About the Bahá'í Faith
The Bahá'í Faith originated in Persia, which is now modern day Iran, in 1844, and is the world's newest independent religion. The Encyclopedia Britannica has recognized the Bahá'í Faith as the second-most widely spread independent religion in the world following Christianity and it is present in over 200 independent countries and territories numbering some six million adherents. To be a Baha'i is to be a follower of Bahá'u'lláh, who Bahá'ís believe to be the latest, and certainly not the last, in a succession of God's messengers to mankind. As Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad, and the Báb each appeared to the world in a different time in history, Bahá'u'lláh's appearance carries the message of God's for today's humanity.
The essential message of Bahá'u'lláh is "unity", and is evident in his writings which include over 100 major tablets, epistles, and messages which were revealed to the world during His Ministry, which ended in 1892 upon his passing. The essential pivotal principle of his teachings is the Oneness of Mankind, and it is to this noble concept that all of his followers in communities and groups throughout the world adhere, and strive to practice in their daily lives.
Bahá'u'lláh's message of unity extends to the Oneness of Religions which affirms the essential message proclaimed by all of God's Messengers that there is but One God. He has also given mankind guidelines for interactions among the people of the world including the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the essential equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, the necessity for each to independently investigate the essential truth of religion, and the need for a universal auxiliary language and the establishment of a world commonwealth of nations.
The wealth of Baha'u'llah's writings gives mankind a unique opportunity to read directly the original words of the Creative Word of God. Also for our benefit, the world possesses all the tablets and writings of ‘Abdu'l-Baha who is the son of Baha'u'llah.. Please feel free to investigate these writings and the Bahá'í Faith further by calling the 800 number or clicking on the links to some popular Bahá'í web sites:
The toll free Bahá'í Information Telephone Number
The official site of the Bahá'í Faith
US Baha'i main web site
The beautiful home page of my community in Springfield Illinois
Basic facts about the Baha'i faith