What is the Baha’i Religion?

What is the Baha’i Religion?


Alright, this has to be the most requested
video I’ve ever made. Let’s talk about a religion that makes all
the divisions between all religions disappear. A religion claiming everyone is right, and
that there’s no wrong worship. Let’s talk about the enigmatic Baha’i faith. The Baha’i faith is one of the youngest religions
out there. At least one of the youngest Abrahamic religions. It traces its origins to Persia or Iran today,
in the mid-eighteen hundreds. The story of the Baha’i begins with the
founder Bahá’u’lláh’s life story. He was born in eighteen seventeen in Tehran,
the current Iranian capital. His father was the Shah’s Vizier, a high
ranking advisor. When he was twenty seven, he heard from a
man who went by the name ‘the Báb’. He was the leader of a religious sect called
the Bábí movement. The Báb declared himself the Mahdi. The Mahdi is the Muslim messiah, who is supposed
to redeem the Islamic world before the Muslim armageddon. This Bábí movement sprung out across the
Persian Empire. He claimed he was preparing the world for
judgement day when a messenger from god will come. His movement also rattled feathers by doing
away with big institutions like traditional succession. Bahá’u’lláh was convinced and spread the
movement around his home province. His status got him audiences, and he became
one of the most successful proselytizers of the Bábísts. Within the movement, he advocated even more
radical changes, proposing to upend the entire Islamic legal system and start from scratch. In eighteen 48, the Bábí movement began
getting into violent clashes with the Persian government. When the Báb declared himself god’s manifestation
on earth, the Persians massacred Bábís. Two years into the violence, they executed
the Báb by firing squad. Between then and eighteen fifty three, the
Persians wiped out or displaced almost the entire Bábí community. After the Báb’s execution, his followers
returned the violence. The Persians imprisoned Bahá’u’lláh after
a retaliatory assassination attempt on the Shah. They locked him away in the Síyáh-Chál
or the black pit, a Tehran dungeon. Bahá’u’lláh claims he had a visit from “the
maiden of god”. In this vision, the maiden revealed Bahá’u’lláh
himself was God’s messenger the Báb prophesized. With pressure from the Russian ambassador,
the Persians freed Bahá’u’lláh and other Bábists unconnected with the assassination
after only four months. There was one condition though, Bahá’u’lláh
had to leave the Persian Empire forever. The Russians offered him asylum, but Bahá’u’lláh
turned it down, preferring Iraqi exile. At this time, Iraq was an Ottoman province. In April of eighteen fifty three, Bahá’u’lláh
and his family moved to Baghdad. His new city attracted the Bábists. Pilgrims escaped from Persia and flooded into
Baghdad. The movement liked him, and he became a prominent
leader rather than a proselytizer. The official successor, a man named Mírzá
Yahyá plotted against Bahá’u’lláh, attempting to discredit him. However, Mírzá Yahyá was an absent figure,
often hiding and distancing himself from the movement. Without much leadership from the official
successor of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh became the de facto administrator of the movement
and Mírzá Yahyá interpreted it as a leadership challenge. His attacks on Bahá’u’lláh drove away new
converts, and in eighteen fifty four he had enough. He chose exile again. He didn’t want to be a figure tearing the
Bábist movement apart. Bahá’u’lláh made sure his family was taken
care of, and without telling anyone where he was going, or what he intended, he left
Baghdad. He went into a mountainous region straddling
modern Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria called Kurdistan. Bahá’u’lláh lived there alone for two years. He was a hermit who dressed like an Islamic
mystic, also known as a dervish. Eventually, someone recognized his handwriting
and local Sufis, Islamic mystics, came to him out of curiosity. Soon, he became a source of wisdom and advice. During this period, Bahá’u’lláh wrote several
books on spirituality, religion, and philosophy. Back in Baghdad, the Babi community was falling
apart. Mírzá Yahyá’s lapse leadership created
malaise. Some Babis looking for leadership searched
for Bahá’u’lláh. They heard legends of a mystic who lived in
the mountains who was rumoured to be their lost leader. Bahá’u’lláh’s family found and begged
him to come back. They said they needed him to lead the Bábists,
and in eighteen fifty six, he returned to Baghdad. Bahá’u’lláh tried reviving the movement
through inspiring letters. Through them, he developed a new understanding
of the Babi religion, and many soon recognized him as the Babist movement’s leader once
again. He became a prominent Baghdad figure, especially
amongst the Babi community. It caught his enemies’ attention back in
Persia, and the empire asked the Ottomans to extradite Bahá’u’lláh back to Tehran. They wanted to prevent this movement from
taking off again. The Ottomans decided to reject the request. As a security measure, they relocated Bahá’u’lláh
to the great capital Constantinople, far from the borderlands where the Persians might capture
him. In the twelve days before he left, Bahá’u’lláh
told to his friends about the Tehran dungeon, and that he was god’s messenger. He declared himself the messianic figure The
Bab talked about while he was still alive. Baha’is consider these twelve days holy,
and they celebrate them as a festival every year. His followers from this point onward were
the first real Baha’is, a sect within the Babi movement. In August of eighteen sixty three, Bahá’u’lláh
moved from Baghdad to Constantinople with his family and followers. Everywhere he stopped the locals treated him
with respect, and when he got to the imperial capital, he was treated like a dignitary. This honeymoon phase would be short lived. Within three months he’d be kicked out of
Constantinople and moved to Adrianople. Nobody is sure why this happened. Some guess the Persian ambassador pressured
the Ottoman government to get rid of him, others suspect he caused friction with authorities. This Adrianople trip wasn’t as glamorous. It seems the Ottomans treated this move more
like another exile. His prominence in Adrianople once he got set
up made his rival Mirza Yahya lose all patience. He tried assassinating Bahá’u’lláh many
times, including a poisoning that disabled his hand. After the poison, Bahá’u’lláh announced
he was the figure the Bab was preparing for. In a letter to Mirza Yahya, he called his
followers the people of Baha, and he told the Babis they all must choose between him
or Mirza Yahya. This period is when Bahá’u’lláh started
writing about his beliefs and mission for the world. I’m tapping in my buddy Alex from the channel
Technicality to unwrap what the Baha’is believe. Thanks, Tristan,
The Baha’i religion Bahá’u’lláh developed moved from a Shia Islam splinter group to
a pan-Abrahamic religion. He claimed all religious figures had important
roles in unveiling god’s desires. In stark contrast to the time, Baha’is are
strong believers in the equality of all people. They follow a lot of the stuff you see in
other Abrahamic religions. There’s a singular and all-powerful god,
but religion is progressive. Throughout history, religious figures like
the Buddha, Muhammad, and Jesus all received revelations about the divine, and they all
build on each other, and Baha’is don’t rule out there’ll be more in the future. The religion as a consequence rejects concepts
like racism and nationalism and tries bringing everyone together. Fairly laid back. How did that work out? Well, Alex, he wrote about the revelation
he had, and he told the world’s rulers to set aside their differences, give up their
possessions, accept his revelation, and make the world a place of peace and harmony for
mankind. He sent that message to rulers like Emperor
Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, Emperor Napoleon the third of France, Queen Victoria of Great
Britain, Sultan Abdülaziz of the Ottoman Empire, Naser al-Din Shah of the Persian Empire,
King Wilhelm the first of Prussia, Tsar Alexander the second of Russia, Pope Pius the ninth,
and even one targeted at the “Rulers of America and the Presidents of the Republics
therein.” Still vying for power, Mirza Yahya lobbied
authorities to do something about Bahá’u’lláh. Only here did the Ottomans even notice the
Babi movement was a religious one. In eighteen sixty eight, the government wrote
a royal decree condemning the Babists to imprisonment or exile to the Ottoman Empire’s far reaches. They exiled Mirza Yahya and his followers
to Cyprus, and Bahá’u’lláh and his followers to Acre, a Palestinian city. When Bahá’u’lláh and his followers arrived,
the city guards confined them to a barracks in the city citadel. The government told the Acre citizens the
Baha’i were enemies of the state and god and they ordered the citizens to avoid talking
to them. Conditions were rough, and some followers
died, including one of Bahá’u’lláh’s sons who was only twenty two. The relationship between the townspeople and
the Baha’is improved over time, and after the Ottoman Sultan died, Baha’is were permitted
to leave the city. In eighteen seventy nine, Bahá’u’lláh retired
to a mansion on Acre’s outskirts and left organizational tasks to his son `Abdu’l-Bahá. Bahá’u’lláh was getting old, and he wanted
to focus on writing. Here he published a number of works, the most
important being the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the law book. In May of eighteen eighty two, Bahá’u’lláh
contracted a fever. Over several days, it got worse, and on the
twenty ninth of May, he died. The Baha’i faith’s leadership moved to his
son, `Abdu’l-Baháand and with a few blips, the succession was a success. The Baha’i faith has grown quite a lot since
Bahá’u’lláh’s death. `Abdu’l-Bahá formed a ruling council, and
they expanded on their operation. Every April twenty first, the council sends
a message to Baha’is called the Ridvan message. It’s full of advice for the upcoming year
and sent to their between five and seven million followers around the globe. Their current plans are to grow through education
and advising the world’s children. Baha’is put emphasis on the importance of
education, and incorporating children into the family unit’s decision making. Their rituals are also simple. All able-bodied Baha’is over fifteen must
perform a standard daily prayer. Other prayers and meditations are optional,
but encouraged. They also have a fast every March, and have
a nineteen percent tithe on surplus wealth for charity. On top of that, Baha’is are discouraged from
gossiping and drinking alcohol. There’s no extramarital hanky panky, and
in the great abrahamic tradition, no gay people allowed. Baha’is should avoid political life, and are
forbidden from begging. They also believe in burying the dead without
embalming and ban cremation. They have a specific ban on monks, or ascetic
lifestyles. To them, work is part of good worship. Lastly, and here’s where they stick out,
Baha’is love LOVE the UN. Bahá’u’lláh wrote about the need for a global
government, and the UN is a pretty good example of that. An organization called the Baha’i international
community consults for several UN programs including UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Though their current situation isn’t entirely
rosy. Many Baha’is today live in Islamic countries,
where most leaders consider it apostasy, especially in Iran, which executed more than two hundred
Baha’is between nineteen seventy eight and nineteen ninety eight. In parts of the middle east and sub saharan
africa, the Baha’is often have their rights restricted. For example, any Baha’i activities are illegal
in Egypt, and the government has confiscated many centres, cemeteries, and libraries. And on that cheery note, there you have it. Baha’i, the most interesting religion you’ve
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100 thoughts on “What is the Baha’i Religion?

  1. Go on a tour of the world's religions with this whole series! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNh7QNRUVp0&list=PLnpoOo7lhNnG64vN6y07lLqQzYaiNDqwK

  2. The Bahai believe that all the major religions were right at first, that all the founders were prophets, but later those religions went wrong, which is why their prophet needed to arrive.

  3. The Baha'i Faith is pretty dogmatic, actually. It certainly doesn't claim that everyone is right or that all faiths are equally true. There are exactly 9 revealed Manifestations of God, which excludes a lot of figures from world religions, and the rules around prayer, worship, and personal conduct are very strict.

    Source: I spent 2 years going to Baha'i meetings, prayer circles, Nowruz, a pilgrimage to Wilmette, etc. I never formally converted but I was deeply involved.

  4. "In the great Abrahamic tradition: No gay people allowed"
    As a gay member of the Baha'i community, I'd like to contest this.
    Gay people are definitely welcome in the faith and are loved as members of the community. Baha'i law just doesn't allow the consecration of a gay marriage.

  5. The failure of the Baha'i faith starts with radicals, examples of whom are present here telling others how to worship and what not to do. To those I say; your faith is just as good as your predecessors, Blind.

  6. A very good presentation, though there are some inaccuracies. Notably, at 1:23 he states that the Babis "began getting into violent clashes with the Persian government." The Babis were all previously Muslims, and so the idea of defending one's Faith was well-known to them, as that was the only way Islam survived the barbarous tribes of Arabia when Muhammad appeared to them. However, the Bab never advocated violence, and in virtually every instance, the violence was instigated by the religious and governmental authorities. This is well documented in both Babi/Baha'i literature (e.g. The Dawn-Breakers) and by witnessed accounts of European scholars (e.g. Edward Granville Browne, A.L.M. Nicholas, Comte de Gaubineau).

    Secondly, the Baha'i Faith did not move from a Shi'ih splinter group to a pan-Abrahamic religion. This is quite an important point. Baha'u'llah claims that He received revelation from God. Therefore, He did not make things up as He went along. He stated many times that He was as a leaf blown by the winds of Providence, as it were. From the beginning, He viewed His mission as the re-creation of religion and the regeneration of the world, not as some religious movement that He would shape and mould according to the changes of fortune.

    And now the big question about this video: What is with the asinine little cartoon figures that appear throughout? How is anyone to take this video seriously when the author resorts to graffiti rather than something resembling scholarship? Light-hearted is one thing, inanity is quite another.

  7. "The term dogma is used in pejorative and non-pejorative senses. In the non-pejorative sense, dogma is an official system of principles or tenets of a church, such as Roman Catholicism, or the positions of a philosopher or of a philosophical school such as Stoicism."

    "In the pejorative sense, dogma refers to enforced decisions, such as those of aggressive political interests or authorities. More generally, it is applied to some strong belief that the ones adhering to it are not willing to rationally discuss. This attitude is named as a dogmatic one, or as dogmatism; and is often used to refer to matters related to religion, but is not limited to theistic attitudes alone and is often used with respect to political or philosophical dogmas."

    If you use the non-pejorative definition of dogma as the official system principles and tenets of the Baha'i Faith, then by definition every religion in history is dogma and your comment becomes meaningless. Since there are no philosophical schools within the Faith, that definition does not apply.

    If you use the pejorative sense, you have just demonstrated that although you have "pored" over all manner of writings, you have not understood any of them, and know very little of how the community functions.

    Dogma is also commonly intended to refer to teachings or beliefs added to the original teachings of a Faith by institutions within the Faith. Since the only source of beliefs or theology in the Baha'i Faith is the Writings of Baha'u'llah, and no one can add to them or change them, there obviously cannot be any dogma.

    You go right on standing by your comments. They are not based on anything real, but they are all yours.

  8. Cool video but the picture of Baha’u’llah is not meant to be exposed on internet etc. 🙏🏼
    Thank U.

  9. Great, more religious people killing each other over religion bc they can’t agree on who’s myth is not a myth. SMH

  10. As a practicing (maybe some day I'll get good at) Baha'i I just wanna say well done. Ignore the people giving out about the image of Baha'u'llah at the begining, sure we're discouraged from owning or looking at the image too often, but the reason for this is to avoid idolatry or image worship. You're not a Baha'i and most of your viewers I imagine are also not Baha'i and so giving out about this injunction is counter productive and just goes to show that even in a chill religion some folk are just too worried about policing other people's actions rather than praising their efforts. I admire your out put here dude and really enjoyed your shot gun tour of my faith. Not all of it accurate but all of it in the spirit of seeking and sharing info. Nailed it.

  11. The problem with the Mahdi stuff you talk about is that the Prophet Muhammad himself said”If God gives me one last day, God will send a man from my family , whose name will be the same as mine (Muhammad), and his father’s name will be the same as my father’s (Abdullah). So his name will be: Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. This was not the name of the person who started the Baha’i religion nor any of its other leaders. Therefore, Bahahulla was not the Mahdi. Simple?

  12. I know I said this in another video but another super chill religion that I think would make a good video is the Quakers, they have a very fascinating history founding the first anti slavery state in the US, always opposing war, and supporting civil rights and dissolving preachers and hierarchal structures within the church. They are also far more inclusive and chill than the Bahai Faith imo, I really like the Bahai faith but I've faced a lot of flack from the Bahai I know for not subscribing to all of their creeds and beliefs. Although Quakers started out as Christians, they've evolved so much further past that, and I think it has so much potential and offers such a great model on how religion and spirituality should work: https://www.fgcquaker.org/discover/faqs-about-quakers

  13. The Bahai principle of "independent investigation of truth", although very attractive, but is in contradiction to the holiest Bahai book, Aqdas, which limits the freedom only to "follow My Commandments". Humans are a flock of sheep that need a shepherd and the the symbol of liberty is animal:
    122- Consider the pettiness of men's mind. They ask for that which injures them…We find some men desiring liberty and priding themselves therein. Such men are in depth of ignorance.
    123- Liberty must in the end lead to sedition whose flames none can quench…Know ye that the embodiment of liberty and its symbol is the animal…Liberty causeth man to overstep the bounds of propriety, and to infringe on the dignity of his station. It debases him to the level of extreme depravity and wickedness.
    124- Regard men as a flock of sheep that need a shepherd for their protection. This verily is truth, the certain truth. We approve liberty in certain circumstances and refuse to sanction in the others….
    125- Say: True Liberty consisteth in man's submission unto My commandments, little as you know it…The Liberty profiteth you is to be found nowhere except in complete servitude unto God, the Eternal Truth..

  14. Great video, as a Baha'i who declared 3 years ago, I would say its pretty accurate. Its nice to see videos about the faith from non Baha'is, thank you very much and God bless you.

  15. Although not all accurate, I applaud the fact that you went into far more detail than most non-Baha'is do. This is now the top ranking video on the Baha'i Faith. To be fair though, Baha'is do NOT believe that "everyone is right, and that there’s no wrong worship". We do believe the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of Humanity. I suggest going to Bahai.org for more info. This Faith changed my life profoundly!

  16. Very informative video, thank you so much! (Alex talks a little fast for us "old folks" LOL) but the information is very much appreciated!

  17. A few comments: Did pretty well on pronunciations (Baha’u’llah has a short vowel sound for the u)… otherwise many of the various names, locations, etc. which are challenging to handle were pretty close. The strong comments about how Gays are regarded was off point, but there is a comment below addressing the subject — to which I would add that comments about sexual mores apply to heterosexuals and homosexuals in that monogamous behavior is part of the guidance. Illumination of all forms of prejudice is a precept that is inclusive here, as well. In my opinion the views on the UN as it exists currently were a bit overstated, but it will need to continue to evolve in order to be a useful body for helping to protect and address the global issues that need a cooperative group of empowered representatives to deal with what is of concern to the occupants of this planet. Thank you for speaking about this subject.

  18. I always liked, that my dad is Bahai. And I still think, that Bahais are very good people. But when I was 15 and had the chance to become an official member of the religion, that I really liked, I found out, that as a Bahai you can't be in a relationship (marriage) with your loved one, if you happen to have the same gender. I was really sad and felt unwanted, because even then I knew, that I was not heterosexual. So I decided not to join, because I am right, the way I am and there is no reason for me to live in celibate or force myself to be with a man.
    And I hope, that Bahais will recognize all the scientific proofs of us homosexuals not being sick and really being born this way. I think even my dad sees, that I am happier than before I was out. He accepts me and loves me, because a good Bahai does so. I hope that one day he also sees, that there is nothing wrong with me being gay.
    Also I remeber having been taught, that for Bahais, religion and science have to be harmonious with each other 🙂

  19. Thank you so much for shedding the light on my beloved religion, the Bahá'i Faith! I appreciate the history aspect of the video very much 🙂 As I'm sure you've noticed through many comments, our prophet's name is pronounced "bah-ha-oo-lah". Also, it is a law in our religion to not show or draw or make up any pictures of Baha'u'llah. He's never had his picture taken, nor his portrait painted. I myself don't know the exact reason, I still have some studying to do, but it's a very big and important mistake that you've made on the video. In all honesty, it made me quite uncomfortable to see this, although Baha'u'llah tells us not to offend or be offended by anything.

    Also, to be a bit more specific on the homosexuality portion of this video, the Baha'is are not homophobic in any way, shape, or form. In fact, the Universal House of Justice wrote a letter telling us how important it is to be tolerant and loving to those who are homosexual. HOWEVER… we are forbidden to have sex with the same gender. Although our souls are gender-less, marriage with someone of the same gender isn't encouraged. After marrying someone of the same sex, one may be unregistered by the Local Spiritual Assembly and will not be allowed to vote or attend 19-Day-Feast. Of course, every community is different, and not everyone is sexually active, so that law may be overlooked in certain cases. I personally don't like this law, especially since I'm pansexual, but that's the truth about the LGBT laws. Although, we would never say "no gays allowed". I think you said this just to get the idea out there, but this is the more in-depth explanation.

    Note: I use the term "law" lightly. Everybody performs their individual investigation of the truth, and may make personal decisions about which rules they are willing to follow. It's between you and God what you think is right or wrong.

  20. If only the main Baha'i principle which is elimination of extreme of wealth and poverty was accepted and followed, we wouldn't see all this poverty, homelessness and misery that we see around us everyday. A religion shouldn't only be a tradition to follow for eating, buying presents, decorating, wearing special outfits and so on. It should have a practical, none superstitious and global aim to bring prosperity to all the people of the world.

  21. The crunch about the Bahai faith is the fact that all religions originate from the same God which can be proven by the fact that the arch angle Gabriel is common in both in Islam and in Christianity.

  22. No divisions because they want everybody in the world to be Bahai. . . . . They accept Muhammed as a prophet but they don't believe anything he said.

  23. When I was 5 years old my parents separated for 1 year. My mother took me and my siblings from our small country town in rural New South Wales, to Australia's capital Canberra. Our new neighborhood was very diverse. We were the only Australian born family in the cul de sac. Our next door neighbours were Farsi and Baha'i. They ingratiated themeselves into our lives and were a wonderful influence. I still remember them even though I was so young. My mother was so moved by their faith and decency she let them take us to Baha'i temple and they accepted us as new members of the religion. Most of my life I've considered myself agnostic atheist but like many people, I'm drawn to this tradition.

  24. Why are your members in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia, targetting community
    centers and libraries to recruit members? We will take strict measures
    unless they stop this and apologize!

  25. It's not really a religion if you ask me. It's a process that gives people the opportunity to become better people. That's what Baha'u'llah might have thought.

  26. As an accidental atheist (if it were upto me i would never be an atheist), i have all my life tried searching for a religion that would provide a decent set of rules and code of ethics to live by. Bahai faith sounds pretty attractive since, plus bahais are not persecuted in pakistan.

  27. Wow if you know the Islamic religion then the Baha'i faith sounds exactly like it but with a few tweaks. Similarities: 1. PRAYER: All able bodied ppl over 15 must perform a standard daily prayer, other prayers are optional but encouraged, 2. FASTING: from sunrise to sundown for nearly a month – (the only difference is that Baha'is fast in March and Muslims fast according to the lunar cycle) 3. CHARITY: Giving a percentage of surplus wealth to charity. — These are 3 of 5 pillars of Islam the other two being FAITH and PILGRIMAGE which the Bahai's also have and it is obligatory in both faiths to perform pilgrimage if the person has both the financial and physical means. Bonus: Islam also teaches that other religions are right but just the ones that came before them (Judaism and Christianity) but believe that their msg was lost over time and God upgraded it through Islam. Similarities outside the basic principles; no alcohol, no gossiping, no extramarital sex, and no same sex intercourse, etc. I guess this is obvious since the history of Baha'i is that it was formed from the teachings of Islam. But they didn't really diverge much from it, its all relatively the same but with a few tweaks. Soooo… I think the best way to understand it is that basically Baha'i faith is to Islam what the New Testament is to the Bible.

  28. The cartoons are unnecessary. Would you do the same thing if trying to explain Islam? having cartoons of Prophet Muhammad?

  29. As an ex Bahai I recognized it as a cult. They dangle the carrot of equality yet women are not to serve in the house of universal justice. Their believes have no forward thought. They believe in a one world government and religion combined, and what is that folks? A Theocracy, and whenever there is a Theocracy human rights are abused. Their beliefs go against the US Constitution, they want to infiltrate every social institution and control it. They want every culture dismantled and become homogenous. Sure, they say they accept different cultures and religions, but as you go along they want you to give up your culture, traditions, beliefs, and your national sovereignty. They are globalists.

  30. Interesting, energetic, and for the most part correct. The only issue is with the mispronunciation of the founder of the Faith, Baha'u'llah (means Glory of God) (it's more like Baha-O-lah, not Baha-oo-lah. And yes, I am a Baha'i, have been for over 40 years. Well worth looking into if you're interested in a progressive view of religious history, and where the organization of the faith is with the laity, not the clergy (there is no clergy).

  31. Baha'u'llah was imprisoned because a Bab'i attempted to assisanate the Shaw. However, that was not supposed attempt was not supposed by Baha'u'llah, who insisted on nonviolence.

  32. I don't know how many people became Baha'i after seeing this video. And I'm sure you got several people on investigating the Faith on their own. You have spread His words and His teachings as accurate you possibly could in a short and pleasant video, almost all over the world. It was a pleasure watching you. Have a wonderful day 🙂

  33. Mehdi is not an Islamic Messiah. Jesus is the Islamic Messiah, Mehdi is a man who will come to lead and prepare the muslims for the coming of Jesus. i, as a Muslim know that Mehdi has no Messianic significance in Islam.

  34. Please… correct the pronunciation of Baha’u’llah. It is Ba- ha oooooo la. Accent on ha. Otherwise…good. Thanks! ❤️

  35. I THINK AS A BAHA'I' ,MEDITATION AND PRAYERS ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THROGH THESE 2 ACTIVITIES ,WE DEVELOP THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH ' OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN'AND WITH PERSEVERENCE AND FERVENTLY TURNING TO GOD.IN RETURN HE RESPONDS TO US EITHER THROUGH PSYCHIC MESSAGERS OR DREAMS. WHEN I WAS YOUNG I WAS NOT SO KEEN TO PRAY VIGOROUSLY ( YOU KNOW WHAT'S LIKE WHEN ONE IS A CHILD.ONE PRAYS BECAUSE WE ARE TOLD TO PRAY.)BUT I HAVE ALWAYS PRAYED, SOMEHOW I ALWAYS SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM GOD ,AND I RECKON I HAVE HAD SEVERAL SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES WHICH SEEM TO HAVE HELP TO CARRY ON WITH LIFE AND COPE WITH MOST DIFFICULTIES.I MUST SAY I AM SO GRATEFUL TO MY PARENTS ESPECIALLY MY DAD WHO REALLY MADE SURE WE WERE SPIRITUALLY EDUCATED/ ACADEMICLY AS WELL,ALTHOUGH WE WERE FINANCIALLY DISANVANTAGED.HIMSELF HE LEFT SCHOOL AT 9YRS OLD,HE COULD ACTUALLY QUOTED/ RECITE THE WRITINGS OF RELIGIOUS BOOKS.IN FACT HE USED TO TAKE ME /I ACCOMPANIED HIM WHEN HE WENT TEACHINGS AROUND ,AS YOUNG AS I WAS FASCINATED ,I USED TO ADMIRE HIM.NOW WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT IS MORE LIKE A MIRACLE.( HOW MANY OF US CAN DO THIS?) AND YET WE CLAIM TO BE SO EDUCATED.MY DAD ALWAYS PRAYED AND MEDITATED .ANS MY MUM USED TO RISE EARLY MORNING AND PRAYED LOUDLY.XSHE HARDLY WENT TO SCHOOL,SHE COULD READ PRAYERS FLUENTLY.SO I THINK IT HAS TO COME FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES.
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  36. We, now as adult men, must always trust in God and never in a religion of any kind, including Christianity! For he is our true Father and had therefore sent us Immanuel, the anointed one, also called Jesus, who laid down his own life of flesh and blood, just to show us and save us from the danger of religion. He was sent to teach us just how we must each pray to our heavenly Father (in the secret place) and also how we must always live our lives, for the sake of peace and love for one another, all as fellow humans…

    “I will raise up for them a prophet like you [Moses] from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth.” – (Deuteronomy 18: 18) –

    “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign: A young woman is with child, and she will bear a son, and will call him Immanuel.” [“God-is-with-us”] – (Isaiah 7: 14) –

    “Follow me; and I will make you fishers of men.” – (Matthew 4: 19) –

    “Beware of false prophets, men who come to you dressed up as sheep while underneath they are savage wolves. You will recognize them by the fruits they bear.” – (Matthew 7: 15-16) –

    “Do not call any man on earth ‘father’; for you have one Father and he is in heaven. Nor must you be called ‘teacher’; you have one Teacher, the Messiah.” – (Matthew 23: 9-10) –

    “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – (John 4: 24) –

    “Take care that no one misleads you: For many will come claiming my name…”
    – (Matthew 24: 4) –
    “Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many; and as lawlessness spreads, men’s love for one another will grow cold. But the man who holds out to the end will be saved. – (Matthew 24: 12-14) –

    “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – (John 8: 32) –

    “When you pray, go into a room by yourself, and shut the door. Pray to your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you.
    In your prayers do not go babbling on like the heathen, who imagine that the more they say the more likely they are to be heard.
    Do not imitate them. Your Father knows what your needs are before you ask him.
    This is how you should pray:
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    Your kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven,
    Give us today our daily bread,
    And forgive us the wrong we have done, as we have forgiven those who have wronged us.
    And do not bring us to the test, but save us from the evil one.
    For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever.
    Amen.
    For if you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father.” – (Matthew 6: 6-15) –

    “Pass no judgement, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.” – (Matthew 7: 1-2) –

    “Truly I tell you; if anyone obeys my teaching he shall never know what it is to die.” – (John 8: 51) –

    “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the Law and the Prophets.
    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” – (Matthew 7: 12-14) –

    “I am the gate; anyone who comes into the fold through me shall be safe. He shall go in and out and shall find pasturage.
    The thief comes only to steal, to kill, to destroy; I have come that men may have life, and may have it in all its fullness.” – (John 10: 9-10) –

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – (Matthew 7: 21) –
    “I am the resurrection and I am life. If a man has faith in me, even though he dies, he shall come to life; and no one who is alive and has faith shall ever die.” – (John 11: 25-26) –

    “I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world”
    – (John 12: 47) –
    “Whoever then will acknowledge me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven; and whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” – (Matthew 10: 32-34) –

    “I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except by me. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” – (John 14: 6-7) –

    “The disciples came and asked Jesus, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.
    Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
    If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, It would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
    Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!’” – (Matthew 18: 1-7) –

    “An expert in the law, [a leading religious Pharisee] tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. Everything in the Law and the Prophets hangs on these two commandments.’” – (Matthew 22: 35-40) –

    “There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends.” – (John 15: 13) –

    "Stay awake, and pray that you may be spared the test: The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." – (Matthew 26: 41) –
    “Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And be assured, I am with you always, to the end of time.” – (Matthew 28: 20) –

    “One of the criminals who hung there also mocked and taunted him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself, and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God? You are under the same sentence as he. For us it is plain justice; we are paying the price for our misdeeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’ And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He answered, “I tell you this: today you shall be with me in Paradise.’” – (Luke 23: 39-43) –

    “For it is my Father’s will that everyone who looks upon the Son and puts his faith in him shall possess eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day” – (John 6: 40) –

    Yours always, in true Spirit and in our one given prayer, 2gointruth, Monday the 15th of April, 2019: – (Matthew 5:14-16) – Where every minute (of both day and night) can be a new beginning for any one of us. Let it always be you.

  37. Gay people ARE allowed. There are many gay Bahais. Please correct that inaccuracy. Marriage is restricted to a man and a woman and sex is restricted to marriage so the only thing that is not allowed is sex outside of marriage. It is something heterosexuals struggle with as well.

  38. As a baha'i, the picture of Baha'u'llah only exists in one place, Haifa Israel where we take our pilgrimage. I do not know how you got this picture but it is important for you to add some sort of warning.

  39. A long, boring fantastical story and too much dramatic "Youtube hands". I'm not inspired. I'll go over to Bahai.org to see what this religiion is about.

  40. Calling to organize against any system of law and government is not something that can be seen as other than a physical threat and violent clashes with a goal to conquer the world confirms they are even more clear enemies than even just being like a poet who claims to being God's viceregent.

  41. An interesting video!!!! Thanks
    I believe that you learn a religion from the believers of that religion. For learning about Islam I do not participate in Christian underground seminars about Islam. Also in order to learn about Christianity, I do not participate in Jewish seminars which are directed and taught by rabbis. In addition, I believe God gave me a capable brain. With that brain I can investigate every religion all by myself.
    Isn’t this nice!?????

  42. But my question is how Baha'i religion came to India?

    Why India has the most Baha'i people in the world?

  43. Where are all the vast volumes of Baha'i writings? "Alchemy is a spurious art. Who has seen the Philosophers stone? "(Baha'ullah) Who has seen the Gem of Divine Virtue? I was a Baha'i until I was attacked and slandered by Native Canadian Baha'i's who tried to kill me with Indian medicine because of jealousy and blowing the whistle on a corruption scam involving a member of the Canadian National Assembly. There is a massive gap between belief and behavior. No Self knowledge. No teaching about the mind.

  44. You should have spoken about India’s Baha’Is. The only country which acknowledges them, gives them full rights and encourages persecuted Baha’Is to come to the country. India has the highest number of Baha’Is (and Zoroastrians) in the world now! They are allowed to live with dignity and respect, and they are brothers/sisters in every walk of life. As an Indian Hindu I love you Baha’Is. Keep doing an amazing job! Lots of love ❤️

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