The Baha’i Faith is an independent world religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in the mid-19th century in Persia, present day Iran. Baha’is are the followers of Baha'u'llah, Who they believe is the Messenger of God for today. Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers. When these Messengers appear, they each usher in a new age of greater love, hope and progress for humanity. Their teachings guide and educate us, providing a strong basis for the advancement of society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab and Bahá'u'lláh. All these religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of God's eternal revelation. Their purpose is to continually inspire, uplift and educate the entire human race.
The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh’s message is that we are all part of one human family and that the day has come for humanity to unite in one global society. Baha'u'llah said “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” We can no longer allow our differences to separate us from one another, whether these differences are of race, nationality, religion or those created by economic conditions. When we remove the barriers that divide us, embrace each other as members of a single family and work together as one, humanity will enjoy greater peace. The unity of the human race cannot be accomplished solely through material means. The promotion of the oneness of humanity, which is the essence of the teachings of all the Manifestations of God, is impossible except through Divine power.
Building a community that is a source of unity and welfare is an organic process requiring universal participation in acts of devotion and service. The home which is the foundation of society serves as a starting point from which spiritual and material transformation of our neighbourhoods, communities, our country and ultimately the world can be realised.