CALL OUT TO ZION!
CALL OUT TO ZION!
An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith for Mormon Seekers
Please give a copy of this to all Mormon Seekers. Thank you.

Dear Mormon Seeker of Truth,

The Baha'i Faith was founded by BAHA'U'LLAH (baw-haw-OhL-LAWHHH) in 1863, in Baghdad. He was born in 1817 in the province of Noor ("Light"), Iran. He was a direct descendant of Bostanai of Iraq (a Jewish Davidic prince) and Princess Dar'rah of Persia; a descendant of King Cyrus of Persia. His birth-name was Mirza Husein-Ali Noori (Arabic: "Prince Beauty-Exalted of Light"). He has "Noor" ("light") as a "covering" (sur-name). We believe that He was the Spirit of Truth promised by Jesus in John chapter 16!

Jesus said:

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me.... (John 16:13-14)
Baha'u'llah wrote:
Verily, He Who is the Spirit of Truth is now come to guide you unto all truth. He speaketh not as prompted by HIs own self, but as bidden by Him Who is the All-Wise. Say, this is the One Who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause. (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p.12)
Jesus Christ was composed of Two Divine Beings in one body:

*The Father (Christ/Holy Spirit)

*The Son (Jesus/WORD of God)

Jesus said: "The Father is in me" (John 14:10). He meant that literally. The Father (Holy Ghost) dwelt "in" Jesus. The Father was the Spirit (RUH) of Jesus, and the WORD was His Soul (Nafs) or individuality.

The Father (Spirit/Christ) was "in" the Son (Word/Body). This is why Jesus said:

"I and the Father are one." (John 10:30)
Even The Book of Mormon teaches that "Jesus Christ" was Two Beings in one body! It says:
1 And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.
2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—
3 The Father, abecause he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—
4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. (Mosiah chapter 15)

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son" (Ether 3:18)

The Book of Mormon identifies "Christ" with "the Father":

Baha'u'llah is the "return" of the "Christ" Who dwelt in Jesus Who Jesus called "The Father" when He said "The Father is __in___ me" (John 14:10).

Baha'u'llah was the Incarnation of the Holy Spirit, the Father, Who dwelt "in" Jesus 2,000 years ago. This is why He wrote:

"O Jews! If ye be intent on crucifying once again Jesus, the Spirit of God, put Me to death, for He hath once more, in My person, been made manifest unto you. Deal with Me as ye wish, for I have vowed to lay down My life in the path of God. I will fear no one, though the powers of earth and heaven be leagued against Me." (Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p.101)
This is why Baha'is believe that Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-OhLL-LAWHH!!) is the "return of Christ"; meaning the "return" of the Holy Spirit Who dwelt "in" Jesus 2,000 years ago.

Baha'u'llah is a name-title He took in 1850. It means "The Glory of God". The term "Baha'i" (baw-HIGH) means "Follower of Glory" in Arabic.

The Baha'is believe that the One God (ALLAH) has 99 Names and Attributes. The Essence of God does not incarnate! These Name/Attributes DO incarnate on Earth (and other planets) as "Manifestations of God". They do not have ordinary human souls. The Holy Qu'ran, the Holy Book of Islaam, lists 99 Names/Attributes of ALLAH. The Báb and Baha'u'llah were just Two of These Incarnations of the Names/Attributes of ALLAH. Baha'u'llah was the Incarnation of Al-Quyyoom ("The Self-Subsistent One"). In Hebrew, Al-Quyoom is Yehweh (Jehovah). He is the Holy Spirit, the Begetter of the Son.

In other words...

ALLAH (Essence of God)
He Who Begets Not Nor Is He Begotten
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JEHOVAH (Name/Attribute of God)
He Who Begets
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JESUS (WORD of God)
HE Who Is Begotten

A Brief History of the Baha'i Faith

Jesus promised His disciples that He would ask the Father to send "the Comforter" to guide them. Jesus spoke Aramaic (a language akin to Arabic). In Aramaic Bibles, Jesus promises His disciples that the Father will send "Muamahana" ("Praised One") to comfort and guide them:

"If you love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray to the Father and He will give you another, the Mauhamana [Aramaic: "Praised One"], that he may stay with you always, he is the Spirit of Truth." (John 14:15-17)
The Arabic name for "Mauhamana" is "Muhammad".

In 610 A.D., there was an Arab man named "Muhammad" living near Mecca. Everyone called Him "Ameen"; which means "Faithful and True"; because He was a very honest and upright man, in a time of dishonesty and violence. He studied the religion of the Jews and the Christians and the Sabeans, but decided He would remain a "Hanafi" ("one who turns away from idols"); meaning a spiritual person who is not religious. Every year, He would enter a cave near Mecca to pray and meditate for several weeks.

In 610 A.D., Muhammad had His "first vision" while meditating in a cave near Mecca. A man appeared in the cave and said "Recite!". Muhammad replied, "I cannot read." The man repeated "Recite!" twice more. Muhammad ran outside the cave, in was dawn, and the man was standing in the air upon the horizon. He identified himself as Gabriel, and taught Muhammad 114 inspired poems called "The Recital" (Arabic: al-Qur'an). Over a billion people on Earth today belive that the Qur'an is God's final Revelation to mankind, and Muhammad His final Prophet for all time. Baha'is believe there is no "final" Prophet. As long as there are sinful mortals, God will send Prophets to guide them; on this planet and other material planets.

The Prophet Muhammad is described in the Book of Revelation chapter 19 (verse 11 through 16) as the one called "Faithful and True" Who rides a white horse and has a bow in His hand Whose garments were dipped in blood, and Who wore many crowns and Who makes war in order to establish justice. The nickname of Muhammad was "Ameen" (Arabic: "Faithful and True") and He was known as a fearsome archer. He made war against the pagan Arab tribes in order to establish the Justice of God, and His garments were literally "dipped in blood".

George Hinkle, a personal friend of Joseph Smith, later wrote that he heard Joseph Smith say that "Muhammad was a good man, and a true Prophet." (Correspondance and Orders, 1841, p.126).

At the age of about 50, Muhammad died. In ten years, His Muslim armies had conquered most of the Arabian penninsula. After His death, there was controversy among the Muslims as to who would succeed Him. He had said that no Prophet would succeed Him. Most of the Muslims wanted Omar to succeed Him, but some wanted Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law Ali (aw-lee) to succeed Him.

The true Successor of Muhammad was His cousin and son-in-law, the Imaam Ali (ee-mom aw-Lee). The Imaam Ali claimed to be the "return" of the WORD of God (the soul or "individuality" of Jesus). The Imaam Ali is purported to have said:

"I am the First. I am the Last. I was with Noah. I am the Builder. I am the destroyer. I am the Agent whereby Jesus spoke in His Cradle. I am the WORD through Which all things were consummated. I am the ONE Who organized existence when there was no heaven as you have now nor earth as you know it now." (Sermon on the Gulf)
The Imaam Ali and his follows the "Shee'aw" ("partisans") were violently opposed by the Umayyid Caliphs of Syria; a wealthy ruling family who took control of "Soonee" Islaam in the late 7th century. They send armies against the Imaam Ali and his "partisans" in Iraq. who was killed in battle in Iraq in the late 7th century. His sons succeeded him, and both were also killed, but the grandson of Ali survived, and the eldest males of the bloodline of Ali became the "Imaams" (Leaders) of Shi'ite Islaam. They found refuge in Persia. The last rightful successor of Muhammad was the Siyyid Muhammad al-Mahdi; who as a young boy of 11 years old, fell down a well near Qom, Iran, in the Muslim year 260 A.H. (874 A.D.).

The descendants of Ali wore green turbans; green being the color of the green fig leeves of Paradise. Each descendant of Muhammad was called a "Siyyid". The last Siyyid of this line was Siyyid Muhammad al-Mehdi, who "disappeared" in the year 847 A.D. (260 A.H.), near Qom, Iran.

The last Imaam of Shi'ite Islaam was the 12th Imaam. As a young boy of 11 he "disappeared" in a cellar of a house which had a deep well. The Shi'ite leaders told their followers that "Mehdi" was not dead, but that God was "hiding" him until the last days, when Mehdi would "arise" again, this time as a mature man, to restore "the True Faith" and prepare the way for the return of the Prophet Isa (Jesus). The sight of the well is now a sacred location visited by many pilgrims yearly where they right down prayers and toss the pieces of paper down the well in the hopes that the Imaam Mehdi might read their prayers and then ask Muhammad who will then ask ALLAH to grant the request asked. The well-sight is covered by an ornate dome, just outside of the city of Qom, Iran.

Shi'ites all over the Muslim world await the Day when the Imaam Mehdi will "arise" (he is called "Qa'im"--"the Riser") to establish the True Faith. According to a saying of the Prophet Muhammad:

"Even if the entire duration of the world's existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before the Day of Judgment, Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person out of my household and family who will be called by my name and my father's name. He will then fill the Earth with peace and justice as it will have been filled with injustice and tyranny before then." (Sunan Abu Dawud, v2, p7)
All Shi'ite Muslims await the coming of "The Riser" as Christians await the Second Coming of Christ. He will "restore" the True Faith (true sect of Islaam). Shi'ites believe that the Imaam Mehdi will unite the Shi'ites, and defeat their enemies. Isa (Jesus) will at first be his disciple, but later (since Jesus is a Prophet), Jesus will lead the Shi'ites. Jesus will break all crosses, and kill all swine, and kill al-Dajjal (The Anti-Christ) who shall be from Isfahan, Iran, and have one eye. Over 150 million Shi'ites await "The Riser".

In the early 1800s, a Shi'ite named Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i appeared in Behrain, claiming to be a Moo-hawd-dawth (Arabic: "one spoken to" i.e. "Seer"). He claimed to be visited in visions by the Prophet Muhammad and the 12 Imaams, who gave to him ishrawq (Arabic: divine illumination). Shaykh Ahmad taught that the Imaam Mehdi died in the well, but that he would return, not in his original body (which had returned to the earth), but his spirit (ruh) and soul (nafs) would return to this Earth in new bodies with new names. His Spirit would return as a new Prophet (a Manifestation of God), and his Soul would return as a Mustafa (Arabic: "Chosen One"--a supra-human soul that "returns" to this material world and has supra-human spiritual insight).

Shaykh Ahmad taught that human souls do not return to this material world, but the Manifestations of God do not have human souls. He taught that Heaven was not above the stars, and Hell was not below the Earth, but one had "Heaven" or "Hell" in their soul already (i.e. these were conditions of the soul), and these "manifested" heavenly or hellish conditions in Barzakh (the spirit-world between death and the Afterlife). He taught that the stars were other suns, surrounded by other planets. He taught the existence of the Realm of the Essence (Hey-hoot), three Spiritual Realms (Law-hoot, Jaw-bar-root, Mal-law-koot) and one Material Realm (Naw-soot) were the Sun burns and wears-out the skin. If we do not purify ourselves on this material planet, we must go to another, and so on until we are purified, which was the meaning of "Hell-Fire" in this Verse in the Holy Qur'an (khoor-rawn):

"And when their skins have been worn out by hell-fire We shall give them new skins in order that they may continue to feel the punishment." (4:56)
This means many mortal lives on many material planets (one mortal life per planet) for human souls who are not purified. Purified (i.e. "born again") human souls become "angelic souls" (Mawl-law-koot) or "Lordly souls" (jaw-bar-root) or even "Divine Souls" (law-hoot) Who are the Names and Attributes of ALLAH.

He taught that the physical body, made of dust, returns to dust. What comes out of the grave at resurrection is not the physical body but the ethereal body, which belongs to the Unseen World and can only be seen in visions. He prophesied (praw-fess-side) that the Imaam Mehdi would "return" in the year 1260 A.H. (1000 lunar years from 260 A.H. when the young Imaam Mehdi fell down the well near Qom). That would be 1844 A.D. Shaykh Ahmad taught many other doctrines which the orthodox Shi'ites considered "heresy" and even "blashphemy". He had to flee many times to escape death. He wrote many books. He died in 1826. After his death, his disciples buried him in Medina next to the grave of the Prophet Muhammad. They founded the Shaykhi (shey-khee) school of Shi'ite Islaam, which still exists to this day.

In 1844 A.D. (1000 lunar years from the "disappearance" of the Imaam Mehdi), Siyyid Muhammad Ali al-Báb Shirazi, a merchant in Shiraz (sheer-rawz) Iran, claimed He was the "return" of the Imaam Mehdi; the young boy who fell down a well near Qom, Iran, in the Muslim year 260 A.H. (874 A.D.). The Báb declared He was "the return" of the Imaam Mehdi; who fell down the well 1000 lunar years before. The Shi'ite Muslims believed that the Imaam Mehdi (ee-mom medh-dee) would return of the same boy who fell down the well. He would return as a mature man, but not a different person. But the followers of Shaykh Ahmad believed that the RUH (spirit) and NAFS (soul) of the Imaam Mehdi would return as two different individuals.

The Báb wrote a number of books and epistles, and performed a number of miracles. He made about 40,000 converts, but the orthodox Shi'ite clergy hated Him and thought Him an imposture; because they believed that there is no "return" of the souls or spirits of the Prophets and Chosen Ones, and that the "return" of the Imaam Mehdi would be the same boy who fell down the well, but he would return as a mature man.

The Báb told His disciples, who were called the Bábís (baw-beezz) that One Greater than Himself would come after Him, Whom He called "He Whom God Will Make Manifest". The Báb said that He would be known by the letters "B" (bah) and "H" (hah).

In 1850, two Bábí teenagers whose parents had been killed on orders of the Shah (King) of Iran (ee-rhawn) then attempted to assassinate him, but their pistols carried only bird-shot. The slightly-wounded Shah was infuriated, and called for the extermination of all Bábís. The Báb and a young disciple named Ânís ("aw-niece") were arrested and imprisoned together at the Army Barracks in Tabriz (taw-breeze), Iran. He was declared a blasphemer and heretic and was sentenced to a firing-squad at the barracks. He and Ânís (aw-niece) were suspended in front of a barracks by ropes. Before their death a miracle occurred.

The Mollahs (Muslims clerics) did not want a Muslim regiment to execute The Báb; because one of the sayings of the Imams (successors of Muhammad) said that Muslims would kill the Imam Mahdi. The Báb claimed to be the Imam Mahdi. The Muslim clerics did not want The Bábis claiming that The Báb's death fulfilled Shi'ite Muslim prophecy. So, they persuaded the representatives of the Shah to ask for a Christian regiment to execute The Báb (at that time the Persian empire included most of Armenia, which was Christian). A Christian Armenian regiment stationed in Tabriz was brought in for the execution: 750 rifles. If they refused to kill the condemned men, they could be sorely punished.


The Báb and His companion Ânís were bound with ropes and suspended from a ledge. Thousands of people looked on. The command was given and the Christian Armenian regiment fired their 750 rifles at The Báb and His companion. When the smoke cleared (this was before smokeless powder) The Báb was gone. Only Ânís (aw-niece) was standing there alone and unharmed against the barracks wall. Next to the feet of Ânís were charred pieces of ropes; which had burn marks of having been severed by the bullets! The crowd thought it a miracle and started to shoud "Allah'u'Akbar! Allah'u'Akbar! A miracle! A miracle!", but the white-turbanned Mollahs (Shi'ite Muslim clerics) convinced the crowd that the 750 riflemen had purposely missed their mark and purposely aimed at the ropes! And the common people believed whatever the Mollahs told them. They believed these men were the closest men to God on earth; God's respresentatives on Earth. If they said "It was no miracle!" then it was no miracle! Period.

The Báb was unharmed. He was found later back in His cell, finishing His last instructions to His disciples. He was taken out again, but the Christian Armenian regiment refused to fire again; thinking that God had shown them a sign. So, a Muslim regiment was brought in, and this time the bullets found their mark. The ancient Muslim prophecy that the Imam Mehdi (the Promised One of Shi'ite Islam) would be killed by Shi'ite Muslims was fulfilled!

The remains of The Báb were later sealed in a air-tight lead coffin, and His remains were later taken to Baghdad, then Turkey, and finally to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land where He was buried. His Holy Shrine exists today on the northern slopes of Mount Carmel.


The Holy Shrine of The Báb (Haifa, Israel)

Afer The Báb was martyred, many of His followers were killed or exiled. Baha'u'llah was imprisoned in the "Black Pit" of Tehran; an underground prison where prisoners sat in pitch blackness most of the day, laying in their own excrement. Baha'u'llah remained in the Black Pit for four months. During that time, He had a vision of the "Maid of Heaven" Who told Him that He was the promised "He Whom God Shall Make Manifest". Some think the Maid of Heaven was Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Others think She was Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad.

Baha'u'llah was released from the Black Pit and exiled with other followers of The Bab to Baghdad; then part of the Turkish Empire.

In 1863, in Baghdad, Baha'u'llah founded the Baha'i Faith. Baha'u'llah was the Holy Ghost Incarnate (in the flesh). He was greater than the Prophets, because He inspired the Prophets. In 1863, a Muslim mob burned His house; including His wardrobe. Baha'i women had to make a new wardrobe from red Persian drapes. After that, He wore red robes.

In 1868, Baha'u'llah was exiled to the prison city of Akka, Palestine (then part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire). From 1868 until 1890, Baha'u'llah lived in a room whose entrance and windows were covered in white veils. To discourage assissins, one had to know certain "signs and tokens" in order to part the white veil and enter His Presence.

From His white-veiled "celestial room" Baha'u'llah wrote many holy books and epistles: hundreds of books and thousands of epistles. These are among the "Holy Texts" of the Faith; considered infallible by the Believers. Many (perhaps not most) have been translated into English and other major languages. But, the translation process continues.


The apartment of Baha'u'llah in Akka (c. 1890)

In 1890, Baha'u'llah was released from Akka. In the year 1891 He went to Mount Carmel, in Haifa, and, from a Sacred Spot, He recited the Tablet of Carmel; which was His great anouncement to the World:

"Call out to Zion, O Carmel! He who was hidden from mortal eyes [behind white veils] has come!" (Baha'u'llah, The Tablet of Carmel)
In 1892, Baha'u'llah died. His physical body was buried under a mansion in Bahji, just north of Akka. Today, Bahji (baw-zhee) is the Most Holy Shrine of the Faith; visited by thousands of Baha'i pilgrims each year. According to one account, after His death Baha'u'llah appeared to the Muslim imaam (leader of prayer) in Akka:

"After the death of the Blessed Perfection, one day the chief of the Muhammadan priests of Akka came to our Lord ['Abdu'l-Baha] and said he had seen the door of his room open and the Blessed Perfection came into his room." (Dwight Barlow Collection, note 43-A online)
Baha'is do not believe in the resurrection of the physical body. Dust returns to dust. What the Muslim imaam (ee-mom) "saw" was a vision of the ethereal body of Baha'u'llah; Whose physical body was still buried beneath the mansion at Bahji (just north of Akka). Why He appeared to the imaam is not known.

Baha'u'llah was succeeded by His Eldest Son, 'Abdu'l-Baha (awb-dull baw-HAW), Whom Baha'is revere as the Exemplar of the Faith: the "example" of what every follower of Baha'i should be. 'Abdu'l-Baha travelled to Europe and North America in the years 1911-1912, teaching Baha'i Principles. In September of 1912 He visited Salt Lake City, and, wearing the glorious red robe of His Father, knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple. Needless to say, He was not let in.

Baha'is do not believe 'Abdu'l-Baha was a Prophet, but He was not an ordinary human being either. He had a "unique station" between prophet and human being. That is why Baha'is refer to Him as "Him" and not "him" and "He" and not "he".

Baha'u'llah referred to His Eldest Son as "The Mystery of God" and "The Master" and:

"A WORD which God hath adorned with the ornament of His Own Self, and made it Sovereign over the earth and all that is therein." (The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p.135)
Many of the early Western Baha'is believed that 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dull baw-HAW) was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. But He rejected the title of "Christ". He sais that His Father was "Christ" returned, not Him. He was simply the Servant of His Father, and took the name-title of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Arabic: "Servant of Glory"). He was quite famous in His day (early 1900s).

'Abdu'l-Baha died in 1921, and was succeeded by His eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi (shawg-kee ef-fen-dee), who was the "Guardian" of the Faith. Shoghi Effendi (1897-1957) was not a Prophet, but he "may" have been a "Seer" (a non-prophet with prophetic abilities), since he made some amazing prophesies; such as the holocaust and the Internet, years of decades before these become realities.

Shoghi Effendi did once tell Baha'i pilgrims in Haifa that Joseph Smith was a "Seer, not a Prophet minor or otherwise". A "Seer" in Baha'i terminology means an ordinary human being who is NOT a prophet, but one who, nevertheless, possesses prophetic abilities. He purportedly said:

"Joseph Smith was a Seer, not a Prophet; neither major nor minor. He had a high standard, but the Baha'is have a higher standard coupled with God's power that comes direct from God for this age." (Shoghi Effendi, Pilgrim notes of Ramona Browne, in Memories of 'Abdu'l-Baha, p.117)
But, there is no 'official' Baha'i doctrine regarding Joseph Smith or The Book of Mormon. Baha'is are free to accept, or reject, Joseph Smith as an inspired Seer. They are free to accept, or reject, The Book of Mormon as an inspired book. But, for Baha'is, the Scriptures must be "infallible". Even the title page of The Book of Mormon says that it contains "the mistakes of men" (title page). The Baha'i Scriptures include:

*The Torah (five books) of Moses.

*The Injil (Gospels)

*The Qu'ran (Holy Book of Islaam)

*The Holy Texts (the Writings of The Báb, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'l-Baha)

Only these works are considered the infallible Word of God. Other works may be considered "inspired" (such as the Bhagavad-Gita, teachings of the Buddha, Zoroastrian scriptures, the epistles of Paul, the letters of the apostles, the writings of Luke--the Book of Acts, etc.), but only the Books mentioned above are considered "infallible".

Some Baha'is who were formerly Mormons believe that Joseph Smith was a true Seer who prophesied (praw-fess-side) of Baha'u'llah. This belief is held as personal doctrine. It is NOT official Baha'i doctrine; which is called Accepted Doctrine. Baha'is "may" believe that Joseph Smith was an inspired SEER who prophesied of Baha'u'llah as a "personal belief" as long as they do not try force this personal belief upon others, and DO NOT promulgate this personal doctrine as "accepted doctrine".

Some Mormons who have become Baha'is believe that Joseph Smith was a religious fraud. This is also a personal doctrine which Baha'is can hold; as long as they do not try to force this belief on others, and DO NOT promulgate this "personal doctrine" as "accepted doctrine".

One former Mormon who is now a Baha'i has written a book titled Joseph Smith's 1891 Prophecies FULFILLED! (commonly referred to as "1891"); which presents Joseph Smith as a true (but fallen) Seer who truly prophesied (praw-fess-side) of Baha'u'llah in his capacity as a Seer. The former Mormon has published his booklet online at the following link:

http://thebookformormonseekers.angelfire.com

His booklet is __NOT__ an official Baha'i publication, but a private publication which contains personal doctrine. Baha'is are allowed to share personal doctrine with others, even Seekers of Truth such as yourself, as long as they do not try to force personal doctrine upon others, and they DO NOT present personal doctrine as "Accepted Doctrine". Therefore, you are welcome to go to that website and read "1891" for yourself.

The Baha'i Community (a "Community" is like a Ward) may or may not have printed copies of "1891". Ask them if they have a printed copy of "1891" that you can borrow for two weeks. If not, then you can read "1891" online at the URL address above.

The Baha'i Community may or may not have a "Teacher of Mormon Seekers"; a Baha'i who is trained to answer questions from Mormon Seekers of Truth such as yourself. Please ask the Baha'is you know: "Does your Community have a Teacher of Mormon Seekers?" If they do, then contact him or her.

There is no "one book" that the Baha'is want you to read and prayer about! Rather, they invite you to listen to the Prayers of Baha'u'llah being recited by a Baha'i, and then ask yourself this question:

"Are these the Words of the Spirit of Truth?"
The Holy Spirit will tell your spirit THE TRUTH by a "feeling" you get--a shivering of the soul, a burning in your bosom, a peacefulness in your mind.

The Baha'is offer prayers at all their public meetings.

Smoking is allowed in the Faith, but smoking must be done outside. Casual clean attire for all Baha'i meetings. Please remain silent during prayers. The serving of light refreshments and a social-half-hour are also at the end of all Baha'i meetings.

Baha'is are forbidden from displaying images of the Manifestations of God (Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, The Báb, Baha'ullah etc.). Their images are considered too sacred to display commonly. One can only view the Face of Baha'u'llah (a photo) while on Baha'i Pilgrimage to Bahji, Israel.

Baha'is do display images of 'Abdu'l-Baha. He is considered the "EXEMPLAR": the example of what every Baha'i should be.

If the Baha'is don't have a copy of "1891" you can have or borrow, then read "1891" online. Or, ask the Baha'is to print you out a copy. "1891" is linked at the following website:

http://thebookformormonseekers.angelfire.com


SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

QUESTION: How could Baha'u'llah be the return of Christ when Jesus said He is returning in a cloud?

Answer: Baha'is interpret "cloud" as a metaphor, not literally. By "cloud" is mean a "veil". In other words, a "cloud" blocks the Sun, meaning it "hides" or "obscures" the Sun. By "cloud" is meant a new body and name. Jesus Christ was composed of two Divine Beings in one body: the Father (Spirit) and the Son (WORD). The Father was Jesus' RUH (Spirit) and the WORD was Jesus' NAFS (Soul). Both would return in "clouds" (new bodies and names). The Prophets and Chosen Ones "return" in every Dispensation.


QUESTION: So the Baha'is believe in reincarnation?

Answer: No! Not when it comes to human souls! It is appointed for men to die one time, then the judgment. But the Prophets and Chosen Ones are not "men". They are higher Beings. They do not have ordinary human souls. Their "souls" are the Names/Attributes of ALLAH.


QUESTION: What is the difference between a Prophet and a Seer?

Answer: In Baha'i terminology, which is different from Mormon terminology, a "Prophet" means a Divine Soul in a human body. His writings are infallible. Whereas, a "Seer" is not a Prophet (in the Baha'i sense of the term), but an ordinary human being (with a human soul) who can prophesy, see visions, or speak with angels. Joseph Smith "may" have been a Seer. Shoghi Effendi believed he was, but Baha'is are __not__ required to share his personal beliefs about Joseph Smith. The Faith has no "official" view of Joseph Smith nor The Book of Mormon.


QUESTION: Why should I believe in Baha'u'llah when the Living Prophet of the Church has never mentioned Him?"

Answer: "Prophets" who do not prophesy (praw-fess-sai) are not prophets. "Seers" who do not see supernatural visions are not seers. "Revelators" who do not receive 'Thus saith the Lord' revelations are not revelators. Has the "Living Prophet" of the LDS Church made any prophesies? Has he published any supernatural visions? Where are his verbal Revelations like Joseph Smith had? On the other hand, the prophecies of Baha'u'llah, and their fulfillment, can be read in books such as The Prisoner and Kings and The Challenge of Baha'u'llah.


QUESTION: Does the Baha'i Faith that couples may be married for all eternity (eternal marriage)?

Answer: Yes! 'Abdu'l-Baha said that Baha'i couples who reach an "exalted state" of spirituality on earth shall be married in all the worlds of God. Eternal marriage for Baha'is comes not via any temple rite or ritual, but rather by becoming "one" both physically and spiritual. The only "Sealer" needed is Baha'u'llah--Who is the Holy Spirit of Promise.


QUESTIONS: How can Baha'u'llah be Jesus returned when He was not Jesus?

Answer: Jesus Christ was composed of two Divine Beings: "the Father and the Son" (Book of Mormon~Ether 3:18). The Father was the Spirit of Truth (D&C 93:23), and the Son was the WORD of God Incarnate (John 1:1-2,14). The Father was Jesus' RUH (Spirit), and the Son was Jesus' NAFS (Soul). Baha'u'llah is the Return of the Father (RUH) Who "dwelt" ___IN____ Jesus 2,000 years ago.


QUESTION: If Baha'u'llah is the return of the Spirit (RUH) of Jesus, Who is the return of the Soul (NAFS) of Jesus?

Answer: The Soul of Jesus was the WORD of God. The WORD is not a Name/Attribute of ALLAH. Rather, it is His "command". ALLAH said "Be!" and created the Cosmos. God created the Cosmos through His "WORD". The WORD is not an ordinary human soul, and thus can "return" to this material world. Personally, I believe that the WORD "returns" in every Dispensation in a "cloud" (i.e. "veil"--new body and new name).


QUESTION: Can men and women become Gods and Goddesses in the Afterlife as Mormonism teaches?

Answer: There is only One God (ALLAH), so men and women cannot become "Gods" and "Goddesses". However, according to the teaching of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i, the "Faithful" (Mo'men) will inherit Paradise, and, in that realm (dimension) the mind controls and molds ethereal matter. Whatsoever a Mo'men (faithful one) can imagine in his or her mind, that is created for them in Paradise. Thus, Paradise is like a very real and vivid dream-world which we can control with our own minds. For example, the "similitude" of a favorite pet can be re-created, or the "similitude" ofa lost love, or a child who died in infancy, or some particular life-story, etc. This is why this Realm is called Alam-i-Mithal (Arabic: "The World of Similitudes"). A Mo'men cannot create their own planets (as Mormons believe they will be able to do), but they can create their own "worlds" (surroundings) in the Realm of the Powers (Jaw-bawr-root); also known as "Paradise". This dimension exists in and surrounds our dimension (Nawsoot) in the Unseen World. While the teachings of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i are not considered "infallible"; they were highly endorsed by Baha'u'llah, Who wrote:

"The followers of Shaykh-i-Ahsa'i have, by the aid of God, apprehended [understood] that which was veiled from the comprehension of others, and of which they remained deprived." (The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p.120)

QUESTION: How can Baha'u'llah be the return of Christ when the signs in the heavens have not yet occurred?

Answer: Mormons are taught that before Jesus Christ can return, certain "signs in the heavens" must occur; including:

*The Sun becoming dark.

*The Moon turning to blood.

*The Stars falling from heaven.

Many Baha'is believe these "signs" have already occurred.

The Sun becoming black is known as "The Dark Day" and that occurred on May 19th, 1780; when the Sun became black all over North American, and the Moon appeared blood red on that night.

Jesus said that before the coming of "the Son of Man" there would be certain 'signs in the heavens':

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken." (Mattew 24:29)
Jesus was referring to prophecies of the prophet Joel, who wrote:
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come." (Joel 2:31)
The Apostle John, in his Book of Revelations, 6th chapter, wrote:
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." (Revelation 6:12-13)
Most Christians believe that these 'signs' have not yet occurred. A few Christians, the Seventh-day Adventists, and a few others, believe they already have occurred. Adventist author Glen Walker has written:
"These are the opening signs announcing that Jesus would come again soon. First the earth shook mightily--this was commonly called the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755. It was the most terrible earthquake every recorded. It involved most of Europe and Africa and even reach America, Great Britain, and Ireland. It covered more than four million square miles. Next came the great dark day. The Great Dark Day of May 19, 1780. Since the time of Moses no period of darkness of equal density, extent, and duration has ever been recorded. Joel prophesied "The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Joel 2:31. After midnight the darkness disappeared and the moon, when first seen, had the appearance of blood. Next was a vision of the stars falling as thick and fast as late-ripening figs fall from a tree when shaken by a strong wind. Read in history books about the fulfillment of this great meteoric shower of November 13, 1833." (Project Lighthouse, Lesson 15, pp.4-5 online)
The "Night of the Falling Stars" took place on November 13th 1833. Joseph Smith himself believed that Nov. 13th was the fulfillment of the Matthew 24 signs! In his journal for that day he wrote:
"About 4 o'clock a.m., I was awakened by Brother Davis knocking at my door, and calling me to arise and behold the signs in the heavens. I arose, and, to my great joy, beheld the starts fall from haven like a snow of hailstones; a literal fulfillment of the word of God, as recorded in the Scriptures, and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is close at hand." (History of the Church 1:439)
Mormon apostle Parley P. Pratt wrote:
"About 2 o'clock in the morning, we were called up by the cry of signs in the heavens. We arose, and to our great astonishment all the firmament seemed involved in splendid fireworks, as if every star in the broad expance had been hurled from its course, and sent lawless through the wilds of ether. Thousands of bright meteors were shooting through space in every direction, with long trains of light following in their course. This lasted for several hours, and was only closed by the dawn of the rising sun. Every heart was filled with joy at this majestic display of signs and wonders, showing the near approach of the coming of the Son of Man." (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p.110)
According to Mormon writer Philo Dibble, Joseph prophesied (praw-feh-side) of the Night of the Falling Stars over a month beforehand. Philo Dibble wrote:
"On one occasion Joseph was preaching in Kirtland [Ohio] sometime in the fall of 1833. Quite a number of persons were present who did not belong to the Church, and one man, more bitter and skeptical than others, made note with pencil and paper of a prophecy uttered on that occasion, wherein Joseph said that 'Forty days shall not pass, and the stars shall fall from heaven.' Such an event would certainly be very unusual and improbable to the natural man, and the skeptic wrote the words as a sure evidence to prove Joseph to be a false Prophet. On the thirty-ninth day after the utterance of that prophecy a man and brother in the Church, by the name of Joseph Hancock... and another brother were out hunting game and got lost. They wandered about until night, when they found themselves at the house of this unbeliever, who exultingly produced this note of Joseph Smith's prophecy, and asked Brother Hancock what he thought of his Prophet now, that thirty-nine days had passed and the prophecy was not fulfilled. Brother Hancock was unmoved and quietly remarked, There is one night left of the time, and if Joseph said so, the stars will certainly fall tonight. This prophecy will all be fulfilled. The matter weighed upon the mind of Brother Hancock, who watched that night, and it proved to be the historical one, known in all the world as 'the night of the falling of the stars.' He stayed that night at the house of the skeptical unbeliever, as it was too far from home to return by night, and in the midst of the falling of the stars he went to the door of his host and called him out to witness what he had thought impossible and the most improbable thing that could happen, especially as that was the last night in which Joseph Smith could be saved from the condemnation of 'a false prophet.' The whole heavens were lit up with the falling meteors, and the countenance of the new spectator was plainly seen and closely watched by Brother Hancock, who said that he turned pale as death, and spoke not a word. After that event the unbeliever sought the company of any Latter-day Saint. He even enticed Mormon children to keep him company at his house. Not long afterwards, too, he sent for Joseph and Hyrum to come to his house, which they did, but with no noticeable results, for I believe he never received the gospel." (Philo Dibble, "Recollections," JI 27:23)
Clearly, Mormon leaders used to believe that the "signs in the heavens" (Sun becomeing black as sackcloth, moon turning to blood, stars falling from heaven) had all occurred by the year 1833. But, Mormon leaders today see the "signs in the heavens" as something that has not yet occurred and will not occur until sometime in the unforeseen future. But Bahá'ís know these signs all appeared before the declaration of Bahá'u'lláh in 1863.

You will discover that the publication "1891" will answer many more of your questions. Please ask the Baha'is if they have a copy you can borrow. If not, you can read it online at:

http://thebookformormonseekers.angelfire.com


QUESTION: What book do I need to read and pray about in order to know if Baha'u'llah truly was the Spirit of Truth?

Answer: There is no "one book" one must read and pray about. One only has to "hear" the Prayers of Baha'u'llah being recited, and "feel the Spirit". Seekers are invited to attend public meetings called "Devotionals" and listen to the Prayers of Baha'u'llah being recited. Afterwards, they may ask questions. To attend a Devotional just call 1-800-228-6483, and leave your name, number, and good time for someone to call you back. Say: "I'm a Seeker, and I want to attend a Devotional". If you need a ride, ask for one! Don't be shy. The Friends will welcome you with open arms.


QUESTION: Do Baha'is believe that we have other lives on other planets?

Answer: Technically that is not a Baha'i doctrine. It is not Accepted Doctrine, but Baha'is may hold it as Personal Doctrine (personal belief). Nawsoot is the material/physical dimension in which we now dwell. Baha'u'llah taught that all of the "fixed stars" (i.e. Suns) have planets, and all of these planets have "creatures". Not necessarily "physical" creatures. We are living now in Nawsoot. All souls who are not "born again" in this life, do not go to the Spiritual Realms ("Heaven") but remain in the Material/Physical Realm ("Hell"); planets were the Sun burns and ages the skin, and where pain, injustice, lies, deception, and death exist. The Persian Prophet Zoroaster called our Realm "The House of Lies".

The "Three Wise Men" (maw-zhai) who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankensense, and myrhh, were actually Zoroastrian priests called Magavan or "Magi" (maw-zhai") in Greek. Zoroaster prophesied (praw-fess-side) of the coming of three virgin-born Sayoshants ("Saviors") after him. The Prophet Daniel was appointed the "Chief Magus" of Babylon (Daniel chapter 5), and no doubt told the other Magi (maw-zhai) about the coming of the Messiah. Baha'is accept Zoroaster as a true Prophet of God.

In the Zoroastrian scriptures (which Baha'is accept as "inspired" but not "infallible") there is something called the Shinvat Bridge: the "Bridge of Separation". At death, one must walk over the Shinvat Bridge. If one's good deeds outweigh their bad deeds, then they shall pass over the Bridge to the "Hosue of Song". But if one's bad deeds outweight their good deeds, then the Bridge will become as thin as a sharp sword, and they shall fall into a ravine of Fire and "return" to "The House of Lies" (i.e. the material realm). Since material beings do not return to this material planet, it makes sense that unpurified souls go on to other material planets; far away from this planet. Those who go to other material planets will have another chance to "repent" and be "born again" on that planet. But they must experience "the second death" (to die another time). If they ignore the Message of the Prophets on that particular planet, then the cycle repeats itself. This is called consecutive incarnation. Consecutive incarnation (multiple physical lifetimes on multiple planets with one lifetime per planet) is taught in The Urantia Book by the Seer Wilfred Kellogg. But, again, Baha'is can hold consecutive incarnation as a Personal Doctrine (things Baha'is may believe as a personal belief), but it is not Accepted Doctrine (things all Baha'is are required to believe as true!).


QUESTION: How do I become a Baha'i?

Answer: To become a Baha'i, a Believer in Baha'u'llah, one has to read and sign a "Declaration Card". Nothing more. It is suggested that one first walk these "19 Steps":

1)Read and agree with the 19 Beliefs _____
2)Read and agree with the 19 Duties_____
3)Read and agree with the 19 Prohibitions_____
4)Read and agree to Walk Daily the Path of Holiness_____

A Baha'i Teacher must instruct the Seeker in the following:
5)How to recite the Daily Obligatory Prayer (short version)_____
6) What Baha'i prayers for healing and assistance are_____
7) What the Nine Holy Days are, and to abstain from work if possible_____
8) What a Baha'i Pilgrimage is_____
9) What the Baha'i Funds and Huququllah are and what are they used for______.
10) What travel-teachers, homefront pioneers, and pioneers are______.
11) What the Zikr (Remembrance of God) is and how to perform it properly_______.
12) What a Baha'i Calendar is_______.
13) What Fasting is and when it is performed_______.
14) What the Directives of the Guardian are and an introduction to the book Lights of Guidance_____.
15) What the World Order of Baha'u'llah is_____
16) Explanation of of the Administrative Order and Baha'i elections_____.
18) What the 19-Day Feast and "consultation" is_____.
19) What the Baha'i Greeting is and how and when to properly use it______.

Once a Seeker has taken all 19 Steps and is age 18 or over, and of sound mind, then say to the Baha'i Teacher of Seekers "I wish to declare myself a Believer in Baha'u'llah!" and the Teacher of Seekers will give you a Declaration Card to read and sign. After you read and sign it, you are a Baha'i. Every Baha'i in the United States carries a "Membership Card" and is assigned a membership number. After (not before) you sign a Declaration Card, you may greet other Believers with the phrase:

"Allah'u'Abhá!" (aw-LAW-Oh-awb-HAHH!) God is Most High!


THE 19 BELIEFS

The 19 Beliefs is not an official Baha'i statement, but a general overview of the major teachings of the Faith.

I. There is one God named Alláh Who is Unknowable in His Essence, Who begets not nor is begotten, and Who has no son or consort.

II. Alláh has 99 Names and Attributes mentioned in the Holy Qur'an (the Holy Book of Islaam); One of Them is Al-Quyyoom ("The Self-Existent One") otherwise known as "Jehovah"; Who is also known as "Heavenly Father" and "The Holy Spirit" and "The Holy Ghost" and "The Spirit of Truth".

III. The Essence of God (Alláh) does not incarnate, but the Names and Attributes of Alláh sometimes incarnate upon this planet as Perfect Men Who are called Manifestations of God: it is through these Perfect Men that God may be known.

IV. The Manifestations of God on this planet have included Adam, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, Christ, Muhammad, The Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh; as well as Krishna, Buddha and Others.

V. Christ Jesus was "the very Savior of Man" (PUP, p.62), the "Lord of the Visible and Invisible" (GWB 57,#23), the "Lord of all being" (GWB 55,#23), the "WORD of God" (SWA 20:1), the "Son of God" (SAQ 63, WOB 105) Who was born of a literal virgin and the Holy Ghost (LG #1637), the Only Begotten of Jehovah, whose death on the Cross infused a fresh capacity into all Created things, and Who healed the sick, caused the blind to see, the lame to walk, and sanctified the soul of the sinner (GWB 85-86).

VI. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Unto Him) was a Manifestation of God, the Comforter that Christ promised the Father would send, the one called "Faithful and True" mentioned in the Book of Revelation, and the Seal of the Prophets.

VII. His Holinesss The Báb (The Gate of God) was a Manifestion of God, the Return of the Imam Mehdi of Shi'ite Islam, and the Forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh.

VIII. Bahá'u'lláh (The Glory of God) was the Supreme Manifestation of God, the incarnation of the Father on Earth, the Begetter of the Spirit (Jesus), the Author of the Most Holy Book, the Lord of the Vineyard, the Messiah ben David, the Kalki Avatar, the Maitreya Buddha, the Shah Bahram, the Son of Man, and the Spirit of Truth.

IX. There will be future Manifestations of God Who shall appear on this planet, but only after 1000 literal years from 1863.

X. The Mission of Bahá'u'lláh was to unite Mankind into the Kingdom of God the Father on Earth; otherwise known as the Millennial Kingdom, the City of New Jerusalem, the Reign of Christ on Earth, or the World Order of Bahá'u'lláh.

XI. The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh will protect and promote the equality of men and women, promote the independent investigation of truth, make religion the cause of unity among mankind, promote a Universal Auxilary language, mandate the elimination of prejudices of all kinds (racial, class, caste, ethnic), eliminate the extremes of poverty and wealth via spiritual solutions to economic problems, mandate universal education for males and females, provide for a Universal Tribunal to settle disputes between nations, and to protect the basic human rights of all people everywhere.

XII. There is no reincarnation of human souls on this material planet, but mortal existences on other material planets is possible.

XIII. Heaven and Hell are not geographic locations but inward conditions of the soul in this life which manifests heavenly or hellish outward conditions for the soul in the Afterlife.

XIV. There is no eternal unending Hell; all souls will have the opportunity for spiritual advancement in the Afterlife.

XV. For every deed done in this life, whether good or evil, there is a recompence (reward or punishment) in the Afterlife.

XVI. There is no resurrection of the physical body, dust returns to dust; at death the soul is freed from the physical body like a bird freed from a cage.

XVII. The more we suffer in this world, the less we will have to suffer in the next world.

XVIII. 'Abdu'l-Bahá was not a Manifestation of God, but the Word and Mystery of God, the Master, the Exemplar of the Faith; the example of what every Bahá'í should be.

XIX. To be a Bahá'í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.


The 19 Prohibitions

1. Do not KILL (unless to protect yourself or others from death or serious injury)
2. Do not STEAL (includes embezzlement, bribery, etc.)
3. Do not LIE (of any kind: eqivocation is a form of lying)
4. Do not commit FORNICATION, nor ADULTERY, nor SODOMY, nor LECHERY (i.e. acts associated with pornography or sexual fantasy)
5. Do not MARRY a person of the same gender, nor a close relative nor before the age of 15 nor without the consent of all living parents nor practice polygamy nor open marriage.
6. Do not GOSSIP (considered next to murder in severity)
7. Do not DISSIMULATE (deny you are a Baha'i in order to avoid persecution)
8. Do not DRINK ALCOHOL (any amount for any reason)
9. Do not use or sell ILLEGAL DRUGS (nor abuse perscription drugs)
10. Do not be CRUEL TO ANIMALS (eating meat is allowed but vegitarianism is recommended)
11. Do not use ABORTION as a form of birth-control (i.e. valid medical necessity only)
12. Do not CONFESS YOUR SINS to other humans (i.e. confess to God alone)
13. Do not GAMBLE in any form (investment in stocks is not considered gambling)
14. Do not DIVORCE until after one year of trial-separation wherein you cannot have intimate relations or date others (Year of Patience)
15. Do not engage in PROTESTS against any civil government peacefully or otherwise.
16. Do not be a HYPOCRITE (keep some Baha'i laws and ordinances but ignore others publicly or privately)
17. Do not SMOKE during the daylight hours during the Month of Loftiness (smoking is allowed but strongly discouraged)
18. Do not BELONG TO POLITICAL PARTIES or engage in partisan politics of any kind (voting is encouraged)
19. Do not ARGUE ABOUT RELIGION with anyone at any time for any reason.


The 19 Duties

This is not an official list of duties, but a general overview.

1. Acceptance of Baha'u'llah as a Supreme Manifestation of God the Father, the Infallible World Teacher of Humanity for our Day, and His Laws and Ordinances as the Will of God. This is called "The Greater Covenant".
2. Acceptance of 'Abdu'l-Baha as His rightful Successor, the Interpreter of the Holy Writings, Whose own Writings are Infallible, the WORD, the Master, and the Exemplar of the Faith Whose Station was less than a Prophet but greater than a mere human being. This is called "The Lesser Covenant".
3. Acceptance of Shoghi Effendi as the rightful Successor of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Guardian of the Cause of God, whose written directives are authoritative and binding upon all Believers.
4. Acceptance of the Universal House of Justice, a council of nine distinguished gentlemen, elected every five years, as the Governing Body of the Faith worldwide, whose collective legislative decisions are authoritative and binding upon all Believers.
5. Acceptance of the Torah, the Injil, the Qu'ran, and the Holy Texts (the Writings of The Báb, Baha'u'llah, and 'Abdu'l-Baha) as God-inspired and Infallible Scripture.
6. Acceptance of Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, The Báb, Baha'u'llah, and any Other Prophet mentioned in the Holy Texts, as true Prophets of God.
7. Acceptance of the Twelve Imaams of Shia Islaam as the rightful Successors of the Prophet Muhammad and the Rightful Leaders of the Umma of Muhammad.
8. Acceptance of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i and Siyyid Kazim Rashti as Divinely-inspired Seers whose teachings prepared the way for The Báb and Baha'u'llah.
9. Acceptance of the immortality of the soul and the Law of Recompence (reward or punishments in the Afterlife for every deed performed in this life).
10. Praying every day the Daily Obligatory Prayer either in the short, medium, or long versions.
11. Teaching the Baha'i Message to Seekers either as a Travel-Teacher, a Homefront Pioneer, a Pioneer, or in local or national teaching campaigns.
12. Going on a Year of Service (year of volunteer welfare work) before marriage if one is able to do so.
13. Attending a 19-Day Feast one time every 19 days to fellowship with other Believers (recommended but not obligatory)
14. Making a Baha'i Pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines in Haifa and Bahji if one can afford to do so and one is in good health at least one time in life.
15. Reading at least one Holy Verse per day.
16. Reciting the Zikr (remembrance of God) by saying in a normal voice and tone "Allah'u'Abha" (God is Most High) 95 times within each 24-hour period.
17. Fasting (abstaining from food and water and smoking) during the daylight hours of the Month of Loftiness (19 days) unless one is ill or with child or is over the age of 70 years.
18. Ceasing work (if possible) on the Nine Holy Days.
19. Obedience to and financial support for the Administrative Order of the Faith.


The Path of Holiness

The Path of Holiness refers to the "steps" that a Spiritual Seeker must take on the jouney to become a Lover of God. There are many Paths of Holiness. In India it is called "Yoga": spiritual and physical practices that help you "yoke" with God. Spirituality is not confined to the Baha'i Faith. This is the Baha'i Path of Holiness.

1. Belief in Baha'u'llah
2. Bowing to the Will of God daily
3. Fasting during the daylight hours of 19-day month of Loftiness
4. Meditating (reading and pondering) on the Holy Verses daily
5. Chanting the Zikr (Remembrance of God) daily
6. Ceasing work (if possible) on the Nine Holy Days
7. Good thoughts/good words/good deeds daily
8. Praying the Daily Obligatory Prayer
9. Living the Life (not being a hypocrite and "picking and choosing" which ordinances to keep but keeping all of them to the best of your ability)

These nine steps represent the Path of Holiness. The purpose of "walking the Path of Holiness" is to increase one's own spirituality until the Holy Spirit "transforms" one's human soul into an angelic soul. This is also called "being born again" or "the baptism of the fire of the Love of God". Being "born again" causes one's soul to enter the Spiritual Realms (i.e. Heaven) in the Afterlife.


The 99 Names/Attributes of ALLAH

These are the 99 Names/Attributes of ALLAH listed in the Holy Qu'ran. In the Realm of Heyhoot these are only Names and Attributes. In the Realm of Lawhoot, They are separate Divine Souls that share one Mind. In the Realm of Nawsoot (our Realm) They are Prophets and Chosen Ones.

1 The All-Compassionate 2 The All-Merciful 3 The Absolute Ruler 4 The Pure One 5 The Source of Peace 6 The Inspirer of Faith 7 The Guardian 8 The Victorious 9 The Compeller 10 The Greatest 11 The Creator 12 The Maker of Order 13 The Shaper of Beauty 14 The Forgiving 15 The Subduer 16 The Giver of All 17 The Sustainer 18 The Opener 19 The Knower of All 20 The Constrictor 21 The Reliever 22 The Abaser 23 The Exalter 24 The Bestower of Honors 25 The Humiliator 26 The Hearer of All 27 The Seer of All 28 The Judge 29 The Just 30 The Subtle One 31 The All-Aware 32 The Forebearing 33 The Magnificent 34 The Forgiver and Hider of 35 The Rewarder of Thankfulness 36 The Highest 37 The Greatest 38 The Preserver 39 The Nourisher 40 The Accounter 41 The Mighty 42 The Generous 43 The Watchful One 44 The Responder to Prayer 45 The All-Comprehending 46 The Perfectly Wise 47 The Loving One 48 The Majestic One 49 The Resurrector 50 The Witness 51 The Truth 52 The Trustee 53 The Possessor of All Strength 54 The Forceful One 55 The Governor 56 The Praised One 57 The Appraiser 58 The Originator 59 The Restorer 60 The Giver of Life 61 The Taker of Life 62 The Ever Living One 63 The Self-Existing One 64 The Finder 65 The Glorious 66 The Only One 67 The One 68 The Satisfier of All Needs 69 The All Powerful 70 The Creator of All Power 71 The Expediter 72 The Delayer 73 The First 74 The Last 75 The Manifest One 76 The Hidden One 77 The Protecting Friend 78 The Supreme One 79 The Doer of Good 80 The Guide to Repentance 81 The Avenger 82 The Forgiver 83 The Clement 84 The Owner of All 85 The Lord of Majesty and Bounty 86 The Equitable One 87 The Gatherer 88 The Rich One 89 The Enricher 90 The Preventer of Harm 91 The Creator of The Harmful 92 The Creator of Good 93 The Light 94 The Guide 95 The Originator 96 The Everlasting One 97 The Inheritor of All 98 The Righteous Teacher 99 The Patient One


The Baha'i Universe

HÉHÚT (hey-hoot): The Realm of the Essence of God (ALLÁH)
LÁHÚT (law-hoot): The Realm of the Divinities (Concourse on High)
JÁBÁRÚT (jaw-bawr-root): The Realm of the Powers (Paradise)
MÁLÁKÚT (mawl-law-koot): The Realm of the Angels (Spirit-World)
Spiritual Realms (i.e. "Heaven")
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Material Realm (i.e. "Hell")
NÁSÚT (naw-soot): The Realm of the Physical Beings~material planets were the Sun burns and ages the skin--where suffering, injustice, pain, and death exist. "Salvation" means escaping Nawsoot by being "born again" via the Holy Spirit.
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