Mirza Husayn ‘Ali assumed the title of Baha’u’llah, an Arabic word which means “The Glory of God.” He was the eldest son of Mirza ‘Abbas of Nur, a Minister of State. He was born in Teheran, Persia on November 12, 1817. He received little teaching at home and never had a chance to attend school or college. He demonstrated extraordinary wisdom and knowledge.
Baha’u’llah, who was the prophet-founder of Baha’i Faith, believed to be the only Messenger of God to the age of human maturity, the Bearer of a Divine Revelation that carries out the promises made in earlier religions, and the one who will unite the peoples of the world (Baha’i International Community). His writings comprise various subjects ranging from social issues such as the equality of men and women, racial integration, and disarmament, to issues that influence the innermost life of the human soul (Baha’i International Community).
The writings of Baha’u’llah, who also earned the title as “Father of the Poor,” are a collection of the important themes, which have caught the attention of religious thinkers throughout the ages: God, the relation of Revelation to history, the relationship of the religious systems around the world to one another, the concept of faith, and the fundamental foundation of moral authority in the human society (Baha’i International Community).
Baha’u’llah was exiled because of His teachings for 40 years. The last 12 years of His life were dedicated to His writings and to receive a flock of Baha’i pilgrims who came from Iran and other countries (Baha’i International Community). Baha’u’llah had introduced a system of laws and institutions in order to bring practical effect to the principles of His writings (Baha’i International Community). The central of this system was termed by Baha’u’llah as a new Covenant between God and humankind (Baha’i International Community).
The Baha’i Faith is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world with over five million followers. Followers of the Baha’i Faith demonstrate their devotion to the doctrine of world citizenship. They believe that there is one God, that all people in the world are one family, and that there is a fundamental unification among different religions around the world. Baha’u’llah believed that all people around the world will attain its social and spiritual maturity and live as one family in global society because this was foreseen in the past sacred scriptures.
The Baha’i Faith retains the fundamental spiritual teachings of all God’s messengers. It teaches the unification of humanity, gender equality, social principles appropriate to global society’s needs, the eradication of extremes of wealth and poverty, the removal of prejudice, and the agreement of science and religion. Baha’u’llah has taught His followers various simple rituals such as practices pertaining to funerals and marriage and commitment to daily prayer and meditation. The followers of the Baha’i Faith are continually committed to demonstrate their utmost flexibility and simplicity in their worship and avoid creating any method of uniform or strict practices.
The awareness of the oneness of all people in the world paves the way to a new relationship between God and humankind (Baha’i International Community). Baha’u’llah believed that if all the people in the world will accept the spiritual life intrinsic in the guidance of the Revelation of God for this age, they will experience a moral empowerment that human effort alone has shown incapable of achieving it (Baha’i International Community). A new kind of human race will emerge because of this relationship and the effort of creating a global civilization will begin (Baha’i International Community). The mission of the community of Baha’is was to show the effectiveness of this Covenant in healing the wounds that divide the human race (Baha’i International Community). The experience of followers of the Baha’i Faith provides evidence for Baha’u’llah’s assurance that the human race can learn to live and work as one people in a common global homeland (Baha’i International Community).
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