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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.
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 link below. ...
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...
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.
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...
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 the  name 'the Bab' announced that he was a prophet of God who could  change mankind's spiritual life. He said that eventually, a second  prophet much greater than him, who we now know is Baha'u'llah,  would come to Earth to bring...
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].
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...
It's still active, if that's what you mean - with several million  believers 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 smaller...
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.
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...
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
    There 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,...
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.
Basically, all countries in the world.
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...
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.
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 article...
Important historical figures include the two founders of the Baháí  Faith (the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh); Bahá'u'lláhs son, Abdu'l-Bahá; and  Abdu'l-Bahá's grandson, Shoghi Effendi. All of the above were  leaders of the Babí or Bahá'í faiths.   Currently, leadership rests with the...
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 of  the 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. The Bahá'í Faith is practiced in countries all over the world.
There are several Bahá'í temples; please clarify which one you  mean.
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.
The title is "The Secret of Divine Civilization". The Wikipedia  states that it was written in 1875; assuming that is correct,  Abdu'l-Bahá was probably in Akká at that time. Today, Akká is in  Israel.
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?
It started with Bahá'u'lláh making his claim (of being God's  messenger) in 1863. Or, if you consider the Babí Faith as part of  the Bahá'í Faith, it started in 1844, with the Báb making his own  claim.
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 both...
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...
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 day...
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.
Modestly and appropriate for the culture in whcih they live. Baha'is dress like anyone else. There is no Baha'i style of clothing.
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...
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.
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 international...
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.
No. That's an Islamic holiday; bahá'ís have their own holidays (as  well 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...
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.
Baha'is often use a nine-pointed star or flower to represent the number nine which is the highest single digit, therefore it is a symbol of unity. The letters of Baha add up to nine in the abjad system, so 9 also symbolizes Baha'u'llah, just as a fish symbolizes Christ.
There are no priests in the Baha'i Faith. Such a position is forbidden in Baha'i Sacred Scripture. The Baha'i community is guided by councils of consultation elected by secret ballot at the local, national and international levels.There are some individuals, appointed to five year terms, who have...
1) 5-6 million people and geographically, it is the second most wide spread faith after Christianity.  2) The five million-plus figure has been around a few decades. The 1998 Encyclopedia Britannica cited adherents of the Baha'i Faith to be in the vicinity of 7.67 million. Given 11 years have...
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. There are many countries where the Bahai Faith is practiced...
I think you should ask two separate questions for this type of things - that way, it is more likely to get a relevant answer from a Hindu, for the first part, and from a Bahá'í, for the second part.The main Bahá'í temples (Mashriqul-Adqar) have been built one on every continent so far (except...
A Baha'i should consider every act of every day as a prayer of their best offering to God.
There are many Baha'is in Maine but it's not possible to give an exact number as that data isn't published.
Two founders are usually associated with the Bahá'í Faith: the Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh. The Báb was born in 1819, and was executed in 1850. Bahá'u'lláh was born in 1817, and died from natural causes in 1892.ANSWER 2:The prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah ("Glory of God") spent...
The same could be asked of the founder of any religion. And, of  course, it's an important and relevant question.   There is one interesting quote in the Bible, which may help - when  talking about false prophets, Jesus Christ says something in the  sense that you can recognize them "by their...
Assuming you are asking about the founder of the Baha'i Faith, his name was Baha'u'llah (tr. "glory o f God") and he came from Persia (Iran).
Baha'is celebrate-Naw-Ruz, the first day of the new year on the spring equinox.Ridvan, a twelve day period beginning April 21 to commemorate the declaration of Baha'u'llah to be the Manifestation of God for this age, with the first, ninth and twelfth days to be special holy days for the events that...
The Los Angeles Baha'i Center is located at 5755 Rodeo Road, LA, CA 90016
They have been the object of a sustained hate-campaign sponsored by the government, and also by anti-Baha'i organisations, and they are themselves censored so that people find it difficult to learn the truth about the Baha'is. Anti-Baha'ism is to Iranian politics what anti-semitism was to French,...
no you have it with your mum and then see DNA because it goi8ng to change -
Baha'is make pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Bab ("the Gate") upon Mount Carmel at Haifa, Israel, and to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah ("glory of God") just beyond Akka, Israel.
The founder of the Bahá'í Faith is known as Bahá'u'lláh. His given name was Mirza Hussayn Ali. Another person, known as the Báb (given name Siyyid Ali Muhammad) is sometimes also considered as one of the founders - although he might more accurately be described as the founder of a separate...
It is difficult to get exact numbers. The website adherents.com estimates some 7 millions (consulted in January 2012).
In Judaism, the term "holy beggar" was first used in the summer of 1967 by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994) to describe the deep spiritual quest of the hippies in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. Ostensibly, a beggar is impoverished and begs for sustenance. But the "holy beggar" is wandering the...
There are regular feast days, at the beginning of each Bahai month, and there are Holy Days, on the anniversary of events such as the Martyrdom of the Bab or the Birth of Baha'u'llah. ...And then there is Naw Ruz (New Year's day), which is also the first day of a month but is a festival in it's own...
It will grow to solve this word's problems, that is why Baha'i is the fastest growing religion in the word for last several years
They are scattered all over the world. There are believers in every country of the world. I understand there are significant numbers of believers in India, the United States, Iran, Bolivia. I may be missing some countries though.
The Baha'i don't worship Christ, per se, they acknowledge him as a great prophet of the message of God, much in the same way as Islam recognizes Christ.
The Baha'i Faith is a global religion, second only to Christianity in the number of communities where Baha'is reside. At present the largest number of Baha'is are found in India.
In English the word "Baha'i" means "follower of the Glory [of God]". Baha is the Arabic word for glory; the 'i indicates follower.
Although there are a number of holy days commemorated within the Baha'i Faith, they are not necessarily honored in the same way by different communities around the globe. This is because Baha'is come from many religious backgrounds and from varying cultures, so ritualism is avoided. A Baha'i should...
Prayer is considered a daily personal relationship with God and therefore Baha'is don't "go" to pray in any particular building at a specific time like other Abrahamic religions. For the most part, Baha'is pray to God in the privacy of their homes, as communal prayer (especially when led by someone)...