The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder,
Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'í's as the most recent in the line of
Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham,
Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh's message is that humanity is one single race and that the
day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá’u’lláh said, has set in
motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and
nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge
facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the
processes of unification.
One of the purposes of the Bahá'í Faith is to help make this possible. A worldwide
community of some five million Bahá'í's, representative of most of the nations, races and
cultures on earth, is working to give Bahá’u’lláh's teachings practical effect. Their
experience will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as
one global family and the earth as one homeland.
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 Bahá'í
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
The Bahá'í Faith:
"Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit
of friendliness & fellowship."