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    Sects of the Bah' Faith

    Battle of Bah's

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    Like any other Faith where division amongst their followers is natural, Bah' Faith is noexception to it. ow much the Bah' leaders may claim that there is no divisionamongst Bah's the fact is that Bah' Faith does have different denominations, eachcalling themselves as the !"#$ Faith . !he fact is that in the small span of %& yearsBah' Faith has seen more divisions than any other religion.

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    ere is a 6rief treatise on the history of the division in the Bah' Faith 7 right from itsinception, the Ba6, 0u6he' )8al, Bah'u'llh, )66as $ffendi, 0hoghi $ffendi and finally tillthe present day #niversal ouse of 9ustice.

    Division amongst the followers of The Bab

    Division amongst the followers of Bah'u'llhDivision amongst the followers of Abdu'l-Bah and Shoghi Effendi

    Bah's who believe that ill and Testament of Abdu'l-Bah is fraudulent

    !eo"le of Ba#an or Ba#anis

    !hese are those who 6elieve the true successor of !he Ba6 is -ir8a 1ahya 0u6h7e7)8aand not -ir8a ussain )li 3oori :Bah'u'llh;.

    Daheshists

    !hese are those who 6elieve that their leader, *r. *ahesh < 0aleem -oosa $l7)wshee isthe ="eturn= of !he B6 :)li -ohammed 0hira8i;.

    Essence of The Bah' Faith

    !hese are those who 6elieve in the coming of the !hird -anifestation after Ba6 andBaha>u>llah.

    $nitarian Bah's

    !hese are those who 6elieve after Baha>u>llah, his younger son -ohammed )li was histrue successor.

    %uestioning the ill and Testament of Abdu'l-Bah

    %. Free Bah's

    ?. "eform Bah's

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    @. 3ew istory 0ociety

    !hese are those who 6elieve that Aill and !estament of )6du'l7Bah is a fraudulentdocument doctored 6y 0hoghi $ffendi "a66ani.

    &ontinuation of uardianshi"

    %. rthodox Baha'is :followers of 9oel B. -arangella;

    ?. Baha'is #nder the rovisions of the +ovenant :followers of 3eal +hase;

    @. eart of the Bah' Faith :followers of 9acues 0oghomonian;

    C. !ar6iyat Baha'is :followers of "ex 2ing et al;

    !hese are those who 6elieve in continuation of Duardianship.

    (eterodo) Bah's

    !hese are those who 6elieve that the Duardianship ended with 0hoghi $ffendi and atpresent #9 is the true leader.

    Followers of * Elders

    !hese are those who 6elieve that the #9 reuires an infalli6le Duardian in line with theteachings of Bah'u'llh and )6du'l7Bah.

    /t looks like the Baha'i denominations will succeed in mounting a significant challenge tothe mainstream aifa76ased Baha'i Faith. n the other hand main stream aifa BasedBaha>is are putting more pressure on their #9 to clarify the concept of Duardianship,rather than asking them to shun the +ovenant Breakers. !he recent court case done 6ythe aifa Based Baha>is on their two other denominations has further internationali8e the

    issue of Duardianship. /t looks like the 6alance is tilting more towards Duardianists. /fcurrent trends of infightining continue, it is possi6le that Baha'ism will suffer from moredivisions. /t has to 6e seen.

    Cracks in The CovenantBah's present their "Covenant" as something unique to their religion. They present it as an undisputabledocumented contract of inheritance, a ill and testament, that is protected by !od so that any violaters againstit ill be rendered impotent by it. The Bah' aith's history is full of fragmentation, and the course the Bah'aith has ta#en quic# surprise turns on a number of occasions.

    Bah' Faith is itself aproduct of Covenant Breaking

    First Covenant Breaking

    The act that brought the Bah' aith itself into e$istence as in defiance of such a covenant. The Bb'ssuccessor, as actually %ir&a ahya and (ot Bah'u'llh. Bah's produced evidence that Bah'u'llh as theBb's intended successor, but did not deny that the Bb appointed %ir&a ahya.

    Second Covenant Breaking

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    Bah'u'llh appointed his eldest son )bdu'l*Bah as his successor and after him his younger son %ohammed)li. )fter the death of )bdu'l*Bah although %ohammed )li as alive still many folloed , +hoghi effendi thegrandson of )bdu'l*Bah. (ot folloing %ohammed )li as Covenant Brea#ing of Bah'u'llh's riting.

    Third Covenant Breaking

    ater, the third Bah' leader, +hoghi -ffendi, died childless. aving failed to produce a ill, and having failedto leave any clear indication of a successor, +hoghi left the Bah' orld in a precarious situation. /hat he didas in apparent violation of the Bah' Covenant. The Bah's hose allegiance lies ith the heterodo$organisation, those loyal to the 0niversal ouse of 1ustice currently seated in aifa, 2srael, maintain that those

    ho are true to the Covenant ill be empoered by the Covenant.

    Bah' history shos us a different picture. )t many times, the Bah's ho eventually prevailed ere nearlyvanquished. The Bah's loyal to 0niversal ouse of 1ustice claims that they are are dominant group, but eventhat domination seems impotent and obscure, lac#ing the influence to even familiari&e the orld ith the ordBah' in this information age.

    Bah' history is mottled ith inheritance disputes. 2n defense of their Covenant, Bah's regard the dar#erperiods as divine tests, arguing that egos are often tested by opportunities for poer.

    /hat Bah's do not ac#noledge is the fact that their history is 3ust as fragmented as other religions, ithbrea#s occurring from its first years to the years folloing the death of +hoghi -ffendi.

    )t present The Bah's are fragmented in folloing sects.

    4. 5eople of Bayan or Bayanis6. -ssence 7f the Baha'i aith8. 0nitarian Baha'is9. ree Baha'is:. ;eform Baha'is. 7rthodo$ Baha'is?folloers of 1oel B. %arangella@A. Bah's 0nder the 5rovisions of the Covenant?1ensen group, %issoula, %T@4.Baha'is oyal to the !uardian?folloers of 1acques +oghomonian@44.Tarbiyat Baha'is?folloers of ;e$ ing et al@46.eterodo$ Bah's48.: -lders

    49.Daheists

    Sects of Bahais

    Like any other Faith where division amongst their followers is natural, Bahai Faith is noexception to it. ow much the Bahai leaders may claim that there is no divisionamongst Bahais the fact is that Baha>i Faith does have different denominations all callingthem as the !"#$ Faith . The fact is that in the small s"an of +, #ears BahaiFaith has seen more divisions than an# other religion.

    ere is a 6rief treatise on the history of the division in the Bahai Faith 7 right from itsinception, the Ba6, 0u6he' )8al, Bahaullah, )66as $ffendi, 0hoghi $ffendi and finally tilthe present day #niversal ouse of 9ustice.

    The Division amongst the Followers of The Bab

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    !he founder of Baha>/ Faith -ir8a )li -ohammed 0hira8i known as Ba6, was a disciple of0ayed 2a8im "ashti the leader of the 0haikhiya sect.

    Ahen 0ayed 2a8im "ashti died in %ECC, Four of his discipiles claimed to 6e the successorof 0ayed 2a8im "ashti

    %7-ir8a )li -ohammed 0hira8i

    ?7ai -ohammed 2arim 2han

    @70hafee !a6ri8iC7-ir8a !ahir aa7e7/shfahani

    n the ?@rd of -ay -ir8a )li -ohammed 0hira8i announced that he was =!he Ba6= :theDate; .!he first to accept his claim of Ba6hood was -ulla ussain Bushroee whom Ba6gave the title of Ba67ul7Ba6 :!he gate of the Date; and =)wwalo -an )mana= :the firstto 6elieve;. Aithin a short time -ir8a )li -ohammed gathered %E followers aroundhimself. e gave them the title of =uruf7e7ayy= :!he Letters of Life; and sent them todifferent areas of /ran for propagation while he himself went to -ecca for a. /n -ecca,according to one report, he claimed to 6e =!he -ahdi= :!he guided one;.

    Ba#anis /A0alis1 and Bahai2s

    /n his lifetime -ir8a )li -ohammed had appointed -ir8a 1ahya, the son of -ir8a Bu8urg,and the step6rother of -ir8a usain )li as his successor. !he same -ir8a usain )li latercame to 6e known as =Bahaullah.=

    -ir8a )li -ohammed 0hira8i :!he Ba6; had given -ir8a 1ahya the title of =0u6he' )8al=:$verlasting *awn;. e also gave his ring, his personal effects and also the authority toexplain and comment on his :-ir8a )li -ohammed Ba6's; writings.

    Ahile in exile in constantinopole where Bahaullah stayed for C years and it was fromthere that he announced that he was the real and true successor of -ir8a )li -ohammedBa6 :)nd not his step 6rother -ir8a 1ahya 0u6h7e7)8al; and also that )llah, the -ost

    igh, had given him a more honored and lofty position than his prede