Core Beliefs

The principle of the oneness of mankind is the pivot around which all the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh revolve.

Bahá'u'lláh taught that humanity, after a long and turbulent adolescence, is at last reaching a stage of maturity in which unity in a global and just society finally can be established.

To this end, the Bahá'í Faith prescribes laws of personal morality and behavior, as well as social laws and principles, to establish the oneness of humanity.

"The utterance of God is a lamp, whose light is these words: Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship … So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

~ Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'ís Believe

  1. The purpose of life is to know and worship God, to acquire virtues, to promote the oneness of mankind and to carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation.

  2. All humanity was created by one God and is part of one human race.

  3. Work performed in the spirit of service is a form of worship.

  4. The soul, created at the moment of conception, is destined by God to reach the afterlife, where it will continue to progress until it attains the presence of God.

Bahá'ís Practice

  1. Daily prayer and communion with God.

  2. High moral principles, including trustworthiness, chastity and honesty.

  3. Independent investigation of truth.

  4. A life dedicated to the service of humanity.

  5. Fellowship with the followers of all religions.

  6. Avoidance of partisan politics, backbiting, alcohol, drugs, gambling and excessive materialism.

Social Principles Include

  1. Equality of women and men.

  2. The harmony of science and religion as two complementary systems of knowledge that must work together to advance the well being and progress of humanity.

  3. The elimination of prejudice.

  4. The establishment of a world commonwealth of nations.

  5. Recognition of the common origin and fundamental unity of purpose of all religions.

  6. Spiritual solutions to economic problems and the removal of economic barriers and restrictions.

  7. The abolition of extremes of poverty and wealth.

  8. The adoption of a world auxiliary language, a world script, and a uniform and universal system of currency and weights and measures.