List of former Baháʼís
Ex-Baháʼís or former Baháʼís are people who have been a member of the Baháʼí Faith at some time in their lives and later dissassociated from it. The following is a list of notable ex-Baháʼís who have either converted to another religion or philosophy, or became non-religious. Baháʼís who are not in good standing, having lost their administrative rights for some transgression, are not considered ex-Baháʼís.
Converted to Christianity
Converted to Islam
- Abd al-Hosayn Ayati – Also known as Avarih. He spent 18 years as a Baháʼí travelling teacher and reverted to Shia Islam in 1921.
- Sobhi Fazl'ollah Mohtadi – Secretary of 'Abdu'l Bahá, who was expelled after opposing the leadership of Shoghi Effendi and later joined a Shia Sufi Order.
Members of Baháʼu'lláh's family
None of the descendants of Baháʼu'lláh are current members of the Baháʼí Faith. During the ministries of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi, all of them were expelled due to their opposition to leadership or attempts at schism. The extended family were later almost wholly assimilated into Muslim society in Haifa, Israel, with no common religious activities.
- Mírzá Muhammad ʻAlí – a son of Baháʼu'lláh. Later labeled by Shoghi Effendi as the arch-breaker of the Covenant of Baháʼu'lláh.
- Ḍíyáʼu'lláh – a son of Baháʼu'lláh.
- Shua Ullah Behai – Baháʼu'lláh's eldest grandson.
- Munib Shahid – ʻAbdu'l-Bahá's grandson.
- Denis MacEoin – British academic, Baháʼí from about 1966 to 1980, he departed after disagreements with Baháʼís, mostly due to his research.
- Alden Penner – Canadian musician, left in 2013 after personal differences with other Baháʼís.
- Juan Cole – Having converted to the Baháʼí Faith in 1972, Juan Cole resigned in 1996 and became uninterested in organized religion.
- Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler, his wife Julia Lynch Olin, and Ahmad Sohrab – Co-founded the New History Society in New York City and were expelled after conflicts with the Local Spiritual Assembly.
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