This is the Day in which the testimony of the Lord hath been fulfilled, the Day in which the Word of God hath been made manifest, and His evidence firmly established. His voice is calling you unto that which shall profit you, and enjoineth you to observe that which shall draw you nigh unto God, the Lord of Revelation. -Bahá’u’lláh
Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Akka, Israel
Shrine of the Báb on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel
Baha'is are from all walks of life and backgrounds and lands.
O My brother! When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge, and the allusions of the embodiments of satanic fancy. He must purge his breast, which is the sanctuary of the abiding love of the Beloved, of every defilement, and sanctify his soul from all that pertaineth to water and clay, from all shadowy and ephemeral attachments. -Bahá’u’lláh

What is the Bahá'í Faith About?  Some basic facts

The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion. It teaches unity of God, unity of religions and unity of mankind. Its aim is to unite all humanity and to remove all causes of hatred and animosity among various peoples of the world. It provides a remedy and a solution to problems which mankind is facing today.

The Bahá'í Faith was founded in Iran in the mid-19th century by Mirza Husayn-'Ali Nuri, who is known as Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic: "Glory of God"). The cornerstone of Bahá'í belief is the conviction that Bahá’u’lláh and his forerunner, who was known as the Báb (Arabic: "the Gate"), were manifestations of God, Who in His essence is unknowable. The principal Bahá'í tenets are the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. Bahá'ís believe that all the founders of the world's great religions have been manifestations of God and agents of a progressive divine plan for the education of the human race. Despite their apparent differences, the world's great religions, according to the Bahá'í Faith, teach an identical truth. Bahá’u’lláh's particular function was to overcome the disunity of religions and establish a universal faith. Bahá'ís believe in the oneness of humanity and devote themselves to the abolition of racial, class, and religious prejudices. The great bulk of Bahá'í teachings is concerned with social ethics; the faith has no priesthood and does not observe ritual forms in its worship.

The Faith was started in Persia (today's Iran) in 1844, when the Báb declared His Mission. Later, in 1863, Bahá’u’lláh announced His own Mission. He wrote over 200 volumes of books, the majority of which have been translated into many languages.

Bahá’u’lláh appointed His Eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as his Successor, interpreter and exemplar of His teachings, and the Center of His Covenant. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in turn, appointed His eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi as His successor and interpreter of the Bahá'í Writings and the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. Today, the affairs of the Bahá'í world community are handled by the Universal House of Justice, an institution which is democratically elected by Bahá'ís from around the world without any electioneering, as envisioned by Bahá’u’lláh.

Today, Bahá'ís, the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, live in almost all countries and territories of the world and they come from all diverse backgrounds and walks of life.

The Bahá’is are united all over the world and they work for its betterment. This is the result of the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and His sufferings, as well as the example and sacrifices of the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and well over 20,000 who were killed for their beliefs, in the land of the birth of the Faith, Iran. This is the fruit of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh as it is said: “The good tree brings you good fruit.”

The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. This unity can never be achieved so long as the counsels which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed are suffered to pass unheeded. -Bahá’u’lláh

Persecution of the Bahá’is in Iran

Bahá’is in Iran have been persecuted since inception of the Faith in 1844 till current time, especially since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

These persecutions are documented and presented or reported by the Bahá’i World News Service and by various other news agencies, blogs and human rights organizations and government websites, such as: Iran Press Watch, A Quiet Genocide, The U.S. Bahá’i Office of Public Affairs, Iran Wire, Wikipedia: Persecution of Bahá'ís, Aasoo, Bahá’i News Bulletin, United for Iran, The Muslim Network for Bahá’i Rights, Human Rights & democracy for Iran, Omid Memorial, U.S. Department of State, Office of Human Rights, Amnesty International, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Sen McGlinn's Blog: Sen's Daily.

O FRIEND!
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly.
-Bahá’u’lláh
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!  -A prayer for assistance revealed by the Báb

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