The Baháʼí Faith: Promoting Unity, Equality, and Social Change

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The Baháʼí Faith: Beliefs and Practices

Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muḥammad. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.

Bahá’ís believe

that there is only one God and that all the religions of the world are from the same God. Bahá’u’lláh taught that God sent different religions at different times in history. Each religion meets the needs of the people and society at that time. When the world changes and people have different needs, a new religion is sent by God. Most Bahá’ís try to use this religion to guide their life.

There are so many religions in the world, but Bahá’u’lláh teaches that all religions have the same spiritual teachings. They all aim to make a better world and help people to be more kind and loving. The Bahá’u’lláh and the followers, as well as some of the writings and teachings, together make up the Bahá’í religion and its beliefs.

The Bahá’í religion is a monotheistic religion because it teaches about one God. Bahá’u’lláh taught that there is only one God who created the whole world and all living things. However, the Bahá’ís also believe that God’s reality cannot be known by humans and that people should not try to make pictures or statues of God. Instead of using the word ‘God’, Bahá’ís often say or write ‘Alláh’, which is the Arabic word for God. This word is used to stress that Bahá’ís believe in the same God worshiped in other religions, like Christianity and Islam.

The Bahá’í religion has its special calendar. The Bahá’í calendar started when Bahá’u’lláh started to teach people about his religion in 1844 AD. This means that the year in the Bahá’í calendar is different from the year in the Gregorian calendar, which is the one used by most of the world. Every Bahá’í month is made up of 19 days. The first day of each month is holy, so Bahá’ís do not go to work or school on this day. On the 19th day of each month, Bahá’ís have a special service called the “Feast”, where they pray, read the writings, and talk about any work which has been done in the local community.

Community and Organization

The Baháʼí Faith places a strong emphasis on unity and the oneness of humanity. Baháʼís believe that all people are equal and that diversity should be celebrated. They strive to create inclusive communities where individuals from all backgrounds can come together to worship, study, and serve humanity.

The Baháʼí community is organized at the local, national, and international levels. Local communities, known as Spiritual Assemblies, are elected annually and are responsible for the affairs of the Baháʼí community in their area. National and international institutions provide guidance and support to local communities and promote the principles of the Baháʼí Faith on a broader scale.

Influence and Impact

Despite being a relatively small religion, the Baháʼí Faith has had a significant impact on various aspects of society. Baháʼís are actively involved in promoting peace, social justice, and the elimination of prejudice. They advocate for the equality of women and men, the importance of education, and the need for sustainable development.

The Baháʼí Faith has also made contributions to the fields of art, literature, and music. Baháʼí writings and teachings have inspired artists and musicians around the world, leading to the creation of works that reflect the spiritual and ethical principles of the religion.

In conclusion, the Baháʼí Faith is a religion that promotes unity, equality, and the betterment of society. Its beliefs and practices, as well as its emphasis on community and organization, have had a significant influence and impact on individuals and communities around the world.


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