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THE BAHÁ'Í WORLD FAITH
In the middle of the last century, one of the most notorious dungeons
in the Near East was Tehran's "Black Pit." Once the underground reservoir for a public bath, its only outlet was a single
passage down three steep flights of stone steps. Prisoners huddled in their own bodily wastes, languishing in the pit's inky
gloom, subterranean cold and stench-ridden atmosphere.In
this grim setting, the rarest and most cherished of religious events was once again played out: mortal man, outwardly human
in other respects, was summoned by God to bring to humanity a new religious revelation.
The year was 1852, and the man was a Persian nobleman, known
today as Bahá'u'lláh. During His imprisonment, as He sat with his feet in stocks and a 100-pound iron chain around his neck,
Bahá'u'lláh received a vision of God's will for humanity.
The event is comparable to those great moments of the ancient
past when God revealed Himself to His earlier Messengers: when Moses stood before the Burning Bush; when the Buddha received
enlightenment under the Bodhi tree; when the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descended upon Jesus; or when the archangel
Gabriel appeared to Muhammad.
Bahá'u'lláh's experience in the Black Pit set in motion a process
of religious revelation which, over the next 40 years, led to the production of thousands of books, tablets and letters--which
today form the core of the sacred scripture of Bahá'í Faith. In those writings, He outlined a framework for the reconstruction
of human society at all spiritual, moral, economic, political, and philosophical.
(as a young man)
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The Gaurdian of the Baha'i Faith
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"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."
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The Universal House of Justice.
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The Shrine of Bab
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|The Baha'i World
|The Official Site of the Baha'i Faith
"We are Bahá'ís - members of the Bahá'í Faith, the second most widespread
of the World's independent religions, established in
235 countries and territories throughout the world. We come from over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups and number some
5 million worldwide.
For more than a century, Bahá'í communities around the globe have been working to break down
barriers of prejudice between peoples and have collaborated with other like-minded groups to promote the model of a global
society. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In the words
of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of our Faith, "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."
that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers
of God - Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad - represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of
civilization. Bahá'u'lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual
challenges of the modern world.
We invite you to learn more about our Faith - its perspective of the past, its understanding
of the present, and its vision of the future."
|The Baha'i House of Worship of North America