A short essay on Nigar Bahai Amsalem
In Naama Pyritz and Asaf Shafir’s polemical film,
Baha’is in my Backyard
, thegreat-granddaughter of Bahá'u'lláh, Nigar Bahai Amsalem, makes a curiousappearance . She lives in Haifa in very close proximity to the Bahá'í WorldCentre. In the film, she is presented as a lineal descendant of Bahá'u'lláh who isshunned by the Bahá'í community for apparently no good reason. As it turns out,however, Nigar’s past is replete with opposition to the Bahá'í Faith, none of whichcould ever be gleaned from Pyritz and Shafir’s coverage of her. The film attemptsto present her as a nice old lady down on her luck. The purpose of this essay is to present a referenced history of this opposition based largely on the research of Dr.Moojan Momen, and debunk the notion that she is “not doing anything againstthem [the Bahá'ís],” in her own words.
The Truth About Nigar Bahai Amsalem
Original research conducted by Moojan MomenCompiled and formatted by Adib Masumian
Nigar Bahai Amsalem is the daughter of Musa Baha'i, son of Mirzá Muhammad-`Alí, and Qamar Baha'i, daughter of Badi’ullah. She and her family have wagedmany campaigns against the Bahá'í Faith over the years. For example, her mother Qamar Baha’i raised a trumped-up court case around 1950-1 challenging ShoghiEffendi's right to carry out major construction work around the shrine of Bahá'u'lláh. This court case is referred to by Shoghi Effendi himself in a telegramdated April 5, 1952, and the entire case fell apart when the star witness thatQamar had recruited, Nayyir Afnan (Shoghi Effendi’s brother-in-law), passedaway in April 1952 .