The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's main religions. It was founded in Iran during the mid 19th century by Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad (1819-1850 CE). He assumed the title Bab ("the Gate") and prophesized the future arrival of "One greater than Himself."
The asymetrical five pointed star shown above is the official symbol of the Bahá'í Faith; it was taken from an unidentified tablet in the Bab's handwriting. The nine-pointed star symbol is an alternate and commonly used symbol.
One of the Bab's followers, Mirza Husayn-'Ali-i-Nuri (1817-1892), announced that he was the Manifestation predicted by the Bab. He assumed the title Baha'u'llah ("glory of God"). His teachings on world peace, democracy, civil rights, equal rights for women, the acceptance of scientific discoveries, etc. were decades ahead of his time.
Bahá'ís believe in a single God who has repeatedly sent prophets into the world through whom he has revealed the "Word of God." Prophets include Adam, Krishna, Buddha, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), Mohammed, The Bab and Baha'u'llah.
The Bahá'í faith is still looked upon by many Muslims as a breakaway sect of Islam. Bahá'ís are very heavily persecuted in some countries, particularly Iran.
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