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The Religion of Baha'i

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The Religion of Baha'i The religion of Baha'i is a young religion with older roots in traditional religions such as Islam. The first Baha'is were followers of Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri, an Iranian Persian born to a noble family in Tehran, and came to be known as Baha Allah. The Baha'i followers consider Palestine to be the most Holy land, and the Kitab al-aqdas as the most holy book. After the death of Ali Nuri, his eldest son, Abbas Effendi received the title Abd al-Baha, and became the leader of the Baha'is. He began traveling the world and spreading the message of the Baha'is which includes the necessity of unification of mankind. Followers of Baha'i declare that the purpose of religion is to be the promotion of amity and concord. Baha'i clearly maintains the principle of equal rights between men and women, insists on education, and does not favor wealth or poverty. Baha'i looks negatively upon priesthood, slavery, and divorce, while favoring loyalty to ones government, an international language, and peace of mankind. The dispensational view of revelation allows Baha'i to accept all religions as true, but none as the complete and final truth. ...read more.


Fasting takes place once a year from dusk to dawn in the last month of the solar year (March 2-20) unless ill, or pregnant. The pilgrimage is not very well defined. Originally only males were to go to the homes of the Bab in Shiraz, Iran and to Baha Allah in Baghdad. However these have become difficult because Bab's home has been destroyed, and pilgrimages to other, lesser sites have been started. There are seven temples around the world which are showpieces used for public gatherings. Much of Baha'i is based on aspects in the religion Islam. Origins Islam is the religion of allegiance to God and his prophet Muhammed, who lived around 570-632 and came from a family of traders at Mecca. Muhammad one night was in a cave on Mount Hira in Mecca when he had a spiritual revelation. Muhammed is said to have received his revelations over a period of 23 years from the Angel Jibreel, or Gabriel, who was relaying the word of God. Eventually Muhammad had his experiences written down in a book called the Quran, and this book became the basis for the new religion called Islam. ...read more.


The third pillar says to give alms to the poor. Baha'i similarly disfavors extremes of wealth and poverty. In Islam, fasting occurs from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan, however in Baha'i fasting occurs once a year in the last month of the solar year. Lastly, for Islam it is necessary to make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Baha'i followers are supposed to make a pilgrimage also, however the pilgrimage is not specific, and there are many different options available to visit. There is an apparent connection between these two religions; after all Baha'i came from Islam, and it is based on many of there beliefs and ideas. There are many similarities, and a few differences where Baha Allah and the Baha'i followers went their own ways, and had their own ideas. I would consider Baha'i to be a branch of Islam, and when they are compared, it is apparent. In origin, Baha'i belongs to the world of nineteenth century Iran. However at significant stages of its development it has responded positively to many Western ideas and values. Its leader, since about 1920, have faced the dilemmas of institutionalization and have carefully planned and organized in order to make Baha'i a world religion. ...read more.

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