)

There is one interesting comment on their facebook page:
Unfriendly nasty neighbors! My husband and I were just finishing unloading a truck when an angry older woman pulled up and told me that we needed to move our vehicle immediately from her spot (mind you the parking spot is not assigned it was actually in the alley way and we were just finished). There were plenty of parking spots available. I told her that we were moving the vehicle as soon as my husband returned from our place (he was walking up as I spoke). She started yelling at me and threatening to call the cops if I didn’t move the truck now. I told her that there was no need to call cops on me as I had already told her we were leaving. She yelled that she had a meeting at the Baha’i center and we had no right to park there. I have always thought that the Baha’i faith was about peacefulness and patience, I told her that too. She continued to yell and parked her car behind ours so that we couldn’t leave. We were finally able to maneuver the truck out of her way and leave as soon as she realized that she was keeping us from leaving. I believe she works at the center as I’ve seen her car many times. I can’t believe that this is how they treat people. I do not recommend keeping company with people like that.

There are functioning 'communities' such as this one in every city throughout the world! Baha'is have shamelessly claimed this on their wikipedia page:

The Bahá'í Faith is recognized as the second-most geographically widespread religion after Christianity, and the only religion to have grown faster than the population of the world in all major areas over the last century.

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How "Independent Investigation of Truth" works for Baha'is.

True Story of an Iranian-Australian Baha'i real estate developer

During the 1990s a young Iranian Baha'i gentleman who had only recently come to Australia fell in love with a young Iranian Baha'i lady who had come to Australia only some time before him. He was actively courting her for the purpose of marriage. A prominent Iranian Baha'i developer in Queensland, Australia and who had come to Australia during the 1980s from Europe had his own eye on this woman -- even though this developer was only recently separated from his Iranian Baha'i wife of 30 years, was then dating an Australian woman (who he was also simultaneously living with out of wedlock) during his so-called year of patience, not to mention he was twice this woman's age.

To cut to the chase, because this Iranian Baha'i developer had the hots for the above mentioned Iranian woman who was being courted by the recent arrival, one evening in the dead of night this Iranian Baha'i developer hired goons to break into the home of this recently arrived Iranian Baha'i gentleman and had him beaten to a bloody pulp within an inch of his life in front of his two terrified parents. During the beating, he was explicitly warned by the goons to cut off all ties with this Iranian Baha'i woman he was courting (and wished to marry), or the next time he would be killed (yes, killed!) by these goons hired by the Iranian-Australian Baha'i developer -- while also warned, as he was being beaten, that they would publicly humiliate him and have him sanctioned by the Australian Baha'i institutions if he went to them.

All complaints to the Australian National Spiritual Assembly fell on deaf ears with the NSA of Australia warning this gentleman and his family that if he publicized his case, his voting rights would be removed and "he would be thrown out of the Faith." Two members of the Australian NSA (one of whom is now a member of the UHJ), a Counsellor and one member of the UHJ at the time (who has subsequently gone to hell) were shareholders and had business interests in the development company of this mafioso Iranian Baha'i developer, the full extent of whose story would make Mario Puzzo and his Godfather trilogy look positively amateurish. This is here one of only several dozen stories about this Iranian Australian Baha'i developer in question. This developer also at one point was a shareholder in a series of local brothels; has been rumored to have been a profiteer at one stage in illegal methamphetamine drug distribution in local night clubs; and all of his resort hotels sold alcohol in whose various bars this developer himself was usually seen hanging around drinking himself into a stupor night after night. No Baha'i institution has ever sanctioned this individual. Instead they have always turned around and blamed and sanctioned the victims of this individual.

This is a True story, any Persian Baha'i from Australia can reveal their names.
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