Only Crime of Baha’i Leaders in Iran is that they are Baha’is!


Ahang Rabbani
by Ahang Rabbani

Over nine months have passed since the unexplainable, unreasonable and inhumane arrests of the leaders[1] of the Baha’i community in Iran. Throughout this time, baseless accusations have been hurled upon them and upon the Baha’i community in Iran through wide-spread, pre-planned propaganda. The present leadership and the government of Iran have joined hands to bring an end to the existence of the largest religious minority group in Iran by means of “gradual genocide”. They have made a profession for themselves of “killing human beings” and have been inflicting the most severe forms of physical, spiritual and psychological tortures upon the meekest of religious groups in Iran. The boldest of such instances can be witnessed in the “deceitfully devised” manner in which they have approached the innocently arrested leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran.

Judge Hassan Haddad, Tehran’s Deputy General-Prosecutor, announced on February 11 that the charges against the seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i Community have been made and that their cases will be sent to the Revolutionary Court next week for indictment.

This news item can be viewed at: //

This news indicates that the charges brought against the accused are “espionage for Israel,” insulting religious sanctities” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”

As such, a reasoned analysis of each of these accusations is offered here.

1. The Accusation of “Espionage for Israel” A: A Historical Overview

The reason the matter of espionage for Israel is even an issue is because over 150 years ago, Baha’u’llah (the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith) -- who had spent some time in a Tehran prison[2] under the most adverse of conditions and the most severe of torturous situations -- was exiled out of Iran at the instructions of the Qajar government. It was during the second half of the 19th century that -- through the designs of the two governments of Iran and the Ottoman Empire to distance Baha’u’llah from Iranian borders – Baha’u’llah was exiled first to Baghdad, then to Istanbul, and then to Edirne and finally to ‘Akka. As it happened, well over half a century later, meaning in 1948, the state of Israel was formed where Baha’u’llah had been banished to by the aforementioned governments. Given the obvious nature of the historical context of this situation; even if any accusations were to be made, they should be that Baha’is are agents of espionage for the Palestinians and that the Israelis are spying on the Baha’is -- not the other way around!

The question that is raised here is whether it is right for Baha’is to be accused of being agents of espionage for Israel based on this plain historical detail. Does the government of Iran consider its own people as children devoid of any understanding or historical knowledge? Is this not a weighty insult upon the integrity of the people of this nation; people who collectively constitute the nation’s greatest asset.

B: A Sociological Overview

In order to expand on this matter, it is best to start with an example. Let us suppose that we do not wish for our children to go out of the house to play with their friends. We can try an unethical method to convince them not to go out into the street: such as saying, “There are monsters in the street that eat children.” Subsequently, our children will be faced with great fear and will never attempt to go out to play in the street.

Now let us return to the matter of the accusation of “espionage for Israel”. It is a known fact that through the widespread of such anti-Israeli propaganda as denying the existence of the historical reality of the Holocaust; stating a will to wipe Israel off of the world map; showing Israeli killings of Palestinians in Gaza; or demonstrating other inhumane episodes in which Palestinian women and children are killed or severely injured, a public repulsion has been created in Iran towards the very expression of the word “Israel”! Here “Israel” is to the people of Iran the same as “monster” is to the children in the above example. It is used to spread fear in the people of Iran and incite them to do all that they can in attacking the “monster”!

This means that on the basis of the principle of “Othering” in sociology, Israel has -- in the perception of the Iranian society – been Othered with violation, barbarism, and such. Therefore if a claim is made in a far off village that a man is somehow associated with Israel, it is very likely that the people of that village would tear the man apart based on the preconceptions engraved on their minds by the Iranian regime.

Although the knowledge and insight of the people of Iran has reached a certain level of maturity that enables them to easily discern reality of things; yet accusing the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran of being agents of espionage for Israel is a way of taking advantage of this principle of “Othering” in sociology. It is a pathetic attempt to upturn the truth by provoking and inciting the people for the purpose of creating in them a sense of suspicion towards the Baha’i community.

“Israel” is merely a name – a name for which the Iranian nation does not hold any pleasant memories. Therefore, if we were at this instant to claim that a certain famous football player, for example, is also an “Israeli spy”, we have in reality taken advantage of the anti-Israeli feelings latent in the subconscious of the people of Iran to turn them against the said football player. Making the accusation against the leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran that they are spies for Israel is thus completely baseless.

C: A Methodological Overview

Another approach in denying this accusation is by looking at some of the plainly evident ordinances of the Baha’i Faith. By looking at the teachings of this divine religion, we come face to face with the instruction that exhorts the Baha’is “not to interfere in politics”. It is interesting that individuals, who consider themselves Baha’is and who based on their religious teachings refrain from interfering in politics, are labelled with such laughably baseless accusation. Is it possible to refrain from interfering in politics, but yet be agents of political espionage for a country?

Another approach to the denial of such an accusation is its mere credulity. Even if we were to assume an impossible hypothesis that the leaders of the Baha’i Community are Israeli spies; how is it that they have been recognised as such only now after all these years? Would a government that is so strongly anti-Israel allow the presence of Israeli spies in Iran for even a mere second? Would making such an accusation not question the credibility of the operations of Iranian Intelligence? Does this mean that the Baha’is have – for nearly 170 years – been Israeli spies, and the Iranian Intelligent has only now discovered this fact? Would the acceptance of such a thing conform to human understanding and reason? Would this great insult to the intelligence of the people of Iran not be considered the greatest of historic accusations?

In light of the above arguments, accusing the leaders of the Baha’i Faith with espionage is completely and absolutely baseless and devoid of any logical or scientific foundation; and it can therefore be easily dismissed.

2. The Accusation of “Insulting Religious Sanctities” A: A Historical Overview

Over a century and a half ago, the Baha’i Faith, one in the series of independent religions, appeared in Iran. Inasmuch as this world religion places all the divine Faiths within a progressive purpose in this world, the Baha’i Faith considers itself a new independent religion after Islam. In other words, the Baha’i Faith is the only independent religion that recognises the divinity of the sacred religion of Islam.

On the other hand, in the same way that through the revelation of Islam, some of the ordinances of Christianity – which did not correspond to the needs and conditions of the time – were changed; some of the teachings of Islam were also changed after the revelation of the Baha’i Faith. However, Baha’is -- given the special respect that they cherish for the sacred religion of Islam -- have overcome all religious prejudices and consider only the Word of God as the axis of their judgment. The respect of the Baha’i Faith towards Islam is to such a degree that a special and separate Tablet of Visitation has been revealed by Baha’u’llah for Imam Husayn (see // Therefore to accuse the Baha’is of insulting Islamic sanctities is to play with the emotions and religious sentiments of the intelligent nation of Iran. This is while in reality not only the Baha’is respect and value Islam and Muslims, but they also respect and value all religious and non-religious thoughts and beliefs for the sake of the freedom of thought and speech.

B: A Sociological Overview

Humans are essentially creatures who show strong reactions in the face of change. The characteristic inherent in human nature to preserve conditions as they are is so strong that whenever noblemen have appeared in the course of history to bring about improvements, they have been faced with the people’s severe resistance to change! Examples of these cases can be studied in the book Jama’eh Shenasiyeh Nokhbehkoshi[3]. The point is that governmental authorities in Iran take advantage of this characteristic in Iranians in order to further their own aims. This means that the people of Iran – given their close ties with the religion of Islam -- are possessed of certain special religious values; and since the governmental authorities are aware that these religious values have been intertwined with the belief system of the people of Iran, they try to make it appear that the Baha’is are against such values.

On the basis of sociological principles, if a claim is made that Baha’is insult the sanctities and values of Muslims in Iran; then naturally because humans are unable to endure the fact that others are willing to insult their values, Muslims would turn against the Baha’is and wish for them the gravest of punishments.

Therefore, making the accusation of “insulting religious sanctities” is again taking advantage of a simple sociological principle; while the Baha’is have proven both through their religious teachings and views as well as in their practical lives that they are respectful of all thoughts and views from any religion. Not to mention the fact that the Baha’i Faith is in fact the only religion that recognises the divinity of Islam.

C: A Methodological Overview

Accusing the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran of insulting Islamic religious sanctities is based on childish, illogical, foundations even from a methodological point of view. First, one needs to consider what constitutes such religious sanctities. Is it not true that the values of a divine religion are unique and sacred for all the followers of that particular religion? Is it not true that the teachings, ordinances and history, etc. of Islam are sacred to each and every Muslim? Therefore, if we can prove that the Baha’i Faith recognises Islam and accepts it as a true and sacred religion, we can also prove that the Baha’is, too, regard Islam in the same way as its own followers. It is thus a given fact that the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran hold the same views and that accusing them of insulting Islamic religious sanctity is baseless and devoid of any methodological foundation.

In further arguing this point, we can refer to some quotations from the Baha’i Writings in relation to this matter:

What could have been the evidence produced by the Pharisees and the idolatrous priests to justify their denial of Muhammad, the Apostle of God when He came unto them with a Book that judged between truth and falsehood with a justice which turned into light the darkness of the earth, and enraptured the hearts of such as had known Him?

-- (Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 81)

As to Muhammad, the Apostle of God, let none among His followers who read these pages, think for a moment that either Islam, or its Prophet, or His Book, or His appointed Successors, or any of His authentic teachings, have been, or are to be in any way, or to however slight a degree, disparaged. The lineage of the Báb, the descendant of the Imam Husayn; the divers and striking evidences, in Nabil's Narrative, of the attitude of the Herald of our Faith towards the Founder, the Imams, and the Book of Islam; the glowing tributes paid by Bahá'u'lláh in the Kitáb-i-Íqán to Muhammad and His lawful Successors, and particularly to the "peerless and incomparable" Imam Husayn; the arguments adduced, forcibly, fearlessly, and publicly by 'Abdu'l-Bahá, in churches and synagogues, to demonstrate the validity of the Message of the Arabian Prophet…

-- (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 108)

What greater proof, it may be pertinently asked, can the divines of either Persia or Turkey require wherewith to demonstrate the recognition by the followers of Bahá'u'lláh of the exalted position occupied by the Prophet Muhammad among the entire company of the Messengers of God? What greater service do these divines expect us to render the Cause of Islam? What greater evidence of our competence can they demand than that we should kindle, in quarters so far beyond their reach, the spark of an ardent and sincere conversion to the truth voiced by the Apostle of God, and obtain from the pen of royalty this public, and indeed historic, confession of His God-given Mission?

-- (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 108)

These very clear verses from the Baha’i Writings can be taken as witnesses to the fact that the religious sanctities of the divine Faith of Islam are sacred to and respected by the Baha’is. Therefore again we prove that the accusation against the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran of insulting Islamic religious sanctities is absolutely baseless and devoid of foundation.

The question that can be repeated here again has to do with the history of the Baha’i Faith going back to over 160 years. Has the Iranian Government only now -- after the lapse of a century and a half from the inception of the Baha’i Faith -- arrived at the realisation of such a weighty crime by the Baha’is? Another question is whether the Iranian Government considers its own people devoid of any true understanding and knowledge? Does the Government not realise that the people of Iran are intelligent enough and possessed of sufficient knowledge in their own religion, and thus quite capable of responding to the Baha’is in the unlikely event that the Baha’is would insult Islamic religious sanctities? Are these religious sanctities identified by the Government of Iran and the country’s leadership or by the generality of the people?

Based on the above argumentation, the matter of the accusation of insulting Islamic religious sanctities cannot even be raised, because the mere merit of raising the issue indicates that the government is claiming that the people of Iran have been devoid of any comprehension or understanding over the past 160 years. Therefore making such an accusation will – more than anything – turn the accusatory pointer back to the government itself!

3. The Accusation of “Propaganda Against the Regime”: A: A Historical Overview

In light of the fact that the history and literature of the Baha’i Faith goes back to more than 160 years ago, while on the other hand the Regime of the Islamic Republic is 30 years old, the hypothesis that the Baha’i Faith is opposed to the present regime is completely null and void.

On the other hand, if we take a look at the beginnings of the movement of the Islamic Regime in Iran; we will see that after the Islamic Revolution, a historic wave of “Baha’i killings” began surging in Iran, resulting in the innocent sacrifice of the lives of a great many members of the largest religious minority group in the country -- meaning the Baha’is. Historical facts indicate that the members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran were first to be executed and that their only crime had been their adherence to the Baha’i religion. In other words if the same individuals were to turn away from their religion, and would not introduce themselves as the followers of the Baha’i Faith, perhaps today many parents would be alive and living amongst their Baha’i children. However, since the dissimulation of one’s religious belief is not permissible in the Baha’i Faith, a Baha’i cannot – for as long as he/she is an adherent of this Faith -- deny his/her belief. Therefore an overview of the historical facts demonstrates that -- given their moral and metaphysical constitutions -- the Baha’is simply cannot under any circumstances have undertaken any propaganda activities against the Islamic Regime in Iran; nor will they ever be able to undertake any such activities in the future. Therefore again any such accusations against the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran is absolutely baseless and devoid of any foundation.

B: A Sociological Overview

In essence, when a society wishes to define its social structure in a wide sphere, it needs to identify a difference between those who “belong” and those who are “the others”. In this respect, “those who belong” are associated with the mental, educational and governmental disciplines of that society; while the “others” are evaluated independently of such disciplines.

Therefore, the Government of Iran is yet again taking advantage of another sociological principle and is trying – by overstepping one of the most fundamental legal rights – to introduce the Baha’is as the “others”; place them in the opposing side against the people of Iran; and consequently label them as “others” with the accusation of propaganda against the present regime. In reality, the Government of Iran is engaged in a paradoxical manoeuvring. It knows on the one hand that the Baha’is are citizens of this country and are therefore considered part of the Iranian nation; but on the other hand it is trying to separate this part of the nation from the whole and -- by placing it aside from the rest -- introduce the Baha’is as “the others”! Therefore the baselessness of this accusation in a sphere of sociological definition can easily be proven. The leaders of the Baha’i community simply cannot have attempted any propaganda against the regime of a people, where they themselves are part of the political structuring of the same society. Such an attempt would mean rising against one’s own regime, and surely the leaders of the Baha’i community are more intelligent than to do such a thing. Therefore the accusation of propaganda against the Islamic Regime in a sphere of sociological definitions is automatically denied and its baselessness is quite apparent.

C: A Methodological Overview

Accusing the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran of propaganda against the regime, introduces a great number of fundamental problems even from a methodological point of view.

The best approach to this matter is to refer to some quotations in the Baha’i Writings:

According to the direct and sacred command of God we are forbidden to utter slander, are commanded to show forth peace and amity, are exhorted to rectitude of conduct, straightforwardness and harmony with all the kindreds and peoples of the world. We must obey and be the well-wishers of the governments of the land…

-- (Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith - Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 440)

Such obedience and submission is made incumbent and obligatory upon all by the clear Text of the Abha Beauty. Therefore the believers, in obedience to the command of the True One, show the utmost sincerity and goodwill towards all nations; and should any soul act contrary to the laws of the government he would consider himself responsible before God, deserving divine wrath and chastisement for his sin and wrongdoing.

-- (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 293)

Based on the quotations that are cited above, one can easily deny this absurd accusation of propaganda against the Regime. Because quite simply if a Baha’i ignores the above exhortations from the Baha’i Teachings and disobeys its government, he/she is no longer considered a Baha’i. The leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran are “Baha’is” and have always obeyed their government, and therefore the accusation against them of propaganda against the regime is completely and absolutely baseless and devoid of any foundation.

One could raise the question as to what exactly is “propaganda against the Regime”. Based on the above argumentation, meaning given the fact that Baha’is consider themselves duty-bound to obey the government as part of their belief structure and that their values compel them not only to love their people and nation but also to serve them sincerely, could such an accusation even in the form of a question ever be addressed to the Baha’is?

It seems therefore that the aforementioned accusation by the government has no logical basis and that in fact the Iranian Government is guilty of making an accusation that is fundamentally faulty in the extreme.

Now that we have examined procedurally the accusations hurled at the leaders of the Baha’i Community, and -- by analysing them based on various principles – proven the baselessness of those accusations, one fundamental question is raised and that is:

What then is the crime of the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran?

In order to respond to this question, it should be mentioned that – given the transparency of their activities and the moral and ethical values with which they are associated for being Baha’is -- the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran are not guilty of any political misdeeds, and that their only crime is that they are “Baha’is”. This is the very crime that has led to the sacrifice of the lives of a great many Baha’is during the reign of the present regime of the Islamic Republic.

Yes, the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran are now being kept incarcerated merely because of their beliefs; while the Iranian Government, in contradiction to the Iranian Constitution which promotes the freedom of belief and religion, is trying to cover up the real reasons for the arrest of the Baha’is and instead is accusing them of political crimes.

It should now be easy for any reasonable individual to judge justly as to whether the crimes of the leaders of the Baha’i Community in Iran are indeed what they are being accused of or if they are guilty merely of their religious beliefs?

[1] A national-level committee in charge of coordinating the activities of the Iranian Baha’i community.

[2] The Siyah Chal [Black Pit] was an underground dungeon in which Baha’u’llah spent four months with a heavy chain on his neck.

[3] A book by Ali Rezagholi, in which he discusses the root causes of despotism in the Iranian society and deals with three political figures in Iran such as Qaem-Magham Farahani, Amir Kabir and Dr. Muhammad Musaddegh.

[4] A committee of 9 elected by the representatives of the Baha’i community in a given country, in charge of the affairs of that Baha’i community. At the onset of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, members of this national committee were executed. However, since Baha’i administration is now banned in Iran, the Baha’i community no longer elects this National Spiritual Assembly, and its affairs are coordinated by a temporary group of seven, all of whom are now standing accused by the Iranian Government as this article explains.


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by NUR on

and make up your own mind. But since you ask: yes, they the Haifan organization are totally corrupt. And, yes, they the Haifan organization are spies for IsraHELL and the British...


Well I would really like to

by a name (not verified) on

Well I would really like to know what Nur's thesis is (other than the incoherent ramblings of a confused mind) - so what and who are these bahai's?

Are they spies? (for Britain, Russia, US or Israel or all of them at once?)
Are they corrupt?
Is Bahaism a religion or not?

Rather than just making wild random accusations - how about a simple straight forward comment as to what you really believe - in just a couple of sentences.



by NUR on

Start HERE (Sourcewatch): //

SECTS OF BAHAIS: A Taxonomy of Baha'i Sects, //


See documentary film by independent Israeli film maker Naama Pyritz:

US NSA vs OBF (Orthodox Baha'i Faith)

Recent court victory by the Orthodox Baha'is, and the suit brought by
the Haifan Bahai organization against them:

Judge's decision

**Appellate hearing (Feb 2009)***

BAHAI Tactics & Techniques - CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

"Slanderous Vilification" = The Baha'i Technique - Ad Hominem, Libel, Slander, Demonize, Scapegoat, Ostracize, Shun, Banish, Backbite, Defame, Vilify, Discredit, Smear, Revile, Suppress, Attack, Bully, Intimidate, Threaten, Malign, Blackball, Deceive, Coerce, Silence, Harass... etc., etc....  CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

1. As far as possible they hold back from responding
2. Then they claim no knowledge of the given issue by feigning
3. After the exposer has exposed they will try to divert to secondary
and totally peripheral and irrelevent side-issues
4. The exposer is then painted as someone with an axe to grind,
biased, deluded (while they, the bahaim, still have not responded to the main issue exposed)
5. Next they relate mental instability and insanity to the exposer,
i.e. shoot the messenger
6. Then, the last tactic, is to wheel out several dubious personas on
the scene who claim to be neutral non-bahai observers who then begin attacking the exposer as well as the issue exposed and supporting the bahais and their issues as so-called non-bahais


See Susan Stiles Maneck,
WISDOM AND DISSIMULATION IN THE BAHA’I WRITINGS: The Use and meaning of Hikmat in the Baha’i Writings

"In many cases hikmat calls for the apparent suspension of a Bahá'í principle in order to ensure the protection of the Faith."



"We don't want to be like those people who want to see God with their own eyes, or hear His melody with their own ears, because we have been given the gift of being able to see through the eyes of the House of Justice and listen through the ears of the House of Justice." - Bahai Counselor Rebeque Murphy

To hear this section of her talk go to:


BAHAI NOTIONS of FREEDOM of CONSCIENCE according to EX-UHJ member DOUGLAS MARTIN --  Monday, September 23, 2001


 "We have inherited a dangerous delusion from Christianity that our
individual conscience is supreme. This is not a Baha'i belief. In the
end, in the context of both our role in the community and our role in the  greater world, we must be prepared to sacrifice our personal
convictions or opinions. The belief that individual conscience is
supreme is equivalent to "taking partners with God" which is abhorrent to the Teachings of the Faith

NOTE especially, S.G. Wilson,
BAHAISM AND RELIGIOUS DECEPTION The Muslim World, Volume 5, Issue 2,


features of Bahai Stalinism)

See as well,



The postings on here by Mollahs (nur) proves the author's point!

by Naser R (not verified) on

These Mullahs need to find another line of work.



by ke (not verified) on

You call yourself NUR which means light in Farsi, but in reality you’re in depth of darkness. I say this not because of your obvious hate and distain towards the Baha’is. You’re in darkness because you don’t realize making pointless, rambling, slanderous and baseless accusations are not effective in an enlightened and educated society. It was somewhat effective for 165 years in Iran and some other places but as evident by several declarations in the last couple of months of the great injustice that is being inflicted upon the Baha’is of Iran it will not be effective anymore. Because in one hand we have factual claims which you don’t even deny such as seven individuals being arrested and imprisoned by IRI without due process according to the laws of Iran, which gives prisoners the right to access their attorney once a day while incarcerated. None of the Baha’is arrested has ever had access to legal representation. All you’re saying is that don’t believe the Baha’is because they’re really aren’t telling the truth. Well offer a shred of evidence against these seven…In addition to these seven there are some 25 more Baha’is who are imprisoned as I am writing this comment. Do you have anything to offer to justify their arrest? In addition to them there were more than 200 who were executed in the past 30 years in the hands of IRI or their agents; do you have anything on them? How about the 20,000 killed before them? How about Mona, a sixteen year old girl whose crime was to teach little kids to pray for world unity. Or the four who are imprisoned in Shiraz because they were teaching secular subjects as investigated and reported by IRI’s special investigator to impoverished Muslim kids in the slums of Shiraz who are forgotten by the Government of Iran. This is the crime of the Baha’is who are denied education, safety, liberty, and justice in Iran and yet risk hardship and imprisonment to educate the kids of the people who are doing this to them.

You can go on and make up stuff and spread your lies and hate all you want as it is being done by IRI in Iran for the past 30 years—not mention what the Mullas did before that. But you can’t conceal the truth that Baha’is by the grace of God and through the education of Baha’u’llah have the love for humanity and will continue their service to express their love to all without expectation, recognition, or hesitation. So go on keep on spreading the lies and hate, the accusation and slander, the rant and grandstanding. You are providing the dark backdrop of evil in this world that makes the true light of humanity to shine for everyone to see.


Bahai Tactics & Techniques - CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

by NUR on

BAHAI Tactics & Techniques - CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

"Slanderous Vilification" = The Baha'i Technique - Ad Hominem, Libel, Slander, Demonize, Scapegoat, Ostracize, Shun, Banish, Backbite, Defame, Vilify, Discredit, Smear, Revile, Suppress, Attack, Bully, Intimidate, Threaten, Malign, Blackball, Deceive, Coerce, Silence, Harass... etc., etc....  CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

1. As far as possible they hold back from responding
2. Then they claim no knowledge of the given issue by feigning
3. After the exposer has exposed they will try to divert to secondary and totally peripheral and irrelevent side-issues
4. The exposer is then painted as someone with an axe to grind,
biased, deluded (while they, the bahaim, still have not responded to
the main issue exposed)
5. Next they relate mental instability and insanity to the exposer,
i.e. shoot the messenger
6. Then, the last tactic, is to wheel out several dubious personas on
the scene who claim to be neutral non-bahai observers who then begin attacking the exposer as well as the issue exposed and supporting the bahais and their issues as so-called non-bahais



by Brazilian Tea (not verified) on

you are next.
b/c they are concerned only with killing, dieing or mourning for the dead. Nothing good will ever come out of them.



For Laleh Gilani

by NUR on

I would highly recommend for you to read the following article by Michael Barker,  Human Rights and Media Manipulation: From Pinochet to ‘Human Rights’ in China.

I would also submit to you that the Baha'is in question are not prisoners of conscience at all, despite what the Haifan Baha'i lobbying campaign in North America is attempting to make people believe; nor is the Baha'i community of Iran being systematically persecuted on any widespread level. These people incarcerated are as much prisoners of conscience as are Bernie Madoff and other recent Wallstreet white collar corporate criminals prisoners of conscience.

See also by Michael Barker Democratic Imperialism: Tibet, China, and the National Endowment for Democracy .




by islame (not verified) on

perhaps your hate of others is the most ineffective method of glorifying the prophit of islam.
Mohammad and islam have had the greatest share of yahuda who have betraid them before and betray them now.
maybe you should visit some x-moslems on line and get enlightened. or 1.19999 bil. Sunnis betray Ali every day does not mean Ali was not the valie!


Thank you Mr. Ahang Rabbani!

by Steve P (not verified) on

Thank you for exposing the hypocrisy of mullah charges against Baha'is in Iran.

From the postings on here, I can tell your work has drawn the mullah and Americans who've been kicked out of Baha'i Faith for their drunkenness to your article like flies to honey.

It shows how destitute they have become and how effective your pen is.

Keep up the good work Mr. Rabbani!


Prisoners of Conscious

by LalehGillani on

First, let me admit that I know very little about the Baha'i faith, its beliefs, and history. Consequently, I am neither qualified nor comfortable to engage in a discussion about its core beliefs and origins. I am writing for an entirely different reason:

No matter what IRI claims to be the reason to detain and prosecute these Baha'i leaders, how many of them there are, what their beliefs are, and what “facts” they are trying to “hide” about the origins of Baha'i religion, they are prisoners of conscious.


They must be freed...


Nur and alike..

by faryarm on

Nur and alike..

You have nothing to contribution to humanity or society.

no fairminded , reasonable person believes or supports you..only people with an agenda of their own; be they agents of IRI, egomaniac ex Bahais etc.

These attacks and accusations have failed in the past and are doomed to fail again. 

Truth always prevails.




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A faith in search of a religion exposed!

Come down the rabbit hole and explore
the melt-your-will continuum of the
Baha'i Faith.

Learn about the Baha'i House of Cards that covers Mt.Carmel in Haifa. It's not about peace and love and unity. It's about control -of your neighborhood, of your world, of your will.

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Read this link, here




by cyclicforward on

I read your statement here and I can't figure out what you are talking about. It seems to me that you are a different sect of Bahai religion but i can't understand why you are so against the other Bahais. Could you please elaborate.


Naneh man gharibam...CAUTION NON-BAHAIS

by NUR on

Despite the Haifan Bahai propaganda in the West - and the hundreds of thousands of lobby dollars being currently expended to that end in the US - the arrest and detention of the members of the Hayat-i-Yaran has reasons beyond the religious. The activities of this ad hoc Haifan Baha'i leadership in Iran was clearly becoming a national security threat to the Iranian state and its people. There have also been countless outstanding allegations of longstanding corruption and financial embezzlement made by Iranian Baha'is themselves in Iran against, at least, one of the members of this Hayat-i-Yaran.

 That said, what non-Bahais need to realize is that the situation being portrayed by the Haifan Bahai lobbyists in the US is largely skewed and exagerrated and to great extent catered towards both internal and external political ends. Internally the numbers of the Iranian Baha'i community in Iran have been steadily dwindling since pretty much the early 1990s. A persecution campaign by the IRI - or even the appearance of one - is a gift of political capital to the Haifan Baha'i leadership as a mechanism to facilitate the pulling of rank amongst waverers in its ranks - which are many. Externally the reasons are largely the same, since as of the 1990s the conflicts, schisms and corruptions of Baha'ism overall have been spilling out into the public domain with increasing frequency. People should note that this so-called recent persecution campaign by the mullahs came on the heel of the lawsuit the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States launched against the Remeyite Orthodox Baha'is. That the Haifan Baha'is lost the initial case and are now about to lose their appeal as well requires that attentions be actively misdirected and diverted elsewhere by the powers that be. This agenda also serves that of those forces and entities who are trying to get leverage over Iran in this nuclear standoff.

As such the publicity over the current so-called persecution of the Iranian Baha'is is nothing else but a "wag-the-dog" and the "manufacturing of consent" type scenario behind which gravitates those larger issues of American and IsraHELLi foreign policy in the Middle East, and vis-a-vis Iran specifically. In other words, the Baha'i issue is a stick the US/IsraHELL/Great Britian are using to the carrot of establishing full diplomatic and economic relations (and dropping all trade sanctions and embargoes) with Iran. Unfortunately the Iranian Baha'i community is being used as one of the convenient patsies for the purposes of a beleagured UHJ and the foreign policy objectives of the West and its interests in the region.



Multiheaded blohi monster beheaded!

by Anonymous.habib (not verified) on

Thank you very much Alborz for your insight and your tips for beheading the ugly monster.

Ke mushe koor in junevaro bokhore ta nabine chi mikhore.


How to recognize a BloHi under different screen names!

by alborz on

To identify a BloHi (blog hijacker), under various screen-names, first look for claims to FACT, an inability to be relevant and coherent, and finally look for signs of being an antagonist.

If you find yourself off the beaten path of the original blog, you may very well have been high jacked.

Additional updates to the BloHi profile will be posted as it mutates and morphs into other forms.



FACTS That Baha'is Do Not Like

by Shoghi (not verified) on

Here are the following FACTS:

*The Báb taught reincarnation under the term "return". He presented himself as the "return" of the Imaam Mahdi, and he presented Mulla Husein as the "return" of the prophet Muhammad. He presented the 18 "Letters of the Living" as the "return" of various Imaams and early Muslim martyrs.

*Baha'u'llah wrote that he was the "return" of the Imaam Husein, and the Imaam Husein is a "Manifestion of God" (but NOT a Prophet) according to the Ishraaqi School of Shi'a Islaam--a school that Shaykh Ahmad al-Isa'i and Siyyid Kazim Rashti (the mentor of The Baab) belonged to. Baha'is now interpret "return" metaphoricall (like they interpret everything else).

*Shoghi Effendi "utterly refused" to publish books and epistles by The Baab, and the Universal House of Justice (i.e. the Secretariat--the true "HEAD" of the Baha'i Faith) has only authoried carefully selected "selections" to be published. They have denied Baha'i scholars photocopies of the Writings of The Baab. Why?

NOTE: The Bayanis and others have released photocopies of the writings of The Baab, and these teach reincarnation under the term "return".

*Baha'u'llah never claimed to be a Prophet!

*'Abdu'l-Baha NOWHERE claimed that he was "infallible". That was an invention by Shoghi Effendi, so he could also claimed "infallibility" as the sucessor of 'Abdu'l-Baha (i.e. so nobody would question anything he did or said).

*'Abdu'l-Baha taught that Baha'is can be Baha'i-Muslims, or Baha'i-Christians, or even Baha'i-Freemasons. 'Abdu'l-Baha himself worshipped as a Muslim at a Muslim mosque in Haifa or Akka every Friday, and lived as a Muslim.

*In all his statements and writings (except for the "alleged" Will and Testament), 'Abdu'l-Baha expected the Baha'is to elect a "Supreme Tribunal" as well as local "Houses of Justice" to settle disputes between Baha'is, and clearly directed that all the members of the Houses (plural) had to be men, and women were not allowed to be members of any House of Justice (not even local ones).

*Nobody (not one Baha'i in the entire world) expected Shoghi Effendi to be named the first "Guardian" of the Baha'i Faith until Shoghi himself released a "typed" version of the "Will and Testament" of 'Abdu'l-Baha three months after the death of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Some Baha'is asked to see the original, Shoghi Effendi refused. He released photographs finally in 1925 (only after Court orders to do so). Comparisons of this with other handwriting of 'Abdu'l-Baha show the Will and Testment was NOT written by 'Abdu'l-Baha as claimed by Shoghi Effendi.

Will Baha'is accept these FACTS?

Absolutely....NOT! The vast great majority of the Baha'is will blindly follow their human religious leaders, just as good Catholics blindly follow theirs, good Muslims follow their leaders, and so forth. They will put their TRUST in fallible men and women! Very few will ever read this article.


Fundamentalism prevents rational thinking by prohibiting...

by alborz on

... ones ability to "question".   The ability to "question" is a basic human quality that is prohibited for those living under a fundamentalist system of governance.  As with other skills, when not exercised, it is not developed nor honed.  In Iran, those that do "question" are met with the most severe form of consequences to stem its propagation as a trait.  Public hangings, stoning and arbitrary imprisonments and allegations are tools that are used to set an example for the rest of society.

Allowing the masses to "question" will no doubt require "answers" and this process will alter the nature of society.  This ultimately leads to changes that would be most unwelcomed when governance is based on a so called "divine mandate" and not "social justice". 

Your rational approach to this question leads to an equally rational assertion that the regime is dishonoring the intelligence of the Iranian people by making unfounded allegations against the imprisoned Baha'is.  Fundamentalism is used as a shield against rational thought and is the oldest and most effective tool that Priestcraft has used to retain its hold on society.  Priestcraft, as a ruling class, cannot survive and will disappear, as it did in Europe, under the light of rational thought and "social justice".

In the hope that the sun of reality once again shines on Iran.