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"Blessing and peace be upon Him [Muhammad] through Whose advent Bathá [Mecca] is wreathed in smiles, and the sweet savours of Whose raiment have
shed fragrance upon all mankind-- He Who came to protect men from that which would harm them in the world below. Exalted, immensely exalted is His station
above the glorification of all beings and sanctified from the praise of the entire creation. Through His advent the tabernacle of stability and order was
raised throughout the world and the ensign of knowledge hoisted among the nations. May blessings rest also upon His kindred and His companions through whom the
standard of the unity of God and of His singleness was uplifted and the banners of celestial triumph were unfurled. Through them the religion of God was firmly
established among His creatures and His Name magnified amidst His servants."
- Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh (revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas), p. 162
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world religion. While it may have been considered a Muslim sect in the first decades of its history, the
Bahá'í Faith has its own prophet-founder and its separate scripture and teachings, which are quite different from those of Islam. In fact, a
Muslim religious court in Egypt officially ruled more than fifty years ago that the Bahá'í Faith was not part of Islam.
The Bahá'í Faith sprang from Islam as Christianity sprang from Judaism and Buddhism from Hinduism. Just as Christianity is not considered a
"sect" of Judaism or Buddhism a "sect" of Hinduism, it is not accurate to term the Bahá'í Faith a "sect" of Islam.
Let none, however, mistake my purpose, or misrepresent this cardinal truth which is of the essence of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh. The divine
origin of all the Prophets of God--including Jesus Christ and the Apostle of God, the two greatest Manifestations preceding the Revelation of the
Báb--is unreservedly and unshakably upheld by each and every follower of the Bahá'í religion. The fundamental unity of these Messengers of
God is clearly recognized, the continuity of their Revelations is affirmed, the God-given authority and correlative character of their Books is admitted, the
singleness of their aims and purposes is proclaimed, the uniqueness of their influence emphasized, the ultimate reconciliation of their teachings and followers
taught and anticipated. "They all," according to Bahá'u'lláh's testimony, "abide in the same tabernacle, soar in the same heaven, are
seated upon the same throne, utter the same speech, and proclaim the same Faith."
- The Promised Day Is Come, by Shoghi Effendi, p. 107
The following is an article from the Daily News of Pakistan with a reference to the recently issued statement from the Al Azhar University indicating that
the Bahá'í Faith does not accept the prophethood of Muhammad. This is claim is not correct. As the Bahá'ís recognize that God has
sent us His teachings via all his Prophets through the ages... Please keep in mind that this article is copyrighted by the publishers of the Daily
Times and all rights are reserved.