The Bahai Insider

Dear readers, I welcome you to “The Bahai Insider” an online magazine about the happenings in the Bahai World.

Over the past few years (and definitely since the start of BahaiAwareness.com in 1997), I have witnessed a steady increase in the amount of information flowing about the workings of the Bahai Faith – from Bahais and from ex-Bahais equally. I have been witness to the new stuff coming out about the Bahai Faith – sects being born and internal conflicts being brought out for public wash and being resolved over several Internet posts, chatrooms alike.

I believe that it is important that some of these discussions be brought out at a place where they can be read by all – in a structured manner; that opinions be formed and views be expressed.

The objective of “The Bahai Insider” remains the same as BahaiAwareness.com – to make Muslims as well as Bahais aware of the Bahai Faith. I do hope that the Bahais will welcome this initiative and this  hopefully lead to a more aware Bahai community.

The source of the Bahai Insider is primarily the Internet. There is much the Bahais and ex-Bahais have to share and I hope over a period of time, I can bring much of that to this Blog.

Finally, I beseech Allah and His Prophet, Hazrat Mohammed Mustafa (pbuh), that I may achieve what I have set out to accomplish. What my readers see on this website has been made possible only with the help of Allah. I myself am incapable and unworthy of performing such a monumental task.

Readers who can contribute to this effort by sending me articles on the topics I have broached on my website are most welcome to do so. I look forward to your suggestions and recommendations to make this endeavour more effective.

“All praises are for Allah”

37 Responses to The Bahai Insider

  1. Shelley Skrepnek says:

    Spell Baha’i correctly and this Baha’i might have more respect for you. You’re just another anti-Baha’i Muslim fanatic.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Shelley:

      Sorry for the late response from my side. My reply is in response to your email in this you stated – “Spell Baha’i correctly and this Baha’i might have more respect for you. You’re just another anti-Baha’i Muslim fanatic.”

      Can you please let me know the correct spelling of Bahai? When I have the time, I will change it in my site.

      I urge you however overlook the spelling mistakes and focus on the references in the site. And if you can challenge them for authenticity. Do independent investigation of truth. Dont let your ego come in the way of accepting the truth.

      Warm regards
      Imran

      • Americas says:

        Imran
        The spirit of eternal death waits at your door. Soon all your cultures will be vaporized by the most great heat.
        Your culture and people will be no more. Your countries are being destroyed by the wrath of GOD. You are the blame for much un- rest in the world.

      • imranshaykh says:

        I disagree with you. Why dont you ask me some logical questions about my beliefs instead of passing loose comments.

        Regards
        Imran

      • Jibril besher says:

        Don’t be fault finder

  2. Ma Tiande says:

    Allah told me that He curses you. So what should I do.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Ma Tiande:

      I am ok with the curse of Allah as long as it is on the liars. Allah says several times in Quran – May the curse of Allah be upon the liars.

      Warm regards
      Imran

  3. Cyrus says:

    Allah knows your heart and what you are trying to do here. You may lie to us but not to Him. If your intention is pure and you honestly seek the truth, then Allah will guide you and all of us to the truth.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Cyrus:

      Thank you for you comment. I always seek guidance from Allah. I dont think I am lying to you or to Allah. I am speaking the truth and nothing but the truth. If you disagree, please establish your proof. I also seek guidance for you.

      Regards
      Imran

  4. Americas says:

    Imran IS DEAD-not even an atom remains of his diseased body.
    Dog excretement and pig vomit has a higher station than him.
    Imran is no longer.
    A waste of a life..

    • imranshaykh says:

      Thank you. MEssages like these only serve to remind me that Bahais do not have a response to the questions that I am raising.

      Regards
      Imran

  5. Americas says:

    Imran is from a culture of incest! cousin fucking.
    Your culture is retarded.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Your message is a reflection of your culture.

      No more comments.

      Regards
      Imran

  6. Kamran says:

    Hello Imran,

    Well after reading your material my belief in Baha’i faith has further strengthen, I can feel the fire of jealousy burning inside you. I personally don’t think that you are a Muslim either because I have hundreds of Muslim friends but haven’t came across one “like you”.

    May be change your name or something, as you or your cult and this website presents a bad insider of you and hence name of a Peaceful Islamic Religion gets ruined rather Baha’i Faith. I am pretty sure a person like you wont be accepted within muslim community either or may be any community.

    Aaaaannnd Regarding an earlier post of how to spell Baha’i. This is How to Spell —-> Baha’i NOT Bahai, just thought to let you know for your next anti Baha’i post, so you don’t sound an idiot.

    Goooooood Luck, either be an agent of love between the religions and humans or keep positing and wasting your time, choice is yours……

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Kamran,

      Thanks for writing to the Bahai Insider. I have no jealousy or mailce towards the Bahai Faith in particular. I have a thirst for truth. It is this thurst which led me to investigate with an open mind the Bahai Faith. And whatever I have found, I have put on my web site BahaiAwareness.com.

      Bahais fool Muslims with their deceptive behavior and with their deceptive beliefs. They try to hide their background and their history so that they come across as a new religion – whereas in reality, they came out of Islam. But they betrayed Islam, denied the finality of prophethood of the Holy Prophet, the finality of the Quran and finally, they denied the Day of Judgement as well.

      I urge you to read more of their history. Just because Bahais have changed their books does not mean that they have changed history. Their history is what it is.

      People like yourself should study what it is the truth of the Bahai Faith. Ask me questions about what you disagree with me. Just making some loose comments does not help any one.

      Regards
      Imran

      PS: I think you should be more concerned about the truth of the Bahai Faith than the spelling of the word Bahai!

      • makemyweddinghappen says:

        You claim you were a Baha’i for 23 years yet you know so little about the religion. And I say you know so little because you base your theories and your research on absolutely nothing that’s even close to true Baha’i beliefs. From your Baha’i election article to the Israeli conspiracy, there is nothing that factually supports your articles. The UHJ ‘s job is administrational support. Unlike Muslim Mullahs they don’t make Fatfva’s or interpret Baha’i writings. Every Baha’i is encouraged to ready the wratings and interpret it the way they feel is the truth. No Baha’i or Baha’i organization can tell another Baha’i what’s the right interpretation.
        If you spent half the time writing on this blog looking for the truth you would have been a believer instead of a poser. Baha’i are never forced into believing anything or following anyone specially not the UHJ . They’re encouraged to seek the truth on their own.
        I hope you see the truth one day, but from what I can see your mind and your judgment is so clouded by false information.
        I encourage you to read the hidden words And truly ponder on their meaning.
        Best of all to you

      • imranshaykh says:

        Bahais claim that UHJ does not issue Fatwas. Having said that pretty much everything that goes on in the Bahai Faith happens only and solely with the blessings of the UHJ. Whether it is excommunicating someone or praising someone or guiding the next thought in the Faith…

        The UHJ issues Fatwas, except that the Bahais dont call it as Fatwa.

      • makemyweddinghappen says:

        You claim you were a Baha’i for 23 years yet you know so little about the religion. And I say you know so little because you base your theories and your research on absolutely nothing that’s even close to true Baha’i beliefs. From your Baha’i election article to the Israeli conspiracy, there is nothing that factually supports your articles. The UHJ ‘s job is administrational support. Unlike Muslim Mullahs they don’t make Fatfva’s or interpret Baha’i writings. Every Baha’i is encouraged to ready the wratings and interpret it the way they feel is the truth. No Baha’i or Baha’i organization can tell another Baha’i what’s the right interpretation.
        If you spent half the time writing on this blog looking for the truth you would have been a believer instead of a poser. Baha’i are never forced into believing anything or following anyone specially not the UHJ . They’re encouraged to seek the truth on their own.
        I hope you see the truth one day, but from what I can see your mind and your judgment is so clouded by false information.
        I encourage you to read the hidden words And truly ponder on their meaning.
        Best of all to you

  7. KomaGawa says:

    Dear Baha’i Insider (at first I was going to leave off the apostrophe 😉
    I accept your sincere search for truth, I felt that way too, and still do, from time to time b ut for different reasons. It is hard for me to know what event in what circumstances you had such unfortunate hurtful experiences with certain Baha’is. All believers of all relitions are imperfect creatures, don’t you agree? Coulld you imagine that I could meet some Muslims who would make me angry or sad? Could you imagine that some Jews would reject me? Could you believe that some Christians would call me a follower of Satan? Could you believe that my family would reject me, simply for choosing my own religion. As you say, all are free, and you are merely relaying your “truth”. But at least me honest with us. You have not met the Bahais of Japan, you have not been rejected by our community here, have you? You are claiming that what you found in your own experience is a universal truth, arn’t you? How is that possible? This kind of supposition, that you have discovvered some universal truth sounds arrogant, don’t you think so? It sounde like a very proud man who was hurt and this web site is a way for you to get your revenge. Believe me, I have felt the same way! But I knew that I must turn away from focusing on the individuals and focus on the Writings themselves. the same regarding ISIS, biggoted people are blaming Islam, but they are leting those nuts, but sincere nuts, represent the religion. I look at the Holy Qur’an, not at the individuals, and in the same way I look at the Holy Bible and not the Christian biggots who refused to associate with black Christians,You should do the same regarding the Baha’i experience you had.
    Let it go! Ask God to help you let it go!
    Respectfully, From Japan,

  8. komagawa says:

    I have just received notification of a few comments posted here. the comments are like a kind of “tug of war” a popular neighborhood game that binds communities together through a kind of detached competition using a rope between two groups.
    So what is the “rope”, I wonder that we are both using to pull on from opposite sides? And are we in the correct frame of mind? Are we so involved in our face-saving, that we cannot see anthing but “winning” and “losing”? What breeds this attitude, that we have brought from the outside into our hearts and made it our own? So when we enter any community arena, or web blog discussion we seek to “win”, to prove our point? It doesn’t really matter what the topic is, yes on one occasion it could be the HUJ or in another case it could be The Guardian, or another case it could be NSA action in Italy, etc. etc. There will always be, and have always been opportunities for people to grapple with one another in order to win the argument. However the simplier people devised physical contests for us to express our competitive energy and still bind us together as a community, in the “tug of war game, for example. however the Internet-mental, religious arguments are different in that they never end,, there is no finish line to rest and then join together. We don:’t see one another, we don’t step over and bow/shake hands, share a cup of tea. I say “we” because I am just as guilty as the next fellow, I have almost forgotten what life was like before the Internet mental-arithmetic wars. So what is my advice? More prayer time. prayer can be like good healthy dose of spiritual prune juice.

    • imranshaykh says:

      This “tug or war” as you call it is not about winning or losing in this world. it is about the Hereafter which as the Quran says is everlasting. The choices that one makes in this life determine one’s destiny in the Hereafter. Hence it is important to choose wisely. I believe theough sites like thebahaiinsider.com and bahaiawareness.com, I am helping myself and the Bahais to make the right choice.

  9. komagawa says:

    If our hearts are pure, then we can be sensitive to the truth, even if there is error. Of those who show mercy He is the Most Merciful. This applies to those who offer their insights, as well as those who read them. God wil always guide those who wish to be guided. Speaking for myself, I do not tell anyone they are on the wrong path, I merrely try my best to present what I have learned and let the listener judge the truth of what I say. God gave us a mind, but we must be educated enough to use it. Since I posted the last comment On Oct 3 I have been encouraged about my condition here in Japan. And I am trying to walk the path of my words.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Komagawa:

      I wish you all the best in your spiritual journey. I cannot comment on the rightness or otherwise of your approach, but I can tell you what is the Islamic approach on the subject.

      Islam believes in one God, introduced by Himself through our innate nature and through His divine representatives – the prophets and messengers and their successors. Islam does not believe in manifestations of God.

      Islam means submission to the Will of God. It means worshipping God how God wants to be worshipped and not how we want to worship Him. Therefore every aspect of religion of Islam is controlled through what is called as rhe shariah or the code of practice for Muslim.

      Islam also states that this world is transient and will be followed by a Day of Judgement in which all man and women will have to account for their actions – both good and bad in this world. The result of this accounting will either be an eternal heaven or hell.

      I would be happy to explain Islam to you more in detail.

      Regards.

  10. komagawa says:

    “Through our innate nature”, I have not heard this expression used in the case of Islam. Please explain. However I do agree, and Baha’i doctrine agrees that God is not the same as the Messenger. However to be in the presence of the Messenger, is as close humans can get to know God. As God, contrary to what some Christians say, does not communicate directly to men of the sort of you or me. As I only know a fingernail’s worth about Islam, though I have a copy of the Holy Qur’an, I think there is no disagreement between the Holy Qur’an and the Bahai Writings. The disagreement is with the followers. Compared to the differences between Christianity and Islam, the differences with Baha’i Writings is very small. This fact is shown by the large Baha’i community that once existed in Iran. All of those people were almost all good, God-fearing Muslims! So, to conclude, I learned to agree with almost everything you wrote here, beginning about 24 years ago. there is still much I don’t know.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Innate nature refers to the nature which we are born with. Islam believes that every human being is born with certain characteristics. These do not change through time across generations etc. So some of these characteristics are justice for all, compassion, shame etc. So even if I dont believe in God, or religions or for that matter whichever religion I follow, I would always seek justics, compassion etc. have you ever felt bad when you saw any person being oppressed by another? Even if you did not know that person? Yes, this is because of our innate nature. We are by nature truth seeking, justics seeking.

      In the same way, the belief of one God is there within each and every one of us. This is what we are born with.

      There is a world of difference between Islam and Bahai Faith.

      Regards

      • komagawa says:

        What you wrote is very interesting for me. I need to take some time to think about it. Of course there are similarities with the Baha’i teachings, yet I am trusting you as a representative of a mainstream school of Islam in what you write here. I mentioned that I have a dear personal copy of the Holy Quran, organized chronologically: and I have only studied the oldest surahs with any regularity (up to about 70-80), and I have read next to nothing of the hadiths. yes, it is quite thought-provoking what you have written. Thank you.

        PS.In these troubled times, my heart goes out to those Muslims who are at the mercy of selfish, ignorant forces, because I truly accept the authority of the Messenger and His counsels for the education of mankind I can understand your point of view regarding Baha’is and further in my way I would defend your life and the life of your loved ones if the situation presented itself) I know that ignorance and fear are manipulating the hearts of the oppressors. Yes. there is evil, but I cannot comment on its existence. I cannot find evil where I am, only ignorance, fear, greed, both in others and in myself.

  11. komagawa says:

    PS. How do you regard Buddhism?

    • imranshaykh says:

      Islam respects Buddhism as it does other religions. But Islam forbids Idol worship and the concept of Manifestations of God. Idont know much beyond that.

      • komagawa says:

        So, I have heard also. The matter seems to me, to turn on the meaning of “idol”. I witness daily acts of kindness, and self-sacrifice, as well as fear, greed, ignorance. But the people I meet will quickly say they are not Buddhists. However it is undeniable that Buddhism has influenced the expression of Japanese society. There is much here which is commendable compared to my previous culture, the USA. The expression of virtues that I see or have seen appears in the same form regardless of the culture. So, it must be from the same Source. It must be from God. Do you see what I am aiming at? God is not a trickster. Yes, we can trick ourselves. Yes, there is some form of evil, but if we appeal to God we will not be deceived by Him. Tricking ourselves causes us to turn away, “Doubt” is one of those self-tricks. for those who have confidence in the value of their virtuous deeds they will be aided by God. That value is according to the person’s awareness of what he or she can “purchase” by it, meaning that the more we understand of ourselves, the greater capacity we create for ourselves. This process, I think would inevitably lead to recognition of the One Master of the Universe.

  12. komagawa says:

    Oh, I forgot to keep focused on my thoughts on the meaning of “idol”. That is an internal idol and an external one or ones. A person can be a victim of either, or what they want to master for their own purposes. People are taught from infancy both in abstractions and in real rewards and punishments. The physical idols are part of this world of physical things that we see. taste, feel a benefit from. The idol doesn’t automatically appear, but I think if it is unchecked, it will lead to the invisible idols power over us. I have never until this moment thought carefully about this matter of idols. So I am tryig to think out how virtues can appear in a society which doesn’t clearly recognize the authority of the One unequaled God. Buddhism mixed with Confucianism clearly teaches some virtuous behavior which I see around me. Yet there is an absence of an acknowledged Heavenly Authority.Whereas in the US, Christianity struggles daily with equally powerful giants of competitive animal-like forces. Christianity is recognized in the US, but that recognition doesn’t appear to give it any advantage.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Your points are thought provoking. Islam believes in the belief of One God who has no partner. The Quran says in the chapter of UNity – Say Allah is One. He is Needless. He begets not nor is he begotten. And there is none like Him. Which effectively means that Quran negates all false Gods or any concept of an mental picture of God completely because God cannot be compared to anyone. The attributes of God cannot be compared to any creature.

      I invite you to Islam and to read more on it.

      Regards,

  13. komagawa says:

    I just had a sensitive time with my class discussion of Islam and Christianity. The Japanese whom I deal with in class were all successful businessmen and employees of international companies, However none that I have met have had any contact with Islam that lasted more than a view of some ruin or passing by the people in the street. I wanted to at least offer an opportunity to answer some basic questions. However we digressed into the topic of Shinto, as I was emphasizing the Unity of God. Maybe you know that Shinto is filled with gods, every blade of grass, every grain, every mountain, and every leaf and every tree is inhabited by a separate god of a certain level. So, while the mountain god is recognized, the numerous gods that inhabit the mountain are not usually recognized. I was a little careless in my statements and there was some offense taken about my ignorance. I mention this because Japan as a population of people who are attempting to be virtuous according to their measurements, can’t simply be written off. The people who have not had a chance to turn to Islam, how does it say they will be judged?

    • imranshaykh says:

      Islam believes in justice of Allah. Therefore everyone will be judged as per what Allah has granted him/her. If Islam has not reached any place, then Allah will deal with that individual accordingly, in a just manner. If however if Islam has been introduced, and a person dismisses it without studying it properly, it will be a cause for punishment in the Hereafter.

  14. Message from the Bible says:

    But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

    Galatians 1:8

    • imranshaykh says:

      Means what?

  15. Garmroud says:

    Life does not end with the physical death of your body. Your soul will live in the next worlds of God. Your soul will be born handicapped in the next worlds of God. All those who are involved with creating such websites and going against the Religions of God will regret their actions. Remember, this material life is only for 70 or 80 years. It is the only time you have to prepare yourself for the next world. I suggest you use it very wisely and not go against the Word of God.

    • imranshaykh says:

      Dear Garmroud:

      I agree with you that the life of this world is temporary and will last for only 70-80 years. It is the world after this which the more important world.

      Islam has paid a lot of attention to the Hereafter and clarifying its reality. Unfortunately the Bahai founders in their myopic vision and to deviate the Muslims have even diverted this reality and made it something like a joke.

      This web site is my preparation for the hereafter. When I meet the Holy Prophet of Islam, I will tell him that I tried to guide people to the reailty of Islam and also to the reality of the Bahai Faith. He will judge between us.

      Warm regards
      Imran

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