Bahai Temple and Gardens in Haifa
Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.10.2006:
The beautiful golden-domed shrine is located on Mount Carmel, and serves as the spiritual center for the world’s 5 million adherents of the Bahai faith. Said Ali Muhammad, one of the two founders of the Bahai religion, is buried inside the modest interior of the shrine. The Bahai Gardens, planted in 1909, are the best kept in the entire country.
The Bahais Religion
The Bahais religion is an independent, monotheistic religion based on the teachings of the Persian, Baha’u’lluh (1817-1892). He is regarded by his followers as the most recent in the line of messengers of God. He fled Persia and settled in Palestine toward the end of the 19th century.
Their Mecca, the Shrine of the Ba’b, is run with the help of about 600 Bahai volunteers from more than 55 countries. The Haifa-based administrative center comprises several buildings in neo-classical style, including the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the international Bahai Archives, a library, and other administrative institutions.