History of the Baha'i Faith
The Baha'i Faith began in Persia on May 23, 1844 a young man known as the Bab proclaimed Himself to be a Messenger of God. He told of one greater than Himself, a great world Teacher and revealer of the word of God who would come to bring in an age of peace for mankind. In 1863, Baha'u'llah declared to be the one foretold by the Bab and all the previous Prophets. Like every Messenger of God, Baha'u'llah was bitterly opposed and persecuted. Like Abraham, He was exiled, like Moses, He was stoned, like Jesus, He was scourged. After nearly forty years of such suffering and imprisonment, Baha'u'llah passed away in exile on May 29, 1892, at the age of seventy five in the prison city of Akka.
Before Baha'u'llah died in 1892, he appointed his eldest son, Abdu'l-Baha, to be the leader of the Baha'i community and the authorized interpreter of his teachings. Abdu'l-Baha actively administered the movement's affairs and spread the faith to North America, Europe, and other continents. He appointed his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, as his successor.
The Baha'i faith underwent a rapid expansion beginning in the 1960s, and by the late 20th century it had more than 150 national spiritual assemblies (national governing bodies) and about 20,000 local spiritual assemblies worldwide.
|SOME LAWS AND OBLIGATIONS|
|Pray and read the Holy writings every day
Observe the Baha'i Fast from March 2-20
Teach the Cause of God
Contribute to the Baha'i Fund
Observe Baha'i Holy Days and attend 19 Day Feasts
Consider work as worship
Avoid alcohol and none medicinal use of drugs
Observe Baha'i marriage laws
Respect and obey the government and avoid participation in partisan politics
Avoid backbiting and gossip