Baha'i vs. Islam

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Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Mosque/masjid, any place which is considered clean by Islamic standards.
Use of statues and pictures Baha'is do not pray to them. They do not have pictures of Baha'u'llah in their homes and can only see Him when they go on pilgrimage to Israel. Bahais do not worship names and attributes, but worship the Essence who is beyond understanding Muslims are not permitted to depict the image of God nor any prophet.
Practices Working in economy in service of people; and prayer, and fasting. "Feast" and Holy Day observances are practiced. All Baha'is teach the Faith and many participate in Study Circles in various locations throughout the world Five pillars: Testament that there is one God and Muhammad is his messenger (shahadah); prayer five times daily; fast during Ramadan; charity to the poor (zakat); pilgrimage (Hajj).
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Arabian Peninsula.
Clergy Baha'is have no clergy and Baha'u'llah's writings may be seens as anti-clerical by blaming religious leaders to have always rejected the coming of the promised ones of their religions. Imam leads congregational prayer in a mosque. Sheikh, Maulana, Mullah and Mufti
Concept of Deity God in His Essence is beyond oneness and even attributes. But His attributes are recognized in His Manifestations. God is unknowable so we can know of God only through the Manifestation. Baha'u'llah is the Appearance of God promised in all religions. God (Allah) is the only god and is all-powerful and omniscient.
Second coming of Jesus Baha'u'llah is the return of Christ in the glory of the Father to Whom Jesus prayed from the Cross (i.e. Bahaullah is the coming of the Speaker on Mount Sinai). He is the Promised One of all major world religions for this day -- the Day of God Affirmed
Means of salvation Through God's Manifestations. Bahaullah says it is impossible to believe in Him and disobey His laws. Surprisingly, Bahaullah says no one knows his own end (i.e. whether one is saved or not). We must do our best to love and obey the Manifestation Belief in one God, remembrance of God, repentance, fear of God and hope in God's mercy.
Belief of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes (and even beyond existence itself). We know God only through His Manifestations (theism) and manifestations in creation (monism), though other methods of knowledge are also true. Relativity of truth. Only one God.
Life after death Unknown. Each person is on a continuum toward God, but no one knows for sure who's closer, not even Bahais. Baha'u'llah taught that the encounter with God promised in religions took place on earth with Baha'u'llah's appearance. A Muslim and all the beings will be accountable to Allah on the Day of Judgement.
About Baha'i Faith believes in oneness, equality and unity of mankind, and has ushered in the Era of the unification of the world. Islam consists of individuals who believe in Allah, a deity whose teachings its followers—Muslims—believe were recorded, verbatim, by the god's last prophet, Muhammad.
Status of Adam Adam symbolizes the first Manifestation of God sent to humanity. Another symbolism is that Adam represents the spirit of man and Eve represents the body of man. Free from all major sins and faults. Adam is the first prophet and man on earth as sent by Allah and he is the father of Humanity, and Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam.
Angels Angels are symbolic for stand-out human beings with great spiritual qualities. Angels are created from light and remain unseen as they worship and follow God's commands.
Holy days 9 Holy Days.The Baha'i calendar consists of 19 months and 19 days to each month, with the left over days being the Baha'i gift giving and charity days of Ayyam-i-Ha. Ramadan (month of fasting), Eid-ul Adha (feast of the sacrifice), Eid-ul Fitr (sweet festival at the end of Ramadan).
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Sharia law, or law that is loosely or strictly based on the Qur'an, exists in many countries that have a majority Muslim population. Only some regions with sharia law apply it to judicial or criminal issues.
Day of worship Every 19 days is a Feast Day, similar to Sunday for Christians. Feasts are conducted in various believers homes with a spiritual portion, a business portion and fellowship following it all. The Baha'is have their own calendar with Holy Days as well. Prayer five times daily is obligatory. Friday is the day of congregational prayer, obligatory for men, but not for women.
Definition Follower of Baha'u'llah. Islam is an Arabic word for "Submission or surrender in Ultimate Peace".Muslim means a believer in One God (Al-Illah or Allah)
Ressurection of Jesus Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. Denied because his death is denied. God raised Jesus to him and he will return before end of time.
Principle All religions should become one world religion (unity in diversity), its better to have no religion than religion that leads to disagreement and war. Science and religion are both ways to understand. The Promised Time is Here. Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent." - Quran: Surah Al Ikhlas
View of Oriental religions Baha'i is an Abrahamic religion, but, it believes that all religions should unite into one world religion. All Religions were given the book and are people of the book but are FALSE religions
Concept of God Beyond understanding. One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and through all of creation (i.e. we know the Sun because of its light). Ninety nine names and attributes of Allah (God) who is infinite supreme, Sublimely one, all are dependent on him yet he depends on none. Self sufficient. without beginning and without end, and there is nothing comparable to him.
Jesus One of God's Divine Manifestations. a Prophet and messenger of God, and his proper name used in the Quran is Isa ibn Maryam [Jesus the son of Mary (not God)]
Abrahamic Lineage Abraham's sons by Keturah. The Bab was through Hagar. The ancestor of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is Abraham (Ibrahim) through his son Ismael.
Status of Muhammad Seal of Prophets, Great and Last Messenger of God, Manifestation of God's attributes like the others. He is the Last Messenger of God before the coming of the Bab and then Bahaullah. Deeply loved and revered in Islam, last Prophet, but is not worshipped, only God is worshipped, according to Islam creation is never to be worshipped under any circumstances only the creator
Virtue in which religion is based upon Unity, Equality, Peace, and Balance, Moderation, Relativity, Mysticism, Selflessness, Sacrifice, Long-sufferingness, Humility, Martyrdom, Patience, strength. Peace, complete submission to God
Position of Abraham Ancestor of Bah-u-llah, by his second wife, Keturah, and Manifestation of God. A great Prophet.
View of Dharmic religions Sent by God to communities in the ancient times. Extremely false and corrupted
View of other Oriental religions Believe that all religions should become one. N/A
View on Abrahamic religions Believe that all religions should unite. Believe that Jews & Christians should accept Muhammad as the final Prophet; believe that Baha'is are wrong in believing that Bah-u-llah is a prophet.
Teachings about Behavior Deeds are greater than words, even death is better than words without deeds. Scholars of morality have divided moral issues into two categories: 1 - Morals in the common meaning 2 - Morals in the particular meaning that includes good manners and Islamic behaviour

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Anonymous comments (4)

January 20, 2014, 2:53am

Informative, thank you.
However, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is NOT the founder of Islam. This is a common misconception — Islam is simply a re-establishment of the religions revealed to previous prophets (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus عليهم السلام).

However, if by "founder" you mean something like "the individual who reintroduced the message", then I guess it's fine.

Thank you, again x

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May 21, 2013, 8:44pm

The Bahai faith is the only religion in the world that accepts the divine mission of the Prophet Muhammad; Bahai writings contain numerous quotations from the Qur'an; Bahai scripture is in Persian and Arabic - Arabic is highly respected. There are strong similarities between the two as is to be expected given that Bab and Bahaullah came from an Islamic country, Iran.

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May 21, 2013, 8:39pm

The Bahai fast of 19 days is equivalent of Islamic fast of Ramadan. Bahai obligatory prayers were originally 4 per day in comparison to 5 in Islamic salat, later reduced to a choice of 3 or 1. Bahaullah's Kitab al-Akdas is the Bahai book of laws; it modifies or abrogates laws in the Qur'an and hadith. Pilgrimage to the shrines of Bahaullah and the Bab replace the hajj to Mecca. Bahais should pay huquqallah - a per centage of their income - similar to Zakat in Islam. From all this we can see that the Five Pillars of Islam remain in a modified form in the Bahai faith.

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March 25, 2013, 11:11pm

Baha'i faith is an independent religion and is NOT offshoot of Islam

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