"The Bah'a'i Faith" I choose the faith for a research paper, which is most popular in the middle east. sources included

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Although many people have never heard of any Bah'a'is the Bah'a'i faith is the 2nd most widespread religion. Christianity is the 1st(The Bah'a'is 5). It is the youngest independent religion with no factions or sects, and has members that are from hundreds of different countries, territories and tribes (The Bah'a`i Newsreel).

Bah'a'is are incredibly diverse and believe that they represent a cross-section of the world. A nine-pointed star is the most commonly used symbol to represent the Bah'a'i community. The Faith is so popular because it is a strong promoter of unity and peace for all people. Hundreds of different countries, territories, and tribes are practicing the faith. "Mayans, Dutch, Polls, Mexicans, Greenlanders, Apaches, South Africans, Indians, Swedes, Pakistanis, Canadians, and Americans are also Bah'a'is" (Narrator The Bah'a'i Newsreel).

Baha`u'll'ah (1817-1892)is the founder prophet of the Bah'a'is. Although he was a Persian Nobleman he was sent to jail for forty years (The Bah'a'is 17) .

In jail he wrote all of the inspired readings that the Bah'a'is consider to be their blue print for a world order. The 1000's of books, tablets, and writings are all of what God had told him were His will for the world. "Baha`u'll'ah's experience is comparable to Moses' revelation of God as the burning bush, Buddha's vision under the Bodhi tree, and when the angel Gabriel appeared to Muhammad" (The Bah'a'is 17).The Bah'a'is are taught to follow in the footsteps of Baha`u'll'ah and teach others how to do the same (The Bah'a'i Newsreel).

The beliefs of the Bah'a'is are based upon moral values, as most religions are. They strongly believe in being humble and sharing the prosperity that they might come upon. Baha'u`ll'ah was nicknamed "the father of the poor", and he encourages his followers not to look down amongst those who are less...