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published: 8/8/05
updated: 12/13/13

Glossary of Bahá'í Terms




Akko (Acre)
The holiest city of the Bahá'í Faith and the direction of prayer. It is located in modern-day Israel and contains the tomb of Bahá'u'lláh.
Babi Faith
The religion founded by the Bab, who claimed to be the "gate" of a coming Manifestation of God. Most Babis (followers of the Babi Faith) became Bahá'ís after Bahá'u'lláh identified himself as the predicted Manifestation.
Bahá'í
From the Persian for "glory" and taken from the name of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith. It is used both as an adjective to describe something pertaining to the Bahá'í Faith and as a noun to refer to a follower of the Bahá'í Faith.
Bahá'í Faith
Religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 1860s Persia. It is monotheistic and emphasizes the unity of all religions and all peoples.
Bahá'u'lláh
(Arabic, "Glory of God"). (1817-92) Title adopted by Mírzá Husayn-'Alí, founder of the Bahá'í Faith.




Greatest Name
One of the main symbols of the Bahá'í Faith, it is a calligraphized Arabic rendering of "Yá Bahá'ul 'Abhá" ("O Glory of the Most Glorious").
Haifa
City in northern Israel that is second to Akko in importance for Bahá'ís. It contains the Shrine of the Bab, the Universal House of Justice, and the Bahá'í Archives. As such it is the administrative headquarters of the Bahá'í Faith.
ringstone
One of the main symbols of the Bahá'í Faith, it is named for its common use on Bahá'í rings. It consists of two stars (representing the "twin manifestations" of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh) interspersed with a stylized Bahá’ (Persian for "Glory").
Universal House of Justice
The supreme ruling body of the Bahá'í Faith, headquarted in Haifa, Israel. Its nine members are elected every five years. Bahá'ís regard its judgments as divinely guided and authoritative.
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