A problem with the 'history' of the Baha'i Faith

by Dale Husband

Taherzadeh wrote in The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, Volume 4, Chapter 26:

"The signs of the violation of the Covenant appeared on the actual day of the ascension. The body of Bahá'u'lláh was awaiting interment when His sons secretly launched their treacherous schemes to rob the Centre of the Covenant of His legitimate successorship which was explicitly conferred upon Him by Bahá'u'lláh Himself. A detailed account of this breaking of the Covenant is beyond the scope of this book. It is, however, the hope of the present author to produce, God willing, one or two volumes on the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh as a sequel to the four volumes of The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh. The study of the Kitab-i-'Ahd with all its implications will also be carried out in these forthcoming volumes."

Here's a problem with the 'history' of the Baha'i Faith: If the younger sons were indeed so unfaithful, why would Baha'u'llah, who was supposed to be a Prophet of God, proclaim in his Will and Testament (the Kitab-i-'Ahd) that the Greater Branch (Muhammad Ali) would have a rank in the Faith below that of the Most Mighty Branch (Abdu'l-Baha) and would also be Abdu'l-Baha's successor, even stating this was what God wanted? This is a clear failure on the part of Baha'u'llah. A real Prophet able to foresee the future would have avoided mentioning any of the younger sons at all.

​If something does not make sense, it cannot be true, period.


  1. No Dale, that is not the way it went down. I don't know how old you are but when I was a young man the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" was the current hit. A common reaction among young people after seeing it was to express anger towards God for making Judas betray Christ which led him to eternal damnation (according to the Christian belief). God didn't make Judas betray him; it was a choice Judas made. In the same way Bahá'u'lláh offered Muhammad-Ali a station second only to 'Abdu'l-Bahá, a pretty high station you'll have to agree. Think of that, 'Abdu'l-Bahá passed away in 1921 and Muhammad-Ali lived until 1937, he would have been head of the Faith for 16 years yet he passed it up in an all or nothing gamble. Judas, Muhammad-Ali, you, me, our paths are not pre-destined; we all make choices and based on those choice we reap the consequences.

    1. I didn't say that God made Muhammad-Ali betray Abdu'l-Baha. I said that Baha'u'llah did not foresee this supposed betrayal, which can only mean two things logically. Either Baha'u'llah was a false prophet, or Abdu'l-Baha betrayed his own father while blaming Muhammad-Ali at the same time. There is no third option that makes any sense, hence my criticism. Deal with that reality!


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