Its founder, Baha'u'llah, is regarded by Baha'is as "the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Mohammed." Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. Baha'i life in Iran. Baha’i faith is the largest non-Muslim religious minority with a population estimated more than 300,000. The prolific spread of online hate and disinformation attempts to inculcate an environment of hatred in the general population. The religion is almost entirely contained in a single, organised community, but the Baháʼí population is spread out and not in a majority anywhere. In Iran, where the Bahá’í Faith originated, there are now about 300,000 Bahá’ís, constituting the largest religious minority in that country. ", On April 24, 1912, a newspaper article said "Baháʼísm now has 15,000,000 adherents scattered throughout the world, several hundred thousand of whom are in the United States and Canada. India’s Bahá'í population represents about 40% of the total Bahá'í population distributed in about 200 countries and territories. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. In addition, the Baha’i community’s higher-education teachers and … Bahaismiran:One of the proselytizing issues of the deviant cult of Baha'ism is the statistics by the center of census of Iran in 1385 (2006), the total number of population in Iran was 70,495,782 out of which 70,097,741 people were Muslims, 19,823 the Zoroastrians, 109,415 the Christians, 9,252 the Jewish, other religion: 54,234 and 205,317 were expressed. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. [3] As such, the Baháʼí Faith is recognized as the second-most geographically widespread religion after Christianity,[4][5] and the only religion to have grown faster than the population of the world in all major areas over the last century.[6]. Many third-party estimates may not reflect this resettlement. [citation needed], Most denominations make no effort at all to maintain a national membership database and must rely on local churches or surveys of the general population. [7][dead link] Few religious surveys include the Baháʼí Faith due to the high sample size required to reduce the margin of error, and those that have included the Baháʼí Faith are known to underestimate or overinflate many proportionally small groups. This page was last edited on 25 August 2020, at 00:47. That should not make anyone who is a Baha'i very depressed. In addition, about 40 percent of the population of the region of Urmia in West Azarbaijan Province is Azerbaijani, as is one-third of Tehran's population. The original purpose of signing a declaration card was to allow followers to apply for lawful exemption from active military service. That should not make anyone who is a Baha'i very depressed. [11] The signature of a card later became optional in Canada, but in the US is still used for records and administrative requirements. 2005- 2007. Since the revolution, however, the Islamic government has persecuted them. Iran wants to eradicate Baha’is. Sources such as Encyclopædia Britannica or the World Christian Encyclopedia have listed Baháʼí membership as over 7 million. Iran Area and Population Density. The official estimate of "more than five million Baháʼís" in the world was originally arrived at in 1991 by the Baháʼí World Centre[9] and has not changed since. The Statistics Department of the World Centre has officially stated the membership total to be 5 million while other estimations vary between 5 and 7 million, see Statistics for more information. To the contrary, the authorities have chosen a program of intensification. As a result, the rights of Baha’is in Iran are systematically violated. The Baha’i Faith is a global faith community, established in virtually every country in the world. Present Baha’i Population of Iran The actual number of Baha’is in Iran is not more than 30,000. [3] The official agencies of the religion have focused on publishing more concrete data, such as numbers of local and national spiritual assemblies, countries and territories represented, languages and tribes represented, and publishing trusts. Adherents.com estimates 7 million Baháʼís in 2000 based on Baháʼí sources, research from the, {{cite encyclopedia |encyclopedia=Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa |title=Baha'i |url= |language=English |edition=2nd |date=2004-06-01 |publisher=Macmillan Reference USA |volume=1 |isbn=978-0028657691 |ref=CITEREFEncyclopedia_of_the_Modern_Middle_East_and_North_Africa2004, This page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at 08:14. The prolific spread of online hate and disinformation attempts to inculcate an environment of hatred in the general population. Baha’is — there are an estimated 300,000-plus in Iran, out of a global population of some 5 million — have been heavily persecuted in Iran (and elsewhere in the Muslim world) because its founding prophet proclaimed his message following that of the Prophet Mohammad, Islam’s founder, who died in the 7th century. [7][dead link] Populations are not assigned a Baháʼí religious adherence by birth, as is the case with other major religions such as Islam and Christianity. Because the methodologies used in making Bahá'í population estimates vary so widely, it is neither advisable nor possible to use them to draw significant conclusions, such as determining the total population of Bahá'ís throughout the world. As China has no functioning Bahá'í administration, obtaining accurate estimates of Bahá'ís in China is effectively impossible. In it, consulting various individuals, he summarizes the religion's presence in Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Turkestan, and the United States. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. All countries where this occurred are those which have been VERY recently opened to the Faith (within the last decade).". The Baha’is should know that exaggerating Baha’i census was the policy of Abdul Baha, Shoghi Effendi and now House of Justice. In some countries the Baháʼí Faith is illegal and Baháʼís endure some degree of persecution, making it difficult for even Baháʼís to maintain a count. On occasions however, the intensity of the persecutions caused all the Baha'is in a locality to migrate. For issues involved in keeping accurate statistics of Bahá'í communities, see Statistics. Source gives the number for Guadalupe, which is the main city of the nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. It did not arrive at a total but did have some regional statistics based on some individual reports. The Baha’is should know that exaggerating Baha’i census was the policy of Abdul Baha, Shoghi Effendi and now House of Justice. The history of the religion dates back to 1860s when two members of Afnan clan living in Bombay became Bahá'í’s religious converts. In Iran, the Baha'i community is the biggest non-Muslim religious minority group with a population of over 300,000 people. Countries where the Baháʼí Faith is established: Languages into which Baháʼí literature is translated. An international organization representing Baha’is says it is extremely concerned about Iran’s ongoing detention of up to 100 Baha’is at risk of contracting the coronavirus in Iranian prisons. Though unofficial sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000, Iran’s Constitution officially recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, and does not acknowledge the Baha’i faith as an official religion. 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India has the world’s largest population of Bahá'í people approximating 1,897,651 members by 2015. Ironically, the Baha'i leadership itself has sought to suppress freedom of expression among Baha'is themselves, most notably in its shameful treatment of Kalimat Press. Though unofficial sources estimate the Baha’i population of Iran at more than 300,000, Iran’s Constitution officially recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, and does not acknowledge the Baha’i faith as an official religion. Meanwhile, the international community continues to adopt new postures of openness toward Iran. We read, for example, of the migration of the whole of the Baha'i population of Daulatabad (near Isfahan) to Tehran after a particularly severe episode of persecution … The World Christian Encyclopedia (list on Adherents.com) lists the population as "Unknown": "[This] reflects the situation where the WCE 2001 acknowledged a Baha'i presence in a country, but failed to record a total number of believers. [citation needed], Other than signing a card and being acknowledged by a Spiritual Assembly, there is no initiation or requirement of attendance to remain on the official roll sheets. In Iran, the Baha'is were the country's largest minority population and were treated with relative tolerance by the Shah's regime. 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