Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith
The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), who was born in Tehran, Persia. He taught that there is one God, and that all the different faiths of the world come from that one, same God. His teachings of equality, justice and unity amongst peoples and nations aroused the indignation of the government and clergy of Persia. They repeatedly imprisoned Him and exiled Him, until he was finally sent to the prison city of 'Akká, in what is now Israel. Despite the unrelenting persecution of Bahá'u'lláh and His followers, the Bahá'í Faith has now spread to every corner of the world. Almost every race and culture is represented in the Bahá'í community, which numbers about five million world wide, in almost every country.
The Bahá'í community in Plymouth has around 20 members of all ages and backgrounds, from various countries including Iran, France and St Helena. We meet regularly and there is a great spirit of friendship.
Bahá'u'lláh’s teachings include:
- That religion should be the cause of love and unity
- The equality of men and women
- The harmony of science and religion
- The independent investigation of truth