Baha'i Faith

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The Baha'i Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahaullah in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Baha'i around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.
The magnificent "lotus temple" at Kalkaji in New Delhi was designed by the Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada.
There are no man-made customs in the Baha'i Faith - although cultural influences do exist in various parts of the world. There are, however, Holy Day celebrations and commemorations, times of gift-giving, fasting, daily prayer, daily reading of the Holy Writings, simple marriage ceremony...
The Baha'i Faith was founded in the mid-1800s in what was then known as Persia. It's now the Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently there are 5-6 million Baha'is worldwide and about 300,000 Baha'is in Iran. Baha'is constitute the largest religious minority in Iran but the Islamic Regime considers all...
From Wikipedia: The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. See...
The spelling shown above IS the Arabic, the English translation of which is "Glory of God." In Arabic script, it is written as بهاء الله‎
The Baha'i Faith began in 1844 with the announcement of the Bab (Arabic for "the Gate") that He was not only a Messenger sent by God to inaugurate a new religion, but also the forerunner of another Messenger (Baha'u'llah) Who would fulfill the Divine promise to bring to humanity an era of peace and...
I don't think this question is specific to the Baha'i Faith, as everyone in the world who has faith and trust in God could and would probably answer differently. Having complete trust in God, for me, means that I lay all my affairs in God's hands, that God is more friend to me than I am to myself,...
The origins of the Baha'i Faith are Persian where, in 1844, one known as The Bab (The Gate) proclaimed to be the forerunner of a Messenger of God to come, who would usher in the Kingdom of God on earth. Baha'u'llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, however, made His proclamation to be the...
His name was Baha'u'llah, which is Persian for "the glory of God."
The Aqdas (Book of Law), Iqan (Book of Certitude), The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, Gems of Divine Mysteries, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, and the Proclamation of Baha'u'llah are the most prominent among the Baha'i Writings.
There are many Baha'i writings because Baha'u'llah wrote proficiently. In fact, there are still many of his works not yet translated from the original Persian or Arabic. He also dictated many of His works and personally approved the finished pieces Among the key writings available in hundreds of...
In the Middle East, where Islam rules, Baha'is are viewed upon as being apostates from Islam because the Baha'i Faith has its roots in Islam. It can be viewed the very same as Christianity having its roots in Judaism, although the Baha'i Faith, like Christianity, is a fully independent world...
Baha'is believe that humanity's time on earth is for the spiritual development of the soul, similar to how a fetus in the womb develops the physical attributes needed for this existence. In the spiritual world the soul will either be nearer to, or further from, God depending upon the soul's...
Baha'is believe that God, the Creator, has had an eternal Covenant with all of mankind through the teachings of the Manifestations of God (ie., Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Zoroaster, Muhammad, The Bab and Baha'u'llah). In that Covenant, it is man's responsibility to obey God's Laws and...
There is no clergy in the Baha'i Faith. Baha'is believe, according to the Faith's Scriptures, that mankind has gone through many spiritual stages since its genesis, and is now sufficiently spiritually mature that clergy is no longer required to lead a "flock" like sheep. Every Baha'i is held...
You are most likely asking about the "mother temple" of North America, since wherever Baha'is meet to commune can be considered a house of worship, be it an Indian hogun, a meeting center, rain forest hut, etc. The North American House of Worship (temple) is located on Lakeshore Drive in Wilmette,...
And again we say yes.... She may be OUR FRIEND but she is still gonna go psycho.. and she was reading it over my shoulder. hence!! :P
There are no myths in the Baha'i Faith. There is only verifiable Baha'i history that dates back to 1844 CE (1260 of the Muslim calendar). The history is verified by official records of various governments as events were reported to them.
Believers in Baha'u'llah, members of the Baha'i Faith, can be found on every continent, in every country, and many islands and territories. It's global scope is second only to Christianity in the number of communities where Baha'is are located. Baha'is come from all religious, ethnic and cultural...
Believers who follow the teachings of the Baha'i Faith are known as Baha'is. "Baha" means glory in Persian and the "i" on the end means follower of. Baha'is are, therefore, "followers of the Glory [of God]."
It started in the 1800's when a Persian merchant who went by thename 'the Bab' announced that he was a prophet of God who couldchange mankind's spiritual life. He said that eventually, a secondprophet much greater than him, who we now know is Baha'u'llah,would come to Earth to bring peace and...
A "Baha'i" (buh hi) is an adherent of the Baha'i Faith. In Arabic and Persian, "baha'i" means "follower of the Glory" [of God].
Yes, the Baha'i Faith is a monotheistic religion. Monotheism is a belief in only one God. The Baha'i Faith truly believe in the oneness of God which does not put one major religion over another.
The Baha'i Faith is a widespread and widely respected distinct religion. Its representatives have consultative status in various United Nations bodies, for example. Sociologists of religion generally treat the Bahai Faith as a New Religious Movement. Cults are usually defined as small religious...
Prayer draws the soul of the one praying closer to God, the Creator. Obligatory prayer guarentees the process. The daily obligatory prayers (there are three, the Bahai believer is free to choose any one of them on a given day) are one of the daily spiritual disciplines that are part of the Bahai...
There are many holy books used by members of the Baha'i Faith. The one that states the principle laws, and will be gradually implement in the Baha'i community over centuries, is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (The Most Holy Book). A work of major theological importance is the Kitab-i-Iqan (the Book of...
It's still active, if that's what you mean - with several millionbelievers all over the world.
Yes, the Baha'i Faith is Abrahamic. Baha'u'llah (ie., "Glory of God") was a direct descendant of Abraham through the lineage of his third wife, Keturah, and of the Sassanian kings of Persia. It is believed that His appearance was foretold in the Bible's Daniel and Revelation as well as other OT...
Baha'is also believe in a heaven and a hell; however, these are viewed as metaphor for nearness to or distance from God in the eternal spiritual life, based upon man's life choices on this earthly plain of existence. Baha'is believe that the soul continues to progress in the next life but it is then...
Wiki says: "Only eight Houses of Worship have been built around the world (this includes one in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan that has since been destroyed), with a ninth soon to be constructed in Chile." However that's only counting the big formal Houses of Worship with nine sides etc.. There are...
Annelids are helpful in that they burrow in the soil and these burroughs connect to the surface and admit air into the soil (aeration. This also allows water to percolate or pass down into the soil with the aid of gravity. The digestive waste and soil (ingested when feeding) will be deposited on the...
I'm aware that Tara Ellis, a Baha'i, has recorded with rap star Eve and with Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas, but I'm not sure that any members of the Black Eyed Peas themselves are members of the Baha'i Faith.
Pre and/or extramarital sexual relations, alcoholic beverages, and political affiliations are the main restrictions.
Bahai is a religion, not a country or geographic area, nor does it represent an ethnic group. As a religion that believes in the unity of humankind, the Bahai beliefs are not restricted to any one language or language group. However, in the interests of engendering international unity, the...
Members of the Baha'i Faith are not "so" homophobic, nor are they homophobes to begin with. Baha'i law is very specific that ALL persons, without caveat, are to be treated lovingly and equally as fellow children of God. Two other specific laws, however, are that all unmarried persons practice...
According to scripture of the Baha'i Faith, Messengers of God are those very few mortal men who, throughout man's history, were endowed with the Holy Spirit to authoritatively speak the Word of God and bring God's Law to man (e.g., Adam, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, et al.)
The Baha'i Gardens are on Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel.. Additional gardens are also in Akko (Akka), Israel.. Photos can be found on : http://terraces.bahai.org/photos.en.html
\n \nThere are currently seven "Mother Temples" (major Houses of Worship), for seven regions of the world: North America (near Chicago), Central America (near Panama city), Oceania (Samoa), Western Europe (near Frankfurt), Australia (Sydney), Africa (Uganda), and Southeast Asia (New Delhi, India)....
There are roughly 7+ million Baha'is worldwide, who can be found everywhere from Mongolia to the Pacific Islands, from the Middle East to the Americas.
Well the number nine has a significant value in the Baha'i faith. There are nine major world religions, and Baha'u'llah was the 9th prophet. Also, there are 9 holy days in the Baha'i faith. All Baha'i temples have nine entrances symbolizing that all religions are one.
Basically, all countries in the world.
The Bahai Faith is, first of all, the path of faith that was taught by Baha'u'llah (1817-1892). It has been expounded by his son Abdu'l-Baha (1844-1921) and by the Guardian he appointed, Shoghi Effendi (1897-1957). The Bahai community can be found in most countries (google yours), and is now...
There have been more than 20,000 Baha'is martyred in Iran since the 19th Century when the Baha'i Faith began. In the 1980's, 10 young women (17 to 32) were hung because they would not recant their beliefs and become muslims. Historically, release of certain imprisoned Baha'is has seemed to have no...
The Baha'i Faith is a global religion, practiced around the world. The number of countries, islands, and territories where Baha'is are located is second only to Christianity in scope. Its Scriptures are printed in more than 700 languages.
In it's short 164 year history the Baha'i Faith is the second most wide spread religion next to Christianity. The Baha'i Faith though has not been divided into sects or schisms. there is only one Baha'i Faith no matter where in the world you travel..
Each Baha'i temple is unique in its own right, based upon the design of its architect. The only exception is that every temple must be nine-sided.
I have visited the Shrine of the Bab on Mt Carmel and am not sure what you are describing. There is no "sascred flame" associated with anything Baha'i. There are two calligraphic symbols always used by the Baha'i Faith and it could be one of these. The first could be the "Greatest Name" symbol, a...
Yes. It is called the Bahá'í Faith, was founded during the 19th Century in Iran, and is now spread all over the world. The World Center (central administration) is on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. You can get some introductory information at the website linked below or from the Wikipedia...
Important historical figures include the two founders of the BaháíFaith (the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh); Bahá'u'lláhs son, Abdu'l-Bahá; andAbdu'l-Bahá's grandson, Shoghi Effendi. All of the above wereleaders of the Babí or Bahá'í faiths. Currently, leadership rests with...
The holiest spot on earth to the Baha'i is Bahji, just outside of Akka (Biblical Achor or Acco), Israel. The second is Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. These two face each other across the Plain of Sharon. If you are familiar with the Bible's Isaiah, these might ring a bell.
It started in 1863, when Bahá'u'lláh stated his mission in Baghdad.A previous religion - the Babí Faith - is often considered part ofthe Bahá'í Faith; if you include this, it actually started in 1844.
Actually it was designed by Mr. Mason Remey the Guardian of Baha'i Faith.
Contact the University of Florida, or contact the Baha'i community in that city.
Yes, there are Baha'is in China. The Baha'i Faith is global and not limited to one geographic area.
It was completed in 1986. See the Wikipedia article, linked below, for additional information about this Baha'i House of Worship.
Yes. The Bahá'í Faith is practiced in countries all over the world.
Beth Edgar is the mayor of Halifax
There are several Bahá'í temples; please clarify which one youmean.
There would be no way to know one way or the other what Lady Gaga knows about the Baha'i Faith, if anything.
There is no way to know what's in another person's head. Whether or not she's aware of the Baha'i Faith can only be answered by Lady Gaga.
None in particular, as far as I know.
Baha'is are dedicated to: Adoration of One God and the reconciliation of all major religions; Appreciation of the diversity and nobility of one human family and the elimination of ALL prejudice; Establishment of world peace, global equality of women and men, and the universal education of all...
The title is "The Secret of Divine Civilization". The Wikipediastates that it was written in 1875; assuming that is correct,Abdu'l-Bahá was probably in Akká at that time. Today, Akká is inIsrael.
The Baha'i Faith began less than two centuries ago and at this time the percentage is a bit over 1/10 of a percent. It's roughly at the same point where Christianity was in growth population by the 7th Century after Christ.
Is there any reason to think that aliens are all cereal killers?
The rule goes back to the time of Baha'u'llah, and was confirmed by Abdu'l-Baha. I've read two or three passages from Baha'u'llah in Persian, forbidding teaching in "Sham" (the Ottoman province of Syria which includes present-day Israel and Palestinian territories). However I don't get a clear...
It started with Bahá'u'lláh making his claim (of being God'smessenger) in 1863. Or, if you consider the Babí Faith as part ofthe Bahá'í Faith, it started in 1844, with the Báb making his ownclaim.
1) At the personal level: a transformation of character that will also affect religion and society: "is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect...
Baha'u'llah tells us that God has sent him to bring a new day of God to the world. He teaches that the one God, who is the creator of all, loves all his creation and has always sent teachers to bring us closer to him. These teachers have appeared from time to time--about every 500 to 1,000 years-...
The Baha'i Faith was founded by Baha'u'llah, whose title means "The Glory of God." He was preceded by another Messenger of God entitled the Bab, which means "The Gate," as he was the gate to the way of God. His role was to announce and prepare people for the appearance of Baha'u'llah. Because these...
Some Muslims, not all of them. They probably think that Bahá'ís are heretic. Among other things, Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh is sent by God, and that he has the same station or rank as Muhammad. Some Muslims would consider this a heresy. Similarly, some Christians consider it...
While the original scriptures of the Baha'i Faith are written in Persian and/or Arabic, they have been painstakingly translated into accurate wordings in 700+ languages. There is no one particular language required to practice the Faith.
It started in Iran then spread to Iraq and from there to other countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa such as Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, the Sudan, and parts of what was then southern Russia. Around 1893 it spread to America and from there to Canada, England and France. From North...
Briefly, that there is a single God; that founders of different religions were sent as Messengers by this God bringing progressive teachings; that two of these Messengers appeared in the 19th century, known as The Báb (the Gate) and Bahá'u'lláh (glory of God); that God's message for this...
Members of the Bahá'í Faith consider the Bahá'í Faith as an independent religion. I see no reason to call it a "cult". ANSWER 2: The Baha'i Faith is an established and recognized world religion with consultative status at the United Nations.
Abdu'l-Baha gives several lists of essential Bahai teachings; on of them has 11 principles: - the investigation of reality (rejection of imitating others or the past) - the unity of humanity - If religion is made the cause of enmity ... the absence of religion is better than its existence -...
Modestly and appropriate for the culture in whcih they live. Baha'is dress like anyone else. There is no Baha'i style of clothing.
About 5,000,000.
There are very few in the Baha'i Faith because manmade ritualism is forbidden by our Scriptures. Traditions followed globally by all Baha'is are the daily obligatory prayers, fasting from sunrise to sundown 19 days out of the year (with certain exceptions permitted), and community gatherings called ...
The Baha'i Faith began when a member of the Persian nobility announced to a small group of followers that He was the Manifestation of God for this age. This was in Baghdad in April 1963. He is known as Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God. He had been exiled from Persia and was to be exiled to Ederne,...
They are two different religions, both part of the Abrahamic tradition but separated by about 3000 years. The Jewish scholars and rabbis and artists have been busy for 3000 years, so that Judaism today is a rich cultural treasure. Its religious texts have commentaries and commentaries on the...
Either Christians are right and God is here, or atheists are right and God is not here. Either way, we share the same world, which goes on with or without God.
On the contrary, members of the Baha'i Faith DO believe in God. The Baha'i Faith is the newest (1863) of the world's monotheistic religions, believing in one universal Creator. The Creator has been known by many names and each language has its own word for God: Gott, Dios, Allah, etc.
Baha'is are spread right across Canada. They have a publishingcentre in Thornhill Ontario.
The Bab was the first of the Twin Manifestations of God who appeared in Persia. He proclaimed that His mission was to prepare the way for the coming of someone "greater" than He - the "Promised One" of all the world's sacred texts. After seven years of persecution by the Persian and Ottoman regimes,...
There is a building called "Baha'i House" in New Delhi, India which is the National Baha'i Center, essentially an office building, for the national Baha'i community of India. The term is or was also used for a house near Stuttgart, Germany which was used as the retreat center for the German Baha'i...
The Baha'i religion arose out of Islam, and all its early followers had been Muslim. Arguably, Islam in turn arose out of a blend of Christianity and Judaism, so Baha'i can be said to originate originally in the Jewish faith. ANSWER 2: This question might have been asked because the...
The Baha'i Faith is persecuted wherever there are people who do not want others to believe different than they do. Most generally such persecution occurs in countries dominated by Muslims who do not want to consider the possibility that Muhammad might not have been the last Messenger of God. Baha'is...
The Baha'i Faith considers there is only one God, though that Great Being has been known by many names.
If you refer to the Bahá'í Faith, it is a religion founded in the 19th century in a country called Persia, now called Iran. It is the latest of the major world religions. More information can be found at the below link.
If by this question is meant the name of a Holy Book, there are many in the Baha'i Faith - the most notable being the Kitab-i-Iqan (Book of Certitude) and Kitab-i-Aqdas (Book of Laws). See the link below for other Baha'i Writings.
No. That's an Islamic holiday; bahá'ís have their own holidays (aswell as their own laws, their own sacred scripture, etc.)
The Baha'i Faith definitely believes in God's creation of the universe and this planet, but it also believes that science and religion must agree since both are from God. In those areas where they disagree, one must be in error. For this reason, creation as shown in Genesis should be viewed with an...
Baha'is celebrate Naw-Ruz (New Year) on March 21, Ayyam-i-Ha (four intercalary days) from February 26-March 1, and the twelve days of Ridvan (3 of which work is suspended) April 21-May 2. Baha'is also have a number of holy days commemmorating the birth/death of the central figures of the Faith.
The Báb taught a new religion, which conflicted in some ways with the existing religion - for example, some people didn't like the claim that there was a new message from God. Also, the priests of the time were concerned about losing their power.