The history of the Bahá'í Faith, from its origins in 19th-century Persia to its emergence as a global religion, including the lives of its Central Figures and the development of its institutions. The official history of the early years was told by Nabil in a work commissioned by Baha'u'llah. Although imperfect as a history, yet the incluion of so many eyewitness accounts as well as the contributions made by Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha give it a unique value. Beyond this there are many wonderful sources of Baha'i history, from stories related by Abdu'l-Baha to pilgrims (Memorials of the Faithful) to the many biographies of the Central Figures and their companions by Baha'i authors. Notable are works of Hasan Balyuzi, Moojan Momen, Adib Taherzadeh, and Fazel Mazindarani. It is my hope to provide a range of study guides and helpful resources for the beginning student of Baha'i history including timelines and translations of key documents.
The Báb's declaration in 1844 ignited the dawn of the Bahá'í Faith, introducing a new religious dispensation in Persia and paving the way for Bahá'u'lláh's subsequent revelation.
Bahá'u'lláh's proclamation in 1863 and His vast theological writings established the foundation of Bahá'í belief, emphasizing the unity of humanity and progressive revelation.
The Central Figures include the Báb, the herald of the Faith; Bahá'u'lláh, the founder; `Abdu'l-Bahá, the exemplar; and Shoghi Effendi, the appointed Guardian and interpreter.
Nabil authored 'The Dawn-Breakers', detailing the early Bahá'í history through eyewitness accounts and insights from the Central Figures, notably commissioned by Bahá'u'lláh.
Bahá'u'lláh introduced the framework for Bahá'í institutions, which were further developed through `Abdu'l-Bahá's and Shoghi Effendi's guidance, fostering community governance.
The 19-day Bahá'í Fast is an annual period of spiritual reflection and preparation established by Bahá'u'lláh, marking the end of the calendar year and leading up to Naw-Rúz.
The nine sides of Bahá'í temples symbolize the inclusion of all religious paths and the unity of humanity, a core principle of the Bahá'í Faith, reflecting its universal ethos.
Bahá'í world peace teachings advocate for spiritual and practical steps towards harmony, such as global cooperation, adherence to justice, and the establishment of international governing bodies.