Baha'is Will Celebrate 50 Years in Tempe

February 21, 2007

Author: Alison Stanton

Source: AZ Central

Paul Harasha discovered the Baha'i religion 13 years ago as an Arizona State University graduate student.

On Feb. 25, Harasha will join other Baha'is at Daley Park as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Baha'i community in Tempe with storytelling, games, a barbecue and other activities.

According to, the Baha'i faith is based on the teachings of Baha'u'llah, who is regarded by Baha'is as the most recent in a line of messengers of God that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Mohammed.

"The essential message of the founder of the Baha'i faith, Baha'u'llah, is that of unity," said Harasha, 39, who was reared Catholic. "Baha'u'llah taught that there is only one God, that there is only one human race, and that all the world's religions have been stages in the revelations of God's purpose for humanity."

The Tempe resident said that the Baha'i faith is incredibly diverse, encompassing people of all backgrounds, races and economic classes.