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The clergy immediately rose up against him. RUlings of REligioUs CoURTs The Shii clergy held great power in 19th-century Persia. The country’s ruler, the shah, supported the rulings of their religious courts. Their decrees therefore had the force of law, which the Persian army could enforce. Clergy also used the power of the pulpit. When they preached that someone was a heretic, they could easily turn the minds of their congregations against him. It was a small step to rioting and civil unrest.

Baha’u’llah wrote thousands of letters teaching, advising, and supporting the Baha’i community. 42 BAHA’I FAITH PErsECuTion inCrEasEs The conference at Badasht drew attention to the Babis. The new movement was growing so fast that it became a threat to the existing order. Its members came under attack. It was at this time that officials arrested Tahirih and threw her into jail. Baha’u’llah tried to help her, but was himself imprisoned and tortured by having the soles of his feet beaten with bamboo rods.

As time moves on God sends new messengers with lessons that are appropriate to each new age. In this way religion evolves, moving forward with time. ThE MosT hoLy BooK The Kitab-i-Aqdas is Baha’u’llah’s book of holy law. He produced it during his prison years in Acre, probably the darkest and most difficult time of his life. For Baha’is it is his most important work. The Aqdas lays out the rules for building a new world In November 1992 more than 27,000 Baha’is from some 170 countries assembled in New York City for the Second Baha’i World Congress.

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