What do members of the Baha’i faith believe?

Bahá’is   are the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, Who they believe is the Messenger of   God promised by previous faiths to usher in a peaceful, unified world.   Baha’u’llah’s teachings will enable humanity to build a spiritually  invigorated global society, sometimes referred to as “the Kingdom of God   on earth.”

The   Baha’i Faith acknowledges the veracity of previous religions, reaffirms  their spiritual teachings, and provides principles and teachings for  creating a peaceful, global society, a commonwealth of nations.

The Baha’i Faith is God’s ancient faith renewed for our time in a global context.  It is a world religion birthed in 1844 in Persia whose purpose is to unite all the races and peoples in one universal Cause and one common Faith.

The Baha’i Faith is the renewal of God’s ancient covenant with humanity not to leave him without guidance, hence the term, “religion renewed.”

Bahá’is are the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, Who they believe is the Messenger of God promised by previous faiths to usher in a peaceful, unified world. Baha’u’llah’s teachings will enable humanity to build a spiritually invigorated global society, sometimes referred to as “the Kingdom of God on earth.”

The Baha’i Faith acknowledges the veracity of previous religions, reaffirms their spiritual teachings, and provides principles and teachings for creating a peaceful, global society, a commonwealth of nations.

The foundational teachings are the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humankind. The pivot of Baha’u’llah’s teachings is “unity in diversity.” How to achieve such unity is addressed in both His material and spiritual teachings for human and societal development. His Writings describe humanity’s ascent through successive degrees of unity:  family, tribe, city-state, nation and world, and assert that now is the time for humanity’s “coming of age.”

Examples of Baha’u’llah’s social teachings include: The independent investigation of truth, the equality of the sexes, the harmony of science and religion, the need for a universal auxiliary language, script and system of weights and measures, the elimination of all forms of prejudice, universal education and elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty.

His spiritual teachings call for daily prayer and meditation, a month of fasting each year, worship every Baha’i month in Baha’i communities, and laws for ethics, marriage, child-rearing, and death.

Baha’u’llah left over 100 books and tablets which serve as the charter for a Baha’i’s life and its administration. There are no clergy and the Faith is guided by elected assemblies on the universal, national and local levels. Only Baha’is may contribute to its funds. But all people are welcome at the Baha’i houses of worship on each of the continents: Wilmette, IL; Panama City; Santiago, Chile (in construction) ; Frankfurt, Germany; Kampala, Uganda; New Delhi, India; Apia, Western Samoa; and Sydney, Australia.

The Baha’i world center is in Haifa, Israel, a place of pilgrimage for Baha’is.

Thank you, Paula Drewek, for answering our questions this week!