Baha'i Faith

Glossary of the Baha'i Faith


This glossary of Baha'i Faith provides definitions of terms related to Baha'i Faith, with links to full articles where available.

Abbreviation for "Bahá'í Era", which began with the Declaration of the Bab on May 22, 1844 (1 B.E.).
(Arabic, "Glory of God"). (1817-92) Title adopted by Mírzá Husayn-'Alí, founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
Birth of the Bab
Bahá'í holiday commemorating the birth of the Báb on October 20, 1819; one of the "Twin Holy Festivals".
Greatest Name
One of the main symbols of the Bahá'í Faith, a calligraphized Arabic rendering of Yá Bahá'ul 'Abhá ("O Glory of the Most Glorious").
Baha'i New Year, celebrated on the spring equinox (March 20 or 21)
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").
The Nineteen Day Fast
Annual Bahá'í fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Alá, which ends with the Bahá'í New Year festival.
Universal House of Justice
The supreme ruling body of the Bahá'í Faith, headquartered 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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Title Glossary of the Baha'i Faith
Last UpdatedFebruary 25, 2021
MLA Citation “Glossary of the Baha'i Faith.” 25 Feb. 2021. Web. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022. <>