(Last Updated on : 06/07/2018)
Bahai is a religion that was founded in Iran in the middle of 19th century by Mirza Hoseyn Ali Nuri. He is known as BahaUllah
which means The Glory of God in Arabic. The main theme of Bahai belief is that BahaUllah and his forerunner, who was known as the Bab, were manifestations of God
, who in his essence is unknowable.
The Bahai Faith has existed in India since the mid 1800s. It is one of the longest standing and most respected Bahai National communities in the world. The Lotus Temple
near New Delhi
is a place for private prayer and meditation for persons of Bahai faiths. A number of Parsis
were converted to the Bahai Faith. The Bahai Faith has been growing in India and is widely respected.
Origin of Bahai Religion
The Bahai religion originally grew out of the Babi faith, or sect, which was founded in 1844 by Mirza Ali Mohammad of Shiraz in Iran. He proclaimed a spiritual doctrine emphasizing the forthcoming appearance of a new prophet or messenger of God who would overturn old beliefs and customs
and usher in a new era.
Theme of Bahai Religion
The principal theme of Bahai is the unity of all religions
and the unity of humanity. The Bahai religion states that all the religions in the world though apparently different, have an identical truth. A peculiar function of BahaUllah was to overcome the disunity of religions and establish a universal faith.
Faith of Bahai Religion
The Bahai Faith emphasizes unity, non-violence, tolerance, respect and recognition of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism
. Bahai community believe that all the founders of the worlds great religions have been manifestations of God and agents of a progressive divine plan for the education
of the human race. They believe in the oneness of humanity and devote themselves to the abolition of racial, class and religious prejudices. The great bulk of Bahai teachings are concerned with social ethics, the faith has no priesthood and does not observe ritual forms in its worship.
The Bahai Faith is a contemporary religious movement evolving from the Babi movement, which spread throughout Iran and Iraq in the mid 19th century. The Bahai Faith has slowly moved beyond and thereby established itself as an independent religion.