“Religion, as we are all aware, reaches to the roots of motivation. When it has been faithful to the spirit and example of the transcendent Figures who gave the world its great belief systems, it has awakened in whole populations capacities to love, to forgive, to create, to dare greatly, to overcome prejudice, to sacrifice for the common good and to discipline the impulses of animal instinct. Unquestionably, the seminal force in the civilizing of human nature has been the influence of the succession of these Manifestations of the Divine that extends back to the dawn of recorded history."

The Birth of the Baháʼí Faith

From its inception, the history of the Baháʼí Faith was closely connected with that of the Arab world. In 1260 Hijra year, 1844 AD, the coast of Musqat was blessed with the footsteps of a Youth Who was the Herald of the Baháʼí religion. His name was Siyyíd Ali Muhammad from Shiraz, He was known as The Báb. On His way to the Hajj pilgrimage to the Holy city of Makkah, the Báb passed through the waters and shores of the Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and the Red Sea both to and from.

The origins of the Baháʼí Faith began with two Divine Messengers; The Báb and Bahá’u’llah. The unity that embodies the fundamental belief of this Faith is from the clear law and ordinance of the Founder; Bahá’u’lláh, in order to ensure the unity of the Baháʼí community and to prevent it from divisions. The succession of leadership is what is referred to as The Covenant and went from Bahá’u’lláh to His oldest son; Ábdu’l-Bahá, then to the grandson of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá; Shoghi Effendi and then to the Universal House of Justice as ordained by Bahá’u’lláh in His Writings.