Baha’i: Celebrating Birth of Baha’u’llah

http://www.readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2013/03/wpid-SF_1111_Bahaullah_birth_Bahai_Shrine.jpgTHE BAHA’I SHRINE in Haifa, Israel. Photo in public domain.SUNSET FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11: It’s with joy that Baha’is mark today as the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith. This year marks Baha’u’llah’s 194th birth anniversary, and per the instructions of his son, Baha’is today spend this day in community prayer and in gatherings that promote unity. (Get a Baha’i perspective from the Washington Post.)

Baha’u’llah was born in Tehran in 1817, and despite a limited childhood education, he went on to receive a prophetic intimation and wrote more than 100 volumes of teachings by the end of his lifetime. (Wikipedia has details.) Although he would never meet the Bab, his forerunner, Baha’u’llah would communicate with the early prophet for several years and establish the Baha’i religion before his untimely death.

ONGOING BAHA’I PROTESTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN IRAN

Baha’is also mark milestones like the birth of their founder to continue raising global awareness about lethal Iranian campaigns against Baha’is. (Learn more from MSNBC.) The Baha’i International Community documented official Iranian-government-backed press items that, in the past 16 months, have spread dangerous false accusations and imagery of Baha’is. Baha’i families have faced persecution in Iran for many years, but the faith has been an official target of the Iranian government since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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