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Bahá’í Faith - An Introduction

The Shrine of the Báb surrounded by formal and informal gardens, in Haifa, Israel
© 2014, Bahá'í International Community

Bahá’í Faith - An Introduction

This section covers some of the very basic points of knowledge about the Bahá’í Faith and serves as an introduction for the other topics. Bahá’u’lláh claimed that he had come to unite the world in one common faith. He said “the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”. He explained that all religions are stages in the life of humanity, like classes in a school - each one takes us further than the one before, and this process will continue everlastingly into the future.

1.
Who was the Forerunner who prepared the way for Bahá’u’lláh?
The Báb
`Abdu’l-Bahá
Siyyid Kázim
Shaykh Ahmad
In 1844 in Iran, the Báb declared that his purpose was to prepare mankind for the coming of a new, universal religion from God. He was martyred in 1850.
2.
Who was appointed by `Abdu’l-Bahá to be the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith after he passed away in 1921?
Shaykh Ahmad
Siyyid Kázim
William Sears
Shoghi Effendi
He was `Abdu’l-Bahá’s eldest grandson. He supervised the worldwide spread of the Faith. By the time Shoghi Effendi had died, the Bahá'í Faith had spread sufficiently around the world, enabling the election of a governing world body, as ordained by Bahá'u'lláh.
3.
The Bahá’í calendar starts from which year?
1750
1844
1901
1923
The calendar is also known as the Badí calendar.
4.
What is the name of the elected world body which handles the affairs of the Faith?
The World Unity
The Social Development Council
The Universal House of Justice
The House of Progress
It meets in a beautiful building on Mount Carmel in Haifa.
5.
Whom did Bahá’u’lláh appoint as his successor?
Shoghi Effendi
Siyyid Kázim
`Abdu’l-Bahá
Shaykh Ahmad
He was Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son. He had been with Bahá’u’lláh through all his exiles, and had a thorough understanding of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings and purpose. He succeeded Bahá’u’lláh in 1892, and while the Faith was in his care, it spread to Europe and North America.
6.
Who was the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith?
Bahá’u’lláh
`Abdu’l-Bahá
Shoghi Effendi
Siyyid Kázim
Bahá’u’lláh, in April 1863, declared that he was the Messenger of God for this age, and began to proclaim new, universal principles.
7.
In which year did the first British person become a Bahá’í?
1899
1912
1921
1935
Her name was Ethel Jenner Rosenberg. She was born in Bath, Somerset, but was living in London at the time.
8.
What is the most fundamental teaching of the Bahá’í Faith?
Justice
Unity
Honesty
Detachment
This means the unity of religions and the unity of humanity. Justice, honesty and detachment are, of course, all teachings of the Bahá’í Faith; however the establishment of unity is the underlying teaching. This is the most pressing need of the world today, for without it, we cannot achieve a lasting peace.
9.
Bahá’u’lláh taught the principle of “Progressive Revelation”. What does this mean?
If we meditate, progressive ideas will be revealed to us
If we meditate, the road to progress will be revealed to us
We need to become progressively more spiritual
Religions progress from one to the next. Each religion is sent by God for a particular time, building on the one before
The phrase “Progressive Revelation” refers to Bahá’u’lláh’s explanation of the relationship between all the religions, which arose at different times and in different places.
10.
Which is the second most widespread of the world’s religions? (This is measured by the number of countries with organised groups.)
Christianity
The Bahá’í Faith
Islam
Buddhism
Christianity is the most widespread religion of all. Information of this kind is obtained from specialist encyclopedias, and not from Bahá’í sources.
Author:  National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

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