The Bahá'í FaithJayne KellerHUM 130March 18, 2012April Caperson
Running head: THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH
THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH
The Bahá'í FaithIn the lyrics to the song "Imagine", John Lennon wrote, "and the world will live as one" (Lennon, 1971) which is a perfect way to describe the Bahá'í Faith. Just as John Lennon wrote in "Imagine", Bahá'í followers believe in unifying all humans under one vision for the "purpose of life and of the future of society" (Bahá'í International Community, 2012). Bahá'í followers believe, "that there is only one God, that all the world's religions are from God, and that it is now time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite" (Bahá'í International Community , 2012).The Bahá'í Faith is the world's youngest independent religion having only been established 150 years ago (Bahá'í International Community, 2012). It is a Middle Eastern faith that grew out of the Shi'ite branch of Islam (BBC, 2009). The history of the Bahá'í faith begins with the Báb which means, "The Gate" (Bahá'í International Community , 2012).Siyyid Ali-Muhammed was born in 1819 in Persia a Shi'ite Muslim. On May 23, 1844, the Báb announced the impending arrival of "the Messenger of God" who would be the latest in a line of messengers sent from God that included Moses, Jesus Christ, and Muhammad (Bahá'í International Community , 2012). He declared that His purpose was to prepare humanity for this arrival (Bahá'í International Community , 2012). He was quickly arrested, imprisoned, beaten, and on July 9, 1850, he was executed by Muslim clergy who were dominate in Persia at the time, because his teachings contradicted a central point of Islamic faith, that Muhammad was the final prophet (Bahá'í International Community , 2012).On November 17, 1817, in Tehran, Iran, Husayn Ali was born to a wealthy government minister (Bahá'í International Community , 2012). He led a princely life and despite not receiving a formal education, he was well educated. After his father's death he declined the ministerial career offered to him by the government and instead devoted his energy to a range of philanthropies which earned him the nickname, "father of the poor" (Bahá'í International Community , 2012).In 1844, Husayn Ali became one of the Báb's most active follwers after reading some of his writtings. He and other Bábís were persecuted for following the Báb. In 1848, while on his way to visit some other Bábís who were under attack, Husayn Ali was arrested and beaten with a rod on the soles of his feet for being a follower of the Báb.After the Báb was executed in 1850, Husayn Ali was arrested and tossed into a dungeon known as the Black Pit which was...