[. Humanity is understood to be involved 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.
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 the capacity of the peopleMuhammad**In Bahá’í belief, each messenger taught of the next, and Bahá’u’lláh’s life and teachings fulfill the end-time promises of previous scriptures**](“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahá’í_Faith”)
Bahá’ís continue to be persecuted in Islamic countries, especially Iran, where over 200 believers were executed between 1978 and 1998. The marginalization of the Iranian Bahá’ís by current governments is rooted in historical efforts by Shi`a clergy to persecute the religious minority. When the Báb started attracting a large following, the clergy hoped to stop the movement from spreading by stating that its followers were enemies of God, and these led to mob attacks and public executions. Starting in the twentieth century, in addition to repression that impacted individual Bahá’ís, centrally-directed campaigns that targeted the entire Bahá’í community and institutions were initiated. In one case in Yazd in 1903 more than 100 Bahá’ís were killed. Later on Bahá’í schools, such as the Tarbiyat boys’ and girl’s schools in Tehran, were closed in the 1930s and '40s, Bahá’í marriages were not recognized and Bahá’í texts were censored.
During the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, due to the growing nationalism and the economic difficulties in the country, the Shah gave up control over certain religious affairs to the clergy of the country. This resulted in a campaign of persecution against the Bahá’ís. They approved and coordinated the anti-Bahá’í campaign to incite public passion against the Bahá’ís started in 1955 and included the spreading of anti-Bahá’í propaganda in national radio stations and official newspapers. In the late 1970s the Shah’s regime, due to criticism that he was pro-Western, consistently lost legitimacy. As the anti-Shah movement gained ground and support, revolutionary propaganda was spread that some of the Shah’s advisors were Bahá’ís. Bahá’ís were portrayed as economic threats, supporters of Israel and the West and popular hatred for the Bahá’ís increased.
Islam borrowed Judaeo-Christian teachings and traditions and went further by claiming Mohammad is its last Messenger from God. Islam went even further by claiming Jesus was merely a prophet, and denied His crucifixion ever took place.
[LEFT]They have misrepresented Biblical Judaism and Christianity through the Qur’an. I see the birth of the Bahai faith as Islam’s major apostasy. Perhaps a tit-for-tat implication of what was to come for those who distort scriptures - subjecting themselves to their own destruction.
The Qur’an wishes for People of the Book to convert to Mohammad’s religion. Muslims praise their prophet and claim he is God’s final prophet - the seal of prophets.
The Bahai faith was borne out of Islam - so how can that be? Since Bahá’u’lláh was a Muslim himself, why do Muslims disregard his claims and not embrace him as their prophet, as they did with Mohammad?