The Destiny of
At this time of world turmoil,
States Bahá’í community
offers a perspective
on the destiny
as the promoter of world peace.
More than a hundred years ago,
the founder of the Bahá’í
Faith, addressing heads of state, proclaimed that the age of
maturity for the entire human race had come. The unity of humankind
was now to be established as the foundation of the
great peace that would mark the highest stage in humanity’s spiritual
and social evolution. Revolutionary and world-shaking changes were
The Bahá’í writings state:
The world is moving on. Its events are unfolding ominously and
with bewildering rapidity. The whirlwind of its passions is swift
and alarmingly violent. The New World is insensibly drawn into its
vortex. ... Dangers, undreamt of and unpredictable, threaten it
both from within and from without. Its governments and peoples are
being gradually enmeshed in the coils of the world’s recurrent
crises and fierce controversies.... The world is contracting into
a neighborhood. America, willingly or unwillingly, must face and
grapple with this new situation. For purposes of national
security, let alone any humanitarian motive, she must assume the
obligations imposed by this newly created neighborhood.
Paradoxical as it may seem, her only hope of extricating herself
from the perils gathering around her is to become entangled in
that very web of international association which the Hand of an
inscrutable Providence is weaving.
The American nation, Bahá’ís believe, will evolve through tests
and trials to become a land of spiritual distinction and leadership,
a champion of justice and unity among all peoples and nations, and a
powerful servant of the cause of everlasting peace. This is the
peace promised by God in the sacred texts of the
Establishing peace is not simply a matter of signing treaties and
protocols; it is a complex task requiring a new level of commitment
to resolving issues not customarily associated with the pursuit of
Universal acceptance of the spiritual principle of the oneness of
humankind is essential to any successful attempt to establish world
one of the most baneful and persistent evils, is a major barrier to
The emancipation of
women, the achievement of full equality of the sexes, is one of
the most important, though less acknowledged, prerequisites of
disparity between rich and poor keeps the world in a state of
instability, preventing the achievement of peace.
Unbridled nationalism, as distinguished from a sane and
legitimate patriotism, must give way to a wider loyalty, to the love
of humanity as a whole.
Religious strife, the cause of innumerable wars and conflicts throughout
history, is a major obstacle to progress. The challenge facing the
world’s religious leaders is to contemplate, with hearts filled with
compassion and the desire for truth, the plight of humanity, and to
ask themselves whether they cannot, in humility before their God,
submerge their theological differences in a great spirit of mutual
forbearance that will enable them to work together for the
advancement of human understanding and peace.
Bahá’ís pray, "May this American Democracy be the first nation to
establish the foundation of international agreement. May it be the
first nation to proclaim the unity of mankind. May it be the first
to unfurl the standard of the Most Great Peace."
During this hour of crisis, we affirm our abiding faith in the
destiny of America. We know that the road to its destiny is long,
thorny and tortuous, but we are confident that America will emerge
from her trials undivided and undefeatable.
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of
the United States