Gabe's View: Peace In The Holy Land?
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#1 May 12, 2008
Just a little note of clarity about the Baha'i Faith's beautiful gardens, the administrative buildings (the World Center of the faith), and Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel. The author mentions the Baha'i "religious order". Wikipedia defines a religious order as "a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized by the principles of its founder's religious practice."
There is no such entity within the Baha'i Faith. We do not have clergy, monks, nuns or any such communities with the faith. We all live in the secular world, not in cloistered communities, even the elected representatives of the faith in local, national and international administrative bodies. The Shrine of the Bab is the final resting place of the Bab (b. 1817, d. 1850; means in English "the Gate") who was the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah (b.1817, d.1892), the Prophet-Founder of the Faith Whom Baha'is believe to be the Messiah to the Jews, the Return of Christ, the Great Announcement to the Muslims, the Fifth Buddha, and the Tenth Avatar to the Hindus, among the many titles the major faiths have for their prophesied redeemer.
The Baha'i Faith is an Abrahamic religion, too, since Baha'u'llah was a descendant of Abraham through his third wife, Keturah.
And this average Baha'i from Ohio wishes to express her heartfelt prayer that the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael (the Jews and Arabs, respectively) make peace with each other. The messages of the Oneness of God, the oneness of humankind, and the oneness of religion are key tenets of the teachings that Baha'u'llah brought to this world for this age.
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