of the Baha'i Faith
Oneness of Religion
Religion Must be the Cause of Unity
Religion Must be Harmonious with Science and Reason
Investigation of Truth
Equality Between Men and Women
Abolition of all Forms of Prejudice
A Universal Auxiliary Language
Spiritual Solutions for Economic Problems
Founded in the mid-nineteenth century, the Bahá’í Faith has spread to some 247 nations and territories. The word "Bahá’í" means “follower
of Bahá’u’lláh.” Bahá’u’lláh,
the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, is the Messenger
of God for this day. His name in Arabic means “The Glory
of God.” His followers believe that Bahá’u’lláh’s
writings are an expression of the Holy Spirit and are the Word
Basic Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahá'u'lláh taught that there is one God whose successive revelations of His will to humanity have been the chief civilizing force in history. The agents of this process have been the Divine Messengers whom people have seen chiefly as the founders of separate religious systems but whose common purpose has been to bring the human race to spiritual and moral maturity.
Humanity is now coming of age. It is this that makes possible the unification of the human family and the building of a peaceful, global society. Among the principles which the Baha'i Faith promotes as vital to the achievement of this goal are
• the abandonment of all forms of prejudice
• assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men
• recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth
• the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth
• the realization of universal education
• the responsibility of each person to independently search for truth
• the establishment of a global commonwealth of nations
• recognition that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge
essence of faith is fewness of words and abundance of deeds."
A growing number of people are becoming interested in the Bahá’í
Faith, not only because it contains profound spiritual teachings,
but also because it shows how spiritual principle can be put
into action in effective ways. Bahá’u’lláh’s
message offers logical and reasonable solutions to the myriad
issues faced by humanity in the modern age.
can be no doubt whatever, that the peoples of the world,
of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from
one heavenly Source and are subjects of one God."
Although the Bahá’í Faith began in the East -- like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other great religions the Bahá’í teachings are neither Eastern nor Western; they are universal, revealed for all the people of the planet. The Bahá’í Faith has spread throughout the world, gaining adherents from every nation, race, culture and class. More than 2,100 tribes, races and ethnic groups are represented in the Bahá’í world community. Bahá’u’lláh’s writings are translated into 800 languages.
True Religion and not a Sect
The Bahá’í Faith is not a sect or denomination
of another religion, nor is it a cult or a social movement.
It is not based on a mixture or selection of teachings from
past religious revelations. Rather it is founded on new books
of divine scripture revealed by Bahá’u’lláh.