Why in 1926 did the Baha'i population went down by 50 percent?

During Abdul Baha's lifetime, accordingly to the WORLD ALMANAC for 1916, there were 2884 Baha'is in the United States belonging to the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is. But in 1926, after the first five years of Shoghi Effendi's Administration, there were only 1247 - a decrease of more than 50 percent. In 1936, the figures were still below those of 1916.

The shrinkage was due to two reasons.

1. The alleged Will was produced after the death of Abdul Baha appointing Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian ofthe Cause

2. Shoghi Effendi substituted the teachings of Baha'u'llah with inverted principles

When Baha'is with spiritual insight realised the actions of the so-called Guardian, which contradicted the pristine message of Baha'u'llah and the master, they seceded from the faith. Whether the alleged Will of the Master is authentic or spurious, the results of the Administration of Shoghi Effendi and the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is stand as an historic indictinentagainst them.

[Source: Abdul Baha's Questioned Will and Testament, pgs. 98-99]

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The Caravan, Volume 2, Edition 3

It's an honor to be back with the fourth edition of the Caravan Magazine, which through the last couple of editions has grown from the strength to strength due to efforts of faithful and divine blessings. We find strength in the fact that spreading the pristine message of Baha’u’llah affords to us a blessing so magnanimous that we are propelled to success.



This edition onward, we plan to analyze the Will of the Master piecemeal so that our readers get to know the facts thereby enabling themselves to come to an informed conclusion. We hope that this endeavor will serve its noble purpose of awakening the Baha’is who believe in following the unaltered teachings of Baha’u’llah.

Thank you for being a great support. Keep spread the word far and wide.

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The Caravan, Volume 2, Edition 2

It is an honor for the Free Baha'is of USA that The Caravan Magazine has revived yet again and in full swing ready to spread the pristine message of Baha’u’llah amongst the truthful Baha’is around the world.

This edition of The Caravan contains instances where misguided ones with their evil intentions have tried to manipulate and subordinate the divine decisions. In their lust of power, they have overstepped the limits standing against the divine laws, all under the banner of religion.

We urge our readers to read the articles carefully and relate it such oppressive administrations still exist in the name of religion  but are working against the true teachings and giving a bad name to the faith.

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The Caravan, Volume 2, Edition 1

The publication of the first edition of the Revived “Caravan” magazine has not only led to the revival of the “Caravan”, but it seems that it has also led to the revival of those passions associated with the faith which seemed suppressed by the burden of the Administration.


There are no words to describe the kind of love and support we have received after the publication of the First edition of the Revived magazine. Whether it be messages of support from the Faithful or it be messages conveying the stories of their lives, we have over the past 2 months received plenty.

With over 1400 downloads and increasing we are delighted to proclaim that this endeavor has duly received the blessings of not only mortals but of the divine also. We have received multiple requests from the faithful requesting for permission to print and further distribute copies of this magazine. To them We say this - Mankind is but one family, and to spread the words of the Divine Manifestation amongst them is part of our divine duty. if by further distributing this magazine you can complete even a part of that duty then please do, by all means !!

While initially planned to be a Quarterly publication due to the overwhelming response and demands for early release of future editions we are today humbled to present the “Naw Ruz” Special edition of the Caravan Magazine.

We would hope that you will find this magazine as inspiring as the last one, and show it the same kind of love which the first edition received. And we shall try our best to lovingly work towards spreading the true values of the Divine Manifestation.

Thank you and a very Happy Naw Ruz to you.

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Why in 1926 did the Baha'i population went down by 50 percent?

During Abdul Baha's lifetime, accordingly to the WORLD ALMANAC for 1916, there were 2884 Baha'is in the United States belonging to ...