The Bahá'í Principles and Shi'ah Islám

The Bahá'í Principles are a somewhat arbitrary list of the fundamentals of the Bahá'í Faith. They were numerated to make the Bahá'í Faith more easily understandable to non-Bahá'ís, that is, largely for purposes of proselytization. We will attempt here to categorize the basic principles of the Bahá'í Faith, inserting central principles here and there that were previously not included for proselytization.

We ought to begin by reviewing the Bahá'í principles that originate (1) generally from Islám, and (2) specifically from Shi'ah Islám.

Islamic Principles Adopted by Bahá'u'lláh

(pillars of Islám noted by number)

Shi'ah Principles

Now, having covered the Bahá'í Principles adopted from Islám in general and, specifically, Shi'ah Islám, we can now list the pronciples new to the Bahá'í Faith.

Principles Original to Bahá'u'lláh (new to Islám, at least)


Islamic Moslem Religion


Let There Be NO Compulsion in Religion

Martyrdom and Suffering in Islam, from Dying for God: Martyrdom in the Shii and Babi Religions by Jonah Winters.


"Mankind was one single nation, and Allah sent messengers with glad tidings and warnings; and with them He sent the book in truth, to judge between peoples wherein they differed."

Qur'an 2:213


" Seeking knowledge is a duty of every Muslim, man or woman." (Ayisha Lemu 1978: 25)

" The Father, if he educates his daughter well, will enter Paradise." (The World Bank Report July 9, 1993: 25)

" A mother is a school. If she is educated, then a whole people are educated" (1993: 25)

"Whoever finds himself at the nightfall tired of his work, God will forgive his sins." Concept of Worship in Islam