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10:59 AM CST on Sunday, November 13, 2005

Today, Bahá'ís celebrate the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the faith. Visit this site to learn more about him.

Bahá'ís consider Bahá'u'lláh a messenger of God for the current age, following the footsteps of Moses, the Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. His teachings formed the basis of the Bahá'í faith, which promotes the unity of mankind and acceptance of all religious traditions.

Start with "Life and Mission" for the basics. Born in Tehran in 1817, Bahá'u'lláh was the son of a wealthy government minister and a descendant of the great dynasties of Iran's imperial past. Bahá'u'lláh led a princely life as a young man, educated in horsemanship, swordsmanship, calligraphy and classic poetry.

In 1852, however, his religious beliefs landed him in the city's "Black Pit" dungeon. There, according to Bahá'í belief, he received a vision of God's will for humanity. For more on that, click on "Teachings" and "Writings" or back up to the Bahá'í home page,, to learn about the faith that Bahá'u'lláh founded as it exists today.

Mary A. Jacobs

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