The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. From its beginnings in 1844, in what is modern day Iran, the Faith has spread to virtually every corner of the globe, it is the second most widely dispersed religion in the world. It’s members include a cross section of the human race. The Baha’i Faith is based on the teachings of its founder, Baha’u’llah (in Arabic his name translates to, ‘Glory of God’). Baha’u’llah’s teachings envision a future where all humanity operates as one loving family. His teachings are meant to create harmonious relationships between women and men, black and white, rich and poor, friend and stranger.
What Baha’is Believe:
- The Oneness of Humanity – World Unity is the last stage in the evolution of humanity towards maturity. We are all a part of the fabric of humanity.
- The Oneness of Religion – Baha’is believe that all the great religions are divine in origin, they have all been revealed by God to men in different places and ages according to evolving needs and capacities of humanity. No age has ever been without guidance from God.
- Elimination of Prejudice – Whether of religion, race, class, nation, color or gender, prejudice has and still is the most common cause of war, all the divisions, hatred and warfare in the world are caused by one or other of these prejudices. Spiritual awareness of the unity of mankind can overcome these divisions.
- Equality of Man and Woman – without fully utilizing the talents and qualities of both men and women, full economic and social development of humanity is impossible.
- Harmony of Science and Religion – True religion and science have never contradicted each other, they are complementary aspects of one truth. Both are progressive, religion is gradually revealed to man by God and man gradually discovers the mysteries of science through his power of investigation. Religion is what man needs for spiritual growth and science is the means by which man can advance materially.
- Independent Investigation of the Truth – Baha’is are taught to not blindly follow any religion, it is up to each soul to use his or her reasoning to determine the truth. As more of humanity has become educated, it is now possible for the first time, for people to have the capacity and means to independently investigate the Truth. There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith so it is up to each person to be responsible for his or her own search for truth and relationship with God.
“There can be no doubt whatever that the people of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive the inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God”.
“Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean.” “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.” Baha’u’llah
To learn more about the Baha’i Faith: https://www.bahai.org/