The Bahai faith is one of acceptance and love, Karen Armstrong’s video “Charter for Compassion” although not linked to the Bahai faith accentuates this message. Random acts of kindness make people’s days. Religion is part of our world to ensure good will onto all human beings. It is here to preach that love always beats hate and that in the face of adversity we must be bigger than those who oppress us.Armstrong’s video begins via advertising the most prominent religions as becoming ‘militant’ and overly dogmatic, no longer recognizing their initial purpose. The story of Baha’u’llah shows that he experienced a plethora of adversity throughout his life through being part of the Babi movement, his exile from Iran, and his imprisonment in the Ottoman Empire. Yet through all of this he never wavered from his faith, never took arms and was a great diplomat. He attempted to unify the world through faith in claiming that he was a manifestation of God (NB not God in human form but with attributes and teachings of the Lord).
“Religious fanaticism and hatred are a
world-devouring fire, whose violence
none can quench.” Baha’u’llah.
In a nutshell Baha’u’llah preaches the exact same thing as Charter for Compassion. To unify people through religion as opposed to casting others away. Bringing people into their own religious fold as a human being, not as an infidel or heathen but as the same species under the same God. Not a same God in the sense of one path to follow but same God as a god of acceptance of people’s virtues, people’s glories and people’s beliefs. Baha’u’llah was truly a man of the people but more so a true preacher, a true lover of humanity and a true leader.