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(bəˈhɑ i, -ˈhaɪ)

n., pl. -ha•'is,
adj. n.
1. a religion founded in Iran and teaching the essential worth of all races and religions and equality of the sexes.
2. an adherent of Baha'i.
3. of or pertaining to Baha'i or Baha'is.
Also, Ba•ha′i.
[< Persian < Arabic bahā' (Allāh) Bahaullah, literally, splendor (of God) + suffix of appurtenance]
Ba•ha′'ism, n.
Ba•ha′'ist, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bahai - a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching
Adj.1.Bahai - of or relating to BahaismBahai - of or relating to Bahaism    
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Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Bahai students were banned from public and private colleges in Iran--and Bahai faculty members were fired.
Aa The decision came at the end of a five-year legal battle fought by Bahai families forced to either list their religion as Muslim, Christian or Jew or forego essential personal ID documents.
Subsequent attacks on religious institutions in Encino damaged the Bahai Community Center, Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, an Iranian Jewish synagogue and the home of a rabbi from the Da'at Torah Educational Center.
Editor's Note: The following is an abbreviated version of an open letter sent by the Bahai community of Egypt to their fellow citizens in April 2011.
In the following days, prosecutors allege, Tehrani set fire to First Presbyterian Church on Balboa Boulevard, the Bahai Community Center on Genesta Avenue, an Iranian Jewish synagogue on Ventura Boulevard, Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue on Ventura Boulevard, and tried to set a fire at the Da'at Torah Educational Center.
NEW YORK--Four people have joined the United Nations Office of the Bahai International Community in recent months.
It cited the National Council on Human Rights (NCHR)'s annual report, issued in May 2009, which expressed concern over the increase in sectarian tensions in Egypt, including a March 2009 attack on Bahai villagers in Upper Egypt.
They include a Bahai community center, a Presbyterian church, two Jewish synagogues and a Jewish education center.
Talking to patron in chief of Pakistan Sikh Council, Sardar Ramesh Singh and Michael Javed representing Christian community in his office he said as per constitution of the country Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Sikh, Bahai and followers of any other religion settled in the country, are bonafide citizens.
In 1844 Persia, a leader called "the Bab" (one of the historical messengers of the Bahai faith) is speaking of a new way to think of both humanity and God, emphasizing unity and equality.
SANAA, Jan 12 (KUNA) -- The state security prosecution in Sanaa accused an Iranian national of spying for Israel and spreading the Bahai belief in Yemen.
The Bahai House of Worship, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, had requested the DDA to approve the layout plan for building a centre for training of youths and to accommodate all facilities required for the training centre.