Baha'i

Bahaʾi

[buh-hah-ee, -hahy]
noun, plural Bahaʾis.
1.
a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn ʿAlī (called Bahaullah) teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all races, and the equality of the sexes.
2.
an adherent of Bahaʾi.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Bahaʾi or Bahaʾis.
Also, Bahai, Bahāʾī.


Origin:
< Persian < Arabic bahāʾ (Allāh) Bahaullah, literally, splendor (of God) + suffix of appurtenance

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Baha'i
1889, mystical, tolerant Iranian religion founded by a Mirza Ali Mohammed ibn Radhik, Shiraz merchant executed for heresy in 1850, and named for his leading disciple, Baha Allah (Pers. "splendor of God;" ultimately from Arabic). It also is sometimes called Babism, after the name taken by the founder,
Bab-ed-Din, "gate of the faith."
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Baha'i [(bah-hah-ee, buh-heye)]

A teacher or follower of Bahaism, a religion advocating universal peace and stressing the spiritual unity of humankind. It was founded in 1863 in Persia as an offshoot of an earlier sect called Babism.

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