What do Bayanis think of Baha’u’llah?

The Bayánís view Bahá as a usurper who pretended to be He Whom God shall make manifest in order to undermine his brother, Subh-i-Azal who he was jealous of, as he was granted leadership of the Bayání community by the Primal Point.

“After a while, Baha thought of making his own claim. He would often write what he called verses and then would have them washed out in the sea and would say that ‘they were the share of the fish!’ Elders of the Babi [Bayani] community went to Baghdad and admonished Baha for his improper behavior. As a result, he took to the Suleymaniyya where he stayed for two years. There, he also made fresh claims as a result of which he received death threats and saw no option but writing to Subh-i-Azal asking for permission to return which was granted” (Atiyya Ruhi, “A Brief Biography of His Holiness Subh-i-Azal”).

Even during the years before the Bayani-Baha’i schism, Baha in private created his own circle of friends constantly trying to undermine Subh-i-Azal. He was constantly flip flopping because he was at instances caught red handed making claims forcing him to retreat and recant.

Bahá says:

“I swear by God that if any one of the People of the Bayan were to mention that the Book [the Bayan] is abrogated, may God smash the mouth of the speaker and the calumniator, and by him who holds my soul and myself in his hands one letter from the Bayan is the most loved with me than all that are in the heavens and on the earth” (1862 Letter of Bahá during the Baghdad Period).

And he also says:

“Consider bygone ages and reflect upon what god had inflicted on their peoples for having contended amongst themselves, for having turned aside from His Countenance, for having strayed away from His path, for having done wrong to His Cause, and for having associated any creature with the Sovereign of His Unity, for which they were of the perished. Have you ever heard religion of god to exist before it is confirmed, or commandment of god to be abrogated before it becomes manifest? … Nay, by my lord, the lord of heavens, no one can abrogate one letter from that which has been revealed in the Bayan” (Letter of Bahá to Sayyid Ibrahm, a Follower of Dayyán).

The Baha’i leadership have tried with all their might to slander and destroy the reputation of His Holiness Subh-i-Azal and have resorted to the most deceitful methods to discredit him, and the allegations they have made against His Eminence found in unsourced, unscholarly books of propaganda such as God Passes By authored by Shoghi Effendi are at times nothing short of foul language.

Bahá’s work, the Kitab-i-Badi, which the Baha’i administration has not yet translated contains the most severe of insults and foul language against His Holiness Subh-i-Azal and his followers:

“When the one who turned away from God halted (in accepting me) and fell off the path, in that moment his body left the garb of humanness and appeared and became visible in the skin of animals. Sanctified is He who changes the beings how he likes” (Kitab-i-Badi, p. 110).

“From this day, any individual that mentions as human [or humanness] a single person from those who deny me — whether that [denier] has a high or low stature — they will be excluded from all of (God’s) Merciful Graces, let alone trying to prove [those deniers] have dignity or stature” (Kitab-i-Badi, p. 140).

“Say, Oh you donkeys! Whatever God says is the truth and will not become void by the words of the polytheists (deniers of Baha’ism)” (Kitab-i-Badi, p. 174).


The Hasht Bihisht records an incident where Bahá himself attempted to murder Subh-i-Azal:

“The first juggle and trick of sorcery which he [i.e. Baha] outlined was this, that he brought to Hazrat-i Azal [i.e. Subh-i Azal] a dish of plain food, with one side of which he had mixed with some poison, intending to poison His Holiness. For hitherto the apportioned breakfast and supper of His Holiness the Fruit [Hazrat-i Thamara, one of the titles conferred on Subh-i Azal by the Point] had been from the house of Mirza Husayn Ali [i.e. Baha]. When that poisoned dish was placed before His Holiness, Mirza Husayn Ali pressed him to partake of it. By a fortunate chance the smell of onions was perceptible in the food, and His Holiness, being averse to taste it. Mirza Husayn Ali continued to press him urgently to eat. He replied, “it smells of onions, I will not eat it; if it is so good, eat it yourself. From this answer Mirza Husayn Ali supposed that His Holiness had divined his evil design, and, simply put the view of disguising the truth and putting a better appearance on the matter, ate a little from the other side [i.e. the unpoisoned side] of the dish, in order that the suspicion of His Holiness might perhaps be dispelled and he might eat the poisoned side. But His Holiness, because of the smell of onion would not eat.”

However, some of the poison had diffused into that side of the dish, and Bahá as a result was poisoned. Following this, he resorted to telling people that Subh-i-Azal had poisoned him.

Bayánís do not believe that Bahá is He Whom God shall make manifest.

All those who claimed this office based their pretensions on a misinterpreted passage in the Arabic Bayán (6:15) where it says:

فلتقو من انتم کلکم اجمعون اذا تسمعن ذکر من تظهره باسم القائم و لتراقبن فوق القائم والقیوم ثم فی سنة التسع کّل خیر تدرکون

“…in the year nine ye will attain unto all good.”

But there is nothing in this passage to invalidate the limit of time fixed by the Primal Point in the Persian Bayán for the appearance of He Whom God shall make manifest, a minimum period of 1511 years, and a maximum period of 2001 years in the Bayánic calendar.

It is clear from Bahá’s actions that his flimsy divine claims were put forward for the sole reason that he wanted to undermine his brother.

Subh-i-Azal, in his letter to Bahá, as quoted by the renowned Bayání scribe, Mirza Mustafa Katib, says the following:

“…O faithless brother, what has happened that in vain you joined hands to violate my honour, and to stain your own hand with my blood. You gathered round yourself a band of persons addicted to vice … you excited this gang of villains to hate me … I appointed you to act for me. I ordered my friends to obey you … you are now out to destroy me. I was your guest, you abused me. You swore at me in my face. That which you yourself deserved you ascribed to me. You inspired your servants with rancorous hatred of me. Even you taught your own barber your own falsehoods. He gave false evidence against the truth. You set in motion this great sedition …. Outwardly you pretended to be my friend. You attended my feast. You ate my meal of trust. Inwardly you manifested your falsehood until Shawal 23 [Presumably March 11, 1866] when I was keeping a fast you withheld bread and water from me. … By deceit you intercepted my epistles. Some of them which were to your advantage you paraded before the inhabitants of the city [i.e. Edirne]. At present I am in straitened circumstances and you are in affluence. And yet you pretend the contrary…” (In Response to Zayn-al Muqarrabin).

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