Baha Udlah's Epistle To The Son Of The Wolf

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“The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. ... So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth” (Baha’u’llah). This is a quote from Baha’u’llah’s last book, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, in which he dedicated to a Muslim cleric who persecuted the Baha’is. In accordance with the working-class definition of ‘religion’, the Baha’i faith “defines” the term religion as follows: The faith originated on April 22, 1863, after “Baha'u'llah announced to Abdu'l-Baha and other trusted followers that he was the Messiah foretold by the Bab” (Buck, “Origins”).…show more content…
In the Baha’i faith, “Baha'is are permitted to eat any food. Vegetarian food has been recommended by `Abdu'l-Baha as being the most natural food for mankind” (Momen). Marriage laws consist of the same morals and expectations as an average marriage between two consenting adults. You are expected to be faithful to your partner only, however, divorce should not ensue unless all possible efforts have been made to save the marriage. Death in the Baha’i faith has rules, “Baha'i law states that the body should be buried within one hour's travelling distance of the place of death. Cremation is forbidden as it breaks the natural cycle and is, for the soul, too abrupt a decomposition of the body…There is also a special prayer for burial which should be recited” (Momen). Judaism has stricter rituals than many religions. At birth, boys are to be circumcised in honor of Abraham. At age thirteen, boys will have a bar-mitzvah in honor of reaching adulthood and girls a bat-mitzvah. During a marriage, glass is broken to represent the destruction of the Jewish Temple. During a death, there is a burial and just as in Baha’i, cremation is not allowed. Dietary laws in Judaism is a major and important part in their faith, “For Jewish people, one way of remaining holy is by keeping to a kosher diet—abstaining from forbidden foods” (Taitz, “Fund. of the Faith”). This consists of not being able to eat pork or seafood unless the fish has scales and fins, and Jews are not allowed to eat meat and dairy during the same
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