‘For The Sake Of Love And Union’

For many years I have been active in the interfaith movement, promoting  religious tolerance and celebrating religious diversity. It occurred to me recently that the Baha’i Faith is the only major religion of which I am aware whose founder was explicit in exhorting his followers to take part in such activities. From a Baha’i perspective all the divinely revealed religions are one religion- which Baha’u’llah referred to as ‘The Changless Faith of God.’ As a means of promoting religious unity Bahá’u’lláh calls on His followers to “consort with the people of all religions with joy and gladness” Furthermore Baha’u’llah wrote- ‘O ye people of the world! The Religion of God is for the sake of love and union; make it not the cause of enmity and conflict. … ‘ As a Baha’i I have an obligation to put these ideals into practice, therefore interfaith activity is not an ‘optional extra’ but is rather a core part of my faith.

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