Cambodia’s Baha’i Temple Aims to Reach, Serve More

There are an estimated 6 million Baha’is worldwide, including several thousand in Cambodia, where the faith first carved out a foothold in the 1920s, said Hou Sopheap, the Baha’i House of Worship’s director.

BATTAMBANG PROVINCE — Some 150 years ago, the Baha’i faith was born in Iran, making it one of the youngest religions in the world.

Last year, the first Baha’i temple opened in Cambodia’s Battambang province, where hundreds of worshipers now congregate.

Baha’is believe in the unity of God, religion, and humanity and that these core principles are revealed through divine messengers, or prophets, including Moses, Muhammad, and Jesus Christ. Bahá’u’lláh, who founded the religion in Iran in the 1860s, declared himself the latest manifestation of these messengers.

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