Posted by David K on June 20, 2101 at 06:03:30:
In Reply to: Re: Baha'i historical sites in Turkey...? posted by Dawud on June 19, 2101 at 19:08:48:
ăInteresting that back then Baha'u'llah, Subh-i-Azal, and their companions basically functioned as Muslims, however sectarian. Think it was Shoghi Rabbani who first made it explicit that the Baha'i religion was a distinct religion, not a form of Islam or an ecumenical society.ä
Well, yes and no. It is true that the Babi movement, which gave birth to the Bahai Faith, had its origins in the Shaykhi movement, a heterodox school within the Twelver branch of Shiâi Islam. Both Bahaâuâllah and (particularly) the Bab wrote interpretations to the Koran and used to pray in Mosques. However, they did not regard themselves as (sectarian) Muslims. Already in the conference at the Babi gathering in Badasht in the summer of 1848, leading disciples of the Bab (including Bahaâuâllah) declared the Babâs movement as a distinct religion which abrogated the Islamic law.
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