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The Founder

At the centre of the Bahá’í Faith is the figure of Bahá’u’lláh, to whom followers turn for strength and guidance.

Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.

—BAHÁ'U'LLÁH

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Bahá’ís believe that God sends different prophets, or Manifestations of God, to reveal divine messages to humanity. These Manifestations include Abraham, Zoroaster, Moses, the Buddha, Krishna, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, the Báb, and the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. In English, Baha’u’llah means “The Glory of God,” and Bahá’ís believe that His coming is foretold in many of the world religions. 

Bahá’ís view Bahá’u’lláh as the latest divine messenger to found a major world religion and usher in a new age of human development. Born Mirza Husayn Ali in Tehran, Persia in 1817, Bahá’u’lláh was known early in his adult life as “the father of the poor” for his selfless work assisting the destitute and homeless.

In 1863, he began openly teaching the Bahá’í Faith, with its revolutionary messages of the oneness of humanity, the oneness of religion, the equality of men and women, the agreement of science and religion, and the establishment of a global system of governance.

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Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of exile, torture, and imprisonment  — all for announcing that a new revelation had been born. Bahá’u’lláh called the entire world to collective action and unity, and that call, Bahá’ís believe, has inaugurated a new age of spirituality, harmony, and human maturation.

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