Baháʼí is a monotheistic religion that originated in the mid-19th century in Persia (modern-day Iran). The Baháʼí Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh, whose name means “Glory of God” in Arabic. Baháʼís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the latest in a line of messengers from God, including figures such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad.
Bahá’u’lláh taught a message of unity and the oneness of humanity. His teachings emphasize the essential unity of all religions and the need for religious tolerance and understanding. Baháʼís believe in the harmony of science and religion, the equality of men and women, the elimination of prejudice, the abolition of extremes of wealth and poverty, universal education, and the establishment of world peace.
Baháʼís also have a distinctive administrative structure. They are organized into elected bodies at the local, national, and international levels. The Universal House of Justice, based in Haifa, Israel, is the international governing body of the Baháʼí Faith and is responsible for guiding and directing the affairs of the global Baháʼí community.
The Baháʼí community is diverse and spread throughout the world. Baháʼís participate in various social and humanitarian activities, such as promoting education, fostering community development, and advocating for human rights.
It’s important to note that the Baháʼí Faith is an independent religion with its own teachings, scriptures, and principles. While it acknowledges the spiritual and social contributions of other religious traditions, it is distinct from them.
1. “Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.”
2. “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”
3. “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
4. “The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice.”
5. “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”
6. “The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world.”
7. “The well-being of mankind, its peace, and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.”
8. “The earth hath been contracted for all who dwell on it.”
9. “Be a breath of life unto the body of humankind, a dew upon the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.”
10. “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.”
11. “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.”
12. “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.”