Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith
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We are Bahá'ís - members of the Bahá'í Faith, the second most widespread of the world's independent religions, established in 235 countries and territories throughout the world. We come from over 2,100 ethnic, racial, and tribal groups and number some 5 million worldwide.
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. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In the words of Bahá'u'lláh,the Founder of our Faith, "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens."
Bahá'ís are guided by the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. Central Bahá'í principles include the oneness of humanity and the oneness of God. Bahá'u'lláh teaches that all the great religions of the world are divine in originand one in their essential message of love. Each of the revealed religions provides fundamental spiritual and moral guidance, as well as social teachings appropriate to successive stages in the history and spiritual evolution of humanity.
Bahá'í teachings encourage world-mindedness, and promote the development of international institutions of world governance capable of managing the global challenges that confront humankind today. The equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, universal education, and the eradication of all forms of prejudice are among the central social principles of the Bahá'í Faith. Prayer and the development of one's capacities and talents in service to humanity, the pursuit of knowledge, and the practice of a profession or trade are among those principles vital to personal and family life, and the healthy development of the soul towards a future life beyond our physical existence.
Throughout the world Bahá'ís place great emphasis on the importance of developing vibrant local communities devoted to principles of unity, service to others, education of children and young people, and the central role of knowledge and the arts.
We invite you to learn more about our Faith - its perspective of the past, its understanding of the present, and its vision of the future.