Resignation - from the Faith

If a person considers himself or herself a Bahá’í, and for various reasons is not able to be active in the affairs of the Community, then they should certainly not be removed from our voting list, least of all at present, when the number of the Bahá’í Community is so small.

Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 168

If a person makes it quite clear that they do not wish to be considered an active member of the Bahá’í Community and be affiliated with it and exert their voting right, then their name should be removed from the voting list.

Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 168

Any member of the Bahá’í Community who finds that he does not believe in Bahá’u’lláh and His Revelation is free to withdraw from the Faith and such a withdrawal should be accepted. But a Bahá’í who continues to believe in Bahá’u’lláh cannot withdraw from the Bahá’í Community. While he believes in this Revelation he is subject to its laws . . . Of course, he may well wish to remain inactive, and if so his wish should be respected, but he should know that he is a member of the Bahá’í community.

Universal House of Justice, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Bahá’í Communities

As you know, a believer cannot escape administrative expulsion by the ruse of resigning from the Faith in order to break its law with impunity. However, the Assembly should be satisfied that there was indeed such an ulterior motive behind the withdrawal. A believer's record of inactivity and his general attitude to the Faith may well lead the Assembly to conclude that his withdrawal was bonafide, even though immediately succeeded by marriage, and in such a case withdrawal may be accepted.

Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 57

If believers become inactive it is naturally desirable that the Local Spiritual Assemblies attempt to maintain contact with them and encourage them to become active unless, of course, it is obvious that their personal situation precludes such activity. For example, a Bahá’í who is married to a non-Bahá’í may well have to limit his activities to same degree in order to maintain the unity of his family. If during this process of encouragement it becomes apparent that the Bahá’í in question has in fact ceased to believe in Bahá’u’lláh and wishes not to be a member of the Bahá’í community, the Assembly would be fully justified in accepting his withdrawal.

Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 86

Should one who is a member of the Bahá’í Community lose his faith or find that he had not really believed from the beginning he would notify the Spiritual Assembly of his withdrawal from the Community.

Universal House of Justice, NSA-USA, Developing Distinctive Bahá’í Communities