The Bahá'í Faith is a world religion with over five million believers in 236 countries and territories. Bahá'ís consider the major religions of the world as part of a solitary, progressive process in which God has revealed and will continue to reveal His will to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) is recognized as the most recent in a continuous line of Divine Messengers that stretches back beyond recorded time and includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh explains this concept clearly in the following passage from Bahá'í scripture: "It is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God, Who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those Essences of being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendour. Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: "I am the return of all the Prophets," He verily speaketh the truth."
Bahá’u’lláh has written volumes of scripture
to guide mankind for this "Great Day" in which we live and while reaffirming the core ethical principles
universal to all religions and preceding Prophets,
new laws and teachings that will unify humanity and be the cause
of peace throughout world.
Bahá’u’lláh wrote: "Through each and every one of the verses
which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed, the doors of love
and unity have been unlocked and flung open to the face of men."
Bahá’u’lláh has securely and lovingly established, through
the clear and unmistakable language of His Writings and
Teachings, the foundation for a
unified, global civilization and the long-promised age of
peace, justice and unity.
The underlying theme of Bahá’u’lláh's Message and the Bahá'í Faith can be summarized as unity. Bahá'ís believe in the oneness of God, oneness of mankind and the oneness of religion. Bahá’u’lláh said: "That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith." The Bahá’í Faith has believers from almost every national, ethnic and religious background and has grown to become the second-most-widespread religion in the world. This diversity helps illustrate the Bahá'í' belief that mankind is of one single race and that the day has come for humanity’s unification into one global society.
The excerpts, above and below, from important Bahá'í Writings and Prayers, express some of the themes of Bahá’u’lláh's Message. Bahá'ís are striving to give practical expression to His Message each day and share it with their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers all over the world. The words in these prayers and the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh remind Bahá'ís daily of what it means to be a Bahá'í. Being a Bahá'í, simply stated, is responding to the call of God for this day and joining a world-wide partnership devoted to helping mankind realize the long-promised age of global peace, justice and unity.
This has been just a very brief overview and introduction to the Bahá'í Faith. We cordially invite you to learn more about the Faith and gain spiritual and practical insights found in the Bahá’u’lláh's Message, God's will for humanity in this day. There is a wealth of information available through the United States Bahá'í Website and several others found on our links page. These sites will be able to answer additional questions you may have concerning the Bahá'í Faith and Bahá’u’lláh's Message. If you would like to talk to someone in person about the Faith, please visit our contact page and feel free to get in touch with us anytime.