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“These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass and the Most Great Peace shall come...”
- Bahá’u’lláh

“Let’s try peace for a while? If we find war is better, it will not be difficult to fight again…”
- ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

About the Oxford Bahá’í Society

We strive to be Oxford University’s friendliest, most open society, and invite you to join a forum for tolerant, informed discussion of the things that really matter.

We give the opportunity to discuss and act on the issues that affect the world today, such as world peace, gender equality, racial unity, spirituality and religion, and the progress of humanity in all fields. We offer the Oxford community a forum for tolerant, informed discussion of the things that really matter, one of the widest variety of speaker meetings to be found in the university, interfaith activity, and connections with many other societies.

There is no membership fee and no hassle.

About the Bahá’í Faith

The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u’lláh (1817 - 92), is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in a long line of Messengers of God. According to Bahá'í belief, Messengers of God, including Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muhammad, have appeared at intervals throughout history to increase the spiritual and intellectual understanding of mankind.

Like Buddha, Bahá’u’lláh was a nobleman who gave up His wealth and power to share His insight with humanity. Like Abraham, He was exiled from His native land. Like Moses, He guided His followers to new understandings for forty years. Like Jesus, He was persecuted by the leaders of the time. Like Muhammad, His teachings came to unite warring peoples.

Despite His exile and imprisonment, since the inception of the Bahá'í Faith in 1844, it has become the second most geographically widespread religion in the world, with some 5 million followers established in 235 countries. There are over 6 thousand Bahá'ís in the UK and the Oxford Bahá'í Community has existed for more than 50 years.

The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that of world unity. For more than a century, Bahá'í communities around the globe have been working to break down barriers of prejudice between peoples and have collaborated with other like-minded groups to promote the model of a society with a global outlook. At the heart of their belief is the conviction that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In the words of Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder, The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

There are Bahá’í Houses of Worship in every continent, which are open to all. These are in Chicago, Sydney, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Samoa, Uganda and Panama.

What Bahá’ís Believe

  •  All religions come from the same God
    “There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God.” - Bahá’u’lláh

  •   The Oneness of all humanity
    “The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many notes blend together in making a perfect chord.” 
    - Abdu'l-Bahá

  •  World Unity
    “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.”
     - Bahá'u'lláh

  •  Responsibility to work for the betterment of humanity
    “This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer.”
     - 'Abdu'l-Bahá

  •  The harmony of science and religion
    “Should a man try to fly with the wing of religion alone he would quickly fall into the quagmire of superstition, whilst on the other hand, with the wing of science alone he would also make no progress, but fall into the despairing slough of materialism.” 
    - Abdu'l-Bahá

  •   The importance of a spiritual life
    “Man is, in reality, a spiritual being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy.” 
    - Abdu'l-Bahá