Since Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Bahá’i Faith, was exiled in 1868 to Akko, the Holy Land has been the International Centre of this new World Religion and focal point of Baha’i pilgrimage.
The Bahá’i Faith teaches that religious truth is progressive, not final, that G-d, the Almighty Father, educates the human race through a series of Prophets who have appeared throughout history and will always appear to guide the destinies of men. Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad and now Baha’ullah are examples of these Divine Educators who give to the world religion and is not part of any other religion.
The aims and purposes of the Baha’i faith have been summarized by its Guardian, the late Shoghi Effendi as follow: “The Baha’i Faith upholds the unity of God, recognizes the unity of His Prophets and inculcates the principle of the oneness and wholeness of the entire human race. It proclaims the necessity and the inevitability of the unification of mankind, asserts that it is gradually approaching, and claims that nothing short of the transmuting spirit of G-d can ultimately succeed in bringing it about. It, moreover, enjoins upon its follower the primary duty of an unfettered search after the truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be promotion of the amity and concord, proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognizes it as the foremost agency for the pacification and the orderly progress of human society.
It unequivocally maintains the principle of equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women, insists on compulsory education, prescribes monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasizes the necessity of strict obedience of one’s government, exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship, urges either the creation or selection of an auxiliary international language, and delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the general peace of mankind”.
David Ben Moshe