or Ba·ha·i, Ba·hā·ʾī
- a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn ʿAlī (called Bahaullah), teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all peoples, and the equality of the sexes.
- an adherent of Bahaʾi.
- of or relating to Bahaʾi or Bahaʾis.
Origin of Bahaʾi
1889, mystical, tolerant Iranian religion founded by a Mirza Ali Mohammed ibn Radhik, Shiraz merchant executed for heresy in 1850, and named for his leading disciple, Baha Allah (Persian "splendor of God;" ultimately from Arabic). It also is sometimes called Babism, after the name taken by the founder, Bab-ed-Din, "gate of the faith."
A teacher or follower of Bahaism, a religion advocating universal peace and stressing the spiritual unity of humankind. It was founded in 1863 in Persia as an offshoot of an earlier sect called Babism.