Bahai Population in Iran: Still Counting?

Iran Census

How Many Bahais in Iran? Can we believe even these numbers?

There has always been confusion about the actual population of the followers of the Baha’i Faith in every country since its origin. Regarding their numbers, “millions” is the usual figure claimed by them.

The reason for this confusion is the fact that Baha’is are wont to give fake ‘percentage Baha’i population’ for every country. Thanks to the internet – their lies are 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 the 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 Assemblies of 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 want to jack-up their numbers- for “public image”.

Baha’i Population in Iran as claimed in the time of Abdul Baha

With regards to the Baha’i population in Iran, the Baha’is speak lies which puts to shame any lover of justice. Sometimes they say one third of the Iranian population is Baha’i and sometimes they propagate that half of the Iranian population is Baha’i. To my utter surprise during my visit to India in 2002, a Baha’i convert informed me that the whole of Iran has accepted the Baha’i Faith. I politely told him that the Baha’is have made a fool out of him. There are not more than 20,000 Baha’is in Iran.

Even the Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians of Iran are not being sparred from this onslaught of lie for which the Baha’is claim that all of them have accepted the Baha’i Faith.

Here are the excerpts from the writing of Edward Brown

Ibrahim George Kheiralla says: “Abdul Karim, 1896, assured me that the believers in Baha were fifty millions. I wrote to Syria to ask. Sayid Mohammed, secretary of Abbas Effendi, said that the number was fifty-five million souls.” Kheiralla afterwards denounces it as a gross deceit.

As to Persia, they place the proportion at one-third or one-half. Dreyfus writes, “Probably half the population of Persia is Baha’i.” Incidentally the Baha’is claim that there are 3,000,000 (three million) Baha’is in Iran.

The majority of Zoroastrians are recognized as Baha’is. On the contrary Professor Browne writes: “I had been informed that Zoroastrians were accepting Baha’ism. However after much discussion with the Zoroastrians of Yezd and Kerman for the space of three and a half months, I came to the conclusion that few, if any, had adopted the Baha’i creed.” In India the proportion of Parsee-Baha’is is very small.

As to Jews, Remey says: “In Hamadan there is a large Israelites following of Baha.” A census made by a European Jew showed exactly 59 parents and with their children. 194 persons out of a population of 6,000 Jews. As to the United States, I give some particulars in the closing chapter. .” The inference is plain that no native of Israel had become Baha’i through sixty years of contact with Baha and his seventy followers.

Abdul Baha gave the impression that many of the Christians of Persia are converts to Baha. Dr. J. H. Shedd wrote in 1894, “I have heard of no case of a Christian conversion to Baha’ism.” Dr. G. W. Holmes wrote, 1903, “I do not know of a single Christian in Persia, who has been converted to Baha’ism. Some Baha’is who made a profession of Christianity turned back to Baha.” Rev. J. W. Hawkes declares that in his observation none of the members of the Syrian (Nestorian) or Armenian churches in Persia have become Baha’is. I have known of one Armenian family in Resht and two men in Maraga, one of whom was a notorious, who kept up his opium using as before.

 Population in Iran as claimed at the time of UHJ

From 3,00,000 to 4,61,351 followers. The percentage varies from 0.69 to 2%. This is unimaginable lie. The Encyclopedia Britannica and Encyclopedia of Christians have conveyed that the Baha’is have told them. The reporters are none other than Douglas Martin (former member of House of Justice) and Simeon Kohlman Rabbani (a Baha’i), who gave the information to World Christian Encyclopedia is a Baha’i.

There is one silver lining in the Baha’i census of Iran. It exposes their falsehood. Abdul Baha, leader of the faith (of lies), claimed fifty five millions at his time. UHJ is now claiming only 3,00,000!

Presented below are certain eye-opening facts!

Present Baha’i Population of Iran

Number Year Population % Reference
1 1984 300,000 Hatcher, William S. & J. Douglas Martin. The Baha’i Faith: The Emerging Global Religion.San Francisco,CA: Harper & Row (1984); pg. 181.
2 1990 410,000 “Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani” Ref: Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001)
3 2001 463,151 0.69% “Data transcribed by Simeon Kohlman Rabbani” Ref: Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia (2001)

The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. That should not make anyone who is a Baha’i very depressed. The Baha’is should know that exaggerating Baha’i census was the policy of Abdul Baha, Shoghi Effendi and now House of Justice.

What the Universal House of Justice should know, is that by making false claim of number of Baha’is or by parroting Anna’s presentation, no one will ever change his/her Faith. They can organize reflection meetings, deceptive children classes, launch fake Intensive program of Growth have useless cluster growth meetings – the Baha’i population will not grow. The Baha’i population will not grow by sending young Iranian Baha’i girls outside Iran for propagation of Baha’i Faith.

Baha’ism is now a failed attempt, a misfired plot to portray a man made religion to be counted amongst major religions of the world. Baha’ism is dying in its infacy. It will never see the light of the day.

Authored by Ravian Bilani (25-Jun-2010)

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About imranshaykh
I am a student of comparative religion with a special interest in Islam and The Bahai Faith

3 Responses to Bahai Population in Iran: Still Counting?

  1. andisheh says:

    we do not believe the information in the article above is correct, because I lived in Iran and i travel more often ,and I see the population of Bahaies more than the number given here.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Andisheh:

      Please be objective in your response. You may have met “lots” of Bahais. But how many and where are they? The fact is that there are not so many as the UHJ claims. Thats all what is being said in the article.

      Peace
      Imran Shaykh
      http://www.bahaiawareness.com

      • In order to claim to be a student, you must first be willing to learn. The reason for the discrepancies in the Baha’i population in Iran is due to the dangers involved with admitting that you are a Baha’i in Iran; just as a Shiite may be reluctant to admit to his sect in a middle of a Sunni ISIS Camp.

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