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 (bä-hä′ē, bə-hī′)
Of or relating to a religion founded in 1863 in Persia and emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind.
A teacher of or a believer in this faith.

[Persian bahā'ī, a follower of Bahā'ullāh, the Splendor of God, Bahaullah, from bahā', splendor, from Arabic; see bhw in Semitic roots.]

Ba·ha′ism (bə-hä′ĭz′əm, -hī′-) n.
Ba·ha′ist n.


(Other Non-Christian Religions) Also called: Baha'íst an adherent of the Baha'í Faith
(Other Non-Christian Religions) Also called: Baha'íte of or relating to the Baha'í Faith
[from Persian bahā'ī, literally: of glory, from bahā' u'llāh glory of God, from Arabic]


(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.
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However, the country's jails are packed with over 800 political prisoners, including journalists, photographers, bloggers, lawyers, human rights activists and Christians and Bahais.
The fire has partially damaged the homes, were vacant of their residents during the incident, the official said, adding that the angry protesters also threatened the village's Bahais with death.
CAIRO: A group of Muslim youth set the homes of a community of Bahais on fire in Shouraneya village in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Sohag, the same homes that were burnt down almost two years ago forcing the Bahai residents to flee.
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the general prosecutor of Tehran, was quoted earlier on Saturday as saying the trial of an unspecified number of Bahais, whose faith is outlawed in Iran, will start this week.
He added that "they were not arrested because they are Bahais.
Cairo: Local officials and politicians in the Upper Egyptian city of Sohag, some 450km south of Cairo, are desperately trying to defuse tensions triggered by the refusal of Muslim inhabitants of a village to accept Bahais as their neighbours, local media reported Wednesday.