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The Bahá'í Faith is monotheistic with its emphasis upon the spiritual unity of all people. It is based upon three core teachings: the unity of God, the unity of all people and appreciation for the diversity found in creation. According to its tenets, there is only one God who is the source of all creation; all religions are dervied from the same source and provide a pathway to reach Him; and all human beings are created equal, The diversity we find in creation is worthy of our appreciation as a manifestation of God. The Bahai texts emphasize that the puriose of human life is to learn to love God through devotional services such as prayer, reflection, and service to humanity.

The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th-century Persia. Bahá'u'lláh was exiled for his teachings, from Persia to the Ottoman Empire, and died while officially being a prisoner. After Bahá'u'lláh's death, under the leadership of his son, `Abdu'l-Bahá, the religion spread from its Persian and Ottoman roots, and gained a footing in Europe and America, and was consolidated in Iran, where it still suffers intense persecution. After the death of `Abdu'l-Bahá, the leadership of the Bahá'í community entered a new phase, evolving from a single individual to an administrative order with both elected bodies and appointed individuals. There are probably more than five million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abrahamic figures as well as Dharmic ones - Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and others. For Bahá'ís, the most recent messengers are the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh's life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures. Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale. . (Source: Adpated from Wikipedia under the under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License )


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