What is the Bahá'í Faith?

The unity of the human race is the central teaching of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), prophet and founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The word "Bahá’í" means "a follower of Bahá’u’lláh".

A growing number of people are becoming interested in Bahá’u’lláh's teachings, attracted by their profound beauty and simplicty, and for the encouragement they give towards finding practical solutions to the challenges we all currently face.

These challenges include the achievement of international peace and security, the resolution of racial and ethinic conflicts, the promotion of equality between women and men, teh need for economic justice, and access to education for all.

The Bahá’í Faith is now a way of life for more than five million people in some 236 nations and territories, and its membership is a microcosm of most of the nations, races and cultures on earth. We hope our experience will provide encouragement and inspiration for those who share a vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland.

For more than a century, Bahá’í communities around the globe have been working to break down barriers of prejudice and have collaborated with other like-minded organisations to promote the goal of a global society. At the heart of the our belief is the conviction that humanity is one family whose diverse members share a common destiny of unity and peace.  In the words of Bahá’u’lláh, "the Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens".

This website aims to introduce you to the Byron Baha'is, our faith's teachings, vision and our activities in the Byron Shire. If you wish to read or learn more about the Bahá’í Faith, a wide selection of books and other publications are available online or through our community librarian. Please visit this site to find out more and/or contact us for queries about information meetings, study circles or other community meetings.