What is Bahá’í and What Do They Believe?

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

Bahá’í is a religion that was founded in 1863 by the Iranian prophet Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892). It managed to grow in Iran and in parts of the Middle East despite facing persecution since its beginning.

In many majority Muslim countries, Bahá’í is viewed as apostasy and is often a victim of persecution. In the twentieth century, a number of Bahá’ís were executed in Egypt and Iran while some other Islamic nations restricted their religious freedom.

Today there are somewhere between five and eight million Bahá’ís worldwide with the majority living on the Asian continent. The religion’s beliefs and teachings cover a range of theological topics, the most important being the nature of the human being, worship, the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humanity.

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