About the Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world religion that was founded in 1844 and has been present in Australia since 1920. The Faith's central theme is that humanity is one family and the time has come for its unification into a peaceful global society.

Australian Bahá'ís come from a variety of national, ethnic and occupational backgrounds. We worship, serve and learn together as equals. There are approximately 20,000  registered Baha’is in Australia coming from many different backgrounds. 

How do Australian Baha'is relate to other religions?

Baha'u'llah called upon the Baha'is to associate with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. Australian Baha'is have long been active in the inter-faith movement, promoting harmony and understanding between the religions. Baha'is don't have any intrinsic conflict with other religious communities because we believe all the revealed faiths originate from the same Source, God, and are essentially one. We work side by side with other Australians as we learn how to be an effective, positive force in the community based on our commitment to peace, the oneness of humanity and the unity of religions.

How do Baha’is view the environmental crisis and climate change?

Baha’is see the environmental crisis as one of a number of issues requiring a profound change in human behaviour. We believe that humanity is in a turbulent period of transition towards a unified global society. Humanity will be able to live in harmony with the natural environment when its spiritual and material potentials are given balanced attention.

The beauty, richness and diversity of the natural world are all expressions of the attributes of God. This inspires in us deep respect for nature. Humanity has the capacity to emancipate itself from the world of nature and, as steward of the planet’s vast resources, it is responsible for using the earth’s raw materials in a way that preserves harmony and contributes to the advancement of civilization

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