The Bahá'í Faith is a world religion whose
purpose is to unite all the races and
peoples in one universal Cause and
one common Faith.
Bahá'ís are followers of Bahá'u'lláh,
Who they believe is the
Promised One of all Ages.
"That which the Lord hath ordained as
the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument
for the healing of all the world is the union of all
its peoples in one universal Cause,
one common Faith."
ONE COMMON FAITH
Bahá'u'lláh teaches us that God is
unknowable in His Essence.
This means that we should not make
images of God in our mind, thinking
Him, for example, as a man.
In general, that which has been created
cannot understand its creator.
God is the Creator of all things and the
reason behind our creation is love.
Bahá'u'lláh teaches us that God
us, and we were created from this love.
"O SON OF MAN!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee.
Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may
name thy name and fill thy soul with
the spirit of life."
THE ETERNAL COVENANT
The way this love flows to us is
through His Eternal Covenant.
God never leaves us alone and
without Guidance; when
humanity moves away from God
and forgets His Teachings, a
Manifestation of God appears and
makes God's Will and Purpose
known to us.
MANIFESTATION OF GOD
The Manifestations of God reveal
the Word and Will of God and to
to Them is to respond to the Call of God.
The Manifestations of God are like
perfect Mirrors that reflect
the Light of
God in all its Splendor. And all these
Mirrors reflect the
While God is beyond our reach,
these perfect Beings come to us
time to time, live among us, give us
guidance, and fill us with the
need to progress, materially and
"This is the Day in which God's most
excellent favors have been poured out
upon men, the Day in
which His most
mighty grace hath been infused into
all created things. It is incumbent upon all
the peoples of the world to reconcile their
differences, and, with perfect unity and
peace, abide beneath the shadow of the
Tree of His care and
THE PLIGHT OF
The Promise of this Day
Although we differ from one another
physically and emotionally, and have
different talents and capacities, we all
spring from the same root; we all belong
to the same human family.
When a feeling of hatred begins to
take shape in our hearts, we should
immediately replace it with
feeling of love.
THE AIM OF
THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH IS
TO UNIFY HUMANITY
Although the oneness of humanity is an
undeniable truth, the peoples of the world are
so far from it that unifying them is no easy task.
When someone joins the Bahá'í Community they
participate with the rest of us in our efforts to
build and maintain unity.
So many passages in the Bahá'í Writings teach us
how to walk in the ways of unity and how to help
others take the same path.
THE ONENESS OF
"Bahá'u'lláh has drawn the circle
of unity, He has made a design for
the uniting of all the peoples, and for
the gathering of them all under the
shelter of the tent of universal unity.
This is the work of the Divine
Bounty, and we must all strive with
heart and soul until we have the
reality of unity in our midst,
and as we work, so will strength
be given unto us."
A DIVINE DESIGN
MANIFESTATION OF GOD
Bahá'u'lláh was born in 1817 in Tehran, the capital of Iran.
His early childhood, He showed signs of greatness.
He received some
instruction at home, but He did not attend
school, for He was endowed with
innate knowledge from God.
THE LIFE OF BAHÁ'U'LLÁH
Bahá'u'lláh came from a noble family; when He was a young man
He was offered a high position in the court of the King, but refused
dedicating His time instead to helping the oppressed, the sick and
the poor and to championing the cause of
HIS SUFFERING & INFLUENCE
Bahá'u'lláh's sufferings began the moment He arose to proclaim
the Cause of God He lived a life of exile, imprisonment
and persecution; He was put in chains in a dark and dismal
dungeon in Tehran.
He was exiled four
times from land to
land until finally
being sent to the
Prison City of Akká
in the Ottoman
could be done to stop
HIS EXILE AND
"Remember My days during thy days, and My distress
and banishment in this remote prison. And be thou so
steadfast in My love that thy heart shall not waver, even if
the swords of the enemies rain blows upon thee and all the
heavens and the earth arise against
THE MOST GREAT
"The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with
chains that mankind may be released from its bondage, and
hath accepted to be made a prisoner within this most
mighty Stronghold that the whole world may attain unto
true liberty. He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow,
that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy,
and be filled with gladness. This is of the mercy of your
Lord, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful. We have
accepted to be abased, O believers in the Unity of God, that
ye may be exalted, and have suffered manifold afflictions,
that ye might prosper and flourish. He Who hath come to
build anew the whole world, behold, how they that have
joined partners with God have forced Him to dwell within
the most desolate of cities!"
THE LIGHT OF TRUTH
Every effort was made by two powerful courts,
those of the King of Iran and the Ottoman
Emperor, to oppose Bahá'u'lláh and His Teachings
but the light of Truth is not easily extinguished.
In spite of constant persecution, Bahá'u'lláh
continued to reveal the Word of God for
more than 40 years.
THE SHRINE OF
Bahá'u'lláh passed away in 1892.
His Shrine is located in the Holy Land
near the city of `Akká, Israel.
THE BAHÁ'Í FAITH
All of the Manifestations of God have given Their Lives
for the salvation of humanity.
Several years before Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed His Mission,
God sent a special Messenger to announce His
For six years He taught ceaselessly that the appearance
of the new Manifestation of God was near and prepared
the way for His coming.
He told the people that they were witnessing the dawn
of a new Age, the dawn of the Promised Day of God.
THE BÁB, THE GATE
Thousands upon thousands of people accepted
the Message of the Báb and began to follow His Teachings.
But the government of Iran and the powerful clergy
who ruled over the masses rose against Him.
HIS SUFFERING &
TWO PRAYERS OF THE BÁB:
His followers were persecuted and
large numbers were put to death.
The Báb Himself at the age of 31
was martyred by a regiment of
soldiers who, at the orders of the
government, suspended Him in
public square and opened fire
"Say: God sufficeth all things above
all things, and nothing in the heavens
or in the earth but God sufficeth.
Verily, He is in Himself the Knower,
the Sustainer, the Omnipotent."
"Is there any Remover
of difficulties save God?
Say: Praised be God! He is God!
All are His servants, and
all abide by His bidding!"
MARTYRDOM OF THE
CENTER OF THE COVENANT
The idea most central to our
lives as Bahá'ís is that we have
entered into a Covenant with
In all other religions, after the
passing of the Manifestation, His
followers had thousands of
disputes among themselves and,
as a result, split the religion into
Bahá'u'lláh has protected His
Faith against such division by
endowing it with a unique
power, the power of the
He had been raised by
Bahá'u'lláh Himself, had
recognized His Station even
as a child, and had shared the
sufferings of His Father.
`Abdu'l-Bahá lived on this earth
for 77 years. He was born on
the same night the Báb declared
His Mission in 1844 and passed
away in November 1921.
Before His passing He stated in the clearest terms,
in His written
Will, that after Him, all Bahá'ís should
turn to `Abdu'l-Bahá.
SOLE INTERPRETER &
After the passing of His Father,
the responsibility for the Bahá'í
community fell on His shoulders,
and He labored day and night to
spread the Faith throughout
the East and the West.
`Abdu'l-Bahá reminds us of our
Covenant with Bahá'u'lláh and we
will not allow the unity of
His followers to be broken.
United as a worldwide community
we will labor until the oneness of
humankind has been firmly
A UNIFIED WORLD COMMUNITY
In His Will and Testament, `Abdu'l-Bahá
named His grandson the
Guardian of the Faith
and after His passing, Shoghi Effendi became
authorized interpreter of the Teachings.
For 36 years, he continued the work of
His Grandfather, clarifying
of the Manifestation and firmly
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE
The Bahá'ís of the world elected the
Universal House of Justice, as envisioned by Bahá'u'lláh
and clearly described by `Abdu'l-Bahá and the
The Universal House of Justice is the supreme institution
of the Faith to which all the Bahá'ís of the world now
"the lamps of My loving providence
among My servants, and the keys of
My mercy for My creatures."
"Observe My commandments, for the
love of My beauty."
OF GOD BRING LAWS
"I bear witness, O my God,
that Thou hast created me to know
Thee and to worship Thee.
I testify, at this moment,
to my powerlessness and to
Thy might, to my poverty and to
Thy wealth. There is none other God
but Thee, the Help in Peril,
"O COMPANION OF MY THRONE!
Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself, neither
sigh and weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it
spoken unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that
thine own faults may not appear great; and wish not the
abasement of anyone, that thine own abasement be not
exposed. Live then the days of thy life, that are less than a
fleeting moment, with thy mind stainless, thy heart
unsullied, thy thoughts pure, and thy nature sanctified, so
that, free and content, thou mayest put away this mortal
frame, and repair unto the mystic paradise and abide in the
eternal kingdom for evermore."
"O SON OF SPIRIT!
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to
poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase
thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee
being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone
beside Me? Out of the clay of love I molded thee, how
dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight
unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within
thee, mighty, powerful and
"The first duty of the beloved of God and the
maid-servants of the Merciful is this: They must strive
by all possible means to educate both sexes, male and
female; girls like boys; there is no difference whatsoever
between them. The ignorance of both is blameworthy,
and negligence in both cases is reprovable. `Are they who
know and they who do not know
OF ALL CHILDREN
BUILDING A WORLD
It is the duty of an individual Bahá'í to remain firm in
the Covenant, to strive daily to bring his or her life in line with
Bahá'u'lláh's Teachings, and to serve humanity,
always conscious of the fact that life does not end with death
and that one's relation with God is eternal.
After death, our souls become free and continue to progress
towards God for all eternity.
Human beings were not created
to exist alone. We live in
communities and must work
together to build the new
The community closest to us is
the local one which consists of the
Bahá'ís of our village or town.
It is in the local community where
we learn to cooperate with one
another, to grow together and
Bahá'u'lláh has brought His own
Administrative Order, which means that
He has told us what institutions we must
create, how they should function, and how
humanity should be governed.
There are no priests or clergy in
the Bahá'í Faith, and it is the Local
Spiritual Assembly that guides the affairs
of the local community.
Local Spiritual Assembly consists of
nine members elected in a prayerful
atmosphere by secret ballot by all the adult
believers in the community.
"O God! Refresh and Gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart. Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to
myself. I dedicate myself to Thee O Lord."