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  1. THE RELIGION OFBAHA'I By Jay Dixon and Nicholas Lewis

  2. FOUNDER & ORIGIN • The founder of Baha'i was named Bahá'u'lláh (1817 - 1892), which means "The Glory of God" in the Arabic language. • In 1863, Bahá'u'lláh announced that he was gods messenger for "this age," he also said "There is only one race in humanity and the day has come for humans unification."

  3. HISTORY & LOCATION • The Baha'i faith is an independent and monotheistic religion with its own sacred scriptures, laws, calender, and holy days. • Founded in the mid 19th century. • The most populated countries involving the followers of the Baha'i religion is India, USA, and Persia • The second-most widespread faith, surpassing every religion but Christianity in its geographic reach.

  4. GODS & UNIVERSE • They follow ALLAH or YAHUEH. • Also, they believe that god created everything. • Bahá'u'lláh once said "The incompareable and all-glorious ruler of the universe.

  5. PURPOSE OF LIFE • For the Baha'i people, the purpose of life was to enable yourself to know the creator or god and to attain his presence • WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE? • The oneness of mankind (equality of race). • The elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth. • The essential harmony of science and religion.

  6. AFTERLIFE • Baha'i's believe in the seperation of the sould from the body after death, it then goes to a spiritual world, and to baha'i people, "the spiritual world is a timeless extension of our own universe."

  7. PRACTICES & RITUALS • Types of rituals include: • active service • fasting • meditation • obedience • Like most religions, Baha'i's have their own prayers to god, most pray daily to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the book of laws written by Bahá’u’lláh, which contains about 100 volumes. • They individually recite one of three obligatory prayers each day as prescribed by Bahá’u’lláh. • Short obligatory prayer • Medium obligatory prayer • Long obligatory prayer

  8. SHORT OBLIGATORY PRAYER • "I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting."

  9. TEXTS • The most popular book of course, is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, but this is not the only holy book of the Baha'i's. • The other two books are called the Báb and the ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. • Bahá’ís also recognize the Bible, the Qur’an, and the holy texts of the world’s other revealed religions.

  10. SYMBOLS • THE NINE-POINTED STAR • "The word “Baha” (Arabic for “Glory”) corresponds to the number nine in the Arabic system of numerology, known as the Abjad system." • • The nine-pointed star is the main symbol for the Baha'i faith, Nine years after the announcement of the Bab in Shiraz, Baha’u’llah received the intimation of His mission in the dungeon in Tehran. • THE RINGSTONE SYMBOL • The Ringstone symbol stands for God's purpose of man. • The vertical line joins the three horizantal bars together in the same way that the Divine Messengers of God form the link between the world of God and the world of man. • Designed by Abdu’l-Baha, which was the eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh. • THE GREATEST NAME • A caligraphic form of the word Baha.

  11. BIBLIOGRAPHY • • •