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"Let your vision be World Embracing...." - Bahá’u’lláh

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, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God.

Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. He taught the oneness of God, the oneness of the human family, and the oneness of religion.

Bahá'u'lláh said, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens,” and that, as foretold in all the sacred scriptures of the past, now is the time for humanity to live in unity.

Founded more than a century and a half ago, the Bahá'í Faith has spread around the globe. Members of the Bahá'í Faith live in more than 100,000 localities and come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background.

Bahá'ís believe the crucial need facing humanity is to find a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of life and of the future of society. Such a vision unfolds in the writings of Bahá'u'lláh. 

The Bahá'í International Community represents the worldwide Bahá’í community at the international and national levels.  It operates under the direction of the Universal House of Justice, the international, elected governing council of the Faith, which has its seat at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

Bahá'ís are active in numerous coalitions of nongovernmental organizations, focusing particularly on the advancement of the status of women, human rights, issues of prosperity and economic justice, and moral development.  Bahá'ís are also engaged in efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and joint action with other faith communities.

The Bahá’í International Community (BIC) is an international non-governmental organization with affiliates in over 180 countries and territories, which together represent over 5 million members of the Bahá’í Faith. As an international NGO, the BIC interacts and cooperates with the United Nations, its specialized agencies, with governments, as well as with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. The BIC seeks to promote and apply principles — derived from the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith — which contribute to the resolution of current day challenges facing humanity and the development of a united, peaceful, just, and sustainable civilization. At this time, the work of the BIC focuses on the promotion of a universal standard for human rights, the advancement of women, and the promotion of just and equitable means of global prosperity.

The BIC has offices at the United Nations in New York, Geneva, and Brussels; representations to the European Union and UN Regional Commissions based in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Nairobi, Rome, Santiago, and Vienna. An Office of Public Information, based at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, disseminates information about the Bahá'í Faith around the world and publishes a quarterly newsletter, ONE COUNTRY.

Visit www.Bahai.org the website of the Baha'i International Community for additional information in several langauages or alternatively visit any of the websites for the Baha'i community of countries listed below.

 

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