The Bah' Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bah'u'llh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bah's as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God including Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. The central theme of Bah'u'llh's message is that "humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society." God, Bah'u'llh said, has "set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification." One of the purposes of the Bah' Faith is to help make this possible. "A worldwide community of Bah's is working to give Bah'u'llh's teachings practical effect." The Basic Teachings of Bah'u'llh: the abandonment of all forms of prejudice assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth the realization of universal education the responsibility of each person to independently search for truth the establishment of a global commonwealth of nations recognition that true religion is in harmony with reason and the pursuit of scientific knowledge <small>(Material taken from the Official Bahai Faith website edited)</small> Questions to consider: 1. Perhaps the best know leader of Iran to Americans, due to his involvement in the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979-81), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, (affectionately referred to in the USA by his more popular moniker, ayatollah ass-a-hole-a) despised the Bahai faith, as he viewed Bahaism as apostasy from Islam and therefore illegal. He was unsuccessful in fully quelling the practice of Bahai in Iran. Does Bahai offer inroads for westerners to understand some of the tenets of traditional Islam, or is there really no clear connection? 2. Is the Bahai Faith merely a liberal interpretation of the Muslim Faith? 3. Do you know or have you ever met a proponent of the Bahai faith? 4. Is the force of history breaking down barriers between races and cultures leading to global unity or is the opposite occurring? 5. Bahais believe that religion and science are complementary. What is your opinion? 6. The basic teachings of the Bahai Faith (points above) seem to come across as a laundry list for a perfect world. Is the Bahai Faith over optimistic or sincere? 7. One of the major tenets of the Bahai Faith is the Establishment of a Global Commonwealth. Do you believe that this is possible? Do you think it is a good idea or that cultures and societies need to govern themselves and take local responsibility to maintain peace with their neighbors?