What is the Baha'i Faith?

"The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."

"....the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God."


The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion that is truly global in its identity and universal in its outlook. Since its birth in 1844, it has become the world's second most widespread religion as reported by the 1999 Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year. Its followers come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, religion and social or economic background and it is established in 235 countries and territories throughout the world.

For more than a century, Bahá'í 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.  Baha'is believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the future of society and of the nature and purpose of life. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. The central theme of Baha'u'llah's message is one of unity; we are all members of a single race, the human race, and the day has come for its unification in a peaceful, global society.

What Bahá’ís Believe

According to Baha'i belief, all the world religions originate from the same Source - the unknowable Essence we call God, and bring the same spiritual truths.

Humanity's long-awaited coming of age is at hand, an age when the oneness of mankind will be recognised and a peaceful global society secured. Baha'u'llah wrote that 'The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.'

Among the principles, laws and institutions which the Baha'i Faith promotes as vital to the achievement of this goal are:

  • The elimination of all forms of prejudice
  • Universal compulsory education
  • Full equality between the sexes
  • The independent search for truth
  • Elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth
  • A universal auxiliary language
  • Establishment of a world federal system
  • Harmony of science and religion