‘Baháʼu’lláh‘ was a Persian religious leader who founded the Baháʼí Faith in the 19th century. He was born in the capital city of Iran, Tehran, in 1817, as Mirza Husayn, and his faith is belief in the monotheistic Abrahamic god, that Islam, Judaism and Christianity worship. What differs Baháʼí Faith to other Abrahamic religions is spiritual unity where God, religion and mankind are as one, and there are no national or cultural barriers. Baháʼí scholars claim that Baháʼu’lláh’s ancestors can be traced back to Abraham, and his name means ‘glory of God’ in Arabic. It’s claimed that his literal works exceeded the Bible by volume of words by 15 times, and during his time living as a nomad in the mountains of Kurdistan north of Baghdad, he extensively wrote.
“Let your vision be world embracing…” – Bahá’u’llá
One of the key figures in the Baháʼí Faith was Báb (Siyyid ʻAlí Muhammad Shírází) who was a Persian merchant who at 24 claimed to be a messenger of god, and after his death, Baháʼu’lláh’s destiny was to start the Baháʼí Faith which merged from the local Islamic faith who directly opposed it. In a vision he claimed he’d been declared as a messenger from god which Báb had prophesied years prior, and upon his return to Baghdad, Baháʼí separated from Bábísm.
As organised religions go, the Baháʼí Faith is a civilised affair, which attempts to break down boundaries; that humanity should grow together without prejudice; equality of sexes; the unity of religion and science; and the importance of education. They believe that god, the Creator of the universe, is all-knowing, all-loving and all-merciful. The literary works of the Baháʼí Faith are vast, and cover many areas like nature, unity of mankind, and humanities collective maturity, and universal peace, and include:
• Hidden Words
• Kitab-I-Iquan (Book of Certitude) (1862)
• The Seven Valleys
“Religion without science is superstition. Science without religion is materialism” – Baháʼu’lláh
The Baháʼí Faith could very much be likened to humanism, other than the fact that a divine creator is involved. They wish for all religions to unite and move humanity forward as one, and endorse love and knowledge, humility and trust.