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The Baha'i Ringstone symbol represents humanity's connection to God

The Baha'i Ringstone symbol represents humanity's connection to God


According to Wikipedia, The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.

Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá'í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, coupled with the unity in diversity, that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance.

According to the Bahá'í Faith's teachings, the human purpose is to learn to know and to love God through such methods as prayer, reflection, and being of service to humanity.

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2016

On the corner of East 14th and Euclid in Cleveland is an Ohio Historical Marker commemorating the visit of `Abdu’l-Bahá to Cleveland in 1912.

Baha'i Ohio Historical Marker


`Abdu’l-Bahá’ was the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. In 1892, `Abdu’l-Bahá was appointed in his father’s will to be his successor and head of the Bahá’í Faith.

In 1908, at the age of 64 and after forty years imprisonment, `Abdu’l-Bahá was freed by the Young Turks revolution and he and his family began to live in relative safety. His journeys to the West, and his “Tablets of the Divine Plan” spread the Bahá’í message beyond its middle-eastern roots, including this visit to Cleveland.

During his talks he proclaimed Bahá’í principles such as the unity of God, unity of the religions, oneness of humanity, equality of women and men, world peace and economic justice. He also insisted that all his meetings be open to all races.



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Baha'i History and Beliefs

The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th-century Persia. Bahá'u'lláh was exiled for his teachings from Persia to the Ottoman Empire and died while officially still a prisoner. After Bahá'u'lláh's death, under the leadership of his son, `Abdu'l-Bahá, the religion spread from its Persian and Ottoman roots, and gained a footing in Europe and America, and was consolidated in Iran, where it suffers intense persecution.

Portrait of Abdu'l-Bahá

Portrait of Abdu'l-Bahá


After the death of `Abdu'l-Bahá, the leadership of the Bahá'í community entered a new phase, evolving from a single individual to an administrative order with both elected bodies and appointed individuals.

It is estimated that there are more than 5 million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and to the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abrahamic figures—Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, as well as figures from Indian religions like Krishna, Buddha, and others.

For Bahá'ís, the most recent messengers are the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh's life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures.

The Seat of the Universal House of Justice taken on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

The Seat of the Universal House of Justice
On Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel


Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale.

Photograph of the Greatest Name at the top of the interior of the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.

Greatest Name
(from Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois)


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