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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
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to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

The nine-pointed star

A simple nine-pointed star is generally used by Bahá'ís as a symbol of their Faith. The number nine has significance in the Bahá'í Revelation. Nine years after the announcement of the Báb in Shiraz, Bahá'u'lláh received the intimation of His mission in the dungeon in Teheran. Nine, as the highest single-digit number, symbolizes completeness. Since the Bahá'í Faith claims to be the fulfillment of the expectations of all prior religions, this symbol, as used for example in nine-sided Bahá'í temples, reflects that sense of fulfillment and completeness. Of particular sacred significance to Bahá'ís are calligraphic forms of the word Bahá (Arabic for "Glory"), known as the Greatest Name, a reference to Bahá'u'lláh. In this category is the above symbol which is engraved on personal rings and on buildings to establish their Bahá'í identity.

Another calligraphic form of the Greatest Name involves an invocation in Arabic Yá Bahá'u'l-Abhá, which says: "O Glory of the All Glorious." It is displayed in Bahá'í homes and places of Bahá'í activity.

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Nine pointed star

The nine-pointed star.


The Greatest Name

The Greatest Name, a reference to Bahá'u'lláh.

Yá Bahá'u'l-Abhá

An invocation in Arabic Yá Bahá'u'l-Abhá, which says: "O Glory of the All Glorious."

 

 

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