Baha'u'llah's Family

This book tells the story of the Baha’i faith through the writings of some of the children and grandchildren of its founder, and others who knew Baha’u’llah personally. They called themselves “Unitarian Baha’is” and stood for a broad-minded faith based on reason and individual freedom of conscience. Because of their liberal views and skepticism of absolute religious authority, they were excommunicated and shunned as the Baha’i faith developed into an organized religion. In fact, all but three descendants of Baha’u’llah – totaling dozens of people – were excommunicated by their own relatives who led the religion after its founder’s death.

The Baha’i faith was founded in the mid 1800s by a Persian nobleman in exile who claimed to be a new messenger of God. Baha’u’llah taught that all nations, races, and religions should come together to build a global civilization of peace and justice for all. Although Baha’i began as a pluralistic, reform-oriented offshoot of Islam, it quickly relapsed into a form of fundamentalism based on claims of infallibility by its leaders.

The Baha’i organization expects its members to believe that Baha’u’llah’s successors were perfect and infallible and that their interpretations and decisions can never be changed. A Lost History of the Baha’i Faith offers a different perspective on what Baha’i could have become – an Islamic-inspired faith with similar progressive values as Unitarian Universalism – if the Baha’i prophet’s own descendants had not been ostracized and expelled as heretics.

This book reveals how even liberal religious movements can be hijacked by dogmatic thinking. A cautionary tale for people of conscience of any faith.

—Eric Stetson, Editor

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Content :

A Note on Middle Eastern and Baha’i Terminology
Foreword by Maliha and Negar Bahai
Preface by Eric Stetson

  1. The Origin of the Baha’i Movement—by Kamar Bahai
  2. The Cultural and Religious Precursors of Baha’ism by Shua Ullah Behai
  3. A Brief Biography of Baha’u’llah—by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  4. Baha’i Principles—by Shua Ullah Behai
  5. Stories of Baha’i Martyrs—Compiled by Shua Ullah Behai
  6. Selections from the Writings of Baha’u’llah -Compiled by Shua Ullah Behai
  7. Tributes to Baha’u’llah and His Mission—Compiled by Shua Ullah Behai
  8. The Teachings and Will of Abdu’l-Baha—by Shua Ullah Behai
  9. A Tribute to Abdu’l-Baha and Doubts About His Will by Kamar Bahai
  10. The Station of Ghusn-i-Akbar Mohammed Ali Bahai  by Shua Ullah Behai
  11. Message to the Believers in America—by Mohammed Ali and Badi Ullah Bahai
  12. Message upon the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Baha by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  13. On the Baha’i Vision of World Civilization: A Message to Mankind—by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  14. On Religious Conflict, Freedom and Unity: A Message to the People of Understanding—by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  15. An Interview with Ghusn-i-Akbar—by Shua Ullah Behai and Mohammed Ali Bahai
  16. Autobiography—by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  17. Will and Testament—by Mohammed Ali Bahai
  18. The Funeral of Mohammed Ali Bahai—by Shua Ullah   Behai
  19. A Tribute to Mohammed Ali Effendi and Obituary
    by Kamar Bahai
  20. A Tribute to Ghusn-i-At’har Zia Ullah Effendi
    by Shua Ullah Behai
  21. Some Notable Baha’is—by Shua Ullah Behai
  22. Khadimu’llah’s Epistle—byAqa Jan Kashani
  23. Events After the Departure of Baha’u’llah    by Mohammed Jawad Gazvini
  24. Letters About the Sons of Baha’u’llah—by Rosamond    D. O. O. Templeton
  25. Autobiography—by Ibrahim G. Kheiralla
  26. Arguments Against ‘Abdu’l-Baha—by Ibrahim G. Kheiralla
  27. Unitarian Baha’i Organizations and Teachings
    by Ibrahim G. Kheiralla
  28. Brief Baha’i History and Testimony—by Majdeddin  bin Moussa Iran
  29. Against War: An Open Letter to World Leaders by Majdeddin bin Moussa Irani
  30. Memoirs—by Shua Ullah Behai
  31. The Importance of Unity: Messages to the Baha’is
    by Badi Ullah Bahai
  32. The Baha’i Faith under Shoghi Effendi Rabbani
    by Shua Ullah Behai
  33. Statements on the Dispute Between the Baha’i Family by Kamar Bahai
  34. Mousa Bahai and the Rotary Club of Haifa    Compiled from Rotary Publications
  35. Messages in Behai Quarterly Magazine—by Shua  Ullah Behai
    Address to an Occidental Gathering—by Shua Ullah   Behai
  36. A Reminiscence: The Purpose, Condition and  Potential of the Baha’i Faith—by Shua Ullah Behai
  37. Epilogue by Eric Stetson
    Appendix A: List of Writings of Baha’u’llah—by Shua Ullah Behai
    Appendix B: Families of Baha’u’llah and the Bab

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