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The Baha'i Faith
Transcript of The Baha'i Faith
By: Twisha Patel and Julia Taylor
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. It was founded in Iran in 1844.
Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity.
Sacred Scriptures and Writings
The Qur'an, the Old and New Testament
Sacred writings of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Zoroastriamism.
The Most Holy Book is the Kitab-i-Aqdas the thousand of books, tablets, and letters written by Baha'u'llah. Most popular are:
The Hidden Words
The Seven Valleys
God, His Manifestations, and Man
The Book of Certitude
The Summons of the Lord of Hosts
The Book of Laws
While readings from other religions form part of Bahá'í worship, their teachings are not binding in matters of Bahá'í belief and practice.
On May 23, 1844, in Shiraz, Persia, a young man known as the Báb announced the imminent appearance of the Messenger of God awaited by all the peoples of the world.
From 1844-1850 The Bab's religious teachings spread rapidly.
July 9, 1850 was executed in the public square of the city of Tabriz.
November 12, 1817 Baha'u'llah is born as a member of a royal family.
1830-1845: Baha'u'llah embraces the teachings of the Bab and becomes one of his leading disciples.
1852: Baha'u'llah receives the Revelation that he is the messenger foretold by the Bab.
1863: The religion is known as the Baha'i Faith.
1863-1892: Baha'u'llah reveals many volumes of Sacred Scriptures.
May 29, 1892: Baha'u'llah dies and appoints his son Abdu'l-Baha as head of the faith.
1911-1913: Abdu'l-Baha journeys to Europe and North America.
1921: Abdu'l-Baha dies and designates his grandson, Shoghi Effende as head of the faith.
Today: The Baha'i faith has more than five million members in more than 230 countries.
Core Beliefs Cont.
The purpose of life is to know and worship God
All humanity was created by one God, whose nature is unknowable to humankind
Only one religion
One human race
Heaven and hell are not physical places.
Work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship.
Harmony of science and religion
Their ultimate goal is to unite humanity.
Independent investigation of truth
Daily prayer and meditation with God
A life dedicated to the service of humanity
Fellowship with the followers of all religions
High moral principles
Avoidance of materialism, gossiping, alcohol, drugs, and gambling
Improving society with service
Governance and Leadership in The Universal House of Justice.
Sacred Places and Spaces
Baha'i World Center Baha'i Houses of Worship
Sacred Places and Space Cont.
The Baha'i Gardens in Haifa The Baha'i Gardens in 'Akko
Sacred Times/ Holidays
19 Day Fast : From March 2-20
Ayyam-i-Ha: From sunset Feb. 25 to sunset March 1
World Religions Day: Third Sunday in January
Naw-Ruz: March 21
Festival of Ridvan: April 21-May 2
Declaration of The Bab: May 23
Ascension of Baha'u'llah: May 29
Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June
Comparison of Roman Catholicism
Baha'i Roman Catholicism
No sects and branches
Heaven and hell are spiritual places
Words of Baha'u'llah were written down by him
Place of worship at local Baha'i centers or individual's homes
Sects and branches
Heaven and hell are physical places
Words of Christ was written by other people
Places of worship at church