Who we are

‘The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.’ – Bahá’u’lláh

In Manchester we aim to serve our local community, to work with like-minded organisations, and to inspire a diverse range of people of all ages and backgrounds. We share the principles of the Bahá’í Faith and try to put them into practice in our own lives to help to build a better world.

People in our community come from a wide range of countries and our diversity is also enriched by Bahá’ís who are students at the various colleges and universities in and around Manchester, and frequent visitors from all parts of the world, both near and far.

We take part in various activities in a spirit of unity, openness and friendship.

Some background

The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion with millions of followers. Its Founder is Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) meaning the ‘Glory of God’.

Bahá’u’lláh taught that all the world’s major religions are from one source and share spiritual principles of love, fellowship and peace. The Bahá’í scriptures say there is only one God and that religion evolves through progressive stages to aid humanity’s social and spiritual growth.

The basic teachings of the Bahá’í Faith stress that humanity in all its diversity needs to become whole and united, and that the Earth is our common home. Bahá’ís promote and work to achieve equality between women and men, the removal of current extremes of poverty and wealth, and an end to prejudices of race and creed. We believe common spiritual truths underlie the various religions, and look for harmony between science and religion, as two different ways of investigating our world and our place in it. We stress the importance of education for all, including the right and responsibility of everyone to investigate truth, and what to believe, for themselves, free from coercion or pressure.

We have no clergy but do have elected administrative bodies with the local and national ones being elected annually, and the world governing Bahá’í council every five years.

Manchester’s Bahá’ís

Locally, there has been a Bahá’í community in the Manchester area for many years. We are also part of the Greater Manchester cluster of Bahá’í communities, covering our neighbouring areas of Salford, Trafford and Tameside.