Baha'i vs Islam


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Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab Muhammad.
Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Mosque/masjid, any place which is clean.
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.
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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.
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).
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
Literal Meaning A Baha'i means one who is a follower of Baha (Glory/Splendor), or one who believes in "Baha" as the Greatest Name of God. "Baha" (Baha'u'llah) is believed to be that Glory that appeared to Moses and spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to the will of God. The root word means peace.
Goal of religion We are born to know, love, and worship God; and to recognize His Manifestation for our era (who in this day is Baha'u'llah). Baha'u'llah is the Promised One and Goal of religions. Submission to the will of God, peace.
Scriptures Over 100 volumes of scripture. Baha'u'llah was the only Manifestation to write with His own pen over 20,000 Tablets of scripture. They are in the Baha'i Archives in Haifa Israel and less than 10% has been translated into English. The Quran/Koran (the direct words of Allah through Angels to the Prophet. Hadith are not holy scriptures but sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.
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.
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)
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
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.
Time of origin 1844 AD. (Bab), 1852 AD. (private Bahaullah) and 1863 AD. (public Bahaullah) 610 CE
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.
View of Animistic religions Baha'is believe that all religions should unite and become one religion, but that they still worship the same one God. Paganism is idolatry.
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 is an Abrahamic religion originating with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (a decendent of Ishmael) born in 560 AD came to teach pure monotheism, restore the true religion which had been lost. submission to the Will of God, pure monotheism.
Marriage Laws are only applicable to Bahais. They're described in the Book of Aqdas. Non-Bahais are not required to follow any Bahai laws. Laws include parental consent, the right to choose partner, reading special verses, requirement of 2 Bahai witnesses, et The holy union of a couple. Men in Islam may marry more than one women (but no more than four) as long as he can treat them all fairly, give them all their rights and support them all.
Human Nature Man is born in the image of perfection, with potential to exhibit all Divine attributes. We have free will to fulfill our potential. Bahaullah writes that man cannot be static, so if we are not progressing, then we must be regressing. Man has equal ability to do good or evil. God has given mankind free will.
Status of women Equality of men and women. No veils nor inferior status as in other religions. Spirit of God is often embodied in a Female form in Bahai scriptures, with whom Bahaullah has mystical and spiritual bond. It it said in the Quran that all woman are equal to men, and should be treated like any other man.
Birth of Jesus Jesus was a Manifestation of God known as the Spirit of God and the Word of God, and His Mother is believed to be pure and sinless. His birth revolutionized all creation. Virgin birth from Mary.
God's role in salvation In this Era it is important that each person recognize Baha'u'llah. Although people can get to Heaven through other religions and Manifestations. Baha'i writings reject original sin. Mercy
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
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.
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.
Identity of Jesus A divine Manifestation of God. He embodied all of God's Attributes. He is regarded as the "Spirit of God" and the "Word of God". Bahaullah claims to be the Father of The Spirit of Christ. A true prophet of God, born of a chaste virgin mother (Mary). Jesus is highly respected and loved in Islam, but not worshipped or seen as a son of God. Muslims believed that Jesus preached Islam, but his message was corrupted by some.
Population 8 million. But in another sense, all human beings are born Bahais whether they know it or not. There are around 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the second-largest faith of the planet and claims to be the fastest growing
Death of Jesus When Jesus died the whole of creation was shaken and moved by His Salvific martyrdom and blood. He did not die, but was taken into heaven by god, and will come back down to earth. He was never crucified.
Rites No mandatory rituals, but Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha gave Baha'is many instructions. Five pillars: Prayer, purification, funerals, circumsicion, sharing of animals in thanksgiving, Quran recitation, marriage.
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Sharia law is the foundation of Islam - religious law is to be interpreted only by scholars who are knowledgeable in advanced religious studies.
View of other Abrahamic religions The Prophets of the Abrahamic religions are manifestations of God. The line of Abrahamic prophets are listed in the Bible and Quran. They all came to prepare mankind for the Day of God, the Encounter with God. Jews and Christians are respected as "People of the Book". All religions should be respected and tolerated, though Islam is the only correct way.
Authority of Pope Baha'u'llah wrote Tablets to the Pope, who is the representative of the majority of Christians of His time. Baha'u'llah announced Himself as the Promised One of Christianity to the Pope. N/A
Branches Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Caravan of East & West, There is a political division Shia and Sunni Muslims, though it is not doctrinal.
Offshoot religions N/A. Baha'i
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. N/A
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.
Clothes Encouraged to dress modestly so as not to become a toy for the perverse. Dress s left up to conscience of the people and according to customs of each culture. Women must present themselves modestly to cover the hair and body shape. The hands, face and feet may be left bare. Men must be modestly dressed and covered from waist to knee.
Legislation Universal House of Justice , in Haifa Israel. The UHJ decisions are without error. Sharia
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). Concept of the uncreated creator who brought about the universe - God - and that God had revealed a message (Quran) and a messenger (Muhammad)
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
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.
Geographical predominance Widespread across the globe. More than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups are represented. The Baha'i Faith is illegal and suppressed in most Middle Eastern countries. Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, East Asia (Indonesia Malaysia), and the Balkans
Prophet All the Founders of the different world religions are Prophets. The cycle beginning with Adam ended with Muhammad as the Seal of Prophets, a new Cycle began with the Bab and Baha'u'llah that transcends Prophethood. Muslims believe in all prophets of the Holy Books, joining over 124,000 prophets who were unknown and unmentioned. Muhammad is the final prophet.
Views on the afterlife Heaven is closeness to God and Hell is remoteness from God or being cut off from Him. Eternal life in paradise or hell.
Resurrection of Jesus Viewed as metaphorical, rather than literal. Although "miracles" do occur and are recorded for every Manifestation of God, they must be in accord with science. No because his death is denied in Islam.
Geographical distribution and predominance Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. Islam exists worldwide while it is the dominant religion of the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, and North Africa.
View of other Oriental religions Believe that all religions should become one. N/A.
Direction of Prayer None, Bahais pray in all directions as God is location-less. For obligatory Prayers, Bahais face the location of the temple (human body) of Promised One of all religions, Bahaullah, who is now buried in Bahji, Israel. the Ka'bah Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Goal of Philosophy To unite all religions into one. To Reach Heaven
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.
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, Eid, Friday. Laylatul Qadr
Original Language Persian and Arabic; Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice write in English. Arabic
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
Promised Holy one. Belief in the future Coming of another Manifestation of God. Mahdi
View of other Dharmic religions Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad and the Bab (a Twin Manifestation with Baha'u'llah and His Herald). Has no basis in Islam.
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.
Virtue on which religion is based upon Equality. Peace
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
Place and Time of origin Persia. 1844 AD 7'th Century AD.
View of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and manifestations in creation. God is All Good
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)]
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
View of Dharmic religions Sent by God to communities in the ancient times. Extremely false and corrupted
Promised Holy One Baha'u'llah Mahdi
Followers Baha'is. Muslim (means submitter to God)
Belief of God One God. Belief in One God.
Position of Abraham Ancestor of Bah-u-llah and Manifestation of God. A great Prophet.
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.
War between two churches/ major sects The Universal House of Justice denomination denies there is any schism within Baha'i. However, there are Orthodox Baha'is, Reform Baha'is, etc. Sunnis and Shiites fight often in the Middle East.

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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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July 28, 2011, 10:36pm

Kharijite and Shiite are NOT branches of Islam. They a corrupted!

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