The Baha’i Faith is a world religion, the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Baha’ís are drawn from more than 2,100 ethnic and tribal backgrounds, representing an extraordinary diversity of humanity. Founded in the mid-1800’s in Persia, the basis tenets of the Baha’i religion revolve around the principle of unity—of God, religion, and humankind. The Founder, Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) is regarded by Bahá’is as the most recent in a line of Messengers of God that include Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Zoroaster and Muhammad.
In the words of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’i religion from 1921-1957:
“The Baha’i religion recognizes the unity of God and of His Prophets, upholds the principle of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all forms of superstition and prejudice, teaches that the fundamental purpose of religion is to promote concord and harmony, that it must go hand in hand with science, and that it constitutes the sole and ultimate basis for a peaceful, an ordered and progressive society. It inculcates the principle of equal opportunity, rights and privileges for both sexes, advocates compulsory education, abolishes extremes of poverty and wealth, recommends the adoption of an auxiliary international language, and provides the necessary agencies for the establishment and safeguarding of a permanent and universal peace.”
From Bahá’i Shrine and Gardens Mount Carmel, Haifa
Edited and compiled by Haifa Tourist Board and MOD Publishing House, May 2001.