Monday, September 15, 2008

Jews and Baha'i Faith

Jews acceptance of Bahai Faith

Although Bahá'u'lláh's writings addressed Christians more than any other non-Muslim religious groups and addressed them at an earlier date, but it were the Jews who accepted the Bahai Faith more than any other religious groups.

The Jewish acceptance movement began in Hamadan around 1877, and by 1884, according to the historian of Persian Jewry Habib Levy, involved some one hundred and fifty of the eight-hundred Jewish households.
(Levy, Tarikh-i-Yahud-i-Iran 657).

From there, the Bahá'í Faith spread to the Jewish communities of other Iranian cities, including Kashan (where half of the Bahá'í community was of Jewish origin), Tehran, Isfahan, Bukhara, and Gulpaygan (where seventy-five percent of the Jewish community was said to have accepted The Baha’I Faith)
(Curzon, Persia 500).

According to the our Bahá'í historian Hasan Balyuzi, Táhirih was instrumental in converting a number of Jews to the Babí Faith in Hamadan
(Balyuzi, The Báb 165).

These acceptance do not appear to have had any connection with later Bahá'í declarations. It should be noted however, that of all the Babí leaders, Táhirih was the most outspoken in departing from Islamic norms.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that Baha'u'llah Himself instructed Baha'is not to teach His faith in the Holy Land, for a temporary period of time. That time is not yet ended.
It is not a decision of the government of Israel.
We may not understand, but some day it will all be clear.
` Duane Herrmann