What Bahá’ís Believe
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."
At a time when uncertainty envelopes our world and humanity is striving for a remedy, Bahá’ís all over the world are determined to unfold the divine guidance within the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith; to bring peace, harmony, unity and equality to mankind.
About the Baha’i Faith
Bahá’u’lláh the Founder of Bahá’í faith was born in Tehran, Persia in 1817, He was known early in his adult life as “the father of the poor” for his selfless work assisting the destitute and homeless. In 1863, Bahá’u’lláh began openly teaching the Bahá’í Faith, with its revolutionary messages of human unity, the oneness of all Faiths, the equality of men and women, the agreement of science and religion and the establishment of a global system of governance.
Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh, whose title means “The Glory of God,” is the latest prophet to found a major world religion and usher in a new age of human development.
After the proclamation of his Faith, Bahá’u’lláh suffered forty years of exile, torture and imprisonment all for announcing that a new revelation had been born. This great divine educator and messenger, despite the persecutions he bore, then wrote a series of epistles to the political and religious rulers of the world from his prison cell. Those letters, openly announced Baha’u’llah’s station and mission, and warned the world’s most prominent leaders that humanity faced disastrous consequences unless they laid down their weapons and convened to unite the world and end warfare.
Bahá’u’lláh called the entire world to collective action and to unity, and that call, Bahá’ís believe, has inaugurated a new age of spirituality, harmony and human maturation.
The Báb — The Báb is the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’u’lláh — Bahá’u’lláh is the Promised One foretold by the Báb and all of the Divine Messengers of the past
‘Abdu’l-Bahá — Bahá’u’lláh appointed His eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the authorized interpreter of His teachings and Head of the Faith
Shoghi Effendi — Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, appointed by his Grandfather, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The Universal House of Justice — The international governing council of the Bahá’í Faith, whose creation was ordained by Bahá’u’lláh