The Bahá’í Faith

Terraces of Shrine of the Bab

Star design on the Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb. Reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community.

The Bahá’í Faith, founded by Bahá’u'lláh in 1863,  is an independent world religion.   Bahá’ís live in virtually every country around the world and local Bahá’í communities are found around Australia.

Bahá’u'lláh taught that there is one God and that,  from time to time, God sends great divine teachers who renew religion and reinvigorate society.

He stated that the time had come for the people of the world to put aside their differences and to unite.  The central purpose of Bahá’u'lláh’s teachings is to unite all humanity as one family.

The unity of religion is one of the key principles of the  Bahá’í Faith: that all religions are inspired by the same God and that the spiritual purpose and essential message of all religions are essentially the same.

Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the world. …  The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. – Bahá’u'lláh

 

Principles of the Bahá’í Faith

Among the teachings of Bahá’u'lláh are the following principles:

  • The oneness of humanity.
  • The unity of religion.
  • The equality of men and women.
  • The elimination of all forms of prejudice
  • The harmony of science and religion.
  • Independent investigation of the truth.
  • The elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty.
  • Universal education.
  • A universal auxiliary language.
  • Permanent universal peace.
  • International tribunal of justice.

More information on the Bahá’í Faith can be found on the Australian Bahá’í website or the International Bahá’í website.