Inside the Middle East
August 24, 2010
Posted: 844 GMT

Israel is best known for its religious sites connected to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But in the coastal city of Haifa stands the main temple of the Baha'i faith. CNN's Michael Schwartz shows us around the shrine

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Hope   August 24th, 2010 5:17 pm ET

-Baloney- And pretty much confirms what John A is trying to convey in a previous comment. Israel is peppering the world as being the source of, oh yeah – light – peace -"unification"- in the middle east.. and it is further from the truth. we should smell Israel's well kept roses. you mean before they drop their bombs (once again) this time on Iran!!! What a cheap shot.

Great sell-off..Love the music!..Reminds me of San Simeon's-Hearst Castle (gardens).

lynne   August 25th, 2010 4:36 am ET

Hope, you might to do some research before you speak. The Baha'i Holy Places are in Israel because the Founder, Baha'u'llah (a Persian), was in forced exile and imprisonment there. He died there, a prisoner and an exile. This is the place where the Baha'is have their holy places not because of political affiliation which is in fact forbidden by their faith, but because the remains of the major figures of the Baha'i Faith are buried there.

Baha'is around the world work toward unity among all the peoples of the world. Perhaps coincidentally, Haifa is known as a place where Muslims, Christians, Jews and Baha'is in fact live together in harmony. It is a unique place.

Charity   August 25th, 2010 4:50 am ET

A wonder of the world!

Sharon   August 25th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

If the Baha movement wanted to ship bread into Gaza, Israel would shoot them like they would shoot everyone else. Dont be fooled with the good will BS, its all political.

vida   August 25th, 2010 4:57 pm ET

@hope: baha'i has nothing to do with israeli goverment or its policies. lynne was right The Baha'i Holy Places are in Israel because the Founder, Baha'u'llah, was in forced exile and imprisonment there is Baha'u'llah was exile and imprisonment in palestine or egypt surely the Baha'i Holy Places will be there as well

vida   August 25th, 2010 5:00 pm ET

and have u ever think why did the masjidil Aqsha (the Holy place for moslem) and Jerusalem (Holy place for christian) were in Israel, hope?

Takur   August 25th, 2010 8:04 pm ET

Lynne is right. In fact, the Persian government & Ottoman Empire worked together to try to stop of the progress of the Bahá'í Faith and finally after exiling Him to many places sent Bahá'u'lláh to Israel (back when it was called Palestine—BEFORE the establishment of the modern state of Israel). Bahá'ís are well-wishers of all mankind, and are also non-partisan so they don't get involved in these disputes. The Bahá'í Faith, in fact, is the only world religion which has these teachings on being non-partisan. Bahá'u'lláh said: "Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship." To read about the exiles of Bahá'u'lláh, please see:

proud zionist   August 25th, 2010 8:36 pm ET


if the bahai movement wanted to ship bread into Gaza, they could do so in trucks. but facts are not your strong side, are they?

Hope   August 25th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

This is not so much about the spiritual humankind unity of the Baha'i teachings, to which all reasonable human-beings support and appreciate...This is about how LOW Israel is willing to go, exploiting a sacred place like this, to promote it's political agenda!.. Ever wonder why this advertisement was not circulating in 2006 when Israel's rocket bombs (crayoned-signed by its youngest offspring "to Lebanon with love") slaughtered Lebanese civilians, or during Gaza's massacred! That music, maaan what a nice touch!

Sue A.   August 26th, 2010 6:38 am ET

Hope & Sharon
I don't understand what does this video and what is said had to do with Israeli government and what they do????? Baha'is are free from all those politics. As Lynne said the only reason why Baha'is are in Haifa is purely because their Holy places are there, and nothing else. Baha'is don't believe in war, doesn't matter if its between Israel and Palestine or shia and Sunni's in Iraq.

John A   August 26th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

Sue A, you probably dont understand. Will you understand when Obama bombs Iran before the mid term elections in America?
Will you understand when another false flag terror attack occurs in October, so you all dutifuly huddle around your president instead of restoring democracy to the USA.

Sue A, you are being gromed by Jewish owned media for more American blood and dollars to be wasted on illegal wars and an invasions of muslim land.

Sadly the real truth is the war is on you Sue A.. By the time you wake up, it will be too late. So go back to sleep and watch the plan unfold.

Brent Poirier   August 26th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

Any one who visits these gardens and Shrine will be moved by the serenity and uplifted by the beauty.

Live Cams   September 2nd, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Obama is largely powerless to stop it though; if he had said he opposed it, many in NYC, especially in Manhattan (the opposition is primarily in the outer boroughs) would have seen it as an unwanted intrusion into local issues.

chris miller   October 2nd, 2010 8:19 pm ET

"These great oppressions that have befallen the world are preparing it for the advent of The Most Great Justice" "These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and The Most Great Peace shall come" are 2 of many prophetic quotes from Baha'u'llah giving all of us lovers of peace hope for a future in which our differences are celebrated rather than used as a means to divide and conquer. Look around you...where else can you find the signs of a leader or teacher who was willing to sacrifice his freedom, liberty, health and fortune to bring such teachings of humility, trust, and faith in our Creator Who alone holds the power to make this world into the Paradise promised us from time immemorial. That we happen to be in one land or another means nothing to Our Creator who sees what He has created and given so freely and know "It is good".

Travel Middle East   November 29th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

Bahai is just one of many smaller Middle Eastern religions that have yet to be studied or reported on properly. For a very young religion, one would be surprised at its international significance.

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