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We all know about Islam, but may not know about Bahai. Bahai is a new religion or rather a religion of the newer world. It is becoming popular nowadays and has its origins from the Shi’ite Islam sect. Though originating from Islam, there are a considerable amount of differences between the two religions. Bahai is not considered a sub sect of Islam, but as a new religion itself.

There are over 5 million followers of Bahai religion globally, spread across 236 countries. The forerunner of this religion was Sayid Ali Muhammad. He had to face severe consequences in the beginning. There were bloodsheds and executions. The followers of this religion are called as Bahais. Today there are international conferences of this religion and is being accepted as a religion of the world. There are many holy books for the religion but the most prominent one is Kitáb-i-Aqdas.

Islam was founded by Muhammed and the followers of this religion are known as Muslims. The roots of this religion are often traced back to Christianity. The Muslims refer to Jesus, Moses, and Abraham as the prophets of God and hence as Muslims. In the view of Islam, Judaism and Christianity are true religions. The Muslims have a holy book which is known as the Quran and is written originally in Arabic language. The word Muslim itself means a ‘person who submits.’

Rather than just being a religion, Bahai is a combination of religion and science. The major principles of this religion are establishment of world peace, universal education, equality of women and men, adoration of one God, and cooperation between Science and Religion in a person’s search for truth.

The main principles or teachings of Islam are the Five Pillars. These are the obligatory prayer, repeating the shahada, giving alms, fasting, and pilgrimage. The pilgrimage or hajj is to Mecca and the places near it.

Anybody can embrace the Bahai religion while there are restrictions and conditions when you embrace Islam. A follower of Bahai is considered to be more educated than people of other religions as he is expected to study the scriptures of his religion as well as that of the other religions of the world.

Summary:

1.Bahai is a religion having origins from Islam and Islam has its roots from Christianity.
2.The followers of Islam are known as Muslims and the followers of Bahai are called as Bahais.
3.The holy book of Muslims is the Quran and that of Bahais is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas.
4.Bahai is a combination of religion and science while Islam is purely a religion based on the teachings of the Prophet.
5.The main principles of Islam are based on the Quran and teachings of the Prophet. Bahai has a more scientific and modern approach and focuses on issues like equality of the genders, world peace, adoring one God, and combining science and religion.
6.A Bahai is supposed to learn the scriptures of the religion as well as that of other religions. Muslims are not supposed to learn about other religions.


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  1. Not bad for a basic intro. A couple further basics are spelling – typically it’s spelled “Baha’i” or “Baha’i Faith” or “Baha’is” for followers of the religion. If you want to get even finer detail there are accents involved.

    Baha’is believe each well known religion, and the aboriginal faith traditions of natives, are all founded by God whether it’s known who founded the religion or not. Thus our duty to understand the other religions rather than ignore them. They are part of our cultural history and should be brought forward, best by those who live in those areas. Baha’is also believe that religions include both eternal truths and relative truths. Eternal truths like the virtues of sincerity and honesty and courage and relative truths like vegetarianism or the need to allow for divorce etc. Both also progress in their expression as culture and people change. Slavery used to be allowed not out of sense of allowing for a need to be mean to some people but in a sense of it being a social system for managing resources. Not all slavery was bent on hurting people. But now-a-days slavery is no longer needed and is forbidden in the Baha’i Faith’s teachings – but this isn’t to cast a sense of superiority of a new religion over an older one. It’s to say that God’s teachings – and we do believe religious teachings come from God – has allowed for our progress and we no longer need slavery. In that sense Baha’i teachings are more accepting of science – it’s not that Islam was incompatible with science (indeed until the 1800s all western progress scientifically was eclipsed in the east under Islam, or actually based on Muslim science, so beware casting aspersions on Islam’s sense of science!)

    The Kitab-i-Aqdas is out Book of Laws but all the central works of the religion are scriptural. Each has some distinctive quality. Two of the more readable for interested readers are the Hidden Words, and the Kitab-i-Iqan (or Book of Certitude). All our central works are available online free though multiple outlets.

    And 5 million, while widely cited in Baha’i sources, is a number that dates back to the early 1990s or before. A more common current number is over 7 million.

  2. I want to know Is there Babai live in India . If live than which city or which state ?

  3. Assalam alaikum,

    Just to let you know people that this website is extremely biased towards Islam. For example, it says that

    1.Bahai is a religion having origins from Islam and Islam has its roots from Christianity.( completely wrong, islam doesn’t have roots from chirtianity.)
    4.Bahai is a combination of religion and science while Islam is purely a religion based on the teachings of the Prophet. ( Teaching of Prophet (PBUH) is also based on science and everything. Islam shows us how to live life).
    5.The main principles of Islam are based on the Quran and teachings of the Prophet. Bahai has a more scientific and modern approach and focuses on issues like equality of the genders, world peace, adoring one God, and combining science and religion.( Islam is the onlyreligion who not only “fouses” but actually tells us to practice on issues like equality of the genders, world peace, adoring one God, and combining science and religion. This is completely wrong. whoever has put up this informations is very bias. Anyone who wants to know about islam should do their own reseach, read quran and hadees, with free mind. then you will see the beauty of islam.)
    6.A Bahai is supposed to learn the scriptures of the religion as well as that of other religions. Muslims are not supposed to learn about other religions. ( Again, Completely wrong, there is no restrictions on any muslims for that. Muslims are actually encouraged in islam to learn about other religions and fing comparisons so that all mankind is united bas on those comparisons.)

    One more Thing, anyone who has doubts about islam or wants to learn about islam
    plz go to youtube and type

    Shaikh ahmed deedat on islam
    Zakir naik Islam and Science
    most interesting one….”Shaikh Yusuf Estes converting to islam story
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8i0Xvps8sg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB5QBzquBrU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjKGlNVmnqc&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-DYJfg_o4A&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSahOrtT7MY&feature=related

    Please watch these videos and InshAllah ( By God’s Grace you will know the Truth)
    May Allah bless all the mankind..
    :)
    Peae be on you

    • Dear friend,

      I read your objections and found most of them to be true. I am a student of Islam and other religions. Have you ever studied Baha’i Faith with an impartial mind, as you are asking the readers?

      Best regards

    • Furthermore, the article states that there are certain restrictions on acceptance of Islam. Absolutely false. To accept Islam, you need only testify to oneness of god and accept Muhammad (PBUH) as his final messenger. The falsehoods in this article are despicable. To answer your question friend, I have indeed. I find that while they are similiar in many aspects. Their fundamental differences infact, makes them idealogically diverse.
      There are programs at the most prestigious islamic universities focusing on the study of the scriptures of other religions and comparison to the Qu’ran. And there are various muslim scholars of note that have memorized the bible in addition to the qur’an, examine the incredibly interesting lectures of Sheikh Ahmad Deedat (may god grant him paradise). And just to point out the sheer stupidity of this article, the article states that muslims refer to Christians and Jews as “true religions” (not entirely correct, they’re referred to as people of the book) Why on earth, if they are “true religions” would their scriptures be forbidden. It is infact the opposite. ONE OF THE SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL PILLARS OF ISLAM IS BELIEF IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES OF GOD, The torah and bible included.

  4. Asslamu alaikum-I am agree with Shenazs block.some of lac of information causes like this kind of differences.I personaly give him advice if you havnt any true and suficient information pls. Do not take anyothers religions,you should have knowledge of The holy Quran,ifyou are in trouble to understood The Quran i personaly advice you should meet our wel-known Ulema(precepter) like Moulana Tariq Jameel(Pakistan),Mufti Khanpuri sahab(Surat,India) and many of them but dont play like this..

  5. ” 6.A Bahai is supposed to learn the scriptures of the religion as well as that of other religions. Muslims are not supposed to learn about other religions.”

    LOL, seriously who wrote this intro? Where on earth does it say Muslims are not supposed to study other religions? And there are so many nonsensical comments in this article that I can’t even be bothered to mention them.

    It must’ve been written by a Baha’i person who happens to know nothing or very little about Islam.

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  7. Don’t forget to say that Bahai do not have any miracle like all other religion (Christianism and Jews saw miracle, Muslims have miracle until the day of Jugement which is Coran). Bahai are misguided.

    If my neighbor come to my door and proclaim himself to be prophet, I’m wondering how I can recognise if is he is saying the truth or not without something exceptional (Miracle). Poor Bahai peoples, they have been misguided

    • Miracle of every religion is it’s Holy Book (it is also explicitly mentioned in Quran as well)…. so read the writtings of Baha-ullah before making any excusses

      • Aoa, well you qouted that read the writings of Bahaullah, so please tell me what is its authenticity. some body tomorrow writes that he is Nauzubillah prophet, should people start believing in them? As a common sense, authenticity and comparison must be adopted. it deosnt matter what he wrote or how many books he wrote make him a leader. nowadays a little child can write a good book but what is written and whats its application on our lives and its reality to ground must be judged.

  8. Dear MMS

    According to the Baha’i teachings, all the Prophets of God can perform miracles, and indeed a proof of Baha’u'llah is the “miracles He performed” However, Baha’u'llah counsels us not to recount miracles. Baha’u'llah’s son and successor has written:

    “many wonderful things (miracles) were done by Baha’u'llah, but we do not recount them, as they do not constitute proofs and evidences for all the peoples of the earth, and they are not decisive proofs even for those who see them: they may think that they are merely enchantments.”

    I think the biggest proof is the Word of God itself and not any miracles that are performed, as miracles might be good for the people who witness it.

    Another point that I will like to discuss is in relation to free will. We are fortunate that our All Mighty Creator has endowed human beings with the capaci to know Him and love him and He has provided us with talents and faculties and the gift of free will.

    If the function of Prophets is that the perform miracles than I guess all the magicians will go bankrupt! On a serious note, we are always tested by God, and it is these tests and trials that we face to grown spiritually. I think that with the advent of the Prophet of God people are again tested, the faithfull and unfaithfull are divided. It is at this juncture that we utilize our free will to investigate the personage and words of the Prophet of God and by accepting Him we are turning towards the Word of God Himself.

    For more information please refer to the following websites;

    http://www.bahai.org
    http://www.bahaullah.org
    http://www.mirzahusaynali.org

  9. There is only one god and he is ALLAH and HAZRAT MUHAMMAD S.A.W is his last messenger send to the mankind.

    Oh its damn true, bahaullah was gone mad because he claimed himself to be a prophet..!

    Bahaullah was lucky because he was born 200 years back ,and if i would have got bahaullah in todays time near my home then i would have killed him..!

    • Md.Sahidul haque laskar.. I have one word for you “disgusting!” Yes, that is what you are! I hope those Hindu extremists next door would come and do to you, what you are planning for the rest of the non-believers! We don’t need people like you in any religion.

  10. The one who wrote the article knows nothing about Islam or Bahais. He is more into writings than educating.

    any way, he got good answers.

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