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Baha'i versus Islam comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartBaha'iIslam
Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Mosque/masjid, any place which is considered clean by Islamic standards.
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, Mecca at Mount Hira.
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 Images of God or prophets not permitted. Art takes the form of calligraphy, architecture etc. Muslims distinguish themselves from other groups by not drawing lifelike human works, which could be mistaken as idolatry. No image is representative of God
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 (monotheism). God is the one True Creator. God has always existed, none existed before him and will exist forever. He transcends life and death. No part of His creation resembles Him, He cannot be seen, but sees all.
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.
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.
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. All beings created with reason will be accountable to God Almighty on the Day of Judgement. They will be rewarded for every atom's weight of good, and either forgiven or punished for evil deeds.
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
Scriptures The "Kitab-i-Aqdas" is considered the central book. Over 100 volumes of scripture. Baha'u'llah was the only Manifestation to write with His own pen over 20,000 Tablets of scripture. The Qur'an, and traditions of the Holy Last messenger Muhammad, called 'Sunnah' which is found in narrations or 'hadiths' by the men around him.
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.
Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab Prophet Muhammad. According to Islamic scripture, all people who follow God's revealed guidance and the messengers sent with it 'submit' to that guidance, and are considered Muslims (ie. Adam, Moses, Abraham, Jesus, etc.).
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
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. Humans are born pure and innocent. Upon reaching adolescence, you are responsible for what you do, and must choose right from wrong. Islam also teaches that faith and action go hand-in-hand.
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. Fulfill gift and responsibility of this life through following the guidance of Holy Quran and Hadith, striving to serve mankind through compassion, justice, trustworthiness, and love for all of God's creation
Ressurection of Jesus Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. Denied because God raised Jesus to him and he will return before end of time to finish his life, correct any confusion about his teachings and restore order to the world.
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.
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)
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. You are judged according to your efforts to do good and avoid sinful behaviors, oppression, etc. God will judge your deeds and intentions. A person must believe in God and follow His commandments.
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
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. The prophet said "Do good to and serve your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then the near relatives and then those who come after them." Islam's honoring women is the great status of the mother in Islam.
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Shariah law (derived from Quran and Hadith) governs prayers, business transactions, and individual rights, as well as criminal and governmental laws. Religious debate, or 'Shura' is utilized for practical solutions to contemporary issues
Geographical distribution and predominance Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. There are 1.6 billion. By the percentage of the total population in a region considering themselves Muslim, 24.8% in Asia-Oceania, 91.2% in the Middle East-North Africa, 29.6% in Sub-Saharan Africa, around 6.0% in Europe, and 0.6% in the Americas.
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).
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
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 is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law. A Muslim is one who follows Islam.
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.
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 Islam is totally opposed to monasticism and celibacy. Marriage is an act of Sunnah in Islam and is strongly recommended. Men can only marry the "people of the book" i.e., Abrahamic religions. Women can only marry a Muslim man.
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. N/A. Islamic scripture does not discuss or mention Gautam Buddha.
Followers Baha'is. Muslims
View of Oriental religions Baha'i is an Abrahamic religion, but, it believes that all religions should unite into one world religion. Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Shino are not from following the right path. But, “… And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).” [al-Israa’ 17:15].
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.
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.
Jesus One of God's Divine Manifestations. Muslims believe Jesus to be a perfect, sinless, highly revered Prophet and a messenger of God. His name in Arabic is Isa ibn Mariam (Jesus the son of Mary). Jesus was immaculately conceived through God, but is not God or the son of God.
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. The last Prophet, but is not worshipped. Only God (the creator) is worshipped in Islam; God's creation (including prophets) are not considered worthy of worship.
Population 8 million. But in another sense, all human beings are born Bahais whether they know it or not. 1.6 billion Muslims
Position of Abraham Ancestor of Bah-u-llah, by his second wife, Keturah, and Manifestation of God. A great prophet and a perfect, sinless example of the divine guidance of God.
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. Follow the Qur'an and the Hadiths (Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad)
View of Dharmic religions Sent by God to communities in the ancient times. Extremely false and corrupted
Original Language Persian and Arabic; Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice write in English. Arabic
Virtue on which religion is based upon Equality. Tawheed (oneness of God); Peace

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