Major Eras and Historical Development of the Baha'i Faith

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The Baha'i Faith was founded in Iran by Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad

1844

Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad accepted the title Bab (“the Gate”) and prophesized the future arrival of “One greater than Himself.”

Execution of 1850

1850

Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad Shirází and those of his eighteen disciples whom he called the “Letters of the Living,” was to announce the arrival of “One greater than Himself”, who would fulfill the prophetic expectations of all the great religions. His followers became known as "Babis." The movement caused a lot of religious tension. This led to Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad Shirází's execution in 1850. During this time, many saw this as a threat to Orthodox Islam.

Mirza Husayn-’Ali-i-Nuri

1863

One of the Bab’s followers, Mirza Husayn-’Ali-i-Nuri, announced that he was the manifestation predicted by the Bab. He assumed the title Baha’u'llah (“glory of God”).

Death of Baha'u'llah

May 29, 1892

Baha’u'llah died on at the age of 74. He had spent most of his life either as a prisoner or in exile. He was buried in a house that is now known as the "Holiest Place on Earth" for Baha'is.

Expansion of the Baha'i Faith

1898

In the very late 19th century, under Baha’u'llah's son, Abdu’l-Baha's leadership, the faith expanded beyond the Middle East and was introduced to Europe and North America.

Baha'i Temple in Ashkabad, Turkestan

1908 - 1962

The Baha'i Temple in Ashkabad, Turkestan was completed in 1908, but was later destroyed by damage from an earthquake in 1962.

Expansion to the West

1911 - 1912

Abdu’l-Baha set out on speaking tours, where he visited France and the UK in 1911, and North America, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Hungary in 1912.

Shoghi Effendi comes to lead the Baha'is

1912

Abdu’l-Baha selected his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi to be his successor as the leader of the Bahá’í community. He dedicated his effort to a major expansion of the faith into all areas of the world. He also promoted helping women find strength and equality in their everyday lives.

Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois

1953

The Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois was completed in 1953.

"Hands of the Cause"

1957

After the death of Shoghi Effendi, a committee who he had called “Hands of the Cause," came to lead the Baha'i Faith. The Baha'i Faith overall had peaceful transitions between each leader without any major conflict.

Baha'i Temple in Sydney, Australia

1961

The Baha'i Temple in Sydney, Australia was completed in 1961.

Baha'i Temple in Kampala, Uganda

1962

The Baha'i Temple in Kampala, Uganda was complted in 1962.

Baha'i Temple in Frankfurt, Germany

1964

Baha'i Temple in Frankfurt, Germany was completed in 1964.

Baha'i Temple in Panama City, Panama

1972

The Baha'i Temple in Panama City, Panama was completed in 1972.

Baha'i Temple in Apia, Samoa

1984

The Baha'i Temple in Apia, Samoa was completed in 1984.

Baha'i Temple in New Delhi, India

1986

The Baha'i Temple in New Delhi, India, also known as "Lotus Temple," is completed in 1986.

Establishment of "The House"

2010

The House was officially established in 2010 as the highest authority in the Bahá’í faith. It has coordinated a series of multi-year plans to further expand the Bahá’í communities around the world.