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Jul 19 2003

DR Kelly was one of a growing number of people who are members of the Baha'i faith.

The religion was founded 150 years ago in Iran but its followers there are persecuted by the Moslem leaders.

After Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, Baha'i teachers were sacked and followers barred from education.

The religion has five million members in 235 countries and has been established in Britain for more than a century.

Based on the teachings of 19th-century Arab prophet Baha'ullah, it has no clergy and is run by elected bodies.

Devotees believe Baha'ullah is the most recent in the line of messengers from God stretching back to Mohammad, Christ, Moses and Krishna.

The religion's main message is that humanity is a single race and "the day has come for its unification in one global society".

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