2017 marked the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah (trans. Glory of God) 1817-2017. During mid- to late-October 2017 Baha'is celebrated a number of activities and events to which the general public was invited. Information on these activities will periodically be shown below, as well as acknowledgements from various national and world leaders. Public tributes can be seen at https://sites.google.com/bahai.us/bahaullahpublictributes/home
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The entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah in the Bahji Gardens just outside of Acre (Akko) Israel. The Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, located in Bahjí near Acre, Israel, is the most holy place for Bahá'ís and represents their Qiblih, or direction of prayer. It contains the remains of Bahá'u'lláh and is near the spot where he died in the Mansion of Bahjí, which is partially pictured to the left. The shrine and its surrounding gardens, as well as the Mansion of Bahjí, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008.
In celebration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah,
President Jimmy Carter sent the following letter to our National Baha'i Community.
The Bahji Gardens in Acre (Akko) Israel. Revered by over 7 million Baha'is the world over as the final resting place of this Holy Man and Divine Educator who Baha'is believe came to deliver humankind from confusion and strife, to reinvigorate religion, and to meet the needs of a humanity who is reaching spiritual adulthood. Read more here: http://www.bahai.org/
The Seat of the Universal House of Justice overlooking the Bay of Haifa, Israel, which is situated on Mount Carmel above the Cave of Elijah. This is where the international affairs of the Baha'i Faith are guided. Baha'is from all over the world come to Haifa and Akka to make pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. General public tours are held on a regular basis.
Images of various Baha'i Continental Houses of Worship around the world. Going left to right from the top are: American Samoa, Columbia (Design), New Delhi, India, Frankfurt, Germany, Sydney, Australia, Panama, Santiago, Chile, Wilmette, IL (Chicago),Thailand (Design) and Kampala, Uganda. All Baha'i Houses of Worship have nine sides. Nine is largest single number and symbolizes unity.
Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of whom has founded a great religion. These Messengers, or Manifestations of God, have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
The latest Messenger is Bahá’u’lláh (trans. the Glory of God), Who brings new spiritual and social teachings for our modern age. He taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and to unite for the advancement and betterment of humankind. The essential aspects of His teachings is based on Oneness or Unity: The Oneness of God (no matter our faith we all worship the same Divine Spirit); the Oneness of Religion (no matter our religious faith we all seek a pathway to God), and the Oneness of Humanity (irrespective of superficial differences of skin color or cultural practices the essential aspect of humanity is that we are all spiritual beings).
Similar to other monotheistic religions, Baha'is believe that God is the source of all created things. Religion, according to Bahá'u'lláh, is renewed periodically by Manifestations of God, individuals who are made perfect through divine intervention and whose teachings are the sources of the major world religions throughout history. Baha'is also believe that revelation is an on-going historical process whereby God provides ongoing guidance to His people. Bahá'ís view Bahá'u'lláh as the first spiritual educator whose mission includes the spiritual unification of the entire planet through the eventual eradication of racism and nationalism. Bahá'u'lláh's teachings include the need for a world tribunal to adjudicate disputes between nations, a uniform system of weights and measures, and an auxiliary language that could be spoken by all the people on earth. Bahá'u'lláh also taught that the cycles of revelatory renewal will continue in the future, with Manifestations of God appearing roughly about every thousand years.