The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion.
Its central theme is that humanity is one family and that the time has come for its unification into a peaceful global society.
The Baha'i Faith was founded in Iran in 1844 and is now the second-most widely spread religion in the world. There are more than five million Baha’is. They come from all backgrounds and can be found in virtually every country on earth.
The Founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha’u’llah (1817-92), said that throughout history God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society.
These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Their religions come from the same divine source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.
Baha’u’llah proclaimed that He was the latest of these Messengers and that He brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time.
“A new life is, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth,” Baha’u’llah said.
The worldwide Baha'i community is working to put Baha'u'llah’s vision of a peaceful and united global society, encompassing the spiritual and material dimensions of life, into practice.