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1 Bahai ’i

2 universalizing exclusivist no branches

3 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham

4 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna

5 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses

6 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses Zoroaster

7 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses Zoroaster Buddha

8 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses Zoroaster Buddha Jesus

9 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses Zoroaster Buddha Jesus Muhammad

10 Divine Messengers from the Creator Abraham Krishna Moses Zoroaster Buddha Jesus Muhammad Baha’ulla

11 Baha’ullah The final divine messenger Born 1817 in Persia Arrested and exiled for his preaching

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21 Baha’i Holy Places Most holy site – the Bahji Palace, final resting place of the earthly remains of Baha’ullah... ACRE Holy site – Shine of the Bab, the tomb of the Bab who prophesied the coming of Baha’ullah... HAIFA Administrative headquarters – Universal House of Justice and Archives Building... HAIFA

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23 Baha’i Temples 7 buildings – one on every inhabited continent and another in Oceania All have central dome All have 9 doors

24 Baha’i Temples OCEANIA: Apia, Western Samoa

25 Baha’i Temples AUSTRALIA: Sydney, Australia

26 Baha’i Temples AFRICA: Kampala, Uganda

27 Baha’i Temples SOUTH AMERICA: Panama City

28 Baha’i Temples EUROPE: near Frankfurt, Germany

29 Baha’i Temples NORTH AMERICA: Wilmette, Illinois (Near Chicago)

30 Baha’i Temples ASIA: New Delhi, India

31 The first House of Worship was built in Russia, in the city of Ashkhabad in Central Asia (red). Completed around 1908, the Ashkhabad House of Worship served the Bahá'í community of that region until 1938, when the site was appropriated by the Soviet Government. The building was demolished in 1962 after being damaged by an earthquake.

32 Now… about that Panama, South American temple… Columbia, under construction

33 Around the world, more than 120 sites have so far been set aside for future Houses of Worship (light green). Ultimately, every local Bahá'í community will have its own House of Worship. Like the first one in Ashkhabad, each will become the focus of community life, as well as a center for social, scientific, educational, and humanitarian services.

34 Diffusion of the Baha’i No formal missionaries Followers encouraged to move to locations with few or no Baha’i adherents and there become involved in a positive way in order to encourage interest in the faith Spread word to neighbors through activity and involvement in local affairs

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40 There are two distinct elements to the Bahá'í administration, the elected and appointed. The highest elected body is the Universal House of Justice, which possesses "the exclusive right to legislate on matters not explicitly revealed in the Most Holy Book." The highest appointed authority is the Institution of the Guardianship, which is a hereditary authority and has the exclusive "right of the interpretation of the Holy Writ solely conferred upon him." Baha’i Administration


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