“The time foreordained unto the peoples and kindreds
of the earth is now come.
The promises of God, as recorded in the holy Scriptures,
have all been fulfilled.”
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, page 12
Forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh
The Báb (1819-1850),
Who’s title means “the Gate”
in Arabic, was the Herald or
Forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh.
He announced in 1844, in
Shiraz, Persia, that He was
the bearer of a Divine
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the Promised One of all ages
Who’s title means “Glory of God” in
Arabic, announced in 1863 that He
was God’s Messenger for this age.
His teachings and sacred writings
form the basis of the Bahá’í Faith.
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Center of the Covenant
Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son.
In His will, Bahá’u’lláh appointed
Abdu’l Bahá as His successor
and gave Him the title:
Center of the Covenant.
`Abdu’l-Bahá visited the
United States in 1912.
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the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith
Shoghi Effendi (1896-1957),
In His will, Abdu’l Bahá
appointed Shoghi Effendi as the
Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith
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The Universal House of Justice
The development of the Bahá’í Faith
worldwide is today guided by the
Universal House of Justice.
It’s authority is specified directly in
the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh.
This divinely appointed, unbroken
line of leadership has protected
the unity of the Bahá’í Faith.
It is unparalleled in the history of
the world’s religions, and opens
a new chapter in the history
of the human race.
Unity of Religion
Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, is recognized as the most recent in a line of Divine Messengers that stretches back beyond recorded time and includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
“The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá’u’lláh, the followers of His Faith firmly believe, is that Religious truth is not absolute but relative, that Divine Revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complementary, that they differ only in the non-essential aspects of their doctrines and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society.”
Bahá’í Sacred Writings
In addition to the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’ís also recognize as divine scripture the writings of the Báb; the Quran; the Torah; the Bible; and the sacred writings of Buddhism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism.
Bahá’í Organization and Leadership
There is no clergy in the Bahá’í Faith. The organization and leadership (the “Administrative Order”) of the Bahá’í Faith is organized around freely elected governing councils which operate at the local, national, and international levels. This hierarchy assigns decision-making to the lowest practicable level–thereby instituting a unique vehicle for grassroots participation in governance–while at the same time providing a level of coordination and authority that makes possible cooperation on a global scale. Bahá’u’lláh called these governing councils “Houses of Justice.” The Bahá’í Adminstrative institution at the International level is the “Universal House of Justice”.
The Administrative Order of the Bahá’í Faith is in many ways far more “democratic” than the methods by which most parliaments or other representational systems operate. And yet, because of its distinctive procedures and principles, it avoids the processes of manipulation, factionalism, and partisanship that have become features of other systems of governance worldwide.
Bahá’í elections exclude any form of electioneering or nomination. Yet they offer every individual elector the widest possible choice of candidates. At the age of 21 Bahá’ís become eligible to serve on elected institutions of the Bahá’í administrative order.