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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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 ...