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In truth, it is in the hand of God to give what He willeth to whomsoever He willeth, and to withhold what He pleaseth from whomsoever He may wish.
-- Kitab I Aqdas

Bahai Texts:
Holy Kitab I Aqdas
Written around 1873 by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith from Iran, this work is written in Arabic and its Arabic title is al-Kitab al-Aqdas, but it is commonly referred to by its Persian title, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, which was given the work by Baha'u'llah himself. It is sometimes called "the Aqdas", "the Most Holy Book", "the Book of Laws" and occasionally "the Book of Aqdas".
Intro taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitab-i-Aqdas
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Holy Kitab I Iqan
The Kitab-i-Iqan is one of many books held sacred by followers of the Baha'i Faith. Kitab-i-Iqan literally means book of certitude. This book was written by Baha'u'llah the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith in 1862.
Intro taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitab-i-Iqan
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Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
Bahá'u'lláh's last major work, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, is a recapitulation of many of the main themes in His writings, gives a restatement of His claim to be God's Manifestation for this day, and serves as a compilation of some of His most important statements, for Bahá'u'lláh re-revealed many passages to illustrate the breadth and depth of His revelation.
Intro taken from http://wilmetteinstitute.org/epistle2.html
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Prayers & Meditations by Bahaullah
Collection of various Prayers and Meditations by Bahaullah the prophet founder of the Baha'i Faith.
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About Bahai faith:

Religion founded in Iran in the mid-19th century by Baha Ullah.

It emerged from Babism when in 1863 Baha Ullah asserted that he was the messenger of God predicted by the Bab. Before his death in 1892, he appointed his son Abd ol-Baha to lead the community. The writings of the Bab, Baha Ullah, and Abd ol-Baha form the sacred literature. Worship consists of readings from scriptures of all religions.

Bahai faith proclaims the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. It is concerned with social ethics and has no priesthood or sacraments. Because of its 19 initial disciples, it considers the number 19 sacred, and the calendar consists of 19 months of 19 days (with four additional days). Adherents are expected to pray daily, fast 19 days a year, and keep to a strict ethical code.

Bahai has experienced major growth since the 1960s but has been persecuted in Iran since the fundamentalist revolution of 1979.
Taken from http://education.yahoo.com/search/be?p=baha%27i
Important Persons:

Bahá'u'lláh

Mírzá Husayn-'Alí (b:1817-d:1892), who later took the title of Bahá'u'lláh ("The Glory of God" in Arabic) was the founder-prophet of the Bahá'í Faith.

He claimed to fulfill the Bábí prophecy of "He whom God shall make manifest", but in a broader sense he also claimed to be the Messenger of God prophesized in all great religious traditions. He said that this day “is the king of days,” for which “the soul of every Prophet of God, of every Divine Messenger, hath thirsted,” and that “In this most mighty Revelation, all the Dispensations of the past have attained their highest, their final consummation.”

Bahá'u'lláh's authored many religious works, most notably the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and the Book of Certitude. He died in Bahjí, Palestine, present day Israel, and is buried there.
Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahaullah

Note: There are two known photographs of Bahá'u'lláh. Copies of both pictures are at the Bahá'í World Centre, and one is on display in the International Archives building, where the Bahá'ís view it as part of an organized pilgrimage. Outside of this experience Bahá'ís prefer to not view this photo in public, or even to display it in their private homes.
This image is called the 'greatest name' and roughly translates to 'O Glory of Glories'. The world glory used in this connection is a translation of the Arabic term Baha, the name of Bahaullah.
Bahai Symbol:

A simple nine-pointed star is generally used by Bahá'ís as a symbol of their Faith.

The number nine has significance in the Bahá'í Revelation. Nine years after the announcement of the Báb in Shiraz, Bahá'u'lláh received the intimation of His mission in the dungeon in Teheran. Nine, as the highest single-digit number, symbolizes completeness.

Since the Bahá'í Faith claims to be the fulfillment of the expectations of all prior religions, this symbol, as used for example in nine-sided Bahá'í temples, reflects that sense of fulfillment and completeness.
Taken from http://www.bahai.com/Bahaullah/symbol.htm




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