The Bahá’í Faith
The prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith is Bahá’u’lláh, which means “the glory of God.” Bahá’u’lláh called upon all people to give up their prejudices and to recognize the fellowship of all humankind as children of one loving God. He said the time had come for humanity to unite under a common faith. He revealed a plan for world civilization to be built on a foundation of love and justice.
Among the most fundamental of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings are these:
- There is only one God.
- All religions share a common foundation.
- Humanity is one. People of all races, nations, economic groups, and religious backgrounds are equal in the sight of God.
- Each individual is responsible for investigating truth independently.
- Science and religion are in harmony. Science without religion is materialism—religion without science is superstition.
- Women and men are equal, like the two wings of one bird.
- Every child is entitled to a sound, basic education.
- There is a spiritual solution to economic problems.
- The world needs an international auxiliary language.
- We must establish a universal peace protected by a world commonwealth.
Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, describes the principles that Bahá’u’lláh emphasized:
"The Bahá'í Faith upholds the unity of God, recognizes the unity of His Prophets, and inculcates the principle of the oneness and wholeness of the entire human race. It proclaims the necessity and the inevitability 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 chosen 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 recognizes it as the foremost agency for the pacification and the orderly progress of human society. It unequivocally maintains the principle of equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women, insists on compulsory education, eliminates extremes of poverty and wealth, abolishes the institution of priesthood, prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism, prescribes monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasizes 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."
~ Shoghi Effendi
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How do I become a Bahá'í?
A person becomes a Bahá'í by recognizing Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age and accepting to follow His laws and teachings and the administrative institutions He established for the unification of humankind. People enroll in a Bahá’í community by signifying such belief and commitment, orally or in writing, to the responsible Bahá'í institution.
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