What is the Baha’i Faith?
The Baha’i Faith is a world religion which calls for a renewal of the common spiritual teachings found in all religions and sets forth a dynamic body of social teachings specifically designed to lead humanity into a new world civilization and an era of peace based upon the Faith’s twin teachings of unity and justice.
The word “Baha’i” is taken from the title given to a man known as Baha’u’llah (which means the Glory of God). Baha’u’llah, whose ministry lasted from 1853 to 1892, was a Manifestation of God – a messenger to humanity with a new revelation from God for this day.
The Baha’i Faith, which originated in Persia, was relatively unknown in the west until the early part of this century. Since then it has spread around the world as people have embraced its strong spiritual ethic, progressive social teachings, enlightening answers to age-old religious questions, and its vision of a world united in peace.
Baha’i Teachings on Unity and Justice
The heart of the Baha’i Faith is its teachings on unity and justice.
By unity, Baha’is do not mean uniformity or sameness. The Baha’i Faith encourages people to seek unity in diversity; that is, to recognize our external differences as points of interest, not causes of division.
According to Baha’u’llah:
“The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice. . .”
(Hidden Words, #2)
“The purpose of justice is the appearance of unity among men.”
(Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 67)
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
(Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 288)
Name: The Baha’i Faith
Date of Origin: 1844
Place of Origin: Persia
Unity and Justice
Books for Reference
1. Tablets of Baha’u’llah
2. Baha’u’llah & The New Era
3. Baha’i World Faith