The Unitarian Baha’is believe that Ghusn-i-Akbar (His Holiness Mohammed Ali), the second son of Baha’ullah, argued that no successor may claim to be the equal of the prophet-founder of the religion. He disagreed with his brother Abdul-Baha’s claims to be writing sacred scripture and providing “infallible” interpretations of Baha’i teachings and practices. Instead, he taught that the focus must stay on Baha’ullah and his writings rather than on the charisma and supposedly absolute authority of any successor. Most of Baha’ullah’s family supported Ghusn-i-Akbar’s view, and they called themselves “Unitarians.” A small but significant Unitarian Bahai movement arose in the United States in the 1930s, but unfortunately it did not last. We seek to revive this school of thought today, while also respecting that Abdul-Baha contributed many wonderful writings and teachings to the Bahai tradition.
We accept all the blood descendants of Baha’ullah – including those who descended from people who are considered “Covenant-breakers” in the Haifan tradition and who do not wish to renounce and condemn their ancestors – are welcome in the Unitarian Baha’i Association as fully equal members.