Baha’i Faith: The 150th Anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s Declaration

The Baha’i faith is practiced in Guyana after being established there in November 1927 and there is now a growing community there. The Faith  was recognized by act in Guyana’s parliament in 1976… [article submitted by Rooplall Dudhnath]

Baha’i Faith: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s Declaration

Posted: 04/08/2013 1:32 pm – http://www.huffingtonpost.com

On April 21 this year, the Baha’i community will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the day when Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, first publicly announced His mission in a garden in Baghdad, thus beginning the Baha’i community that today comprises virtually all the races of humankind in more than 200 countries and territories.

In a sense, the global festivities involving people of thousands of ethnic backgrounds is representative of the key message of the Baha’i Faith: that a time of happiness has arrived for the entire human race as it gradually moves from a state of collective adolescence to a stage of maturity and wholeness.      

“We desire the good of the world and the happiness of the nations,” said Baha’u’llah to, the Cambridge University scholar who interviewed Him in 1890, “that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened … what harm is there in this? … these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come.” These words provide an outline of the aim of Baha’u’llah’s teachings and the work of the Baha’i community today.  

Mirza Husayn Ali was a prominent follower of the Babi religion that had begun in Shiraz, Persia 19 years earlier, and was known by members of that community as “Baha’u’llah” (Arabic for “Glory of God”). Central to the teachings of the Babi religion was the expectation of the imminent appearance of another Divine Messenger who would fulfill many of the promises implicit in the religion — not dissimilar from expectations in Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam regarding a future time of completion and fulfillment.   [Read more]

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