Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh(1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

The aim of the Bahá’í Faith is to unify humanity. Bahá’ís believe that, we are the fruits of one tree and the leaves of one branch. Although we differ from one another physically and emotionally, although we have different talents and capacities, we all spring from the same root; we all belong to the same human family.
“Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”

The Bahá'í Faith in Egypt

The Baha'i Faith came to Egypt; in 1864. Two Persian Merchants introduced the Faith in Egypt and then Few Egyptians became Bahá’ís.
During 1910 – 1913 : ‘Abdu’l-Bahá , the son of the Profit founder of the Baha'i Faith came to Egypt. He visited and stayed in several cities; Port Said, Ismá`íliyyah, Al Mansoura,Tanta, Cairo, and Alexandria.

Bahá’u’lláh’s Life

Bahá’u’lláh was born in 1817 in Tihrán, the capital of Iran. From His early childhood, He showed signs of greatness. He received some instruction at home, but did not need to attend school, for He was endowed by God with innate knowledge. Bahá’u’lláh came from a noble family and when He was a young man, was offered a high position in the court of the King, but He refused it. He wished to dedicate His time to helping the oppressed, the sick and the poor, and to champion the cause of justice.

There are two aspects of Bahá’u’lláh’s life.
One is the suffering He endured.
The other is the tremendous influence He had on the hearts and minds of people.
These actually characterize the lives of all the Manifesta­tions of God.

Bahá’u’lláh’s sufferings began the mo­ment He arose to proclaim the Cause of God. His life was one of exile, imprisonment and persecution. He was put in chains in a dark and dismal dungeon in Tihrán He was exiled four times from land to land, finally being sent to the Prison City of ‘Akká in the Ottoman Empire. So in­tense were His sufferings there that He has referred to ‘Akká as the “Most Great Prison”.

“The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness. This is of the mercy of your Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. We have accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflic­tions, that ye might prosper and flourish.” Bahá’u’lláh

Two powerful courts—those of the King of Iran and the Ottoman Emperor—made every effort to oppose Bahá’u’lláh and His Teachings. But the Light of Truth is not easily extinguished. The very water that is poured on this fire to put out its flame turns into oil, and the fire burns with more intensity. Nothing could be done to stop Bahá’u’lláh’s growing influence. The farther the authorities banished Him, the greater the number of people who were attracted to His Teachings and recognized His Power and Majesty. In spite of constant persecution, Bahá’u’lláh con­tinued to reveal the Word of God for more than forty years and brought so much love and spiritual energy into this world that the final victory of His Cause is certain.

Bahá’u’lláh passed away in 1892. His Shrine, which Baha’is consider the Holiest Spot on earth, is located near the city of ‘Akká.

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