The Bahá’í Faith was founded in 1863 by Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) and was preceded by the Babi movement which was founded in 1844 by the Bab (1819-1850) in Iran. Throughout its history, this religious movement has experienced relatively few episodes of marginality and apostasy, and apostates suffer no human rights violations at the hands of other Bahá’ís because of their apostacy.
Bahá’ís believe that there is only one real religion, which is the religion of God. The different faiths in the world are viewed as different approaches to that religion. From the beginning of the religion, its prophet taught that the great world religions are different conceptions of and reactions to the same divine reality.
Bahá’ís have a very open attitude to other faiths, and are expected to treat members of other faiths with friendship and peace. There are no rules in the Bahá’í community that disadvantage non-Bahá’ís.
Unlike most of the worlds religions, there is no compulsion on the children of Bahá’ís to accept their parents’ faith.
The Bahá’í community explicitly seeks to eliminate conflicts between religions, and to encourage cooperation between different faith communities.
Violations against Bahá’ís:
Bahá’ís in Iran are currently being persecuted under the guise of apostasy, to the degree of UN Human Rights violations. They are denied citizenship, denied education, imprisoned under false premises, tortured, and in many cases, murdered.
Bahá’ís in Egypt have sporatically suffered persecution and human rights violations by the Egyptian government. With the uncertainties since the overthrow of Mubarak in 2011, they are at risk of further persecution.