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Introduction to the Baha’i Faith

For more than a century, Baha'i communities around the globe have been working to break down barriers of prejudice between peoples and have collaborated with other like-minded groups to promote the model of a global society. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In the words of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of our Faith, "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

Baha'u'llah taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God - Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad - represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilisation. Baha'u'llah, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world.

The Baha'i Faith upholds the unity of God, recognises the unity of His Prophets, and inculcates the principles of the oneness and wholeness of the unification of mankind, asserts that it is gradually approaching, and claims that nothing short of the transmuting spirit of God, working through His Mouthpiece in this day, can ultimately succeed in bringing it about.

It moreover enjoins upon its followers the primary duty of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be the promotion of amity and concord, proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognises it as the foremost agency for the pacification and orderly progress of human society.

It unequivocally maintains the principle of equal rights, opportunities, and privileges for men and women, abolishes the institution of priesthood, prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism, prescribes monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasises the necessity of strict obedience to one's government, exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship, urges either the creation or the selection of an auxiliary international language, and delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the general peace of mankind.

We invite you to learn more about our Faith - its perspective of the past, its understanding of the present, and its vision of the future...

The information on this page has been borrowed from www.bahai.org, the official web site of the Baha'i International Community. Please visit there for a more in depth overview of this and other topics regarding the Baha'i Faith