InterFaith Calendar: Bahá'í Faith
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The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world religion whose central purpose is to establish the unity of mankind and world peace. Its Prophet-Founder was Bahá'u'lláh, (Arabic for "the Glory of God") (1817-1892). Important principles of the Bahá'í Faith include the equality of men and women, universal education, the fundamental harmony between science and religion, the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the recognition of the divine origin and essential unity of all the major religions of the world and the recognition of each individual's right to independent investigation of truth. Bahá'u'lláh wrote, " This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Let him that seeketh, attain it."
The spiritual and administrative center of the Bahá'í Faith is in the twin cities of 'Akká and Haifa, Israel where the final resting place of Its Founders and many Bahá'í holy places are located. In His Most Holy Book, the Kitab-i-Agdas and His voluminous writings, which form the basis of Bahá'í Scripture, Bahá'u'lláh set forth a practical plan for the establishment of a new world civilization based on peace and justice.