About the Bahá’í Faith

-What is the Bahá’í Faith?
-Who is Bahá’u’lláh?
-What is Bahá’u’lláh’s message?
-What does the Bahá’í Faith have in common with other faiths?

The Bahá’ís are members of a global community that believes in one loving Creator, one unfolding religion and one human family. The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Since its inception in Persia (now Iran) in 1844, it has grown to more than five million followers in 236 countries and territories. Bahá’ís believe that there is one loving, all-powerful and unknowable divine Source for the world’s great religions, and that all humanity is one family.

The religion’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh, whose name means “The Glory of God,” was born into a Persian noble family in 1817. Although born into wealth and luxury, He dedicated His life to feeding and caring for the poor in His native city of Tehran. Bahá’u’lláh announced that He was the Messenger of God for this historical age, sent to unify mankind. He spent the next 40 years as a prisoner and exile, first to Iraq, then Turkey, and finally to Palestine (now Israel), where His earthly life ended in 1892.

The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity in all its diversity of culture, color, language and creed is one single race, and that the day has come for the world to unify into one global society. In spite of the harsh treatment He received at the hands of the Persian and Turkish governments, He admonished all people to be faithful citizens of whatever country where they reside, to uphold justice and to “possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart.”

The Golden Rule

"... choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself."
         --  Baha'i Faith

"Make thine own self the measure of the others, and so abstain from causing hurt to them."
         --  Buddhism

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
         --  Christianity

"Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself; and wish for others too what ye desire and long for, for yourself."
         --  Hinduism

"None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself."
         --  Islam

"Love thy neighbor as thyself."
         -- Judaism

In brief, let each one of you be as a lamp shining forth with the light of the virtues of the world of humanity. Be trustworthy, sincere, affectionate and replete with chastity. Be illumined, be spiritual, be divine, be glorious, be quickened of God, be a Bahá’í. 
– Abdu’l-Baha
The Bahá’í Faith
The website of the Walnut Creek Bahá’í community
The Baha'i Faith is established in more than 100,000 localities in virtually every country and territory around the world. 
The essence of Baha’u’llah’s Teaching is all-embracing love, for love includeth every excellence of humankind. It causeth every soul to go forward. It bestoweth on each one, for a heritage, immortal life. Erelong shalt thou bear witness that His celestial Teachings, the very glory of reality itself, shall light up the skies of the world. 
– Abdu’l-Baha
in the kingdoms of earth and heaven there must needs be manifested a Being, an Essence Who shall act as a Manifestation and Vehicle for the transmission of the grace of the Divinity Itself, the Sovereign Lord of all. Through the Teachings of this Day Star of Truth every man will advance and develop until he attaineth the station at which he can manifest all the potential forces with which his inmost true self hath been endowed. It is for this very purpose that in every age and dispensation the Prophets of God and His chosen Ones have appeared amongst men, and have evinced such power as is born of God and such might as only the Eternal can reveal. 
 – Baha’u’llah
Discover for yourselves the reality of things, and strive to assimilate the methods by which noble-mindedness and glory are attained among the nations and people of the world. No man should follow blindly his ancestors and forefathers. Nay, each must see with his own eyes, hear with his own ears and investigate independently in order that he may find the truth.
 – Abdu’l-Baha
Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh is recognized as the most recent in a line of Divine Messengers that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. While reaffirming the core ethical principles common to all religions and easily recognizable to the followers of all faiths, Bahá’u’lláh also revealed new laws and teachings to lay the foundations of a global civilization. For example, Bahá’u’lláh boldly asserted that men and women are equal, and emphasized the importance of educating girls in order to unleash the as-yet untapped potential of women in society, and equip them to be the first teachers of their children.
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