Nasim Aghdam’s Religion: Iranian YouTube Suspect Was Baha’i

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Nasim Aghdam, the Iranian-born suspected YouTube headquarters mass shooter, wrote extensively about the Baha’i religion. Although it’s not clear what motivated Aghdam in the mass shooting – and authorities have not alleged that her religion was in any way a factor – her writings on the topic do help fill out the biography of the suspect.

One lengthy blog post by Aghdam at the Interfaith Vegan Alliance website was titled “Meeting the Bahai.” The blog post’s author bio refers to Nasim by her YouTube pseudonym of Nasime Sabz. It says “Nasime Sabz is a Bahai activist who has written extensively about her findings, her experience, veganism, and human-animal liberation. Nasime is mainly active on YouTube but has previously had her own TV Show on Persian Satellite (the first of its kind in Persia). However due to financial constraints Nasime is no longest on mainstream TV, but no doubt, she’ll be back. Nasime’s approach is aimed at ‘inciting’ kindness to all living beings.”

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The bio mentions that Aghdam has posted about recipes, posted prolific videos on YouTube and Google Plus, had a Facebook page and had her own website. Many of these pages have now been deleted. The bio concludes “Another Bahai leading the way.” She also mentioned the Baha’i religion in video posts. Most of the videos did not appear to have a political or religious overlay, though. Rather, they are somewhat bizarre videos about cooking, exercise, being a vegan, and even include a Taylor Swift parody. One video highlighted her anger toward YouTube, which she accused of discrimination for filtering her content.

Although local news reports in California initially said it was possible the mass shooting – which wounded three people – might have been domestic violence-related, authorities now say otherwise. In fact, Aghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, told The San Jose Mercury News that his daughter was angry at YouTube because the company stopped paying her for advertising due to her YouTube videos on the platform. Authorities revealed in a press release that Nasim Najafi Aghdam was the shooter and wrote, “The San Bruno Police Department is investigating a motive for this shooting. At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted. Anyone with any information related to this crime is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or by email: sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information can be left anonymously.”

According to the Mercury News, the father says he warned police that his daughter had gone missing and was angry at YouTube but they called and said they found her sleeping in her car. She had recorded a video ranting that YouTube was discriminating against her. However, she did write about religion in the context of the Baha’i.

The blog post starts, “At the turn of 2014, one of our campaigns led us to the Baha’i. Thanks to Supreme Master Ching Hai et al, we were already aware of some Baha’i texts containing guidance on diet and abstinence from animal flesh. Therefore, was very keen to meet people from the Baha’i community and learn more. Not long after, we were invited to attend a local Baha’i meeting on the 8th of January 2015 at Leeds Quaker house.” You can read more of the post here.

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She also wrote, “It is now down to the universal house of justice to take affirmative action, to ensure that the growth of Bahai principles increases it must pay special tribute to Abdul’s prophecy, about the ‘pity’ and ‘compassion’ that he observes in his verses animals/vegetarianism.”

She also vlogged about Iran. “When it comes to freedom of speech do you think Iran is better than the USA or the USA is better than Iran?” Aghdam said in an Instagram video posted on March 25. In the video, Aghdam was wearing a hijab. However, she wore non-religious dress in many of her videos and photos, in which she called herself a Persian vegan bodybuilder.

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“Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal short term profits & do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism & sexual degeneration in the name of freedom,….. & turning people into programmed robots! ‘Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it’ Adolf Hitler,” she wrote on her website. Farsi, which she often used in her videos, is the official language of Iran.

What is the Baha’i religion? A website devoted to the faith says, “Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.”

The beliefs discuss unity. “Bahá’ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh,” the website says.

The website Baha’i Teachings says that many people falsely believe that Baha’i adherents are Muslim. “Some still erroneously believe that the Baha’i Faith is a sect or an ‘offshoot’ of Islam. Since 19th Century Persia (now Iran) served as the cradle of the Baha’i Faith in its earliest days, that impression continues even among a few otherwise educated people. Despite all the legitimate and accurate information about the Baha’i Faith now available online, some websites still cling to that old misinformation,” it says.

45 Comments

45 Comments

Roya

Among 6 million adherents to the Baha’i Faith there could be a few who have issues of all kinds. There are also people who join the Baha’i Faith because they have problem and they seek salvation. Like any believer of any religion, or any non-believer, it is a life time effort to grow spiritually and learn the virtues. Some fall on the way, but we cannot judge each other. Only God knows everything and is aware of human hearts. The teachings of the Baha’i Faith are all pure and Divine. The writings and teachings are available online and anybody can read them and see how violence is condemned in the Baha’i writings.

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J Ro

This article looks at the religion she claimed to be as if that’s the reason for her odd and extremist beliefs and actions. If she was a white American, everyone would look at her mental instability, which is the real reason for the bizarre extremism. None of her extremism or violence is in line with what the Baha’i Faith teaches, which, as described, is a religion of unity. I think this article is very much in bad taste in trying to correlate behaviors that are a result of mental illness with a religion instead.

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J Ro

This article looks at the religion she claimed to be as if that’s the reason for her odd and extremist beliefs and actions. If she was a white American, everyone would look at her mental instability, which is the real reason for the bizarre extremism. None of her extremism or violence is in line with what the Baha’i Faith teaches, which, as described, is a religion of unity. I think this article is very much in bad taste in trying to correlate behaviors that are a result of mental illness with a religion instead.

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Fred Capp

As a long time Bay Area Baha’i with many friends and colleagues in the Farsi community, I can only say that I have never heard of this person. And her writings, such as I have seen of them, do not read as if she was any kind of deepened Baha’i.

I can accept a possibility of her being mentally disturbed, or a member of one of the very rare attempted splinter groups (or both) but I will, nonetheless, pray for her soul.

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Jay

Its evident that these middle eastern people do not understnad western culture in the least. All the more reason to ban them from mingling in our culture.

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Chuckster

Bullshit. She might have adopted a few of Baha’i’s teachings, but she was a classic Jew-hating, Muslim. Look at the Star of Davids in the background of her protest video. Pure deflection from the MSM to throw you off of the reality of the situation.

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Vick

Jewish-iranian with some azerbaijian and turk.She also wasn’t religious even if she liked to quote bahai she was into her own thing

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Anonymous

She was a Jew before she converted to Bahai. You might be confused though because her youtube name “Nasim Sabz” means Green Star.

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Anonymous

“Nasim Sabz” in Persian means the “Green Breeze”. Sabz=green, nasim=breeze, star=Setareh

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Anonymous

Murder and suicide are forbidden to Baha’is. Baha’is are also taught that it’s preferrable to be killed than to kill.

Clearly this person did not practice Baha’i principles.

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Ronald Johnson

LOL you act like Baiha’s don’t do things that are forbidden. Most of them drink, gamble, backbite, some accept homosexuality. And when they do these things, you say, “They are just human. No human is perfect.” So which is it?

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Aaron

Well that’s all anecdote with no verifiable proof. You seem like you have something deeply against the Baha’i faith. Either way I hope you have a long and happy life.

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Al Balabu

Actually I feel sympathy toward her what a waste. It looks to me a temporary madness she needed consulting how to overcome her built up anger. Basically she was a positive person.

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ElocL

this is fake and sensationalist. reaching, lazy reporting, couched in a bunch of good reporting, taken from elsewhere. just terrible

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Ronald Johnson

Yep. Must protect the cult at all costs. Deflect, deny. “No true Scotsman!”

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Anonymous

Eh… She might have been Baha’i

But she’s definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, not Muslim.

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S. R. Barrett

Ms. Aghdam was not a Baha’i. The Baha’i faith strictly forbids violence and carrying arms of any kind, and there is no such thing as a “Baha’i activist.” At most, it appears she found bits and pieces of information on the Baha’i faith online without studying the faith as a whole or actually enrolling.

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Anonymous

Is the Baha’i Faith like Islam? It depends on what you mean by “like”.
If Islam is like Christianity, then in this sense, yes. If Islam or Christianity is like Judaism, then in this sense, also yes.

However an Islamic high court of Egypt in the early 20th century ruled that it was different enough that it is not another sect of Islam (what many Muslims still think it is). So if by “like” you mean “sect” or “branch”, then no.

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Anonymous

To build upon they other guy, in the former sense, you could also say that Baha’i Faith is like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, …..

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Vick

Bahai’s believe in reincarnation and buddha also.they are kind of universal in their acceptance of religion

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Anonymous

Sorry — no, Baha’is do not believe in reincarnation. We do, however, believe that Buddha, was a Messenger of God.

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Ronald Johnson

That is such bullshit. I knew a Baha’i who had over 100 guns, you probably know him too. No Baha’i activist? Why are so many Baha’is I know proud Republicans who display their politics and argue about it with anyone who will listen? Forbids violence, LOL!!! They murdered Haji Mulla Taqi in his sleep, killed Zainul Abedin Khan in a bathtub, they killed Muslims, they plundered and burned down villages and killed children and women. The Bab said anyone who does not accept his law should be put to death., all books not written by him should be destroyed, he said “don’t be at peace with those who reject Babism”. ” all those who failed to accept the Bab were impure and dirty.” Or how about this? “It is ordained in the Babi Shariah that any one who hurts the feelings of the Bab, or his successors after him, was to be killed; and for bringing about his death every possible means could be adopted.” You are not allowed to interpret his words, so please, go ahead and tell me how they are not violent! I am so sick of Baha’is and their PR routine.

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Anonymous

Wow. Lazy “reporting” (if you can even call it that). Check your facts.

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SamZ

It sounds like “Ronald Johnson” is nothing but a fanatical troll trying to spread misinformation or at least conflating Babism with the Baha’i Faith. This is really not the forum to get correct information, but rather incite those who might be ignorant to take a position with their emotions.

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escocesrojo

Aside from the matter of conflating the Babi and Baha’i faiths, the Bab issued harsh laws in the Bayan as the forerunner to Baha’u’llah. Yet these laws are made moot by the Bab’s prohibition against “oppressing another soul, even to the extent of a mustard seed.” Furthermore, the Bab’s followers were forbidden to carry out these laws unless two conditions were met: the emergence of a Babi king, which never came to pass, and, most importantly, the approval of the of the Messianic figure of “Him Whom God shall make manifest.” Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, is that messianic figure foretold by the Bab. Baha’u’llah conclusively and absolutely abolished the law of holy war (jihad) saying, “Beware lest ye shed the blood of any one. Unsheathe the sword of your tongue from the scabbard of utterance, for therewith ye can conquer the citadels of men’s hearts. We have abolished the law to wage holy war against each other.” In addition, Baha’u’llah abrogated every single intolerant law of the Bayan.

The misdeeds of a few persons who claim to be faithful followers bring disgrace upon themselves. Their deeds in no way reflect the lofty and high standards of a faith.

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no

There is zero evidence to suggest she was a muslim. I am all for putting blame on Islam when it commits acts of terror. Anyone who thinks she was a muslim is a moron.

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Vick

the fact that statistically rightwing white males are responsible for the majority of domestic extremist attacks gives them motivation to scapegoat everyone but them. fact is ISIS doesn’t hold a candle to rightwing extremist(although isis is a rightwing extremist group at its core)

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Timbo

When asked on one occasion: “What is a Bahá’í?” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied: “To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.”

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Alex D

no she wasn’t. i also knew her. she was not a bahai. she studied it for a little bit but that’s it. she also had serious mental issues.

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Ronald Johnson

You will never get any truth from a Baha’i. They are masters of deflection, of PR. They are smart and have a very good understanding of how to sell their religion, but once you are in, it is very different. Please don’t fall for their manipulative tactics because they are very skilled in wiping away things they believe that are not easy to sell and only showing you the bright and sunny topical beliefs they use to get new members.

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