Baha'ism claims to be the ultimate fulfillment of Judaism, Buddhism,
Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and Christianity. While proclaiming
the merits of all world religions, Baha'ism also Insists that these faiths
must now concede to the supremacy of God's fulfilled revelation In
Baha'i is the worlds second fastest growing religion and is taking
college campuses by storm.
A 25-year-old businessman, known as Mirza All Muhammad
(1819-1850), announced in 1844 that he was the Bab ("Gate") who
would be the forerunner of the "Promised One" who would be a
manifestation of God. Six years later he was killed. One of his
followers, a Persian nobleman named Mirza Husayn Ali, known
today as Baha'u'llah ("the glory of God"), came to believe he was the
one prophesied by Mirza All Muhammad.
Baha'u'llah declared that he was the promised Mahdi (Messiah), a
progressive revelation of God onward from Abraham, Moses,
Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, and Muhammad. This is the 9
godhead theory that they espouse.
The 12 principals of faith:
1. The independent search for truth
2. The oneness of the human race
3. The unity of all religions
4. The elimination of all prejudice
5. The harmony of science and religion
6. The equality of men and women
7. Universal education
8. A universal language
9. Abolition of extreme wealth and poverty
10. A world court
11. Work as worship
12. Justice with universal peace.
The religious practices of Baha'ism are similar to Islam though the
two faiths are entirely separate religious systems. The Baha'i faith
seriously offends orthodox Muslims in its belief that the line of
prophets does not end with Muhammad but includes Baha'u'llah and
prophets yet to come.
Worship is held every 19 days at the '19 Day Feast'. The plan of
salvation for Baha'i is the strive for the possibility of evolution
through spiritual development as a means of attaining nearness to
God. Those who don't attain this level of consciousness are doomed
to be separated from God for eternity.