Baha’i: Say a prayer for unity on World Religion Day

https://readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2013/03/wpid-SF_112_World_Religion_Day_bahai_interfaith.jpgInterfaith dialogues are common on World Religion Day. Photo in public domainSUNDAY, JANUARY 15: Take some time to learn about other religions today, and join Baha’is in marking World Religion Day. The annual observance calls on people to “consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship,” as Baha’i Scripture heavily emphasizes the importance of unity. World Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, and is observed yearly on the third Sunday of January. (Learn a Baha’i prayer for today from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.)

Interfaith panels, discussions and conferences are common activities today. If you attend one, you’ll learn that Baha’is recognize a wide range of prophets or messengers of God, including: Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and Baha’u’llah. (Learn more at Baha’i.org.) The most recent prophet was Baha’u’llah, approximately 150 years ago, and Baha’u’llah’s primary message was one of global peace. Baha’u’llah preached the oneness of religion, God and the entire human race. According to Baha’i Scripture, religion is the “greatest of all means” in working toward global order and peace. (Get an outsider’s perspective on unity in this article from The Sydney Morning Herald.)

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