Bahai News - A brief history of the faith
January 30, 2002 06:01
A brief history of the faith
Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, the Baha'i faith is not
officially recognized by the Iranian government.
The Baha'i faith started in 1844, when a Persian
merchant known as the Bab (which means "gate" in Arabic) proclaimed that his
purpose was to prepare humanity for a new messenger. The Bab was executed by
Muslim leaders, an event that Baha'is observe annually on July 9.
One of the Bab's followers was Mirza Husayn-Ali, who was imprisoned and
exiled for his belief that he was the new messenger. He renamed himself
Baha'u'llah, which means "glory of God."
Baha'u'llah promoted the equality of the sexes and counseled humankind to
make an effort to do away with prejudice. Baha'is believe that prejudice is
a spiritual disease: It requires a spiritual solution that can come only
In the United States, the Baha'i faith was
spread by a Chicago insurance salesman in 1893 who had learned of the faith
in England. Baha'is have been in Dallas since the late 1950s.
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