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What is the Baha'i Faith?
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     challenging words:    breakaway, l-Baha, theocracy, unattainable, membership, pilgrimage, best, sect, well-being, clergy, authority, unity, follower, tribal, fellowship, arrival
     content words:    Baha'i Faith, Mirza Husayn-'Ali-i-Nuri, Universal House


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What is the Baha'i Faith?
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     A person who believes that there is only one God, that human souls are immortal, and that the world will someday be unified under a single theocratic government may be a member of the Baha'i Faith. A theocracy is a government ruled by or subject to religious authority.
 
2     Founded in 1844, the Baha'i Faith is one of the world's youngest religions. Its birthplace is Iran (formerly Persia), where Baha'is are heavily persecuted for their faith. It is viewed as a breakaway sect of Islam by many people.
 
3     The Baha'i Faith is named for Mirza Husayn-'Ali-i-Nuri, a Persian nobleman from Tehran. He was a follower of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad (known as the Bab), who had foretold the arrival of "One greater than Himself." Mirza claimed to be that One. He became Baha'u'llah, which means "glory of God." The Baha'is believe he was a prophet - or divine messenger - sent from God. He left his comfortable life behind to bring the world a message of peace and unity, though it meant being jailed, tortured, and exiled for spreading his beliefs. He died while living in what is now known as Israel, though it was Palestinian territory at the time.

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