THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH OF ARIZONA
Bahá'í is pronounced Baw-HIGH. It means "Belonging to Glory" in Arabic. Baha'u'llah is pronounced Baw-Haw-Oh-LAW. It means "The Glory of God" in Arabic.
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The Baha'i Faith
Dear Seeker of Truth,
The Bahá'í Faith is an independent World Religion with over 6 million adherents worldwide; about 150,000 in the United States, and about 1500 in Arizona.
The Faith has many "Communities" (congregations) in all Arizona cities with a population over 10,000, and in many smaller towns and cities.
The Baha'is (baw-highzz) are a loving and caring community of Believers in God who are "socially liberal" but "morally conservative". Most Baha'is have "social-activist" type personalities, and they often volunteer for the Peace Corps and belong to other organizations like Amnesty International (but this is not required).
The Faith was founded in 1863 by Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-oh-LAW), which in Arabic means "The Glory of God". He was born as Mirza Husein-Ali Nuri ("Prince Beauty-Exalted of Light"); a nobleman in Persia (Iran), in 1817. He was a direct descendant of King Cyrus of Persia and King David of Israel. He died in Akka, Palestine (now Israel), in 1892.
In 1891, Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-ool-law) climbed Mount Carmel, in the Holy Land, an announced that He was the Son of Man; the promised incarnation of the Holy Ghost (Spirit of Truth).
Bahá'u'lláh is the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost), the One Who inspired the Prophets and Seers of old. The Holy Ghost became a Man in 1817, in Iran; born of a holy woman just as the Son did. He performed a Divine Mission, and wrote a Body of Scriptures called "The Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh".
Bahá'u'lláh (baw-haw-oh-LAW) means "The Glory of God" in Arabic. He was born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran, but exiled to Baghdad in 1853. In 1968 He was exiled to Akka, Palestine, where He died in 1892.
2 of 7Christians believe that "The Son" incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth. So do we! We believe that He was born of a literal virgin and the Holy Spirit.
THE HOLY GHOST INCARNATE
But Bahá'ís also believe that the Holy Ghost has come down to Earth too, born of a woman, in the early 19th century.
We believe that Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892) was the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost or Spirit of Truth.
Jesus said:"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me.... (John 16:13-14)Bahá'u'lláh wrote:"Verily, He Who is the Spirit of Truth is now come to guide you unto all truth. He speaketh not as prompted by HIs own self, but as bidden by Him Who is the All-Wise. Say, this is the One Who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause. (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p.12)In 1817 a Man was born in Persian (Iran) named Mirza Hussein-Ali Nuri (Arabic: "Prince Beauty Exalted of Light"). He was a direct descendant of King Cyrus of Persia and King David of Israel. In 1853 He became known as BAHÁ'U'LLÁH (baw-HAW-oh-LAWWW); which, in the Arabic language, means "THE GLORY OF GOD".
We believe that He was the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost.
Bahá'u'lláh was exiled to Baghdad, and later to Akka Palestine (Israel). He made Himself known to the world-at-large in April of 1891; when He climbed Mount Carmel and recited His "Tablet of Carmel"; His announcement to all mankind that He was the promised "Son of Man" and "Spirit of Truth" now come to teach Mankind "all things" they needed to know about establishing the Kingdom of God on Earth.
His followers are called Bahá'ís (baw-highzz); meaning "belonging to Glory".
Bahá'ís believe in God, and in the "Manifestatations of God"; major Prophets which include Adam, Abraham, Zoroaster, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, The Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh (to name a few). Each Manifestation of God brings a unique Message to Humanity from our Creator, and has a distinct Divine Mission to fulfill.
*Jesus came to tach us about Personal Salvation (i.e. how to be "born again" and go to "Heaven" at death).
**Muhammad came to teach Mankind the Law of God: called the "Straight Path".
***Bahá'u'lláh was sent to teach Humanity "all things" pertaining to the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom of God of Earth.
The purpose of the Bahá'í Faith is to establish the Millennial Kingdom of God on Earth, called by us "The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh". This Divine World Order will replace the atheistic and materialistic "New World Order" now being planned by those high in power.
The "New World Order" will be man's One-World Government.
The "World Order of Bahá'u'lláh" will be God's One-World Government.
There is no "way" to prevent the "New World Order" from being established. God allows the New World Order to be established because Humanity is greedy, materialistic, and hypocritical. This is God's punishment upon Humanity. The New World Order will be atheistic and materialistic. It will oppress all religions. It will be headed by Anti-Christs (more than one). However, it will, after a few generations, be replaced by the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh (i.e. God's World Order).
The Bahá'ís will be instrumental in replacing the New World Order with the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.
*New World Order--an atheistic one world government.
*World Order of Baha'u'llah--the one-world Kingdom of God that will replace the New World Order.
The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh will divide the world into Principalities, with Kings and Queens ruling each one. All Principalities will be governed by a World Executive Council who shall govern according to the Law of God as revealed by Bahá'u'lláh and interpreted by the Universal House of Justice (a Council of Nine Men elected every 5 years). The Universal House of Justice (which is not a building but a council of nine men) has already been established in Haifa, Israel, at the Bahá'í World Centre.
The Seat of the Universal House of Justice (Haifa, Israel)
Anyone who opposes any Religion of God is an Anti-Christ, and certainly "anti-christs" will control the New World Order for at least a few generations. However, the New World Order will eventually be replaced by the World Order of Baha'u'llah; otherwise known as:
The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh will establish lasting peace, and the Justice of God, upon this planet for 1000 years. Then a new Manifestation of God shall come.
*The Kingdom of God
*The Divine Government
*The Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth
*The City of New Jerusalem
The City of New Jerusalem is not a literal "City" but a symbol for the Divine Government that will rule the planet for 1000 years after which Satan (i.e. evil forces) will again come to power, then another Manifestation of God will come to put mankind back on the Path of God. This cycle will continue for at least 500,000 years; time enough for Humanity to explore and colonize the Cosmos.
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Jesus Christ is recognized as conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a literal virgin (Mary), as "Lord of all being" and "Lord of the Visible and Invisible" and "the very Savior of Man".
Jesus Christ was composed of two Divine Beings in one body:
*The Holy Spirit (the Father)
*The WORD of God (the Son)
The Holy Spirit entered Jesus at His baptism
The Holy Spirit entered Jesus at His baptism, and left Jesus on the Cross, which is why Jesus cried out "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Baha'u'llah is NOT the reincarnation of Jesus, but the incarnation of the Holy Spirit Who dwelt "in" Jesus for three years, and Whom Jesus called "My Father" because Jesus was the Son of the Holy Spirit.
THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAME INCARNATE ("in the flesh") in 1817 as a Persian nobleman, Mirza Husayn-Ali Noori ("Prince Beauty-Exalted of Light"), later known as Baha'u'llah ("The Glory of God"). Baha'u'llah is the incarnation of that same Spirit that overshadowed Jesus from His baptism to the Cross, and was known as "The Father" when Jesus said: "The Father is in me". He meant that literally. That Holy Spirit, the One Who conceived the Son, dwelt "in" Jesus from His baptism to the Cross. That same Holy Spirit was born a baby in 1817 in Iran, and died in Akka, Palestine, in 1892.
The Resurrection of Christ
Baha'is differ from Christians in that they do not believe that Jesus' physical body was raised from the dead. Rather, what His disciples saw after His death was His "Spiritual Body" which lasts for 49 days until it ascends into heaven. The Garden Tomb was "empty" not because Jesus' physical body was raised, but--according to the ancient Gospel of Peter--two "men in white" carried His body out of the Garden Tomb hours before Mary Magdelene found it empty. Baha'is believe that all physical bodies return to dust. Only the Spiritual Body survives the grave and ascends. The Spiritual Body can only be seen in visions. The Spiritual Body is not a "spirit" but is a real body made of heavenly elements. It is the same type of body that Angels appear to humans in, such as Gabriel appearing to Mary. A Spiritual Body can "eat" like a physical body, but it can also walk through closed doors.
The Resurrection of Baha'u'llah
At the death of Baha'u'llah in 1892, the chief Muslim imaam (leader of prayer) in Akka, Palestine, planned to spearhead a persecution of the Baha'is of Akka (several hundred at that time). But, the Spiritual Body of Baha'u'llah appeared to the Muslim imaam in his room, and then the imaam cancelled his plans for the persecution of Baha'is in Akka.
The Spiritual Body of Baha'u'llah appears to the chief imaam of Akka (1892)
After His death in 1892, the successor of Baha'u'llah was His eldest Son, Abbas Effendi, Who took the name 'Abdu'l-Baha ("Servant of Glory"). 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dull baw-HAW) was quite famous in His day. He was the "Mother Teresa" of His generation. Many early Baha'is believed He was Jesus reincarnated. He visited Salt Lake City in September of 1912, and knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple, but was refused entry. He died in Haifa, Israel, in 1921.
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dull baw-HAW) is not considered to be a "Prophet" but have a "unique station" called "Examplar"; the example that every Baha'i should follow. He was never known to get angry, or lie. He could make prophecies, but He was not a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of that term. He once said:
"To be a Baha'i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood." ~ Abdu'l-Baha
'Abdu'l-Baha visited Paris, London, New York City, Boston, Montreal, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles, during trips He made in 1911-1912. When He came to Boston, a Syrian Christian woman, known to be a psychic, ran up to Him and kissed His feet saying: "In thee I recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ". In Montreal, He predicted World War I and the Spanish Influenza (which killed 50 million worldwide); two or more years before these things became realities.
While in London, He was given a ticket aboard the H.M.S. Titanic, to take to New York City. He returned the ticket, and told other Baha'is not to take the Titanic.
In September of 1912 He came to Salt Lake City. He tried to talk in Mormon chapels about Race Unity and the Equality of Sexes, but Mormon leaders at that time (1912) forbid Him; because, at that time, the LDS Church taught "Negroes" were cursed and inferior, the children of Cain, and that the sexes were not equal and men were the lords of women and their superiors. 'Abdu'l-Baha tried to enter the Salt Lake Temple, but, of course, was refused. He is said to have said: "They build a house for their Lord, but they refuse to let Him in!"
Many early Baha'is believed that 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dull-baw-HAW) was the reinarnation of Jesus Christ. They wrote of Him:"He is heir and Master of the Kingdom; He was on earth 1900 years ago as the Nazarene." (Notes at Acca, p.14)But 'Abdu'l-Baha always denied He was "Christ"; which He said was the Father (Baha'u'llah). Baha'is don't believe that "human souls" return to "this" material world, but the Souls of the Prophets and Chosen Ones are not "human" but Divine. 'Abdu'l-Baha is not seen as a Prophet but as a "Chosen One". Baha'u'llah referred to Him as:
"He is the Son of God, the only Door, the Lord of Mankind!" (Sacred Mysteries, p.74)
"He has come again in the Kingdom of His Father." (Before Abraham Was, I AM, p.46)"A WORD which God hath adorned with the ornament of His own Self, and made It sovereign over the earth and all that is therein." (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p.135)Baha'is refer to 'Abdu'l-Baha as "THE MASTER".
In 1917, 'Abdu'l-Baha ordered extra crops to be planted around Haifa and Akka, Palestine. In 1918, there was a great famine in Palestine, but the extra crops that the Baha'is planted saved tens of thousands of Palestinians (mostly Muslims) from starvation. In 1920, the British controlled Palestine, and they knighted 'Abdu'l-Baha as "Sir Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha" because of His teachings about peace, and because His foresight saved northern Palestine from starvation in 1918.
After the death of 'Abdu'l-Baha (awb-dull baw-HAW) in 1921, His eldest grandson, named Shoghi Effendi (show-gee ef-fend-dee) became the "Guardian" of the Faith. He remained Guardian until his death in 1957. His "successor" was the "Universal House of Justice"; a council of 9 men elected every five years. Shoghi Effendi is NOT considered to be a Prophet nor an Examplar. Yet, he prophesied of the Holocaust (by that name) and the Internet years before both of these became realities. Some consider him to have been a "Seer". But his official title was that of "Guardian of the Cause of God". He died in London in 1957.
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Personal and Collective Salvation
Baha'is believe that "Salvation" is of two types:
1. Personal Salvation (of the soul)
2. Collective Salvation (of the whole)
Personal Salvation is achieved when a human soul is transformed into an Angelic Soul. This can happen in life. To achieve this one must be "born again" by the Holy Spirit. Baha'u'llah was the Holy Spirit incarnate, so if one rejects Baha'u'llah, one cannot expect to be born again. To become born again one is required to accept all the Prophets of God (including Jesus Christ) and to walk the Path of Holiness. For Baha'is, the Path of Holiness includes spiritual disciplines such as daily prayer, reciting "Allah'u'Abha" 95 times a day (this is called "Zikr"), and being morally clean. Once a person is "born again" then they enter "Heaven" at death; which are the Spiritual Realms that surround us in the Unseen World.
Every planet has Four Realms or dimensions:
Lawhoot (Realm of the Divinities)
Jawbawroot (Realm of the Powers)
Mawlawkoot (Realm of the Angels)
Nawsoot (Realm of the Mortals)
Lawhoot, Jawbawroot, Mawlawkoot=Spiritual Realms ("Heaven")
Nawsoot=Material Realm ("Hell")
In other words, we are living in "Hell" know, the Material Realm (Naw-soot) where the UV rays of the Sun "burn" and ages our skin (hell-fire) and where socio-paths (demons) torment us with war, injustice, and crime.
All these Realms exist in the same space. The Spiritual Realms are the "Unseen World". The Material Realm is the "Seen World".
We are now living a mortal life on planet Earth in the Material Realm (Nawsoot); where the UltraViolet rays of the Sun "burn" and age our skin, and were we are tormented by "demons" (socio-paths), and where there is hunger, famine, injustice, racism, sexism, war, disease, deformity, discomfort, separation of loved ones, ageing, and death. We are "burning in Hell" now! To "escape" a return to the Material Realm, we must be "born again" by a combination of faith in the Manifestations of God (including Jesus) and walking the Path of Holiness.
Collective Salvation refers to the salvation of the human race from the Hour of Doom. The Hour of Doom refers to the utter self-destruction of the human race. This Hour of Doom will occur "if" the world does not become "One". The Divine Mission of Baha'u'llah was to teach us how to become "One" and thus avoiding the Hour of Doom (complete self-annihilation of Humanity).
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Reincarnation versus Consecutive Incarnation
BAHA'IS DO NOT BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION FOR "HUMAN" SOULS. There is no "return" of human souls to this material planet. However, additional mortal lives on other planets (one mortal life per planet) is possible, and is referred to as "Consecutive Incarnation". In other words, for the deeds done on this planet there will be a "Day of Judgment"; which means another mortal life on another material planet where the soul "pays" for the deeds done on that previous world. We are appointed to die one time on this planet, then comes the Judgment (Hebrews 9:27) which means another mortal life on another material planet where the Sun "burns" our skin and where we are punished for our past sins.
*Reincarnation=the return of human souls to this material planet for additional mortal lives.
**Consecutive Incarnation=one mortal life per material planet for human souls.
In the Holy Qu'ran (khoor-rawn) it says:"You Allah (God) have caused us to die twice, and You have caused us to live again twice." (40:11)i.e. We were alive on Mercury, then died, and on Venus, and died again, and now we have life on Earth.
One interpretation of this Holy Verse would be: "You have caused us to die on two planets before this, and you gave us a mortal life again on this planet and the planet before this one." In other words, planet Earth is the third planet that we have had a mortal life upon. At one time, the Sun was smaller and weaker. Mercury was once in the "Zone of Habitation". Then the Sun expanded, and Venus entered into the "Zone of Habitation". Then the Sun expanded again, and now Earth is in the "Zone". We had mortal lives on two other planets before this one. Our current Earth life is the Day of Judgment for the last mortal life we had on another planet.
There is no "reincarnation" for "human" souls, but the Souls of the Prophets and Chosen Ones are not human, but Divine. The Souls of the Prophets and Chosen Ones "return" in every Dispensation. For example, the Soul of Moses "returned" in the Person of John the Baptist, and then "returned" again in the Person of Muhammad, and then "returned" again in the Person of Mulla Husayn Bushrui; a disciples of The Báb (the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah). Human souls do not reincarnate, but Divine Souls do. This is not called reincarnation but "return".
The Manifestations of God "Return" in Every Dispensation
The Manifestations of God (Adam, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, The Bab, and Baha'u'llah) do NOT have human souls but Divine Souls. Their Souls are the Names and Attributes of God. Certainly these Divine Names and Attributes can and do "return" in every Dispensation.
Those human souls who are transformed into Angelic Souls by being "born again" by the Holy Spirit, do not return to this Material Realm, but neither do they go to another material planet. Rather, at death they enter into the Spiritual Realms, which is "Heaven". These Realms are dimensions which share the very same space as our Material Realm on this planet. We cannot "see" the Spiritual Realms except sometimes in dreams or visions. They are called:
Lawhoot ("Realm of the Gods" or "Paradise")
Jawbawroot ("Realm of the Powers" of "The Empyrean Heaven")
Mawlawkoot ("Realm of the Angels" or "The Kingdom")
Those Souls who reach Lawhoot become the "Us" and "Our" in "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness." (Genesis 1:26). In the Mormon Faith this is called "Exaltation". In the Baha'i Faith this is called "Sadratu'l-Muntaha" (Arabic: "The Uttermost Lote Tree").
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Joseph Smith and Mormonism
Mormons still await "The Day" that the Holy Ghost, Whom they believe is a Spirit-Man, will "come down to Earth to get a body" and perform some holy mission. Baha'is know that this "Day" has already come and gone. Baha'u'llah was the Holy Ghost incarnate.
Baha'is cannot view Joseph Smith as a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of that term, but they "may" view him as a "Seer".
Prophets versus Seers
The word "Prophet" and "Seer" in the Mormon religion is basically the same, but in the Baha'i Faith a "Prophet" is quite different from a "Seer". In Baha'i terms, a "PROPHET" is the Infallible Incarnation of a Name/Attribute of God, while a "SEER" is a fallible human who has visions and/or communion with angels. Joseph Smith "may" have been a "Seer" but he was NOT a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of that term.
*Prophet=Infallible Revelator, and Incarnation of a Name/Attribute of God.
**Seer=fallible Revelator, an oridinary human soul who is as sinful as any human.
Baha'is are NOT required to accept Joseph Smith as an inspired "SEER" but they may do so as Personal Belief but not Accepted Baha'i Doctrine.
Mormons who have become Baha'is (and there are many) are divided over Joseph Smith. Some believe he was an inspired Seer, while others see him as a fraud. Both views are acceptable in the Faith as Personal Belief. In other words: Joseph Smith was NOT a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of that term, but he "may" have been a Seer and he "may" have prophesied of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a SEER!
Baha'is may REJECT Joseph Smith as inspired of God. Baha'is may be:
*Pro-Joseph Smith (see him as a "Seer"--a fallible Revelator)
*Anti-Joseph Smith (see him as a Fraud--a con-man)
*No-Opinion-Joseph Smith (have no opinion about him and Mormonism)
Any of the three views listed above is acceptable in the Baha'i Faith.
Certainly, the current "Prophets, Seers, Revelators" of the LDS Church are not recognized by us as either Prophets or Seers or Revelators; because they don't utter prophecies, they don't see visions, and they don't receive revelations. They are "Prophets/Seers/Revelators" in name only. Prophets who don't prophesy are not prophets. Seers who don't see are not seers. Revelators who don't revelate are not revelators.
Baha'u'llah is the latest Prophet as we define the word (an infallible Revelator). However, we also accept "Seers" who are fallible revelators. In that sense, 'Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi were "seers". The Universal House of Justice (9 elected men) are not prophets or seers, but rather simply ordinary Believers who are elected to "legislate" on matters not clearly pronounced upon in our Holy Texts.
The next Infallible Prophet will come after 1000 lunar years after 1863. We don't need a "Living Prophet" because we have thousands of books, written by an Infallible Prophet, to guide us.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon may not be viewed as Infallible Scripture, but it "may" be viewed one of two ways:
*a "prophetic parable" about America (the Nephites being a symbol of the whites and the Lamanites a symbol of the non-whites), or...
*a work of 19th century fiction
The Title-Page of The Book of Mormon says that it "may contain the mistakes of men". Baha'is believe that Scripture must be "infallible". We accept only the Torah (Books of Moses), the Qur'an, and the Holy Writings of the Faith as "Scripture" because they are infallible. Other books may be "inspired" but they are not "infallible". So, The Book of Mormon "may be" an inspired parable, like the Book of Jonah, but it is not "Scripture" as the Faith defines it.
The Baha'i Faith does teach the doctrine of Eternal Marriage under the name "Eternal Union". Baha'i couples who become "one" both physically and spiritually are married in all the Worlds of God. No priesthood sealing or temple rite is needed for Eternal Union. Qualification is solely based upon the high spirituality and spiritual "oneness" of the couple, and not any priesthood power or temple ritual.
Baha'is do not "go to Church" on Sunday! There are Sunday Schools for children, but this is optional even for children. Baha'is are free to engage in any activity on Sunday; including sports or recreation or shopping or cinema or travel or working a job. There is no particular day of rest.
The 19-Day Feast
Baha'is meet every 19 days in the evening for a Feast that includes a common meal plus prayers and discussion. Seekers are not allowed at Feasts.
Baha'i Religious Practices
Baha'is pray alone once per day, and recite "Allah'u'Abha" ("God is Highest") 95 times a day. This is the only daily requirements.
Baha'is abstain from alcohol. Polygamy and sex outside of heterosexual marriage is forbidden. Gossip, backbiting, worker's strike, protests against the government, abortion of a living fetus for the purpose of birth control, and serving in combat arms in the military is also forbidden. Smoking and the use of pornography is allowed but discouraged. Smokers are never shunned.
Certain sexual practices are considered to "retard the progress of the soul in the Afterlife". Among such practices are fornication (lust-based sex), sodomy, and any form of same-sex (even loving forms). We believe that Baha'u'llah is the Infallible Spirit of Truth. We trust Him and His Word. If we can't trust Him, and if we can't believe He is infallible in all He wrote, then we are not Baha'is.
Homosexuality is forbidden in the Faith, as is discussing one's private sexual life publicly. Confessing one's sins to other mortals is also forbidden. Confession and repentence is between God and the Believer alone. There are no priests or bishops or pastors in the Faith who "hear" confessions. Confessions go to God alone. Those who do things forbidden and announce this publicly face sanctions. In practical terms, as long as gay or lesbian Baha'is keep their private sexual life "private" they are never sanctioned. Baha'is are forbidden from marching in gay rights parades.
Homosexual acts "retards the progress of the soul in the Afterlife". Why? We are not informed as to "why" this is. We trust Baha'u'llah and believe He is infallible. If we don't believe that, we are not truly Baha'is but Hypocrites.
Homosexual people who do not agree with remaining celebate or marrying in hetero marriages, may wish to consider another religion which does not condemn them at all: such as Wicca, or liberal Episcopal churches, or the UNITY churches (Unity School of Christianity), or the "UU" (Universalist-Unitarian) churches.
Baha'is fast for 19 days a year during the daylight hours during the Baha'i month of 'Ala. The Baha'i year has 19 months of 19 days each plus 5 extra days called the "Days of Ha" in late March that Baha'is celebrate like Christians celebrate Christmas. There are also an additional Nine Baha'i Holy Days.
A Year of Service
Baha'i youth are expected to donate a "Year of Service" between high school and college; which is like going on a Welfare Mission, but does include some teaching but it is primarily focused on welfare similar to the Peace Corps.
Teaching and Pilgrimage
Baha'is are expected to teach the Faith full or part time, at home or abroad. Baha'is are also expected to go on Pilgrimage to the Holy Baha'i Shrines in Akka and Haifa Israel at lease once in their lifetime if they can afford it and are in good health.
The Right of God/Contributing to the Funds
The Baha'i Faith has a one-time "tithe" of 19 per cent of total worth minus the home and home furnishing. This is called "Haquq'u'llah" ("The Right of God"). If a Baha'i has no property, this requirment is waived. All Believers are asked to give any amount they can afford monthly to the various Baha'i Funds; the amount determined by the Believer. This is called "Contributing to the Funds". Those who do not contribute to the funds cannot go on Pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines.
Baha'i Houses of Worship
A Baha'i House of Worship, sometimes called a "Temple" has no secret rites, and no ordinances of any kind, but is simply a place to meet and listen to the Words of Baha'u'llah being recited; a place for meditation and prayer. Anyone can enter a Baha'i House of Worship.
Baha'is refer to each other as "The Friends" and to investigators as "Seekers". Baha'is greet each other with the term "Allah'u'Abha" ("God is Highest"), but this greeting is restricted to Believers and not for Seekers. Seekers may greet Baha'is with saying: "How are you? My name is _______ and I'm a Seeker". Only Believers can greet each other with the greeting "Allah'u'Abha".
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The Faith has no missionaries! So, we can't send missionaries to your door! There are only TWO WAYS you can study the Faith:
1) Come to a Seekers' Meeting (Information Meeting) and get free literature and borrow Baha'i books on loan.
2) Request FREE Baha'i literature to be mailed to your home.
We have two "Bahá'í Information Centers" in Arizona: one in Tempe and ther other in Tucson.
Tempe Baha'i Information Center
The Tempe Bahá'í Information Center is "the" Baha'i Information Center for the Valley of the Sun. It is located at the corner of Rural Road and East Spence Ave. in Tempe; just south of Arizona State University. About 1/2 block south of the corner of Apache and Rural Road.
Parking is in the rear of the Center.
There is free Bahá'í literature available, as well as books for sale and loan.
There is a Seekers Meeting (for non-baha'is) every first Friday evening of the month at 7:30pm held at the Tempe Bahá'í Information Center. A Seekers Meeting includes:
*A recital of a few Bahá'í prayers by a Believer (lasts 1 to 3 minutes)
*The showing of a brief DVD about the Faith.
*A "Question and Answer" Period
*The serving of refreshments (like at a Church Dance)
*The giving of free Bahá'í literature to the Seekers.
The Meeting lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Dress is casual. Smoking is allowed outside. There is no child-care provided. Donations cannot be accepted.
You can visit the Center anytime it is open. Please call first for hours:
All are invited to a Seekers Meeting on the first Friday of every month at 7:30pm at the Tempe Bahá'í Information Center at the corner of E. Spence Rd. and Rural Road in Tempe. The cost is free. If you need a ride, call at least a day ahead of time.
Tucson Baha'i Info Center and Bookstore The Tucson Bahá'í Center is located at 220 East Kelso Street in Tucson. The Center is located near the intersection of Stone and Glenn, and is about two miles northeast of the University of Arizona. Call them for information about Seekers Meetings (Public Information Meetings). Their number is:
Always CALL FIRST before you go to make sure the Center will be open!
If you live anywhere in the Continental U.S. (48 States), but outside of the Valley of the Sun and Tucson areas, then call the following number anytime day or night:
Say: "I'm a Seeker and I'd like to attend a Meeting for Seekers. My number is ______________."
The Bahá'í Faith has no missionaries! Everyone must study it independently by reading books and literature, and asking questions at Seekers Meetings. If you read the study the articles linked below, you will go far in discovering what the Faith is about and what it teaches.
The Faith has no "one book" you need to read and pray about! The "way" that you discover if Bahá'u'lláh is the Spirit of Truth or not is this you attend a Seekers Meeting (Public Information Meeting) and HEAR THE WORDS of Bahá'u'lláh being recited during Bahá'í Prayers. As you hear His Words, you will FEEL THE SPIRIT!
At the beginning of every Meeting, a Bahá'í will open a Bahá'í Prayer Book, and recite (read out-load) a Bahá'í Prayer. This will only take from one to three minutes. You do not need to bow your head, but please remain silent during the prayer. As the Believer recites, listen with your ears and your spirit! Your spirit will recognize the Words of the Holy Spirit!
Then the Holy Spirit will tell your spirit that He is indeed the Holy Ghost incarnate. Your spirit will reoognize the Words of Bahá'u'lláh as being those of the Spirit of Truth.
If you need a ride to the Seekers Meeting (Information Meeting) just ask! The Bahá'ís would be more than happy to pick you up and drop you back off; with your arms full of free Bahá'í literature.
If you feel you're not ready to attend a Seekers Meeting, then there is a link below where you can order free Bahá'í literature mailed to your home. Nobody will ever knock on your door. Come Hear the Words of the Spirit of Truth! GO IN PEACE!
The Bahá'ís of Arizona
Those who are investigating the Baha'i Faith are called "Seekers". For Seekers we have "Seeker Meetings". They are also called:
Click HERE for
FREE Bahá'í literature
mailed to your home
(nobody will ever knock on your door)!
Seekers Meetings (Information Meetings)
Every 19-days, the Bahá'ís attend a "19-Day Feast" which is a private religious service for "Friends" (Bahá'ís) only. Non-believers are not admitted to these Feasts. Believers in Bahá'u'lláh call each other "The Friends". To non-believers, they refer to themselves as "The Bahá'ís".
Those who are not Believers, but who are investigating the Faith are called "Seekers". If you would like to attend a Seekers Meeting (Information Meeting) then call:
In the meantime, order some FREE Bahá'í literature mailed to your home! The info packet will come in the mail. Nobody will knock on your door! Attend a Seeker's Meeting in either Tempe (first Friday of every month at 7:30 pm) or Tucson (call them for date and time). GO IN PEACE!
Article for Mormon Seekers
Baha'is cannot accept Joseph Smith as a "Prophet"; because the word "Prophet" in Baha'i terminology, which is different from Mormon terminology, means the Incarnation of a Name/Attribute of ALLAH: a sinless and infallible Revelator. But, Baha'is "may" accept Joseph Smith as a "Seer" (but this is not required). Below is an article by a Baha'i who accepts Joseph Smith as a "Seer" who prophesied of Baha'u'llah in the capacity of a "Seer".
Did Joseph Smith Prophesy of Baha'u'llah?