Origins of the Baha'i Faith


"This is the changeless Faith of God, 

eternal in the past, eternal in the future".  

Baha'u'llah


The forerunner of the Baha'i Faith was a young Persian merchant known as the Bab (the Gate). In 1844 he proclaimed himself to be a messenger of God and a herald of one greater than himself,  One who would inaugurate a new era in religion and civilization. Like all the messengers of God the Bab was opposed and persecuted, He was publicly martyred at the age of 30 in Tabriz (Persia). The founder of the Baha'i Faith was Baha'u'llah (the Glory of God). He was a Persian nobleman who in 1863 declared himself to be the One whose coming the Bab and all the previous Prophets had foretold.

Like his predecessor he was bitterly opposed and persecuted. During nearly 40 years of exile and imprisonment, he continued to write the teachings of his revelation, some of them in letters to the most important kings of the time and leaders of religion, as well as teaching and training his followers. In 1868 he reached his fourth and last phase of banishment, the prison city of 'Akka (Acre), Palestine, where he passed away in 1892 at the age of seventy-four.

His authorized interpreter and exemplar was 'Abdul-Bahá (The servant of the Glory), eldest son of Baha'ullah, who was appointed by his father as the centre of his covenant and the one to whom all must turn for instruction and guidance.

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