Monday, October 22, 2007

Toronto Star on the Baha'i Faith

In its 22 October 2007 edition, the Toronto Star published an informative and objective article on the Baha'i Faith. Among other historical facts, the article reports on the reasons for the presence of the Baha'i world headquarters in Haifa, Israel as follows:

"Of all the places on Earth that might have been chosen as world headquarters for this 160-year-old faith, why did the Baha'i wind up here, on a mountainside overlooking the busiest seaport of the globe's only Jewish state?

'This,' replies Douglas Moore, the church's public relations director in Haifa, 'is where He was a prisoner.'

Moore is referring to Baha' Alla – Arabic for The Glory of God – a Persian nobleman who was born in 1817 in what is now Iran and who went on to become the founder and guiding spirit of the Baha'i faith.

Hounded by the political authorities of the day, Baha' Alla spent most of his life in exile and eventually found himself imprisoned with his family in Akko, now a beach resort north of Haifa. Then it was a filthy, desolate penal colony, a remote outpost of the Ottoman Empire.

Once freed, Baha' Alla instructed his son and successor to build a mausoleum on the slopes of Mount Carmel and there bury the remains of the Bab, another Persian religious figure, who had foretold the appearance of Baha' Alla before being executed in Persia in 1850."

To read the entire story, please click here....


  1. Is it possible to offer the Toronto Star to interview Egyptian Canadian or Iranian Canadian Baha'is as a follow up to the story?

    This reporting is fair and balanced. There is some evidence that some reporters and writers in Egypt have open minds and hearts, such as the previous story on your blog.

  2. The newspaper interviewed an Egyptian Baha'i, which was published in this previous post.


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