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2020.09.16 19:27 MirzaJanEnd of those who attacked the cause of Baha'u'llah!
One of the evil spirits who has tried for years to injure the Bahá’í Faith in Persia is known under the pseudonym of “Ayati,” his real name being “Avareh.” He, at first, associated himself with the Cause and was, indeed, at one time, a Bahá’í lecturer and teacher. But his unstable character, coupled with a proud and rebellious nature, could not withstand the spiritual tests and trials that confronted him. The inner flimsy fabric of his soul collapsed. The outward mask of pretended loyalty and faithfulness to the Faith slipped down from his face revealing the concealed mockery of sham behind it. He stubbornly put forward his own views about the Cause and his own interpretation of its Teachings. His Waywardness increased day by day until it was turned into an open rebellion—a rebellion bristling with intense hatred and enmity not only towards the Faith itself, but towards the very person of its Founders. This naturally brought about his downfall and separation from the Bahá’í Community. Thereafter, for many years and with tireless energy inspired by a consuming hatred, he engaged himself with heart and soul in various seditious activities with the avowed intention of maiming and crippling the Faith in Persia. Among those activities was the publication of a periodical called “The Saltcellar.” Using his venomous pen, he ridiculed and vilified the Bahá’í Teachings in prose and verse. He filled his “Saltcellar” with foul calumnies and malicious slanders against the Founders of the Bahá’í Faith. But seldom do such characters escape divine retribution on this earth. The state of ignominy and disgrace of "Ayati" is revealed by his own pen in the following note (translated from the Persian) which appeared in the newspaper called “The Weekly Star”—published in Tihran—Vol. V. No. 1272 and dated Friday, 12 Esfandmah, 1320 (March 6, 1942).
2020.09.12 21:27 komorikomoriSome more Baha'i population statistics
Inspired by this old post but with more countries and not exclusively reliant on census numbers. I have statistics for more countries, but I only included ones where the ARDA/WCE numbers are notably higher. These numbers are of course tentative.
Vignaraja There would be no point, as he's not at all alone in giving the Baha'i faith a reputation for a lack of intelligence. Many will refer you to the books by [Momen], for example, and claim it's scholarly. Sheesh.
Fresh-Rouge1855 Lol so true... the books by [Momen] are a joke and so unconvincing. The one about Islam and the Baha’i faith is especially biased and not well researched.
Vignaraja And the others view him as some advanced scholar. That says a lot about them.
Fresh-Rouge1855 Yeah some Bahai’s practically worship him. His books would never stand among most academic circles.
So......how about we start digging through his writings and expose him just like I did to Taherzadeh! https://bahai-library.com/author Enter "Moojan Momen" in the search space at the top and you get......a TON of references. My, he has been quite busy. I'm especially interested in these:
Marginality and Apostasy in the Bahá'í Community, by Moojan Momen, in Religion, 37:3 (2007). Study of a particular type of articulate and well-educated ex-Baha'is, here termed "marginal" and "apostates," who first appeared in the West about 25 years ago and reached the peak of their activity in the last decade.
We should ALL want to get into this and rip it apart!
Baha'is, like evangelical Christian propagandists, don't sincerely study other religions. They bash them by arguing that their chosen path is naturally superior, correct, or at least more up to date.
Two Episodes from the Life of Bahá'u'lláh in Iran, by Moojan Momen, in Lights of Irfan, 20 (2019). Regarding the conference of Badasht and Baha'u'lláh's arrival at the shrine of Shaykh Tabarsi, and on His experience in the Siyah Chal, close attention to the text of two Tablets leads to conclusions that differ from current Baha'i history books.
Is that so? Does that mean Momen might someday get kicked out of the cult like Sen McGlinn was?
Yahyá, Mírzá, by Moojan Momen, in The Bahá'í Encyclopedia (2009). On the younger half-brother of Bahá’u’lláh, later his opponent, known as Subh-i-Azal, described by Shoghi Effendi as "the arch-breaker of the Covenant of the Báb."
According to Bayanis, however, the actual Archbreaker of the Babi Covenant was Baha'u'llah. It's just that Mirza Yahya lost a popularity contest.
2020.08.09 15:19 A35821363August 11. On this date in 1970, the UHJ wrote all NSAs that "Only as individual members of Local Spiritual Assemblies deepen themselves...will this Institution grow and develop toward its full potential." As Sen McGlinn points out, "theology is what Bahais usually call ‘deepening.'"
2020.07.06 20:16 Fresh-Rouge1855Imagining a New World Order... 🌎
Given my experiences in Baha’i communities throughout the world over the years, I can’t help but wonder what the NWO that Baha’is envision and work tirelessly to build would truly look like. Here are some thoughts based on my experiences with Baha’is and as a former Baha’i myself: The Baha’is are the ruling class. World government/global theocracy rules out of the Baha’i World Center in Israel 🇮🇱 so most matters and decisions are made there—out of the all-male supreme House of Justice, etc. At the local level, you will be spied on by members of your community and Baha’i moral police. ANY deviance (true or not) will be reported to your local assembly. They keep a record of your activities, wrongdoings, any deviances, etc. and will constantly judge you based on how well you follow the Rules/Laws of the Faith and how active you are (‘teaching’ proselytizing the Faith). You will be strictly judged and looked down upon for not doing enough for the faith. Married Persian Baha’i males will prance around with young female Baha’i beauties, sexually harassing and even assaulting them, but the community will look the other way because Abdul’Bahai says we need to focus on their good qualities, not the bad. You will be viewed as a problem/trouble maker for even daring to raise this issue to the assembly. You are not allowed to make any major life decisions without consultation with your local assembly members and they must approve it; you must do as your told! Assembly members are superior to you even if you hold a PhD, MD, JD—doesn’t matter; you don’t know how to think for yourself and uphold Baha’i principles and virtues. You must marry a Baha’i or they must become a Baha’i after marriage. You will raise your children Baha’i and send them to children’s classes. You are required to give 19% of your excessive wealth and/or income to Haqu’u’allah (supposedly voluntary but your administrative representatives in your community will coerce you and even calculate if for you so that you give this with ‘utmost joy’ otherwise you’ll be gossiped about for not giving to Haqu’u’allah). You must carry your Baha’i ID card at all times. This will determine your entry at all levels of society. Statistics will continue to be kept. LGBTQ marriages would be banned and no sexual relations not even dating before marriage would be permitted—you will only be allowed to investigate one’s character, preferably by text messaging and email only. If you fail or you’re poor it’s because you didn’t suck up enough or family of the ruling class (UHJ, BIC, ABMs, etc.) and you’re not spiritual enough. It doesn’t matter because suffering in this world is preparing you for the next. Be more spiritual and say more prayers, and it will be fine. The Baha’i teaching activities continue through Ruhi books, adult study circles, children’s classes, firesides, devotionals in attempts to convert those who are still misguided and haven’t yet realized the new religion for our times; the only true faith. Those who leave the Faith will not only be shunned they will be viewed as ‘untouchables’ and not able to obtain decent jobs, mortgages, education, services, etc. Multiple houses of worship in every continent... for prayer and activities (this is already being accomplished and more plans are in place for expansion in multiple countries). People don’t realize how dangerous this faith is. There IS an agenda and Baha’is are very organized, working tirelessly to achieve it and convert people. There are even subtle attempts now to instill quotes from the writings into what appears to be an innocent social media post, professional lecture, etc. This is very deceptive as the goal is to show everyone the ‘true religion’ for our times; the solution to the world’s problems (the Baha’i faith and for everyone to become a Baha’i). Those who serve on the auxiliary board and many Baha’is will tell you point blank the only way to solve the world’s problems is the Baha’i faith. They believe this will eventually happen as prophecies predict ‘entry by the troops’ (plagiarized from Islam) and achieved when everyone in the world becomes a Baha’i.
2020.06.16 16:58 A35821363June 17. On this date in 1912, an article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle described "A BAHAI TOAST TO “THE KING,"... "On the occasion of the Twelfth Annual Banquet of the British Californian Association" a toast, "Let George V, the son of the Peacemaker admit his factorship in a world’s restoration."
2020.06.09 13:34 A35821363June 10. On this date in 1988, a news story in the Religion section of the Chicago Tribune about Orthodox Bahá'ís was titled, "Bitter dispute divides Bahais" noting that the third Guardian "Joel Marangella has been forced to live in hiding because of death threats."
2020.05.20 13:20 EvilPanda94Non-Religious (F) dating a Bahai (M)
A curiosity post fishing for your personal experiences of dating. I am 26 (F) not of the faith dating a 27 (M) of the faith and just curious about your story in learning about the faith and experiences dealing with Bahai courtship, sex before marriage, the parents and other such things. Yes I realise this is a bit of a general post. I'm looking for discussion <3
2020.05.10 15:43 A35821363May 11. On this date in 1941, Fuad Afnan, Shoghi Effendi's first cousin who was the son of Muhsin Afnán and Túbá Khánum, died as a result of injuries sustained in an air raid in London where he was volunteering as an Air Raid Warden. The Fuad Muhsin Afnan Memorial Fund for "Bahai students in need"
2020.04.15 13:10 A35821363April 16. On this date in 2002, an article titled "Bahai feel bashed by local media" appeared in Haaretz noting "Articles have appeared in the local and national press accusing the Bahai World Center of receiving government tax reimbursements which it is not entitled to, of having unethical...."
2020.04.09 19:36 chaperonegMy GF for 2 years says she can’t continue dating me.
So I faded starting last year, at this point I dont Know in which congregation my records are. Enough about that. So i started dating this girl since 2018 when I was PIMI but she is not a witness she is one of these pentecostal churches. When I faded from JW I told her and she proposed I join her church but I told her I wasn’t prepared to join any church whatsoever I needed time to weigh my options and she was ok with that. Then today I told her I wasn’t actually looking for religion options in Christianity only but I was researching about all other religions pple believe in like muslim. Bahai Hindu, atheism etc. She got mad and said if I can no longer believe in the Lord she cant date me so its either i choose Christianity or we done. I am at the point that I am not happy with Christianity as a religion at all and I dont think I would want to sacrifice the happiness I have right now of not believing in anything. I love her though. How can I solve this situation. How can I help to save my relationship. Thanx in advance.
2020.03.29 16:33 A35821363March 30. On this date in 1907, Ahmad Sohrab received instructions from 'Abdu'l-Bahá "that he may let the American believers know that if anyone, especially a Persian, comes to America without a Tablet of Permission no one must receive him as a Bahai; moreover, the Tablet must be in My own hand."
2020.03.27 11:38 A35821363March 28. On this date in 1998, an article in the Los Angeles Times stated "Members can be found in more than 200 countries. In Ventura County, the membership is small but it's growing and has gained acceptance. Queen Marie of Romania was a Bahai." Queen Marie's daughter Ileana disputes this claim.
2020.03.26 12:28 A35821363March 27. On this date in 1997, Hoda Mahmoudi, an Auxiliary Board Member, wrote Frederick Glaysher after his successful advocacy for talk.religion.bahai, an unmoderated newsgroup forum uncontrolled by the Bahá'í Administration. Hoda Mahmoudi currently holds The Bahá’í Chair for World Peace.
2020.02.24 21:31 A35821363February 25. On this date in 2003, an article in the Tribune titled "Mixed messages: With a nation divided on the need for war with Iraq, how do religious leaders address the subject? Or should they at all?" quoted "Evanston's Bahai community" as saying "mankind needs this kind of thing to learn."
2020.02.24 06:31 visaforindiabest tourist places in Delhi this winter
https://preview.redd.it/x7ldymyg5ti41.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=738eb06eb9d1cbe5e13765b2c53791b047998621 Delhi, the capital of India, is always laden with foreign tourists due to its mixed culture, mouth-watering cuisines, historical monuments, energetic clubs and discos, cheerful locals and religious places like Hindu/Sikh temples, mosques and churches ready to give them the warmth of religious blessings for the whole year. However, cool-climate country citizens can’t bear the scorching heat of Delhi, thus they prefer the winter season. But such tourists get confused about choosing the best tourist places in Delhi due to having a tremendous number of top places to visit in Delhi in winters. www.e-visaindia.com helps you to find hassle freeIndian Visa They can see the remains of the Mughal rule, British rule and so on here. Furthermore, top Delhi attractions like the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Delhi zoo, hospitable streets of Chandni Chowk and welcoming roads of Connaught Place remain in the memory of foreigners for their whole lives. In this blog, we have prepared a list of best tourist places in Delhi in December or January to make their confusion fade away and facilitate their selection. So here we go. 1.Qutub Minar The Qutub Minar, located in Mehrauli (west Delhi) is the tallest brick minaret and one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. Built in 1193, the minaret is thought to be a symbol of victory and the starting of Muslim rule in India. There are innumerable rumours buzzing around about the reason why it was built. It is covered with the sacred verses and intricate carvings, and other monuments around this minaret add more to its beauty. You can smell the fragrance of history by visiting the Qutub Minar. 2.Rajghat If your role model is Mahatma Gandhi, then Rajghat is a must-visit for you. Just 4 km away from Janpath, this is the very place where Gandhi was cremated after his assassination. There is a plain black marble structure located in the middle of a lush green garden where one can pay own tribute to Gandhi for his valuable legacy of life lessons. This memorable place is always flooded with locals and foreigners, as they all pay homage to the Father of the Nation to show their love and respect for him. 3.Red Fort The Red Fort, located near Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) is one of the most influential reminders of the Mughal era, and some find it evocative of the struggle that Indian freedom fighters did. This building was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and took an enormous amount of time to get built. Shah Jahaan decided to make Delhi his capital that was Agra and got this place built. This historical monument was captured by Sikh warriors and the British. You can know more about the place by seeing a one-hour sound and light show of this fort’s history, which organized every evening. 4.Chandni Chowk Chandni Chowk, the busiest place in Delhi, tends to leave foreigners open-mouthed with surprise due to having from delicious cuisines, street foods, local beverages, shops of vibrant and colourful clothes, entrancing jewellery to the calming Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. The streets of this place are full of cars, cycle rickshaws, battery-rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians and animals. Despite looking chaotic, the place never loses its charm and remains in the heart of Delhi visitors till their dying date. You can taste here the local foods like Chhole Bhature, Golgappe, Samosas, Khasta Kachori and so on, which will quench your hunger by giving you an idea of the Indian spices and culture. 5.Akshardham Mandir) Swaminarayan Akshardham Mandir is one of the top Delhi attractions. This enchanting temple was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization. The place is one of the finest examples of India’s art of sculptures. Its wonderful pink stone and white marble shrine architecture will definitely give your eyes a soothing experience. Furthermore, the place also has a sprawling garden, boat ride and the like to make your visit memorable. Even if you spend half of your day here, then you will be missing so much of its enormous beauty, as it is very large in size. But you must remember that you can capture its enthralling allure in your mind only because cell phones and cameras are not allowed here. 6.Lotus Temple the Lotus Temple, also called the Bahai Temple, tends to become more charming at night, especially in winters. It is made of white marble and dedicated to the Bahai Faith, which is regarded as the finest way to remind people of the unity of all people and religions. Shaped like a lotus flower in white, the gives a calming experience and warm welcome to every visitor coming here in quest of peace and tranquility. 7. India Gate Visiting Delhi without seeing the India Gate is futile because it is one of the most visited places in Delhi, especially in winters. The India Gate was built in the memory of World War 1 martyrs who laid down their lives. It doesn’t matter where are you from, but respecting martyrs is a universal and ethical duty. Apart from that, there are lots of activities you can have here like going for a stroll with your friends at Rajpath, get captured in photos with your family and friends, taste the beauty of the place that increases at night due to lighting and play Cricket with your kids and friends around the ground of this place in the sunshine. Let’s sum up Here, we put before you the list of 7 best places to visit in Delhi in winters. We told you about Chandni Chowk, the India Gate, the Red Fort, the Lotus Temple, Rajghat and so on. However, you must know that if you are a foreigner, then you will be required to have an e-tourist visa for India. And, if any questions or doubts hovering behind you and hampering your decision, then contact us without any hesitation.
I stopped believing in the faith after or probably during my year of service. I had an issue with an NSA member who is now a UHJ member, also I was 17 turning 18 and I think what happened is that my brain finally clicked into gear then that this is just social control and a hierarchical structure of idiots. The first thing that made me draw away from the Faith was the insane behavior and expectations of Iranians, one of the things that kept me inside the faith was people who noticed insanity who were Bahais would always say shit like its not Bahais its the remnants of Iranian culture. One of the things about my story is that my family are all mixed families besides my own immediate one. So they are all half Muslims, half bahais. When I was younger and still to an extent today I was an open Islamophobe and I didn't like my Muslim family. The reason I didn't like them was not because they were muslims, but because they were all weird. I grew up in a Western country, western values, western friends. The Bahai people didn't like us to much especially the kids because we were rude to other kids especially girls. Even at the age of 12 I didn't have time for princesses and told them to go away regularly. At the age of 23 I met someone who was a non Bahai and it changed my life, until that point I was always obsessed with parental consent, community approval etc. When I met her I had almost completely left the faith, even until then though I only dated non Persian Bahai girls and was a bit of a khalouf as we call them. I smoked weed, drank, used coke etc. Anyways I left the faith while I dated her on and off and by 27 we were completely broken up, during the break up period I ran into another Bahai girl who became friends with me, she knew I was no longer 'active' and I mistook her trying to make me a part of the faith again as genuine. At this stage I was trying to become a good boy again, I think I may have even decided that I wanted to marry a Bahai and do the whole shebang of being a loyal servant. Stopped drinking, stopped doing weed etc. Anyways I didnt fit in and kind of slowly drifted away again. This time however it was much more permanent. I come from a background with significant trauma so I dont really like persian people who make a big deal about a lost phone or sunglasses etc. I still hang around Bahais but we just make fun of them and there customs, like we even made a game with one of ur Bahai friends that anytime someone says concourse on high you gotta take a bong hit, also we envision role plays who is the most likely auxiliary board member or counselor who is a pedo. My view on the Bahai community is that its toxic, its fake and also if you talked to many of the people there they want someone to rescue them to get out. its delusional BS.
2020.02.06 07:41 visaforindiabest tourist places in Delhi this winter
best tourist places in Delhi this winter Delhi, the capital of India, is always laden with foreign tourists due to its mixed culture, mouth-watering cuisines, historical monuments, energetic clubs and discos, cheerful locals and religious places like Hindu/Sikh temples, mosques and churches ready to give them the warmth of religious blessings for the whole year. However, cool-climate country citizens can’t bear the scorching heat of Delhi, thus they prefer the winter season. But such tourists get confused about choosing the best tourist places in Delhi due to having a tremendous number of top places to visit in Delhi in winters. www.e-visaindia.com helps you to find hassle freeIndian Visa They can see the remains of the Mughal rule, British rule and so on here. Furthermore, top Delhi attractions like the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Delhi zoo, hospitable streets of Chandni Chowk and welcoming roads of Connaught Place remain in the memory of foreigners for their whole lives. In this blog, we have prepared a list of best tourist places in Delhi in December or January to make their confusion fade away and facilitate their selection. So here we go. 1.Qutub Minar The Qutub Minar, located in Mehrauli (west Delhi) is the tallest brick minaret and one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. Built in 1193, the minaret is thought to be a symbol of victory and the starting of Muslim rule in India. There are innumerable rumours buzzing around about the reason why it was built. It is covered with the sacred verses and intricate carvings, and other monuments around this minaret add more to its beauty. You can smell the fragrance of history by visiting the Qutub Minar. 2.Rajghat If your role model is Mahatma Gandhi, then Rajghat is a must-visit for you. Just 4 km away from Janpath, this is the very place where Gandhi was cremated after his assassination. There is a plain black marble structure located in the middle of a lush green garden where one can pay own tribute to Gandhi for his valuable legacy of life lessons. This memorable place is always flooded with locals and foreigners, as they all pay homage to the Father of the Nation to show their love and respect for him. 3.Red Fort The Red Fort, located near Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) is one of the most influential reminders of the Mughal era, and some find it evocative of the struggle that Indian freedom fighters did. This building was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and took an enormous amount of time to get built. Shah Jahaan decided to make Delhi his capital that was Agra and got this place built. This historical monument was captured by Sikh warriors and the British. You can know more about the place by seeing a one-hour sound and light show of this fort’s history, which organized every evening. 4.Chandni Chowk Chandni Chowk, the busiest place in Delhi, tends to leave foreigners open-mouthed with surprise due to having from delicious cuisines, street foods, local beverages, shops of vibrant and colourful clothes, entrancing jewellery to the calming Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. The streets of this place are full of cars, cycle rickshaws, battery-rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians and animals. Despite looking chaotic, the place never loses its charm and remains in the heart of Delhi visitors till their dying date. You can taste here the local foods like Chhole Bhature, Golgappe, Samosas, Khasta Kachori and so on, which will quench your hunger by giving you an idea of the Indian spices and culture. 5.Akshardham Mandir) Swaminarayan Akshardham Mandir is one of the top Delhi attractions. This enchanting temple was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization. The place is one of the finest examples of India’s art of sculptures. Its wonderful pink stone and white marble shrine architecture will definitely give your eyes a soothing experience. Furthermore, the place also has a sprawling garden, boat ride and the like to make your visit memorable. Even if you spend half of your day here, then you will be missing so much of its enormous beauty, as it is very large in size. But you must remember that you can capture its enthralling allure in your mind only because cell phones and cameras are not allowed here. 6.Lotus Temple the Lotus Temple, also called the Bahai Temple, tends to become more charming at night, especially in winters. It is made of white marble and dedicated to the Bahai Faith, which is regarded as the finest way to remind people of the unity of all people and religions. Shaped like a lotus flower in white, the gives a calming experience and warm welcome to every visitor coming here in quest of peace and tranquility. 7. India Gate Visiting Delhi without seeing the India Gate is futile because it is one of the most visited places in Delhi, especially in winters. The India Gate was built in the memory of World War 1 martyrs who laid down their lives. It doesn’t matter where are you from, but respecting martyrs is a universal and ethical duty. Apart from that, there are lots of activities you can have here like going for a stroll with your friends at Rajpath, get captured in photos with your family and friends, taste the beauty of the place that increases at night due to lighting and play Cricket with your kids and friends around the ground of this place in the sunshine. Let’s sum up Here, we put before you the list of 7 best places to visit in Delhi in winters. We told you about Chandni Chowk, the India Gate, the Red Fort, the Lotus Temple, Rajghat and so on. However, you must know that if you are a foreigner, then you will be required to have an e-tourist visafor India. And, if any questions or doubts hovering behind you and hampering your decision, then contact us without any hesitation.
2020.01.22 12:51 A35821363January 23. On this date in 2012, Maryam Valapour gave a talk at the Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa titled "Applying Bahai Principles to Address Current Ethics and Policy Debates in Organ Transplantation."
2020.01.17 16:22 A35821363January 18. On this date in 1953, a letter written by Leroy Ioas on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, later referenced in a Bahai News article in March 1953, defined the terms "Age" and "Epoch."
2020.01.02 15:32 NutritionalIslamic era histroy of Zoroastrians of Iran through political analysis and historical letters by Dr. Darius Jahanian
The Arab invasion of Iran in 630 A.D. and its consequences have never been researched impartially, because they always carry religious sentiments. It is taught and popularized that the Arabs brought Islam to Iran, and the Iranians being frustrated by their government, the strict religious code interfering with their daily life and the established Sasanian's caste system embraced Islam's message of equality and brotherhood. This view however is not only far from the historical evidences but contradicts the basic human instincts. The fact is that people on the whole do not give up their original tenets and traditions easily to adhere to the new one. Even the primitive Arabs did not abandon their old religion that simple, as there were several religious wars (Ghazvah) in which many of the nonbelievers were massacred. The Arab conquest not only did not eliminate the caste system, but soon Iranians found themselves part of the two new castes, slaves and Mavali. The mass of Iranian women, children and captured men were sold in the Arabian markets and even those who converted to Islam did not receive freedom. They were called Mavali or the liberated slaves, who were mostly deprived of basic rights, could not ride horses or carry weapons and at times being part of the asset were given away as gifts. The mass enslavement of Iranians was so rampant that in a story that Shiites made to relate the family of Imam Ali to the Sasanians, even the daughter of Yazdgard, Shahrbanou was sold as slave in Medina market to Imam Ali who gave her to his son, Imam Hussain to marry. By this narrative the Shiites believe that Imam Hussein's descendants are blood related to the Sasanians. The cultural calamity was disastrous. Books were burned, scholars slain and schools and libraries were destroyed because the invaders regarded the Koran as the last book that nullified the existing ones. Iran in a short period of time fell from a global power and world's center of science to an illiterate and backward country that could never stand on her feet. For centuries afterwards until the time of Safavid dynasty at the turn of the fifteenth century it was not even a country under one flag. Safavid Dynasty The ancestor of the Safavids, Sheikh Saffi Ardbili was a Sunni Moslem. The founder of the dynasty, Shah Ismail embraced Shiism to unify the nation and encourage them to fight against the Ottoman Turks who were Sunnis. This policy was favored by the major European powers that faced the threat of the Ottaman Turks from the east. Turks were invading Europe and Islamizing the eastern parts; the goal was to keep them engaged in the south. The conversion of Iranians however was not an easy task. The majority were Sunnis and 0/040 of the nation or four million had preserved the old religion and remained Zoroastrian. The other problem was the absence of Shiite clergy to educate the public. Furthermore the existing large Zoroastrian sector raised concern for reversion to the old religion. The shortage of clergy was resolved by bringing them from other areas such as Lebanon and Bahrain. Conversion of the Sunni majority to Shiism was carried out by force and bloodshed. In the turmoil many Zoroastrians lost their lives, and to eliminate the threat of reversion, many inhumane acts were implemented against them. Jews and Christians were regarded as the owners of the book because Moses and Jesus are named in the Koran and several Suras are specified to them but Zarathushtra is not mentioned. Although at this era non-Moslems in general were not treated with dignity, but no community and religion suffered as much as the Zoroastrians. A law enacted that if a member of a family converted to Islam, he was entitled to all the inheritance. The religious tax or Jizya was imposed and those who could not afford were subject to torture, loss of life and confiscation of property or had to convert. Zoroastrians even had to wear a yellow patch to be distinguished in public, by that they were subjected to insults and persecution. They were despised as Gabre or Gavre, which in public mind was equal to (Kafir) or faithless, and the Zoroastrian ghettos were called “Gavrestan" which in Persian is reminiscent of 'Goorestan’ or cemetery. The Moslem clergy was particularly active in instigating hatred against the Zoroastrian population causing them more persecution and even massacres. Zoroastrians Condition in Iran during the reign of Shah Abbas Safavid: Suffering of the Zoroastrians during the rule of Shah Abbas the Great ( 1587 -1628A.D .) in particular was intensified. The eastern and Pahlavi philosophy had been revived and gained momentum. He was determined to crash the movement at root The followers of Darvish Mahmood Passikhani who were called Ajamiyoun (Persians) and believed that the Arab era is over and the new Persian period is to begin were massacred. Shah Abbas personally executed several of their leaders. His serious concern about the Pahlavi philosophy and reversion caused him to carry a harsh anti Zoroastrian policy. In a letter dated Bahman Rooz, Ardibehesht Mah,1 005 Yazdgardi (1015 Hijri), the Zarthushtis of Sharifabad, Yazd wrote to the Parsis of India: "In the year 977 Yazdgardi (987 Hijri) the agents of Shah Abbas came to Yazd to confiscate our religious books. They murdered two Mobeds who refused to surrender them. In Turkabad many Mobeds who refused to surrender the books were killed. The agents plundered and destroyed many scriptures here.” Professor Zabih Behtooz writes, "Shah Abbas executed many intellectuals and Zoroastrians under the pretext of atheism.” In 1006 Hijri, Shah Abbas dispatched troops to the Caspian province of Mazandaran and forcefully converted them to Islam. By this time not only the province had remained Zoroastrian but was ruled by a Zoroastrian dynasty named Padouspanian. At his order many Zoroastrians were forcefully deported and settled in a ghetto town near Isfahan, named Gabrabad During the deportation many lost lives. To this people who had been detached from their farms and businesses no job was given. They had been brought there to do the menial jobs that no one would accept Pietro Della Valle, a Roman tourist in his letter dated December 8, 1617 writes: the streets of Gabrabad are wide and well designed but the houses are one floor and small reflecting the poverty of the tenants. He adds, the Zoroastrians cannot own business and mostly are laborers and farmers. Their cloth is thick with the color of mud brick. It is worth mentioning that Shah Abbas transferred Armenians from the Julfa of Tabriz and settled them in Julfa near Isfahan. Della Vane writes about Julfa that most Armenians are merchants and wealthy and they are treated favorably. Jean Chardin, a French traveler (1643-1713) writes: few Gabres and Parsis remain. These are the original Iranians who adhere to their old traditions and religion. Many of their houses and villages in the south of Isfahan were destroyed by Moslems and during the civil war and few could take refuge in Yazd and Kerman. These people are so miserable they could not afford to provide a gift on the occasion of the coronation of King Soleiman the third and they were excused. Many of their houses and villages in the south of Isfahan were destroyed by Moslems and during the civil war and few could take refuge in Yazd and Kerman. The role of the Shiite clergy: To prevent reversion, the Shiite clergy exerted a strong role. Their writings instigated hatred against the Zoroastrians. Particularly in order to make them more effective and affirmative, these fabrications were mostly attributed to the Holy Imams. Some examples are presented below: 1. "Majussis (Magians or Zoroastrians) had a book named Jand and Pajand that were burned in fire. They had a prophet named Zardosht who was killed. He had a book written on 12000 hides. Jihad against them is a religious duty until they convert to Islam or promise that will not commit adultery with Moslem women (marrying them)". (Sheikh Bahai, the high cleric and scholar of Shah Abbas era). These writings have continued even to the 21st century C.E.
"A man named Zardosht brought a book for the Majussis and claimed prophet-hood. Some believed him and others did not and turned him away. He was killed and consumed by the wild animals in desert. The primitive Arabs were closer to God than the followers of Zardosht, because…. and their king Kaikhosrow had killed three hundred prophets"
(20th century Iranian Shiite clergy and Islamic scholar, Rayshahri).
The founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhallah Khomeini who was very concerned about reversion of Iranians to their ancient roots also wrote:
"Zardosht the magus and fire worshipper by some dishonorable knaves has been called holy and God worshipper. If this fire of dirt that has arisen from the temples of Fars are not extinguished, soon the trash will spread and they invite all to join the Gabre’s creed. In such a hostile environment, the Zoroastrians suffered spiritually and materially, and had to subsist to preserve their faith. A letter belonging to the seventeenth century A.D. from a French priest to his boss is abridged here: "Islam is not the only religion of the Iranians. There are many Iranians who have preserved their old religion. But they have none of their ancestral knowledge and science. They live in state of slavery and absolute misery. Most difficult and harshest public works are assigned to them. They mostly are porters or work in the farms. The state of slavery has caused them to be shy, naive and rough mannered. They speak in a different dialect and use their old alphabets. Iranians call them (Gavre), which mean idol worshippers, and they are treated much worse than the Jews. They are accused of being fire worshippers. ..but they respect the fire. They believe that in order to receive salvation, one should till the land and develop orchards, avoid polluting the water and putting down the fire. Their holiest man is named Zoroaster and their most important festival is Novruz... ." The Worst Blow: Despite all the adversities, the population of the Zoroastrians at the turn of the 18th century. was nearly one million. But the worst blow was delivered by the last Safavid king, Shah Sultan Hossein (1694-1722), a fanatic and superstitious man profoundly influenced by the clergy. Soon after his accession to the throne to popularize himself, he issued a decree that all the Zoroastrians should convert to Islam or face the consequences. Nearly all were slaughtered or coercively converted, few fled the blood bath and took refuge in Yazd and Kerman. By the French estimate a total of 80,000 Zoroastrians lost their lives, and the entire population of Isfahan’s Gabrabad was massacred. The Zoroastrian sources estimate the number of victims at hundreds of thousands. Today the people of Nain and Anar near Isfahan speak Dari (the dialect exclusively spoken by the Zoroastrians ), but they are Moslems. To comprehend the extent of the Zoroastrian massacres just during the Safavid era, a demographic picture of the communities of central Iran is presented. Today the two central cities of Isfahan and Kashan have strong Jewish communities, and Julfa of Isfahan remains exclusively an Armenian town with churches and schools. But there is no native Zoroastrian community in these cities. The fledgling community of Isfahan is in fact a transplant; whose members in search of job opportunities in recent years have settled there and formed association. Fear of reversion in the later era: The reversion concern and writings of the Shiite clergy produced generations of hateful majority that despised the Zoroastrians as fire worshippers and considered them to be impure and outcast. This hostile sentiment did not cease after the Safavid and the misery and massacres went on. The reports of the European visitors reflect this fact. Ker Porter in his letter dated March 20,1818 wrote: "Many Zoroastrians are miserable and hopeless but they adhere to their religion. As they cannot afford to travel and take refuge in other countries, in their homeland suffer and endure the hardship. Their spirit is high toward the skies and their eyes look down to the ground in tears for the daily misery they face. They have used the cities of Yazd and Kerman for shelter and those who were able fled to the mountains and India. There are 4000 to 5000 of them in Yazd where more or less can practice their tradition. They are mostly good fanners, gardeners or artisans.” General Houtum Schindler summarized the Zoroastrian's plight as "Forceful conversion to Islam, confiscation of their assets and inheritance, extortion of one fifth of the value of property or business for the Moslem clergy, prohibition of construction of new buildings or repair of the old ones, prohibition from putting on new dress or ride horse, forceful payment of extra tax (Jizya ), automatic exoneration of the murderers or culprits if they are Moslems and their victim is a Zoroastrian, or if they have attacked or burglarized the Zoroastrian houses or their shelters." Count de Gobineau,[ii] the French ambassador to Iran in 1850s, presented a pessimistic view of the Zoroastrian community. He wrote: "Only 7000 of them remain and only a miracle may save them from extinction. They teach a lesson to the world that glory is not everlasting, because these are descendants of the people that one day ruled the world." The historical letter of Maneckji:[iii] Without the famous letter of Maneckji Limji Hataria, the emissary of the Parsis of India the list of the historical letters is incomplete. In 1855, after one year of staying in Iran, he reported to the Parsi Panchayet his findings on the Zoroastrian community of Iran. "Dear Sir: This noble group has suffered in the hands of cruel and evil people, so much that they are alien to knowledge and science. For them even black and white, and good and evil are equal. Their men have been forcefully doing menial works in the construction and as slaves received no payments. As some evil and immoral men have been looking after their women and daughters, this sector of the community stays in door during the daytime. Despite all the poverty, heavy taxes under the pretext of land, space, pastureland, inheritance and religious tax (Jizya) are imposed on them. The local rulers have been cruel to them and have plundered their possessions. They have forced the men to do the menial construction work for them. Vagrants have kidnapped their women and daughters, worse than all the community is disunited. Their only hope is for the future savior (Shah Bahram Varjavand) to come. Because of extreme misery, belief in the savior is so strong that 35 years earlier when an astrologer forecasted the birth of the savior, many men in his search left the town and were lost in the desert and never returned. "Perhaps the following sentence from Maneckji epitomizes the sorry plight of the community; "I found the Zoroastrians to be exhausted and trampled so much that no one in this world can be even more miserable than them." Although the Safavid unified Iran but the Iranians paid a very heavy price. Coercive conversion of Iranians to Shiism and concern about reversion resulted in many blood baths. Worse than all they used the power of clergy and religion to legitimate their actions and continue despotic rule. The damages caused by them, is well discerned in our time. In the course of events however, no community or religion suffered as much as the Zoroastrians. Despite that our books of history have maintained a total silence toward the dreadful massacre of Zoroastrians in central Iran and the coercive and violent conversion of Mazandaran. In the latter case usually a distorted picture of peaceful self-conversion is presented. The sentiment over the issue of reversion prevails even today, as there is generally less sensitivity toward conversion than reversion. It is fitting to conclude with the words of Dastur Framroze Bode:[iv] "So many nations and religions have become part of ancient history, but despite the harsh treatment of history there must be a reason why the Zoroastrian religion has survived." [i] This document written by Dr. Jahanian based on a presentation he made at the 7th World Zoroastrian Congress held in Houston, Texas in Dec. 2000 was posted on vohuman.org on February 5, 2005. [i] Trois ans en Asie (Three years in Asia) 1855-1858 [ii] Manekji Limji Hateria [iii] Bode, Framroze
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