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The Bahá'í Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all the peoples of the world. Bahá'ís are the followers of Bahá'u'lláh, Who they believe is the Messenger of God for today. The traditions of almost every people include the promise of a future when peace and harmony will be established on earth and humankind will live in prosperity. Bahá'ís believe that the promised hour has come and that Bahá'u'lláh's is that great Teacher whose guidance will enable humanity to build a new world. In one of His Writings, Baha’u’llah says:
“That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.”
The main theme of Baha'u'llah's message is unity. Bahá'u'lláh taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity through one changeless and eternal Faith. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God - Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad - represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Bahá'u'lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world.
First noted in 1982 by the World Christian Encyclopedia, and later by Britannica Book of the Year, the Bahá'í Faith is the second most widely spread religion in the world. There are over 5 million Bahá'í’s worldwide, representing every nation and over 2,100 ethnic groups and tribes.
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