How “cultish” is the Bahai Faith?

This picture of Ruhiyyih Khanum is worth a 1000 words

For High Control Groups, I’ll just go down this checklist found here. To be fair, in my opinion, most of these items would to one degree or another be applicable to any major Christian denomination.

The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.

The Universal House of Justice is collectively infallible in religious matters.

The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.

Yes, I would say this is the raison d’être of the Bahá’í Faith, to bring in new members in order to establish the World Order.

The group is preoccupied with making money.

No, I would not say there is a preoccupation with a profit motive.

Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.

Yes, many prominent Bahá’ís have resigned or been declated Covenant-breakers for no other reason than expressing opinions in variance to the Administrative Order. They include Juan Cole, Ehsan Yarshater, Denis MacEoin, Abbas Amanat, Allison Marshall and numerous others. The members of the Administrative Order actively monitored internet forums for dissent.

Mind-numbing techniques (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, debilitating work routines) are used to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).

I would say no.

The leadership dictates sometimes in great detail how members should think, act, and feel (for example: members must get permission from leaders to date, change jobs, get married; leaders may prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, how to discipline children, and so forth).

Yes

The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah or an avatar; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save humanity).

Yes

The group has a polarized us- versus-them mentality, which causes conflict with the wider society.

There is a high degree of polarization with Bahá’ís seeing themselves as the saviors of humanity, but I would not say this causes conflict with the wider society.

The group’s leader is not accountable to any authorities (as are, for example, military commanders and ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream denominations).

Yes. The Administrative Order is very opaque. For example, there is no independent accounting of finances, so a financial scandal in Italy was only uncovered by that country’s national tax authority.

The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group (for example: collecting money for bogus charities).

There are certainly some deceptive practices, for example posing as teachers in country’s where overt missionary is illegal or presenting religious lessons to children as moral education.

The leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them.

Yes

Members’ subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family and friends, and to give up personal goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group.

No, I have not witnessed this.

Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.

No

Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.

No

Was the land for the first Baha’i Temple purchased with Opium money?

Yes, the land was purchased with the money of Opium. Not only Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli but even Mirza Aqa Taryaki and Mirza Ali Taryaki were Baha’i Opium Traders. Here are some details regarding the Opium money which was used in the Baha’i Temple.

Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli

Born in 1824, he was the oldest son of the Khal Akbar. He was a successful, wealthy merchant who extended the family’s trading links to China. He lived there for some time, having his home and office in Hong Kong and a warehouse in Shanghai. Due to economic depression in Fars and family bankruptcy, Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli went to China for 10 years. There, he became the main contact for the opium trade of the merchants of Isfahan, Yazd, and Fars. He has also visited India often.

While on pilgrimage to Mecca in 1859, Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli, his brother Haji Mirza Muhammad-Taqi, and his cousin Haji Siyyid Mihdi visited Bahaʾu’llah in Baghdad, the first of the Afnans to do so. It appears that they became believers at this time. In 1887, Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli returned from seven years in Hong Kong and visited Bahaʾuʾllah in ʿAkka. At Bahaʾuʾllah’s request, he went to Russia, where he bought several parcels of land in ʿIshqabad and the nearby town of Firuzih. One parcel, named Aʿzam, was to serve as the site for the Mashriquʾl-Adhkar of the new Bahaʾi community in ʿIshqabad. The others were to be endowments providing income to support it.

When Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli died in Bombay in 1896, the Muslims refused to allow his body to be buried there, threatening to burn it. His body was brought to Karachi and then to Bushihr, where the Iranians would not let it land. Eventually, and after an enormous ordeal, it was buried at Ctesiphon, near Baghdad. In May 1959, as one of the objectives of the Ten Year Crusade, it was re-interred in the Bahaʾi cemetery in Baghdad. On Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli’s passing, ʿAbduʾl-Baha revealed several Tablets extolling his virtues and composed two Tablets of Visitation.

Haji Mirza Muhammad-ʿAli was married to a maternal cousin, who was a daughter of Haji ʿAbduʾl-Husayn, a renowned Shirazi merchant and a brother of Haji Muhammad Khalili. The two brothers were not believers.

Source: https://bahai-library.com/pdf/a/afnan_rabbani_genesis_faiths.pdf

Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal: Was He God or Satan?!

Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal was Bahaullah’s half-brother and the executor of the Bab’s will. He was regarded as the successor to the Bab until Bahaullah succeeded in sending him to the sidelines and taking over the affairs of many of the followers of the Bab. He is greatly hated by Baha’is and regarded as one their greatest enemies. According to the famous Baha’i scholar Fazil Mazandarani in his book Asrar al-Athar (click to download, it is also written as Asraru’l-Athar) this is how Bahaullah referred to his brother Subhe Azal:

Bahaullah
“When Mirza Yahya Azal started opposing the works, deeds, and words of his esteemed brother (Bahaullah) in Edirne . . . he dropped down from his [high] stature and the rank of union and agreement [that he had with Bahaullah] and was gradually – in the tablets, works, and revelations [from Bahaullah] – referred to with codes, references, and names such as the polytheist, the calf, the scarab (dung beetle), the tyrant, the Satan, the devil, the foul swamp, the buzzing of a fly, and similar names.” (Fazil Mazandarani, Asrar al-Athar, vol. 5, pp. 345-346.)

Bahaullah’s followers also used these titles to refer to Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal, for instance Professor Edward Browne cites a letter sent to him by a woman who was proselytized in America by Dr. Ibrahim Kheiralla where she states:

“Mirza Yahya is scarcely spoken of, but when he is mentioned he is called Satan.” (E.G. Browne, Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion, p. 117)

Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal

What most Baha’is don’t know or will not tell you is that according to the Bab, Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal, was God. This is how the Bab’s will to Subhe Azal starts:

“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.” (Source: Will of The Bab)

First the Bab states very explicitly that he is God (not a messenger from God or a manifestation of God, but God himself), then he tells Subhe Azal that he too is God and should testify to this. These statements being illogical and meaningless aside, according to the Bab Mirza Yahya Subhe Azal is God and according to Baha’ullah he is the Satan and devil! Bahaullah also claims he is the one that the Bab had prophesized about. Go figure…

Babis, Baha’is and the British Deep State

In the early 19th century, the strategic location of the Middle East, sitting directly between the British Empire and her colony India, made the deep state of the British Empire focus their attention on the Middle East. Securing and obtaining the control of the routes to her colony with the hopes of establishing new colonial areas in the process, became a veritable obsession for it.

However, it wasn’t only Ottoman Empire that became a target in the process due to her key territories like Egypt, Suez, Palestine, Iraq and Basra. Iran also had a very highly strategic position in the region.

As a part of its plan to secure the control of the region, British government at the time put into action what the historians now call the ‘the Great Game’ between 1830-1895 against the Russian Empire, which it considered as one of its biggest rivals to her colonial order in India.

The game was based on the idea of turning the Ottoman Empire, Iran and the Emirate of Bukhara into buffer states to stop the southward advance of Russia. This way, it had hoped, it could stop Russia from having land access to India and preventing it from gaining ports in the Persian Gulf or Indian Ocean, which could pose a treat to the sea trade routes of the British.
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What is the aim of all Bahai activities?

The achievement of this unity is Bahá’u’lláh’s declared mission and the aim of all Bahá’í activity. Its outline and structure are indicated in the following passage from the writings of Shoghi Effendi, great-grandson of Bahá’u’lláh and Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith:

The unity of the human race (converting everyone to Baha’ism), as envisaged by Bahá’u’lláh, implies the establishment of a world commonwealth (Baha’i Superstate) in which all nations, races, creeds and classes are closely and permanently united, and in which the autonomy of its state members and personal freedom and initiative of the individuals that compose them are definitely and completely safeguarded. This commonwealth must, as far as we can visualize it, consist of a world legislature, whose members will, as the trustees of the whole of mankind, ultimately control the entire resources of all the component nations, and will enact such laws as shall be required to regulate the life, satisfy the needs and adjust the relationships of all races and peoples. A world (Baha’i) executive, backed by an international (Baha’i) Force, will carry out the decisions arrived at, and apply the laws enacted by, this world legislature, and will safeguard the organic unity of the whole (Baha’i) commonwealth. A world (Baha’i) tribunal will adjudicate and deliver its compulsory and final verdict in all and any disputes that may arise between the various elements constituting this universal system. A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hinderances and restrictions, and functioning with marvellous swiftness and perfect regularity. A world metropolis will act as the nerve centre of a world civilization, the focus towards which the unifying forces of life will converge and from which its energizing influences will radiate. A world language (Esperanto!!!) will either be invented or chosen from among the existing languages and will be taught in the schools of all the federated nations as an auxiliary to their mother tongue. A world script, a world literature, a uniform and universal system of currency, of weights and measures, will simplify and facilitate intercourse and understanding among the nations and races of mankind. In such a world society, science and religion, the two most potent forces in human life, will be reconciled, will co-operate, and will harmoniously develop. The press will, under such a system, while giving full scope to the expression of the diversified views and convictions of mankind, cease to be mischievously manipulated by vested interests, whether private or public, and will be liberated from the influence of contending governments and peoples (Baha’i Censorship is already an open secret!). The economic resources of the world will be organized, its sources of raw materials will be tapped and fully utilized, its markets will be co-ordinated and developed, and the distribution of its products will be equitably regulated.

A world federal system (i.e. Baha’i Superstate), ruling the whole earth and exercising unchallengeable authority (of UHJ) over its unimaginably vast resources, blending and embodying the ideals of both the East and the West, liberated from the curse of war and its miseries, and bent on the exploitation of all the available sources of energy on the surface of the planet, a system in which Force is made the servant of Justice, whose life is sustained by its universal recognition of one God (Baha’u’llah!?) and by its allegiance to one common Revelation (Baha’i) — such is the goal towards which humanity, impelled by the unifying forces of life, is moving.

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-1.html

How ‘Baha’i Diplomacy’ and ‘Baha’i Wisdom’ works ?

Here is information from the manual on public affairs published by the NSA of the US. I have highlighted areas that might help you with your concerns:

CONTACT WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND OFFICIALS


Regarding Bahá’í Matters

The relationships between the Bahá’í community and the government are the responsibility of the elected institutions of the Faith. Local Spiritual Assemblies are responsible for Bahá’í contact with local government agencies and officials (city councils, mayors, etc.) and, where appropriate, with local representatives to the state legislature. The National Spiritual Assembly, through its Washington, D.C., Office of Public Affairs, is responsible for all Bahá’í contact with federal or state government agencies and officials (the president, the State Department, senators, congressional representatives, governors, state government agencies, etc.). Bahá’ís who wish to contact government agencies or officials on Bahá’í matters or to mention or discuss the Bahá’í Faith must first ask the appropriate Bahá’í institution for permission.

The National Spiritual Assembly occasionally requests that Local Spiritual Assemblies or individual Bahá’ís contact federal or state government officials to ask their assistance on a particular issue that the Bahá’ís have chosen to promote. In these instances, Bahá’ís should call or write their legislators on behalf of the Bahá’í Faith, being mindful to refrain from quoting the Bahá’í writings or using the opportunity to teach the Faith. Meeting with Government Officials Regarding Bahá’í Matters here may be times in meetings when local Bahá’ís will discuss the Faith in response to questions from a government official, but it is important to exercise caution to ensure that the official does not develop the impression that the Bahá’ís’ visit and proposals are only a means of teaching the Faith. Local Bahá’ís engaged in public affairs work will have to gauge each situation on its merits, determining what and how much information on the Faith to share in a given meeting. They will make these determinations with increasing ease as their experience grows.

REFERENCE: Bahá’í International Community, External Affairs Manual – Bahá’í Diplomacy, p. 32.


Regarding Non-Bahá’í Matters

Of course, Bahá’ís can contact government representatives and express their views on non-Bahá’í matters as their consciences dictate, provided they do so as an individual and do not identify themselves as Bahá’ís.

Participation in Petitions and Letter Writing Campaigns

The believers are free as citizens to sign petitions or write letters to bring certain matters to the attention of the public and public officials. However, they should not identify themselves as Bahá’ís, unless encouraged to do so by a Bahá’í institution. The decision to participate in the myriad petitions and letter-writing campaigns in progress at any given time is largely left to the individual, to be made in accordance with his or her understanding of the teachings and the dictates of his or her conscience. However, if the friends have questions about particular issues or initiatives, they are encouraged to contact the appropriate institution for guidance — the Local Spiritual Assembly for local petitions and campaigns, and the National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of Public Affairs for national or international petitions and campaigns.

Recently retrieved Baha’i censuses from several countries exposes Baha’i lies more…

“During my time as a Baha’i, I saw potential converts lied to by Baha’is regarding the membership of the Faith. The Baha’is, especially the Baha’i leadership, have always grossly inflated the ‘official’ numbers in order to present an inaccurate picture to the world (as well as to individuals considering conversion) and to make the Faith seem much more successful and influential than it really is. ” —Scott

Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan commented in April 2001 that, since 1968, 50% of the people who entered the bahai faith have left it. According to him, the usual figure for most Christian denominations is approximately 80% retention, meaning about only 20% decide to leave once they become a member. See Professor Cole’s comment below that even 5 million Baha’is worldwide is exaggerated by the Baha’i administration.

50% is truly a remarkably high number and reveals emphatically that something is indeed wrong about the atmosphere within the bahai faith. Often the new adherent quickly comes to realize someting is wrong behind the facade of love and brotherhood.

The FULL TEXT of the New Mexico lawsuit reveals what many of the problems are that are driving sensitive and thoughtful people out of the bahai faith in droves.

Juan Cole has also stated that according to the official census figures of India there are approximately only 5,000 bahais that they were able to find in the country compare with the millions claimed by the bahai administration, a fact worth lingering on….

Nation Census data Bahá’í-cited data
Barbados 178[1] 3,138[2]
Belize 202[3][4] 7,776[2]
Canada 18,945[5] 30,000[6]; 46,587[2]
Guyana 500[7] 13,045[2]
India 4,572[8][9] 1,880,000[2]
over 2,000,000[11]
Mauritius 639[10] 23,703[2]

Sources:

  1. “Redatam”. Census. Barbados Statistical Service. 2010. Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. “Most Baha’i Nations (2005)”. QuickLists > Compare Nations > Religions >. The Association of Religion Data Archives. 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  3. “2010 Census of Belize Overview”. 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  4. “2010 Census of Belize Detailed Demographics of 2000 and 2010”. 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  5. “2011 National Household Survey: Data tables”. Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  6. “The Bahá’í Community Canada, Facts and Figures”. The Bahá’í Community Canada. Bahá’í Community Canada. 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  7. “Chapter II, Population Composition, 2002 Census” (PDF). Statistics Bureau. 2002. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  8. “C-01 Appendix : Details of Religious Community Shown Under ‘Other Religions And Persuasions’ In Main Table C-1- 2011 (India & States/UTs)”. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  9. “Population Enumeration Data (Final Population)”. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  10. “Resident population by religion and sex” (PDF). Statistics Mauritius. pp. 68,71. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  11. “Baha’i Faith in India”. Official Website of the Bahá’ís of India. National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of India. 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2017.

Discuss this : https://www.reddit.com/r/exbahai/comments/67o11y/national_census_data_compared_to_bah%C3%A1%C3%ADcited/

This is also interesting : https://fglaysher.com/bahaicensorship/FalseStats.htm

Sexism in Baha’i Faith…

Baha’i Faith, almost certainly be touted as promoting “equality of men and women” and as such would be a progressive belief almost unique in the world’s religions if it was totally true. The Baha’i Faith claims to support the ideal of equality of men and women as a basic teaching.

But full equality of the sexes? Not in the Baha’i Faith as women are deprived the right to be elected as members of the Universal House of Justice.

Though Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, plainly said that in his religion “women are as men.” What the public generally doesn’t know, is that women are excluded from serving on the religion’s highest governing body, the Universal House of Justice. The Universal House of Justice is the international governing council of the Bahá’í Faith and the center of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant today. The ineligibility of women for membership on the Universal House of Justice the exclusion of women from the House is impossible to change, since that provision occurs in the “authorized interpretations” of Baha’i scripture.

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Pune (India) Baha’i community witnesses one more Sex Scandal

Taraz Navayazdan

In December 2015 a winterschool was organised by the Baha’is to give a chance to Baha’i youth to mingle with each other and learn more about Baha’i activities. Not all attending this winterschool are bachelors. One married couple (Naim & Dilrabo) from Yaganegi family attended this winterschool. This is a famous Baha’i family in Pune and is related to other prominent Baha’is like Lesan Azadi, Payam Shoghi, Nemat Mihrshahi etc.

Naim Yaganegi (a Persian Baha’i) married Dilrabo, a Baha’i and a foreign national (I think from Tajikistan). They have two kids. Dilrabo alone attended the WS in Riverdale School (a Baha’i inspired school) in Pune. One prominent Baha’i activist Taraz (also Persian), a bachelor and serving at various Baha’i committees also attended this WS. It is well known that Baha’is try to find their life-partners in these kinds of camps. Some Baha’is also satisfy their carnal desires under the name of Baha’i core activities.

Baha’is are notorious throughout the world for their sexual scandals, broken marriages and illegal relationships. From the topmost leadership to lower level all Persian Baha’is are morally corrupt and are damaging the cultural / moral fabric of this nation.

I would just name a few Persian Baha’is who are involved in immoral activities in and around Pune.
Payam Shoghi, Delavara Mihrshahi, Rowhani Sisters (Marzia, Jena and Nazneen), Omid Seiosansian – none of them originally Indian.

Coming again to the story of Taraz and Dilrabo – Taraz tried to impress Dilrabo by showing how active he is in the Baha’i faith. Naim, Dilrabo’s husband is a simple man and not a very active Baha’i. Dilrabo and Taraz started to chat on Whatsapp and gradually built a relationship that is condemned in the Indian society.

Naim insisted that the Institutions of the Baha’i faith punish Taraz for his illicit relationship with his wife. Baha’is are told not to go to police but approach their administrative system which they believe is from Bahaulla. Poor Naim approached the LSA but nothing happened. Taraz did not even face the Administrative Sanctions, while there are many Indian Baha’is who have faced Administrative Sanctions for marrying according to Hindu rites.

According to what is known to many Baha’is in Pune this is what happened after the winterschool :

Taraz and Dilrabo started chatting on whatsapp. Later they were discussing on sleeping together and using condoms and how they can use the home of one of their Baha’i friend Mayuri whose keys were lying with Taraz. They copulated during the Baha’i month of fasting may be because there is no law that forbids sex during fasting in the Baha’i religion!

The marriage of Naim was ruined, Baha’i ‘Spiritual Assembly’ did nothing to Taraz, he is free today and exploiting other innocent Baha’i girls who get impressed by seeing the Baha’i activities of Taraz. Poor Naim did not divorce Dilrabo for the sake of his kids.

Persian Baha’is are the most corrupt people. If any Persian Baha’i is found exploiting an Indian lady, he will be punished not by the LSA but by Indian people themselves!.

Many thanks to our friend (name withheld) for sharing this.

Source : http://bahai-scandals.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/pune-bahai-community-witnesses-one-more.html

Baha’i activities, Baha’i friendship for what?

Hi, I’m new to this but I wanted to speak about my recent experiences with the local Baha’i cluster, their activities and how I lost most of my friends after I decided to stop participating in their events.

Firstly, I wanted to mention that I’m an atheist, I always have been and I imagine I always will be. I’m not sure if any of them knew that then, and I wonder if that played a role in how they treat me now. Although I dislike religion and what my friends did over the past year, I was never traumatised or severely upset by anything that happened and I can’t say I dislike any of these friends even if I disagree with them now.

At the start of 2016, my close friend invited me to a youth gathering which she described was for “community building activities” and “empowering youth,” with absolutely no mention of any religious component. I attended, we only discussed the societal potential of young people and by the end of the day some older youth I met had already signed me up to start the Ruhi Institute books despite the fact that I’d never heard of them and they didn’t show them to us or tell us what they were about.

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