The Bahá’í faith is one of the youngest of the world’s major religions. It was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in Iran in 1863.
Iran was then mainly a Muslim country, and the faith was proclaimed by a young Iranian, who called himself The Báb. He said that a messenger would soon arrive from God, who would be the latest in a line of prophets including Moses, Muhammad and Jesus Christ.
~Bahá’u’lláh, which means the Glory of God in Arabic, was born Mirza Husayn Ali in 1817
~Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the most recent Manifestation of God
~Bahá’u’lláh himself stated that he is not God’s final messenger
~The Bahá’í faith accepts all religions as having true and valid origins
~The idea of progressive revelation is of central significance for the Bahá’í faith
~Bahá’u’lláh taught that God intervenes throughout human history at different times to reveal more of himself through his messengers (called Divine Messengers, or Manifestations of God)
~The central idea of the faith is that of unity. They believe that people should work together for the common benefit of humanity
~The followers of Bahá’u’lláh were descended from the Bábis – believers in the Báb who foretold the mission of Bahá’u’lláh.
There are 6 million Bahá’ís in the world, in 235 countries and around 6,000 live in Britain.