List of former Bahá'ís
Ex-Bahá'ís or former Bahá'ís are people who have been a member of the Bahá'í Faith at some time in their lives and later left it. The following is a list of notable ex-Bahá'ís, who have either converted to another religion or philosophy, or became non-religious. Bahá'ís who are not in good standing, having lost their voting rights for some transgression, are not considered ex-Bahá'ís.
Converted to an Abrahamic religions
Converted to Christianity
Converted to Islam
- Abd al-Hosayn Ayati - Also known as Avarih. He spent 18 years as a Bahá'í travelling teacher and reverted to Shia Islam in 1921.
Converted to Unitarian Universalism
- Juan Cole - Having converted to the Bahá'í Faith in 1972, Juan Cole resigned in 1996 declaring himself a Unitarian Universalist.
Converted to other belief systems
- Phoebe Hearst - American philanthropist, feminist and suffragist, she converted to the Bahá'í Faith in 1898 but later in life became estranged from the religion.
- Denis MacEoin - British analyst, writer, and lecturer, Bahá'í from about 1966 to about 1980, he departed after clashes with the Bahá'í administration, mostly due to his research works on Babism.
- Alden Penner - Canadian musician, left in 2013 after personal differences with others in the Bahá'í community.
- Ehsan Yarshater - Although born into a Bahá'í family, he has had no affiliation with the religion as an adult, and has said that he is not a Bahá'í.
Members of Bahá'u'lláh's family
Covenant-breaker is a term used by Bahá'ís to refer to a person who has been excommunicated from the Bahá'í community for the act of covenant-breaking, roughly defined as active opposition to the Bahá'í Faith from a current member. Among the descendants of Bahá'u'lláh, most were expelled for their opposition to `Abdu'l-Bahá and later Shoghi Effendi. The extended family were later almost wholly assimilated into Muslim society in Haifa, Israel, with no common religious activities.
- Mírzá Muhammad `Alí - a son of Bahá'u'lláh. Later labeled by Shoghi Effendi as the arch-breaker of the Covenant of Bahá'u'lláh.
- Shua Ullah Behai - Bahá'u'lláh's eldest grandson, he led the Unitarian Baha'i denomination in the United States.
- Fatimih Khanum - Bahá'u'lláh's second wife, known as Mahd-i-`Ulya.
- Samadiyyih - a daughter of Bahá'u'lláh.
- Díyá'u'lláh - a son of Bahá'u'lláh.
- Gawhar - Bahá'u'lláh's third wife.
- Furughiyyih - a daughter by Bahá'u'lláh.
- Ruhi Afnan - Bahá'u'lláh's granddaughter.
- Munib Shahid - `Abdu'l-Bahá's grandson.
- Husayn Ali - `Abdu'l-Bahá's grandson, the brother of Shoghi Effendi.
- Riaz - `Abdu'l-Bahá's grandson, the brother of Shoghi Effendi.
- Mehrangiz - `Abdu'l-Bahá's granddaughter, the sister of Shoghi Effendi.
- Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler and his wife, Julia Lynch Olin - Co-founded the New History Society in New York City. They were expelled from the Bahá'í community in 1939 along with Mírzá Aḥmad Sohráb (see below) after they refused to allow the Local Spiritual Assembly of New York oversight over the operations of the New History Society.
- Ahmad Sohrab - founded the New History Society and the Caravan of East and West in New York and was expelled with Lewis and Julia.
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In Palestine, the followers of Moḥammad-ʿAlī continued as a small group of families opposed to the Bahai leadership in Haifa; they have now been almost wholly re-assimilated into Muslim society.
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