||"We desire but the good of the world and happiness of the nations....That all nations should become one in faith and all men as
brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should
cease, and differences of race be annulled... Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away,
and the "Most Great Peace" shall come.... These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one
kindred and one family.... Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his
kind." Baha'u'llah, (1890)
The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the
world's main religions. It was founded in Iran during the mid 19th century
by Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad (1819-1850 CE). He
assumed the title Bab ("the Gate") and prophesized the
future arrival of "One greater than Himself."
The asymetrical five pointed star shown above is the official symbol of the Bahá'í Faith;
it was taken from an unidentified tablet in the Bab's handwriting. The
nine-pointed star symbol is an alternate and commonly used symbol.
One of the Bab's followers, Mirza Husayn-'Ali-i-Nuri
(1817-1892), announced that he was the
Manifestation predicted by the Bab. He assumed the title Baha'u'llah ("glory
of God"). His teachings on world peace, democracy, civil rights, equal
rights for women, the acceptance of scientific discoveries, etc. were decades
ahead of his time.
Bahá'ís believe in a single God who has repeatedly sent prophets into the
world through whom he has revealed the "Word of God." Prophets include
Adam, Krishna, Buddha, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), Mohammed, The Bab and Baha'u'llah.
The Bahá'í faith is still looked upon by many Muslims as a breakaway sect of
Islam. Bahá'ís are very heavily persecuted in some countries,
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