THE BAHA'I FAITH & RACISM
An Exposé

by Daniel B. Kayse

Published by the Friends of God International
2017/No copyright


OF ALL THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE on Earth today, probably the most NON-racist are the Baha'is (buh-highz). There are about 5 million Baha'is in about 120 countries; with about 160,000 in the U.S. About 20% of Baha'is in the U.S. are African-American. The Baha'i Faith is growing very fast in Africa.

Baha'is will tell you the following:

*Baha'u'llah (Founder of the Baha'i Faith) is the latest, but not last, Messenger of God on this planet.

*Baha'u'llah is greater than Jesus.

*Baha'u'llah suffered more than Jesus did.

*Jesus was never raised from the dead, but the Gospels are "mere parables" after they say He was crucified and buried. Jesus slowly dissolved like everybody else, and did not literally appear to anyone after His death.

*Jesus' death on the cross was a martyrdom, and had nothing to with atoning for our sins.

*Baha'u'llah is the "second coming of Christ" in some mystical way that they cannot explain.

*The Baha'i Faith is the only religion completely FREE of racism or a history of racism.

*One Baha'i Principle is the Elimination of Prejudices of all kinds.

While it is true that Baha'is are very NON-racist, it is NOT true that the Baha'i Faith has no history of racism. In this brief article, we shall prove that "racism" existed in the early Baha'i Faith among some of its leaders.

Baha'u'llah was born in Iran in 1917, with the name Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri. In 1848 he took the title of Baha'u'llah (ba'ha'oo'law), which, in Arabic, means "The Glory of God". Baha'is believe that religion is "progressive"; which means God reveals religions and books in the past, but each time the religion becomes more enlightening than the Revelation. In other words, Judaism was more enlightening than Hinduism, and Christianity if more enlightening than Judaism, and Islam is more enlightening than Christianity, and the Baha'i Faith is more enlightening than Christianity.

The Baha'i Faith is built about 12 "Principles". If you ask a Baha'i "What is the Baha'i Faith?" they will give you a card or tell you about the "Principles".

The Baha'is in the U.S., in seeking converts, make the "Principle" of Non-racism their major "message". Baha'i literature is very "heavy" on the Principle of Race Unity: that all races are equal in the eyes of God. Most Americans, especially African-Americans, become Baha'is mainly because of its principles of the Elimination of Prejudice of all kinds.

Baha'is believe that the Baha'i Faith will establish World Peace, with a World Government, run by Baha'is, and establish a world without war, prejudice, pollution, or crime. They call this "The World Order of Baha'u'llah".

What the Baha'is do NOT tell you, and, indeed, most of them are totally unaware of, are the following facts:

*The Founders of the Baha'i Faith (The Báb and Baha'u'llah) both owned, and sold, black slaves; as did Persian and Egyptian Baha'is, before the year 1890; when the practice as abolished in countries where Baha'is lived.

*The Forerunner of Baha'u'llah was Siyyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi al-Bab. He is known to Baha'is as "The Báb" ("Bab" means "Gate" in Arabic). The Bab not only owned black slaves, but he actively bought and sold them in Shiraz, Iran, in the 1840s. The Báb was to Baha'u'llah what John the Baptist was to Jesus.

*Baha'u'llah outlawed the practice of Baha'is being in the slave-trade, in his "Most Holy Book", in 1874. This prohibited Baha'is from being slaver merchants, but not from owning slaves. Baha'is continued to own black slaves until the practice was outlawed by the British (Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Palestine) and the French (Lebanon, Syria).

Evidence that early Baha'is bought and sold black slaves, or owned black slaves, up until the 1890s, can be found in a book titled Black Pearls by Kalimat Press. After this book was published, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is in the United States, banned the book, and banned Kalimat Press from the official Baha'i Distribution Service. Kalimat Press now only sells books online; since they are no longer allowed to distribute their books to Baha'i bookstores.

Baha'is are never informed, via official Baha'i publications, of any of the above facts. They are deliberately kept in the dark, or told that early Baha'is had "black servants" but these servants were not slaves. That is a BIG LIE! These black "servants" were bought, sold, and could not leave their masters without their master's permission.

The forerunner ("John the Baptist") of Baha'u'llah was Siyyid Ali Muhammd Shirazi, whom Baha'is call "THE BÁ:B". Baha'is are told he was a merchant, and, indeed, he was. However, they are never told what his "merchandise" was. In fact, The Báb imported black slaves and heroine; selling both to buyers in Shiraz.


The Báb bought black slaves from Arab slave traders, and sold them in Shiraz, Iran, in the 1840s. Baha'is continued to own black slaves until the 1890s: when European powers forced the Turks and the Persians to end black slavery in their countries.

Baha'u'llah himself owned black slaves, including one he sold to pay off a debt. You can read about this in the book Black Pearls. You cannot find this book in any Baha'i bookstore, because the book has been "banned" by the governing body of Baha'is in the U.S.

Why did the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is in the U.S. "ban" the book BLACK PEARLS? Simple answer: because they didn't want the Baha'is to know the truth; that the two Founders of the Baha'i Faith owned black slaves, many early Baha'is owned black slaves, and one of the Founders of the Baha'i Faith bought and sold black slaves from Arab slave traders.

Arab Muslims had a large business in black slaves, which lasted for many centuries, and, still goes on today to a small extent. You can watch a YouTube video about that, in the links below, if you want more information on that subject.

'Abdu'l-Baha on Black Africans

The oldest son of Baha'u'llah was Abbas Effendi, who took the name 'Abdu'l-Baha (Arabic: "Servant of Glory"). He was born in 1844 in Iran, but died in 1921 in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel). Baha'is refer to 'Abdul-Baha as "The Master" and the "Exemplar of the Faith"; the "example' that all Baha'is must follow. They do not recognize 'Abdu''l-Baha as a Prophet or Messenger, but claim that he had a "unique station" between Prophet and ordinary human being. His writings are considered infallible Scripture by the Baha'is; just like the Writings of Baha'u'llah.

Here are quotes from 'Abdu'l-Baha from books in English approved by the Universal House of Justice (the nine-man council that governs the Baha'i Faith world-wide):

The inhabitants of a country life Africa are all as wandering savages and wild animals. They lack intelligence and knowledge; all are uncivilized; not one civilized and a wise man is not to be found among them. These are the proofs of the wise men. The prophets also acknowledge this opinion, towit: That education hath a great effect upon the human race, but they declare that minds and comprehensions are originally different. And this matter is self-evident; it cannot be refuted. We see that certain children of the same age, nativity and race, nay, from the same household, under the tutorship of one teacher, differ in their minds and comprehensions. One advanceth rapidly, another is slow in catching the rays of culture, still another remaineth in the lowest degree of stupidity. No matter how much the shell is educated (or polished), it can never become a radiant pearl. The black stone will not become the world-illumined gem." (Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha p.567 vv.3-4)

'Abdu'l-Baha wrote a tablet to August Forel; whom He considered to be a 'wise man'. Forel believed that Negroes were "inherently inferior" to Caucasians, and could never ever be equal to them in intelligence. Forel was an early Western Bahá'í. Forel wrote:

"...the brain of the Negro is weaker than that of the white... Even for their own good the blacks must be treated as what they are, an absolutely subordinate, inferior, lower type of man, incapable themselves of culture. That must once and for all be clearly and openly stated." (August Forel, quoted in Houston S. Chamberlain's _The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century_)

'Abdu'l-Baha, in His Tablet (Epistle) to Forel, writes:

"O revered personage, lover of truth! ***Thy works are no doubt of great benefit, and if published, send us a copy." (verse 6:1,7)


Book about August Forel as a Baha'i

That Tablet to August Forel is infallible Scripture to Baha'is, because it was written by the Pen of 'Abdu'l-Baha. They claim he has a "unique spiritual station" that is so unique it does not have a name. They deny he was a Manifestation of God, but, still believe his writings are infallible Scripture, and they are part of the Baha'i Holy Books.

'Abdu'l-Baha called Forel a "lover of truth!" and that his works were of great value. August Forel was a Swiss psychologist, a disciple of Sigmund Freud, but also a founder of the Monist League; a group of German and Swiff philosophers who believed that "Negroes" were not human but belonged to the "ape" family.


From a book published by the Monist League in Forel's day. Notice black man in tree lower right corner. After becoming a Baha'i in 1920, Forel continued his work with the Monist League, and even published a racist article in The Baha'i World in 1928, while Shoghi Effendi was editor of that publication.

The article by August Forel in the March 1928 edition of The Baha'i World, quoted and recommended scientific racist authors, while Shoghi Effendi, the grandson of 'Abdu'l-Baha, was Guardian (same as a "Pope") of the Baha'i Faith. It is impossible that Shoghi Effendi did not know about that article. He never recanted it, nor condemned it nor commented on it, but once purported told his wife (Mary Maxwell) and her mother (May Maxwell) in Haifa:

"Men are not born equal; that is a fundamental principle of the Cause." (Haifa Notes of Shoghi Effendi's Word, by Mary Maxwell, 1:37)

'Abdu'l-Baha also wrote this about black Africans:

"It is, therefore, certain that sins such as anger, jealousy, dispute, coventouness, avarice, ignorance, prejudice, hatred, pride, and tyranny exist in the physical world. All these brutal qualities exist in the nature of man. A man who had not had a spirutal education is a brute. Like the savages of Africa, whose actions, habits and morals are purely sensual, they act according to the demands of nature to such a degree that they rent and eat one another." (Some Answered Questions 29:5)

"As ignorance is the cause of crimes, the more knowledge and science increases, the more crimes will diminish. Consider how often murder occurs among the barbarians of Africa; they even kill one another to eat each other's flesh and blood!" (Some Answered Questions 77:13)

"If a child is left in its natural state and deprived of education, there is no doubt that it will grow up in ignorance and illiteracy, its mental faculties dulled and dimmed; in fact, it will become like an animal. This is evident among the savages of central African [original "Sudan"], who are scarcely higher than the beast in mental development." (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.311)

The part translated "central Africa" says "Sudan" in the original, which means "land of the blacks" in Arabic and Farsi. 'Abdu'l-Baha was not referring only to central Africa, nor to the Central African Republic, nor to the country called today "Sudan", but to the "Land of the Blacks" which meant all of sub-Saharan Africa; excluding only North Africa, the land of the light-skinned Arabs, Egyptians, Berbers, and Moors.

'Abdu'l-Baha taught (in 1913) that black people should ever be grateful to white people:

"The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice in behalf of the black race. Four years he fought their cause, enduring severe hardships, sacrificing life, family, treasure, all for his black brother until the great war ended in the proclamation of freedom. By this effort and accomplishment the black race throughout the world was influenced and benefited. Had this not been accomplished, the black man in Africa would still be bound by the chains of slavery. Therefore, his race should everywhere be grateful, for no greater evidence of humanism and courageous devotion could be shown than the white man has displayed. If the blacks of the United States forget this sacrifice, zeal and manhood on the part of the whites, no ingratitude could be greater or more censurable. If they could see the wretched conditions and surroundings of the black people of Africa today, the contrast would be apparent and the fact clearly evident that the black race in America enjoys incomparable advantages. The comfort and civilization under which they live here are due to the white man's effort and sacrifice. Had this sacrifice not been made, they would still be in the bonds and chains of slavery, scarcely lifted out of an aboriginal condition. Therefore, always show forth your gratitude to the white man. (The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.12)

How did black Americans live in 1913 when 'Abdu'l-Baha said this? Well? Black man, black woman, are you grateful to the white man for all he's done for you?

Did 'Abdu'l-Baha teach that all races were equal in intelligence? He wrote:

"Ten children of the same age, with equal station of birth, taught in the same school, partaking of the same food, in all respects subject to the same environment, their interests equal andin common, will evidence separate and distinct degrees of capability and advancement; some exceedingly intelligent and progressive, some of mediocre ability, others limited and incapable. One may become a learned professor while another under the same course of education proves dull and stupid. From all standpoints the opportunities have been equal but the results and outcomes vary from the highest to the lowest degree of advancement. It is evident therefore that mankind differs in natal capacity and intrinsic intellectual endowment." (Foundation of World Unity, pp.54-5 verse 3)

In volume three of Khatabat, published by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Iran, 'Abdu'l-Baha writes:

The wild tribes of black Africa have no superiority over the animals." (Khatabat 3:48)

'Abdu'l-Baha actually taught that the Persian race (his own) was the most innately superior of all races:

"It should not be imagined that the people of Persia are inherently deficient in intelligence, or that for essential perceptiveness and understanding, inborn sagacity, intuition and wisdom, or innate capacity, they are inferior to others. God forbid! On the contrary, they have always excelled all other peoples in endowments conferred by birth." (Secret of Divine Civilization, p.9)

He also wrote:

"Every imperfect soul is self-centred and thinketh only of his own good. But as his thoughts expand a little he will begin to think of the welfare and comfort of his family. If his ideas still more widen, his concern will be the felicity of his fellow citizens; and if still they widen, he will be thinking of the glory of his land and of his race." (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha, p.69)

There are many American Baha'is who are African-Americans. This is because they have been told that the Baha'i Faith is the only "racist free" religion; that it alone has no history of racism at all. In truth, both The Báb and Baha'u'llah owned black slaves and did many early wealthy Baha'i families (see the book Black Pearls by Kalimat Press, an independent Baha'i publisher). The Baha'is continued to hold black slaves (not "servants" but slaves) until the British ended slavery in Egypt in the 1890s and in Palestine in 1920. Baha'u'llah, in his Most Holy Book, forbade Baha'is from engaging in the "slave trade" (a very violent and bloody occupation) but he did not forbid them from owning black slaves. The slave "trade" (which was very bloody and brutal) and owning black slaves were two different things.

In the book Khatabat (Farsi: "Speeches") in Farsi (Persian), on pages 236-7, we find 'Abdu'l-Baha saying the following:

"Thus it is proved that the world of nature is imperfect and dark. If a child is born and we do not nurture him and we abandon him in his natural state what will happen? Without a doubt, he will remain ignorant and without cognition and he will be an animal. Look at the inhabitants of black Africa who are like animals and even inferior. Thus we can see how divine nurturing influences the world of humanity. The world of nature is the world of the animal.” (Khatabat 2:236-7)

The word 'Abdu'l-Baha uses, here translated "black Africa" is "Sudan" which is the Arabic word for the portion of Africa were the "blacks" live; not North Africa where the light-skinned Arabs and Berbers live. Arabs referred to black Africa as "Sudan" long before the country of Sudan came into being. He is referring to all of sub-Saharan black Africa. The books titled Khatabat ("Speeches") were speeches of 'Abdu'l-Baha, and the books were published by the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly of Iran, in 1936. Below are photocopies of the actual pages (236-7) from Khatabat--


Khatabat (Book 2:236-7)

If you read Farsi (Persian), or have a friend who does, have them read this, and translate it for you! Go to a Baha'i Center, and find a Persian Baha'i who reads Farsi, and take photocopies of these Farsi pages, and ask them to read it! Ask them "why" the Universal House of Justice has told Baha'i translators to "not translate" these books, published by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Iran. Why did the Baha'i leaders in Iran publish this book, and sell it to Baha'is for 70 years, if it was a "mistranslation"? Why evidence does anyone have that this was "mistranslated"?

'Abdu'l-Baha also is recorded to have used the Farsi (Persian) word "kaka siah" which means "nigger" in English. It does not mean "negro" nor "black person". It means "nigger". It is a racist word.

According to Ahang Rabbani, a Baha'i translator at the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa in the 1980s, this is how 'Abdu’l-Baha had compared Baha’is with non-Baha’is:

“‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “The least of the friends is better than the fairest of the nonbelievers.” Moreover, He used to say, “The worst of the friends is better than the best of the nonbelievers.”” (Ahang Rabbani, A Lifetime with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Reminiscences of Khalíl Shahídí, p. 81)

Ahang Rabbani deliberately mistranslated what 'Abdu'l-Baha actually said. For now we will ignore this discrepancy for there is a more severe fault here. This is the image if the original Farsi manuscript:

The section marked in red that has been uttered by Abdu’l-Baha reads: “یک کاکاسیاه احباب بهتر از یک حوریه اغیار است”

Which translates literally to:

“A Baha’i nigger is better than a non-Baha’i nymph”!

The meaning is that a "kaka siah" (Farsi: "nigger") is a very low thing but a "hooree" (Farsi: "nymph") is the best thing, but that a Baha'i "nigger" is better than a non-Baha'i "nymph" meaning "Our niggers are better than YOUR nymphs!" That is what 'Abdu'l-Baha actually said. The House (UHJ) in Haifa wanted to "hide" that, so the original was deliberately mistranslated into English to leave out the word "nigger" and "nymph". This deliberate mistranslation of the original Farsi into English so as to not "offend" Western Baha'i "sensitivities" is not uncommon at all. Such a statement by 'Abdu'l-Baha would not shock to many older Persian Baha'is, but it would be quite "shocking" to Western (non-Persian) Baha'is; so the House ordered it "edited out".

In the original Farsi (Persian) 'Abdu'l-Baha wrote:

"A Baha'i nigger is better than a non-Baha'i nymph!" (Khatabat, p.237)

'Abdu'l-Baha describes black Africans as "savages" and "lower than the animal" and referred to them as "kakasiah" (Farsi: "Niggers"). He also said that the Persian race (his own race) were the most intelligent (superior) at birth. Had any other man except 'Abdu'l-Baha said these things, he would be called a "racist" and shunned by the Baha'is. But, because he is 'Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'is feel they can "explain away" his words as "out of context". But the truth is...they are not out of context. He thought of black Africans as "kakashiah" and "savages" and "deprived of intelligence and wisdom" and "lower than the animal". IS THAT ___NOT__ RACIST?

It is true that 'Abdu'l-Baha preached to European and American crowds about "race unity" and how the races needed to stop their hatred for one another, and embrace. According to the three younger brothers of 'Abdul-Baha (the 3 other sons of Baha'u'llah) this was a "ploy" by 'Abdu'l-Baha to make money: to get wealthy European and American Liberals to donate money to him. 'Abdu'l-Baha knew "who" was buttering his bread: wealthy Liberal Westerners who "loved" his speeches on Race Unity. Yet, according to the other sons of Baha'u'llah, that was just a "ploy" by 'Abdu'l-Baha to make money; nothing more. They claim he was a racist, and only pretended to be for "Race Unity" in order to get wealthy Westeners to send him money. The Baha'is claim that the 2 youngest sons of Baha'u'llah were "Covenant-Breakers" and only 'Abdu''l-Baha was faithful to their father's religion. The younger sons of Baha'u'llah claim that they were the faithful ones, but that 'Abdu'l-Baha was the only "Covenant-Breaker" among them. That is their claim. They made many more claims against him. You can read more about that in The TRUTH About the Baha'i Faith in the links below.

The Baha'i Faith today is a NON-racist organization which promotes the Principle of Race Unity over all other of its Principles. You won't find a LESS racist people around, than the Baha'is of today. However, the Baha'i Faith does has a history of black slavery, and also some "racism" by some of its early leaders. That cannot be denied. The Baha'is are never informed of this by their leaders. These facts are "kept" from them. Perhaps you should inform them.

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