The Baha’i Faith is one of the world religions with the most wide a variety of adherents throughout the world. It’s a relatively new faith, having started in Persia in the 19th century. Test your knowledge, your mettle, your trivia, your multiple choice skills on this fascinating faith which was called ‘Bahaism’ in the past. See if you cut the mustard, are up to snuff, ace in the hole, all that good stuff. Good luck, and have fun.
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The Bahai Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Baha’u’llah in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind.There are an estimated five to six million Bahai’s around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.
Bahai teachings emphasize the underlying unity of the major world religions. 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 people. These messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and others, including most recently Baha’u’llah. In Bahai belief, each messenger taught of the next, and Baha’u’llah’s life and teachings fulfill the end-time promises of previous scriptures. 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 word “Bahai ” is used either as an adjective to refer to the Bahai Faith or as a term for a follower of Baha’u’llah, and the word is not a noun meaning the religion as a whole. It is derived from the Arabic Baha’, meaning “glory” or “splendour”. The term “Bahaism” (or “Baha’ism”) has been used in the past, but is fading from use.
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The facts in this quiz
- The founder of the Baha’i Faith was Baha’u’llah. The Bab merely announced his coming.
- The Baha’i Faith is the fastest growing religion in the world.
- The symbol of the Baha’i Faith is the 9 pointed star.
- The largest community of Baha’i live in India: over 1.7 million.
- Baha’u’llah was a Persian gentleman. Persia is now called Iran.
- The Baha’i see God as completely unknowable and transcendent.
- The Baha’i see all the prophets who started religions as manifestations of God, including Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Christ, and Muhammad.
- The Baha’i have no priesthood
- Spiritual authority in the Bahaí Faith rest with locally and nationally elected “spiritual assemblies”, with ultimate authority resting in the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel.
- Reasoning that women will take care of not just themselves but also the next generation, Baha’u’llah felt that if one had to choose, girls should be educated before boys.