OPEN LETTER FROM N. WAHID AZAL TO ANTHONY ALBANESE, AUSTRALIAN LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

Anthony Albanese
MP; Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Australian Labor Party

From: N.W. Azal < >

Date: Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 1:20 PM
Subject: Your comments re: Baha'i faith
To: <A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au>

13 November 2020

Dear Honourable Anthony Albanese, MP; Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Australian Labor Party:

I write to you as a former Baha'i in protest given your comments in this video https://youtu.be/ocx7zUvqwFg where you congratulate the Australian Baha'i Community for the centenary of its existence in Australia. As distressing as it is for those of us who know the true nature of this organisation, regularly congratulating the Australian Baha'i community for an assortment of things has become a fixture in Canberra between both parties: a fixture that speaks to the entrenched hypocrisy among the Australian political class on both sides of the aisle. To my knowledge, no other religious-oriented organisation in Australia enjoys such undeserved plaudits continually from consecutive prime ministers, ministers of parliament, and leaders of the opposition as this organisation has.

 

That aside, I also draw your attention to the fact that presently there is not a single, unified Baha'i organisation in Australia. Rather, and despite what those Baha'is loyal to the organisation located in Haifa, Israel may try to tell you, there are three (and possibly four) rival Baha'i organisations in existence on this island continent simultaneously, so it is not clear precisely who is being congratulated by you (see, https://www.thesectsofbahais.com/and https://orthodoxbahai.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/GuardianshipOfTheBahaiFaith/).

 

Whilst grievances with this organisation are many -- and I say an organisation and not a bona fide religion -- you may note that your comments at 26 seconds onwards may not be entirely accurate. For example, Baha'i patriarch ʿAbdu'l-Bahāʾ's view on the Jews of Palestine have been noted as follows:

On occasion, his holiness ʿAbdu'l-Bahāʾ would travel to Tiberias. The qāḍī of Haifa sent a letter to His holiness inquiring of the state of Tiberias. While responding to this request, he said, "If you wish to know about Tiberias, know that its stones are black, its inhabitants are Jews, and their appearance is apish (kal-qirdi).

Memoirs of Khalīl Shahīdī, p. 122-123, http://bahai-library.com/pdf/r/rabbani_reminiscences_khalil_shahidi_persian.pdf.

On Africans:

The inhabitants of a country life Africa are all as wandering savages and wild animals. They lack intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one civilized and a wise man is not to be found among them. These are the proofs of the wise men. The prophets also acknowledge this opinion, towit: That education hath a great effect upon the human race, but they declare that minds and comprehensions are originally different. And this matter is self-evident; it cannot be refuted. We see that certain children of the same age, nativity and race, nay, from the same household, under the tutorship of one teacher, differ in their minds and comprehensions. One advanceth rapidly, another is slow in catching the rays of culture, still another remaineth in the lowest degree of stupidity. No matter how much the shell is educated (or polished), it can never become a radiant pearl. The black stone will not become the world-illumined gem." (Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha p.567 vv.3-4https://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/TAB/

"It is, therefore, certain that sins such as anger, jealousy, dispute, covetousness, avarice, ignorance, prejudice, hatred, pride, and tyranny exist in the physical world. All these brutal qualities exist in the nature of man. A man who had not had a spirutal education is a brute. Like the savages of Africa, whose actions, habits and morals are purely sensual, they act according to the demands of nature to such a degree that they rent and eat one another." (Some Answered Questions 29:5)

"As ignorance is the cause of crimes, the more knowledge and science increases, the more crimes will diminish. Consider how often murder occurs among the barbarians of Africa; they even kill one another to eat each other's flesh and blood!" (Some Answered Questions 77:13)
https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/some-answered-questions/

"If a child is left in its natural state and deprived of education, there is no doubt that it will grow up in ignorance and illiteracy, its mental faculties dulled and dimmed; in fact, it will become like an animal. This is evident among the savages of central African, who are scarcely higher than the beast in mental development." (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.311)

"The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice in behalf of the black race. Four years he fought their cause, enduring severe hardships, sacrificing life, family, treasure, all for his black brother until the great war ended in the proclamation of freedom. By this effort and accomplishment the black race throughout the world was influenced and benefited. Had this not been accomplished, the black man in Africa would still be bound by the chains of slavery. Therefore, his race should everywhere be grateful, for no greater evidence of humanism and courageous devotion could be shown than the white man has displayed. If the blacks of the United States forget this sacrifice, zeal and manhood on the part of the whites, no ingratitude could be greater or more censurable. If they could see the wretched conditions and surroundings of the black people of Africa today, the contrast would be apparent and the fact clearly evident that the black race in America enjoys incomparable advantages. The comfort and civilization under which they live here are due to the white man's effort and sacrifice. Had this sacrifice not been made, they would still be in the bonds and chains of slavery, scarcely lifted out of an aboriginal condition. Therefore, always show forth your gratitude to the white man. (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.12)

https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/

Thus it is proved that the world of nature is imperfect and dark. If a child is born and we do not nurture him and we abandon him in his natural state what will happen? Without a doubt, he will remain ignorant and without cognition and he will be an animal. Look at the inhabitants of black Africa who are like animals and even inferior. Thus we can see how divine nurturing influences the world of humanity. The world of nature is the world of the animal.” (Khatabat 2:236-7)

"A Baha'i nigger is better than a non-Baha'i nymph!" (Khatabat, p.237)
یک کاکاسیاه احباب بهتر از یک حوریه اغیار است

https://reference.bahai.org/fa/t/ab/

"…You should all be very grateful to Christopher Columbus who discovered such a great country for you as this one in the extreme West…What he discovered became famous as America but in truth it should have been named Columbia, which was the truth and justice.." (trans.)

https://www.h-net.org/~bahai/areprint/ab/G-L/K/khitab2/Khatabat-i-Hadrat-i-Abdu'l-Baha2.doc

There are many more such controversial statements recorded on the part of the Baha'i central figures.

Besides this, the organisational form of Bahaism is completely undemocratic and authoritarian in nature and so thoroughly inconsistent with what you and others have elsewhere called "Australian values," so one is at a loss to understand how the Australian political class can possibly view Bahaism as sharing in anything resembling democratic ideals. Baha'is believe in the theocratic infallibility of their organisational institutions, and especially where the Haifan organisation is concerned, their Universal House of Justice -- a body to which by scriptural edict women are barred from being elected to and serving on. While Baha'is may argue in their defense that they hold elections, as any political scientist will tell you, elections by themselves do not a democracy make since even authoritarian regimes and dictatorships hold elections (i.e. the Islamic Republic of Iran, Putinist Russia, Baathist Syria, Viktor Orban's Hungary, etc)

Additionally, the well-documented abusive treatment of dissidents, critics and ex-members by the Haifan organisation especially, on several notable occasions has directly ventured into territory that can be classified as nothing less than being genuine human rights violations of these dissidents, critics and ex-members by the Baha'is. This is especially egregious given the extent to which the Baha'is have actively canvassed and lobbied consecutive Australian Commonwealth governments as well as governments elsewhere in the West for their support given what they claim is their plight under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Much more can be said. But I will leave it here for the time being, and merely wish to record my trenchant disagreement with your comments regarding the Baha'i faith as recorded in the video linked above.

With best regards,

Wahid Azal

Source : https://wahidazal303.blogspot.com/2020/11/letter-to-anthony-albanese-australian.html

Secret correspondence regarding "Orthodox Baha'is" reveals Baha'i strategies for combating the guardianist sects.

The file can be accessed here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwduc5xr7jyjonm/Orthodox%20Bahais.pdf?dl=0

Here are the comments of Nima Wahid Azal (Former Baha'i, now Azali-Bayani) about this document.

Baha'i population in Nepal falls from 0.01% (in 2001) to 0.0% (in 2011)

 


Baha'is inflating their population numbers is now exposed to everyone and a wise person knows very well that he should never trust the Baha'is in anything.

Baha'is always like to produce the most unreputed data source when it comes to quoting their population. On Wikipedia and other places Baha'is quote the Association of Religion Data Archives OR World Christian Encyclopedia that has extremely bad reputation especially when it comes to reporting Baha'i data. These sources estimated some 4,366 Baha'is in Nepal in 2010.

Now, here are the facts:
There were 1211 Baha'is (0.01% of total Nepali population) in 2001 according to Nepali census. This included 496 children below 14 years of age. So in reality, there were 716 adult Baha'is in 2001.
Source : SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF THE POPULATION: CASTE/ETHNICITY AND RELIGION IN NEPAL, Page 104, by Dr.Dilli Ram Dahal.

The 2011 census reported their population as 0.0%, it went down from 0.01% to 0.0%. It seems Baha'i gimmicks are not working in Nepal. May be those 716 Baha'is (in 2001) were 'spiritual tourists' who left the Baha'i faith after understanding all the hypocrisies and double-standards of this fake NWO religion.

Baha'i Faith is not a cult!??

Scott Hakala AKA DavidBinOwen on Reddit

First of all, "cult" is not really a valid sociological term; it's mainly a psychological term. Sociologists use the term "new religious movement" out of neutrality, even for movements which we all know to be cults, i.e. Heaven's Gate. So, DavidbinOwen's appeals to sociology here fall flat. There is no single authorized definition or criteria for determining what is and is not a cult, but there are certain psychological models we can make use of in evaluating the destructive character of organizations. As far as I am concerned, Steven Hassan's BITE model (Behavior control, information control, thought control, and emotional control) fits the Baha'i Faith perfectly. Steven Hassan simply uses the term cult to mean an organization which exerts undue influence through these four means, and although this is obviously not an exhaustive definition, it is a useful one.

Behavior control is a part of every religious movement, but the Baha'i Faith is quite different from most religions in that religious authority is centralized in a single administrative structure. It is the Baha'i Administration and its members who enforce the rules. They personally dictate your behavior when it comes to sex, marriage, finances, etc., whereas with most other religions, a person regulates their own behavior out of an independent desire to conform to religious precepts. It is the same with information control, thought control, and emotional control. All ideologies somewhat facilitate these things, but the key point is that, with the Baha'i Faith, these forms of control and influence are directly exerted by a repressive organization.

Where DavidbinOwen (A BIA volunteer) appeals to the Baha'i principles to exonerate it from the cult accusation, he of course looks at things from the standpoint of a true believer for whom the Baha'i Faith's outward principles actually represent its practical reality. As we all know, this is not the case. Whereas the Baha'i Faith ostensibly promotes the independent investigation of truth, it only does this insofar as the investigation of truth leads one to faith in Baha'ism and its institutions. Baha'is will proclaim the value of free and independent investigation in order to tear down every other religion, but when it comes to Baha'ism, "To none is given the right to put forth his own opinion." 

https://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/BA/ba-9.html

I don't know why DavidbinOwen is suddenly broaching this subject again. As far as I am concerned, it's a rather unproductive conversation. True believers will always deny that they belong to a cult, and the worst of them won't even care. One would do better to simply state the truth about Baha'ism and allow a listener to decide if he would like this organization to be a part of his life. When someone sees Baha'ism's pretty exterior and they receive the typical love-bombing that Baha'is give to "seekers," the religion can seem to be the farthest thing from a cult, but with a little independent investigation, it becomes pretty obvious that, whatever it is, it's not good for anyone.

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/FreeSpeechBahai/comments/iw3klc/bahai_faith_is_not_a_cult_by_any_accepted/

Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Foundations completed......Money wasted!!!!


By Dale Husband

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKjglgjKHug

Why are they building a shrine to Abdu'l-Baha??? When he died, he was laid to rest in the Shrine of the Bab and it should be enough to keep his body there. Don't most Baha'i homes have pictures of Abdu'-Baha in them? So he is being glorified enough!

Somebody tell me how this shrine, when completed, will do ANY good for the world!

Based on how HUGE this foundation seems to be, it appears that it will be larger than the Shrines of both Baha'u'llah and the Bab, who were supposed to be Prophets of God, and Abdu'l-Baha was merely his Father's servant. So wouldn't a simple grave marker similar to that of Shoghi Effendi in London be more logical?

Confidential Letter declares Enayatollah Yazdani and his wife a covenant-breaker.


 

"Baha'i teachings are inferior to the teachings of Christ." - Edward Browne

Edward G. Browne

E.G. Browne had positive things to say about the Baha'i Faith, but he remained a Christian his whole life:

These [Baha'i] teachings are in themselves admirable, though inferior, in my opinion, both in beauty and simplicity to the teachings of Christ.

— Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion, p. xxi.

He did praise Baha'u'llah, but he also had positive things to say about Subh-i-Azal, noting his "perfectly blameless character" (New History, p. xiv). He had good things to say about both sides and did not uncritically accept information from either.


Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/j2pkjh/e_g_browne/

Babism and the Baha'i Faith are cults.

By Dale Husband

As a Baha'i I was never told about the Bab leaving a Will. It is probably not even common knowledge at all among the rank and file believers.

I said it before and I will say it again.....when the Bab was executed in 1850, that should have ended the Babi movement. The only reason that didn't happen was because after Baha'u'llah was exiled to Baghdad, he slowly revived the movement. The Babis clung to the hope that "He Who God Will Make Manifest", the future leader foretold by the Bab, would come and lead them to victory.

Why couldn't Subh-i Azal (real name: Mirza Yahya) have revived Babism? He clearly lacked the leadership ability to do so. The simple fact that Baha'u'llah outmanuvered Subh-i Azal and gained a much larger following means that the Bab made a colossal mistake in appointing Subh-i Azal to begin with. He should have foreseen such a thing had he been a true Prophet of God.

Official Baha'i propaganda says about this matter:

Mírzá Yaḥyá was nominated by the Báb to serve as a figurehead for the Bábí community pending the imminent manifestation of the Promised One. At the instigation of Siyyid Muḥammad-i-Iṣfahání (see note 192), Mírzá Yaḥyá betrayed the trust of the Báb, claimed to be His successor, and intrigued against Bahá’u’lláh, even attempting to have Him murdered. When Bahá’u’lláh formally declared His Mission to him in Adrianople, Mírzá Yaḥyá responded by going to the length of putting forward his own claim to be the recipient of an independent Revelation. His pretensions were eventually rejected by all but a few, who became known as Azalís (see note 177). He is described by Shoghi Effendi as the “Arch-Breaker of the Covenant of the Báb” (see God Passes By, chapter X).

That's historical revisionism. Joshua was not merely a figurehead appointed by Moses, but the actual leader of the Jews. Peter was not a figurehead for Jesus, but the actual leader of the early Christians. Ali was not merely a figurehead, but the actual leader of the Muslims after the Prophet Muhammad.

Personally, I think both Babism and the Baha'i Faith are cults we don't need, but of course, they persist......because consistent logic doesn't exist in cults.


https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/iz4diw/the_will_of_the_bab/

The Will and Testament of the Bab


In the battle of succession between Baha'u'llah and Subh-i Azal, one key document exists that proves Subh-i Azal is the Successor to the Bab. That document is the Will of the Bab.

A translation of this document exists on the academic website h-net here

Baha'is know well the importance of this document and deliberately ignore it altogether.

The first two statements of this will are enough to show that Both the Bab and Baha'u'llah were fraudulent:

"Name of Azal, testify that there is no God but I, the dearest beloved."

"Then testify that there is no God but you, the victorious and permanent."

According to these two statements, both the Bab and Subh-i Azal are God. Such a claim does not conform with the beliefs of Abrahamic religions that the Babis claim they are a continuation of (except for those that believe in the trinity).

If we accept at face value that Subh-i Azal is a God appointed by another God, the Bab, then Baha'ism is automatically made invalid because they outright reject Subh-i Azal.

In my opinion, the will of the Bab should be given more attention.

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/iz4diw/the_will_of_the_bab/

'Abdu'l Baha was rescued by the British Intelligence Agency in 1918

September 2020 takes toll of three prominent Baha'is

 


https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/j0lz8j/a_member_of_the_uhj_for_20_years_follower_of_the/

https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/j222db/former_uhj_member_douglas_martin_is_no_more/

https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/j33jcc/former_itc_member_violette_haake_ascended_to_the/

Video : What Christians Need to Know about the Baha'i Faith?

I left the Baha'i Faith after learning that Baha'is shunned her for choosing Motherhood over Martyrdom!

Inhumane Baha'i Sanctions
 

I left the Baha’i faith because they shunned a former member. The reason for the shunning was that she had lied when she was trying to leave an oppressive regime. She told the officer at the airport that she was Muslim like her eight-year-old son and husband. Baha’i leaders said she should have told the truth about being Baha’i, even though she would have become a martyr. Yes, she knew for sure that they would have killed her. She should have endured this for her faith. She should have left her son motherless in order to be an example to the world.

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/04/choosing-motherhood-over-martyrdom/478641/

Bahá'ís have always held to the principle that when challenged they should 'stand up and be counted', as the modern expression is, and not purchase their safety by denying that which is most important to them in this world and the next. The principle is well known to the Iranian Bahá'ís and is upheld by the overwhelming majority of them when the penalty is martyrdom.

Those Bahá'ís who have left Iran by official routes since the governmental regulations changed have made a conscious choice. While the majority of their fellow-believers have preferred to face all manner of difficulties, rather than deny their faith, these people have chosen to make this denial rather than face whatever problems were before them. They have left Iran freely, with the permission of the authorities as Muslims. They have chosen freedom and comparative ease at the cost of giving away their faith, and have got what they wanted. Some, however, once they are free, want to have their membership in the Bahá'í community back again. The attitude of the Bahá'í institutions in refusing to immediately readmit them should not be regarded as a vindictive punishment. These institutions are simply saying: 'You have shown the insincerity of your belief by denying it for your personal advantage, we are not going to readmit you to the Bahá'í community until we have some confidence that you are sincerely repentant of such an act. In the meantime you can abide by the choice you yourself have made.'

https://bahai-library.com/uhj_dissimulation_iran_emmigrants

Once again, inflated Baha'i Statistics Exposed!

Inflated Baha'i Statistics Exposed

by komorikomori

Inspired by this old post but with more countries and not exclusively reliant on census numbers. I have statistics for more countries, but I only included ones where the ARDA/WCE numbers are notably higher. These numbers are of course tentative.

CountryRealistic estimateWorld Christian Encyclopedia[1]
India4,572[2]1,897,651
United States77,290[3]512,864
Uganda29,601[4]95,098
Canada18,945[5]46,826
Australia13,989[6]19,365
Mauritius639[7]23,742
United Kingdom5,021[8]47,554
Germany5,000-6,000[9]12,356
Zambia3,891[10]241,112
Costa Rica4,000[11]13,457
El Salvador1,500[12]27,345
Egypt1,000-2,000[13]6,946
Sweden>1,000[14]6,814
Israel650[15]11,705
Morocco350-400[16]32,598
Afghanistan>400[17]16,541
Bahamas65[18]1,375
Barbados178[19]3,337
Belize202[20]7,742
Botswana2,074[21]16,464
Finland568[22]1,674
Ghana>3,000[23]14,106
Guyana500[24]11,787
Norway1,015[25]2,737

Sources

  1. Most Baha'i Nations (2010)

  2. 2011 Indian Census. See C-01 Appendix : Details of Religious Community Shown Under 'Other Religions And Persuasions' In Main Table C-1- 2011 (India & States/UTs).

  3. US NSA, 2020 Ridvan Report. See total # of Baha'is with good addresses. See also the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey which recorded 84,000 Baha'is in the United States.

  4. 2014 Ugandan census.

  5. 2011 Canadian census.

  6. 2016 Australian census.

  7. 2011 Mauritian census.

  8. "Census 2011 data on religion reveals Jedi Knights are in decline," in The Guardian, 2012.

  9. "Verschiedene Gemeinschaften / neuere religiöse Bewegungen (Weltanschauungen / alternative Religiosität & Spiritualität)," Religious Studies Media and Information Service. (German).

  10. UN Data (2010 Zambian census). Filter to Zambia. Note that this census has received serious criticism.

  11. NSA of Costa Rica (Spanish).

  12. NSA of El Salvador (Spanish).

  13. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Egypt, U.S. Department of State. Statistic comes from "Baha'i representatives."

  14. NSA of Sweden (2012). See also NSA of Sweden (2016) (Swedish).

  15. https://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/learn-more/bahai-community/worldwide-community (No permanent residents).

  16. 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Morocco, U.S. Department of State. Statistic from "leaders of the Baha'i community."

  17. 2007 Report on International Religious Freedom: Afghanistan, U.S. Department of State.

  18. UN Data (2010). Filter to the Bahamas.

  19. 2010 Barbados census.

  20. 2010 Belize census.

  21. UN Data (2011). Filter to Botswana.

  22. UN Data (2010). Filter to Finland.

  23. Baha'i Community in Ghana to Honour Their FounderNews Ghana, 2017.

  24. 2002 Guyana census.

  25. 2007 Norwegian census.


How the "institution of Guardianship" was treated after the passing of Shoghi Effendi?


On February 8, 1934, Shoghi Effendi penned a work that would become the chapter titled "
The Administrative Order" in his book World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, referring to "the deeds of its present and future Guardians" and noting "Divorced from the institution of the Guardianship the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh would be mutilated..."

Divorced from the institution of the Guardianship the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh would be mutilated and permanently deprived of that hereditary principle which, as 'Abdu’l-Bahá has written, has been invariably upheld by the Law of God. “In all the Divine Dispensations,” He states, in a Tablet addressed to a follower of the Faith in Persia, “the eldest son hath been given extraordinary distinctions. Even the station of prophethood hath been his birthright.” 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.

Severed from the no less essential institution of the Universal House of Justice this same System of the Will of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would be paralyzed in its action and would be powerless to fill in those gaps which the Author of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas has deliberately left in the body of His legislative and administrative ordinances.

“He is the Interpreter of the Word of God,” 'Abdu’l-Bahá, referring to the functions of the Guardian of the Faith, asserts, using in His Will the very term which He Himself had chosen when refuting the argument of the Covenant-breakers who had challenged His right to interpret the utterances of Bahá’u’lláh. “After him,” He adds, “will succeed the first-born of his lineal descendants.” “The mighty stronghold,” He further explains, “shall remain impregnable and safe through obedience to him who is the Guardian of the Cause of God.” “It is incumbent upon the members of the House of Justice, upon all the Aghsán, the Afnán, the Hands of the Cause of God, to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the Guardian of the Cause of God.”

Referring to both the Guardian and the Universal House of Justice we read these emphatic words: “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 (the Báb) (may my life be offered up for them both). Whatsoever they decide is of God.”

From these statements it is made indubitably clear and evident that the Guardian of the Faith has been made the Interpreter of the Word and that the Universal House of Justice has been invested with the function of legislating on matters not expressly revealed in the teachings. The interpretation of the Guardian, functioning within his own sphere, is as authoritative and binding as the enactments of the International House of Justice, whose exclusive right and prerogative is to pronounce upon and deliver the final judgment on such laws and ordinances as Bahá’u’lláh has not expressly revealed. Neither can, nor will ever, infringe upon the sacred and prescribed domain of the other. Neither will seek to curtail the specific and undoubted authority with which both have been divinely invested.

Though the Guardian of the Faith has been made the permanent head of so august a body he can never, even temporarily, assume the right of exclusive legislation. He cannot override the decision of the majority of his fellow-members, but is bound to insist upon a reconsideration by them of any enactment he conscientiously believes to conflict with the meaning and to depart from the spirit of Bahá’u’lláh’s revealed utterances. He interprets what has been specifically revealed, and cannot legislate except in his capacity as member of the Universal House of Justice. He is debarred from laying down independently the constitution that must govern the organized activities of his fellow-members, and from exercising his influence in a manner that would encroach upon the liberty of those whose sacred right is to elect the body of his collaborators.

It should be borne in mind that the institution of the Guardianship has been anticipated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in an allusion He made in a Tablet addressed, long before His own ascension, to three of His friends in Persia. To their question as to whether there would be any person to whom all the Bahá’ís would be called upon to turn after His ascension He made the following reply: “As to the question ye have asked me, know verily that this is a well-guarded secret. It is even as a gem concealed within its shell. That it will be revealed is predestined. The time will come when its light will appear, when its evidences will be made manifest, and its secrets unraveled.” 

Vance Salisbury has chronicled a few of examples of Bahá'í books that have been edited after their authors' deaths...

John Ferraby served as the Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles and was appointed a Hand of the Cause of God in 1957. Later that year he authored All Things Made New. From 1959 to 1963, he served as one of the nine Custodians at the Baháʼí World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Comparing the original 1957 edition of All Things Made New to the 1987 edition, among the numerous alterations, is the replacement of his dedication of the book to "The First Guardian of the Baháʼí Faith" to simply "The Guardian." Other references to "the Guardian" have been replaced with "the Universal House of Justice."

George Townshend) was an Irish Anglican clergyman who became a Baháʼí and in 1947, at the age of 70, renounced his orders to the Anglican Church. Townshend was one of the founding members of the Dublin Local Spiritual Assembly and in 1951 was designated by Shoghi Effendi as a Hand of the Cause of God. Townshend completed his own book, Christ and Baháʼu'lláh, which Shoghi Effendi called 'his crowning achievement' shortly before dying of Parkinson's disease in 1957, at the age of 81. Christ and Baháʼu'lláh is notable for the changes made from the original publication to subsequent editions published after the passing of Shoghi Effendi. For example, a statement about the "first and present Guardian" has been removed and a section discussing "the lineage of succeeding Guardians" has been replaced with a section discussing "divinely guided institutions" in general.

The original edition of Shoghi Effendi's The Selected Writings of Shoghi Effendi, published in 1942, included numerous references to the institution of the Guardianship and its inspired origin, its perpetual nature, and its absolute centrality to the Covenant. This collection of his writings opened with a large extract from the Will and Testament of Abdu'l-Bahá which could best be summed up as an appeal to the believers to be "firm in the Covenant" and follow the divine guidance which can only be found in the Cause of God. In the 1975 edition, most of the text of this appeal has been removed, except for two paragraphs which promised that the Twin Pillars of the Guardianship and the Universal House of Justice are under the guidance and protection of Bahá'u'lláh and the Bab. However, the phrase "...and after him will succeed the first-born of his lineal descendants" no longer appears at the end of the paragraph concerning the Guardian. Two complete pages have been removed from the original edition without notation, including this explicit statement:

Divorced from the institution of the Guardianship the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh would be mutilated and permanently deprived of that hereditary principle which, as Abdu'l-Bahá has written, has been invariably upheld by the Law of God. 'In all Divine Dispensations,' He states, in a Tablet addressed to a follower of the Faith in Persia, 'the eldest son hath been given extraordinary distinctions. Even the station of prophet hood hath been his birthright.' Without such an institution the integrity of the Faith would be imperilled, and the stability of the entire fabric would be gravely endangered. (78)

Source : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/isnq3v/in_the_future_when_the_next_manifestation_appears/ 

"The world is in turmoil because it has rejected the Baha'i Faith" -Farzam Kamalabadi

1:03:56 - "Humanity has encountered the revelation of Baha'u'llah. A good part of people have responded, such as Martha Root, who in the 20s and 30s went around the world four times and met fifty, sixty heads of states and met, if not millions, hundreds of thousands of people and did her part, whereas many others didn't. The world to some degree listened and to some degree didn't. The world is in turmoil because, collectively, it has either had the act of negative commission - that means he has rejected the Baha'i Faith because of their, what we call it, commitments to the old, fidelities to the old religions, and their own dogmas, and their own misunderstandings and superstitions, or just brushed it aside, so we call, act of omission. Or, we either went against it, persecuted it, or ignored it, very simply speaking. And the suffering of the world is only, only is because of that."

Francesco Ficicchia on the Baha'i Faith

Baha'i New World Order

"Like a restrictive, fundamentalist Islām, Bahā'ism is based on a theocratic doctrine of state and society (dīn wa daula) and aims to integrate all of humanity into a single state structure in which sovereignty rests solely with God. Religion thus becomes the sole guideline for all areas of life, such that there can only be a God-willed order to which individual, religious, ethical, political, social, economic and legal decisions must be oriented.

"If Islām as a political order is equated with Islamism, then this also applies to Bahā'ism, although a corresponding Bahā'ī equivalent to the word "Islamism" has yet to be invented. Like the Islamists, the Bahā'īs also aim to establish a God-state (theocracy) with a globally valid, religiously constituted legal and social order. Nevertheless, they emphatically deny any involvement in worldly affairs and prohibit any political activity, at least on the part of the faithful base. They emphasize their peacefulness and oblige their followers to obey the ruling authorities — by which prospectively also, and above all, their own is meant. However, a secular (non-religious) order is rejected and the goal is to elevate Bahā'ism to the status of a "state religion" in a "Bahā'ī State" or "Bahā'ī World Government" that is to be created. The supreme authority of this universal faith-based dictatorship is the "Universal House of Justice," which is endowed with infallible authority. Per this premise, Bahā'ism is also a political and ideological religion, although its marginalized position in society means that it must exercise due restraint in achieving its goals.

"In contrast to a militant Islāmic fundamentalism, uncompromising in appearance, Bahā'ism succeeds in giving the impression of a progressive, modern religion with external reference to modernity. With its principle of the indivisible unity and equality of the human race, Bahā'ism — and this is the real attraction of this faith — represents an insight that is increasingly permeating collective thinking in the face of global challenges. However, that a changing world consciousness is also necessarily heading towards a religion of world unity does not seem very realistic. There is a tendency for traditional belief systems, in recognition of religious pluralism, mutual tolerance, and the preservation of cultural diversity, to come closer to one another in a broader dialogue, but at the same time to seek to preserve their own identity. The days of the predominance of only one religion are over and cannot be restored even by a new universal religion, all the more so if the latter includes a religious law that claims secular validity for a period of at least a thousand years beyond the sphere of belief.

"A religious system rooted in 19th Century oriental thinking, largely prefabricated from the outset, dogmatically and ideologically cast in concrete forms, and therefore essentially stagnant at its core, is not compatible with the dynamic zeitgeist of an open and pluralistic society. Even if one may be inclined to assign the phenomenon of Bahā'ism to the other world religions as their youngest member, the global implementation of its goals and the urge to grow up to become an outstanding world culture will probably be forever denied to it in view of these self-erected barriers."

-Bahā'ī: Einheitsreligion und global Theokratie. Ein kritischer Einblick in die Universalreligion der Zukunft [Bahā'ī: Religion of Unity and Global Theocracy. A Critical Insight into the Universal Religion of the Future], (Monsenstein und Vannerdat, 2009), pp. 131–132

Bad lies and reporting exaggerated & fake numbers.


There has always been confusion in the Population of the Baha'i Faith followers in every country, since its ORIGIN. Regarding their numbers, "Millions" is the usual figure claimed by them.

Very recently Baha’is are also interested in giving Fake ‘percentage Baha’i population’ for every country. Thanks to the internet – their lie is getting exposed. The number of countries and localities varies with each web site. There is ‘no consensus’ regarding the actual number of countries, the actual number of localities, and the actual number of Baha’i. This trouble in the Baha’i population is not generated by the Baha’i Administration themselves but it is just the continuation of what Abdul Baha and Shoghi Effendi have done.

As a result Baha’is and Baha’i Administration have gone on defensive. They are quick to blame the Christians for this exaggeration and inconsistency. Where did the Christians get their data? It is only from the National spiritual Assembly of the various countries especially the NSA of USA. It is only the Baha'is and their officials who are to blame for the false-misleading reports on the wildly exaggerated Baha'i census. It is not the fault of the editors of Christian World Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Britannica who relied on information given to them by the Baha’is.

One may ask, why didn't the NSAs , UHJ-ITC-ABM-CBC ever contact the Christian World Encyclopedia Editors, and request a correction? This is because the Baha’is wants to jack-up their numbers- for "public image".

100 YEARS AGO:

Lacking the linguistic means to investigate the truth, non-Farsi speaking audiences are usually presented with distorted facts about the Baha’i creed. This is not peculiar to ordinary Baha’is but is an act that was also performed by 'Abdu'l-Baha.

The current estimate of the number of Baha’is in the world is at most 5 - 7.5 million adherents. These numbers have been dismissed by a number of academics and it is believed that the actual worldwide Baha’i population is much lower. As we will show, the exaggeration in the Baha’i population was first initiated by 'Abdu’l-Bahā when presenting wrong statistics to non-Farsi speaking audiences.

In 2012 the Official Website of “the Baha’is of the United States” published the Daily Centenarian (https://centenary.bahai.us/daily-archive), an archive of hundreds of American newspaper articles (and their images which we have provided below) from 1912 that were related to `Abdu’l-Bahā’s journey to America and his speeches therein. Based on the worldwide Baha’i population mentioned in these articles, we have constructed a table in reverse chronological order that shows the name of the newspaper, the date published, and the population statistic cited:

World Baha'i population according to newspapers in 1912

No

Newspaper Name

Date

Mentioned Population

Reference

1

Troy NY Press

16/12/1912

over 10,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/head-new-religious-cult-has-thousands-followers

2

The Christian Commonwealth

8/12/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/return-england-abdul-baha

3

The New York Times

6/12/1912

Thousands in America

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-sails-away-0

4

The New York Times (Palo Alto,CA)

10/11/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leland-stanford

5

San Francisco Call

12/10/1912

7,000,000 Persian

followers

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/charitable-woman-may-aid-bahaism

6

San Francisco California

Chronicle

8/10/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-says-object-mission-unify-all-creeds

7

unnamed (Seattle)

6/10/1912

No less than 20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-will-visit-seattle

8

San Francisco California

Examiner

6/10/1912

No less than 3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-brings-gospel-peace

9

San Francisco California

Bulletin

4/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-give-lecture-oakland

10

The SFO Call (San Francisco,

CA)

4/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-lecture-universal-peace

11

Oakland Tribune (San

Francisco, CA)

4/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-prophet-lecture-here-0

12

The Sacramento Bee (San

Francisco, CA)

4/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/women-should-have-rights-men-he-says

13

San Jose California Herald

3/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-talk-stanford

14

San Francisco Chronicle

3/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/apostle-bahaism-speak-stanford

15

The Oakland Enquirer

(Oakland, CA)

2/10/1912

Several million

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahai-prophet-will-speak-here

16

The Evening Standard (Salt Lake, UT)

30/9/1912

10,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-comes-lecture-bahai-religion

17

Rocky Mountain News (New

York, NY)

22/9/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-coming-persian-prophet-teaches-new-faith

18

Spokane Washington Daily

Chronicle

17/9/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-prophet-god-asked-come-spokane

19

Harbor Grace Standard

(Montreal, QC)

7/9/1912

3,000,000 in Persia

Alone

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-peace-prophet-gives-message-canada-through-standard

20

Biddeford Maine Weekly

Journal

6/9/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-greenacre-conferences

21

London Ontario paper

3/9/1912

8000 in America

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahai-revelation-comes-city

22

Portland Oregon Oregonian

1/9/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-coming-tour-interest-his-religion

23

The Montreal Gazette

(Montreal, QC)

29/8/1912

3,000,000 in Persia alone

 

24

The Montreal Daily Star

(Montreal, QC)

24/8/1912

0ver 3,000,000 in Persia alone

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/famous-teacher-coming

25

Oakland Cal Enquirer

(Berkeley, CA)

8/8/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/local-artist-wins-fame-portrait

26

The Evening Post (New York)

23/7/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-speak-1

27

The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Press

15/7/1912

20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/aged-head-new-religion-gives-views

28

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

(New York)

13/7/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/unitarian-persian-prophet

29

New York Sun

7/7/1912

Several Hundred Thousand

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-gives-his-impressions-new-york

30

The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys,CA)

5/7/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leader-bahaism-here-1

31

The Agitator Wellsboro

Pennsylvania

3/7/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-make-his-home-montclair

32

unnamed (New York)

26/6/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-will-stay-america

33

Grand Rapids Minnesota Press

24/6/1912

3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/church-and-its-work

34

Brooklyn Daily Eagle NY

17/6/1912

Many millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-pulpit

35

The Anaconda Standard

(Montclair, NJ)

16/6/1912

14,000,000

 

36

The Evening News (San Jose)

15/6/1912

2,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-head-new-religion-brotherhood

37

The Evening Bulletin

Philadelphia

10/6/1912

250,000 in America

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/old-persian-mystic-stirs-teachings

38

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Public Ledger

10/6/1912

More than 3,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-sage-pays-visit-city

39

Middletown Time-Press

(Montclair, NJ)

3/6/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/jerseys-new-resident

40

unnamed paper in New York

26/5/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-will-stay-america

41

Worcester Telegram 2nd

Edition

24/5/1912

Millions in near east and hundreds of thousands in the US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/new-faith-head-heard

42

Worcester Evening Post

24/5/1912

Millions in near east and

hundreds of thousands in the US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/head-new-religion-clark-college-speaker

43

Worchester Massachusetts Post

23/5/1912

Millions in near east and

hundreds of thousands in

the US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/head-new-religion-clark-college-speaker-0

44

Worcester Telegram 2nd

edition

22/5/1912

Millions and 100,000 in the

US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-speak-0

45

Worcester Evening Gazette

21/5/1912

Millions and several

hundred thousand in the

US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abbas-effendi-coming-give-talk-clark

46

The Syracuse Herald

11/5/1912

20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/prophet-may-come

47

Grand Valley Times (Moab, UT)

10/5/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leader-bahaism-here-3

48

The Oelwein Daily Register (Oelwein, IA)

10/5/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leader-bahaism-here-4

49

Manitoba Free Press

9/5/1912

3,000,000 in the Orient

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/readers-notes

50

Marble Rock Journal (Floyd, IA)

9/5/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leader-bahaism-here-2

51

The Palo Alto Tribune

(Emmetsburg, IA)

8/5/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/leader-bahaism-here-0

52

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Post

6/5/1912

15,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-speak

53

New York Tribune

5/5/1912

20,000,000 in the world. 5000 in America

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-talks-kate-carew-things-spiritual-and-mundane

54

unnamed (chicago)

1/5/1912

40,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahaist-leader-opens-oriental-court-here

55

Chicago Illinois News

29/4/1912

40,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahaist-chief-missing

56

The Hutchinson News (Chicago)

27/4/1912

14,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahaists-honor-leader

57

Houston Texas Chronicle

24/4/1912

15,000,000 with several hundred thousand in the US and Canada

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/people-worth-while

58

Cleveland Ohio Leader

22/4/1912

2,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-hailed-new-messiah-comes-teach-unity-world

59

The New York Times

21/4/1912

Tens of thousands

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/message-abdul-baha-head-bahais-0

60

New York Tribune

18/4/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/letters-editor-abdul-baha

61

Pittsburg PA Times

17/4/1912

20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/head-new-cult

62

Albany New York Press

15/4/1912

Many millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-explains-plan-unite-all-religions

63

Buffalo New York Courier

15/4/1912

Many millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/western-world-behind-spiritual-civilization

64

The Lexington Herald

14/4/1912

Hundreds of thousands when Bahā’u’llāh was alive

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/servant-god-headed-america-0

65

Chicago Illinois Post

13/4/1912

2,000,000 with 5,000 in the US

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-and-chicago

66

New York Herald

13/4/1912

20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-dazed-citys-rush-calls-new-york-beehive-0

67

The Chicago Illinois Defender

13/4/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-coming-lewis-g-gregory

68

New York Tribune

12/4/1912

20,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-prophet-here

69

New York Sun

12/4/1912

2,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/disciples-here-hail-abdul-baha

70

unnamed (Washington DC)

27/3/1912

Thousands in America

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/persian-brings-gospel-love-0

71

The New York Times

4/3/1912

One third of Persians

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahai-leader-due-here

72

SFO Daily News (San Francisco, CA)

28/2/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/after-40-years-prison

73

The Montreal Daily Star

(Montreal, QC)

10/2/1912

2,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/eastern-sage-coming-city-new-message-0

74

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

Evening News

5/2/1912

Millions

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/after-forty-years-prison-bahai-leader-plans-visit-followersunited-states-0

75

Boston Massachusetts Evening Transcript

27/1/1912

Thousands

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/coming-abdul-baha-abbas

76

unnamed (Chicago)

7/1/1912

2,000,000

http://centenary.bahai.us/news/dedicate-temple-bahai-chicagos-north-shore

 

These exaggerations are totally outrageous and go up to numbers like 40 million! Although, the source of many of these numbers has not been mentioned in the newspapers, in the case of a few of these articles, it has been stated that the numbers have been provided by `Abdu’l-Bahā himself.

Upon arriving in the United States, `Abdu’l-Bahā is quoted by the New York Times as saying that he has no way of estimating the number of his followers but that they are overall about two million:

(https://centenary.bahai.us/news/disciples-here-hail-abdul-baha)

Figure 1: Image of newspaper that quotes `Abdu'l-Bahā as saying the world Baha'i population is about 2 million



The same number is repeated in another paper the next day:

He estimates the number of his followers at about 2,000,000, about 5,000 of these being in this country. (Leader of New Cult [rest of title is missing], Chicago Illinois Post, 13 April 1912)
(http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-and-chicago)

Figure 2: Image of another newspaper that quotes `Abdu'l-Bahā as saying the world Baha'i population is about 2 million



Matters become even more interesting. Six months into his stay these numbers dramatically change. He is quoted as saying he has ten million followers:

`Abdu’l-Bahā Abbas, leader of the Bahā’ī movement, which he says has 10,000,000 followers in the world, is in Salt Lake City.He is making a tour of the United States and plans to lecture on his religion here. (Comes [sic] to Lecture on Bahal [sic] Religion, The Evening Standard [Salt Lake], 30 September 1912)

(http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-abbas-comes-lecture-bahai-religion )

Figure 3: Image of newspaper that quotes `Abdu'l-Bahā as saying the world Baha'i population is about 10 million

 



This high number is further strengthened by a quote from another newspaper several days later in which `Abdu’l-Bahā claims he has converted several million people to Baha’ism himself:

The disciple is a martyr to religion and claims to have converted several million people, including Christian,Mohammedans and Jews to the Baha’ism faith. (Women Should Have Rights of Men, The Sacramento Bee [San Francisco] 4 October 1912)
(http://centenary.bahai.us/news/women-should-have-rights-men-he-says )

Figure 4: Image of newspaper that quotes `Abdu'l-Bahā as saying he has converted several million people to Baha’ism himself



The number of American Baha’is can also be found in `Abdu’l-Bahā’s words. As we previously quoted, upon arriving in the US, he had mentioned his American followers to be around 5000:

He estimates the number of his followers at about 2,000,000, about 5,000 of these being in this country. (Leader of New Cult [rest of title is missing], Chicago Illinois Post, 13 April 1912)

(http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-and-chicago )

Furthermore, in his farewell speech he had claimed that he had converted thousands of Americans during his eight month stay in America:

About 100 members of the New York Bahā’ī Society, 80 percent. of whom are women, went to the pier to see `Abdu’lBahā off and were deeply moved as he delivered his final address to them in the lounge. He said that during his tour of the United States he had converted thousands of men and women and that they would work among their churches after he had gone for the furtherance of the movement for universal peace. (Abdul Baha Sails Away, The New York Times, 6 December 1912) (
http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-sails-away-0 )

Figure 5: Image of newspaper that quotes `Abdu'l-Bahā as saying he has converted thousands of Americans to Baha’ism during his stay in America.




If we conservatively assume that `Abdu’l-Bahā had converted another five thousand people to the Baha’i faith during his stay in America based on the thousands that he had claimed—then we can estimate the total number of American Baha’is to be around ten thousand.

Subsequently, based on what the papers quoted from `Abdu’l-Bahā,there must have been two or ten million Baha’is worldwide (millions of which he had converted) and ten thousand in America at the end of 1912. According to a survey by two prominent Baha’i authors (P. Smith, M. Momen, The Baha'i faith 1957–1988: A survey of contemporary developments,Religion 19 (1989), pp. 63–91: http://bahai-library.com/momen_smith_developments_1957-1988(retrieved 28/2/2014)) the number of Baha’is 42 years later—in 1954—were only 213,000 worldwide and only 10,000 in North America, Europe, and Anglo-Pacific combined!

Even if we assume a large margin of error for all numbers, the estimated population of 1912 is still very large and greatly exaggerated.Ignoring the population growth, `Abdu’l-Bahā’s statistics are respectively about 9.4 times and 46 times the Baha’i population of 42 years later! These are the words of the Mystery of God who possesses superhuman knowledge (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 134.) and is the Unerring Pen (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahā’u’llāh, p. 75.)

There is another point in these exaggerations that is worth mentioning. `Abdu’l-Bahā apparently didn’t mind these large numbers being published in these papers although he protested other facts that he deemed needed to be corrected. For instance:

`Abdul-Bahā, “Servant of Ineffable Splendor,” has arrived in Chicago from Persia to establish a world-wide peace betweenreligion and science, but feels a little doubtful of our newspapers because a reporter wrote that he wore a robe and turban of red and white stripes — which he never did;so there! ([title missing], Inter Ocean [Chicago] 2 May 1912) (http://centenary.bahai.us/news/abdul-baha-servant-splendor )


The paper that `Abdu’l-Bahā was referring to was published a day earlier:

`Abdul-Bahā, “Servant of Ineffable Splendor,” Adviser to 40,000,000 Through World . . . The high priest sat in a big plush chair during the brief reception. He wore a long, flowing robe, striped with red and white. His beard reached almost to his waist. A turban of the same material as the robe was wound about his head. (Bahaist Leader Opens Oriental Court Here, unnamed [Chicago] 1 May 1912)

 (http://centenary.bahai.us/news/bahaist-leader-opens-oriental-court-here )


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