The creation of a global commonwealth is a central teaching of the BahÃ¡âÃ Faith. In the latter part of the nineteenth century, BahÃ¡âuâllÃ¡h called upon the worldâs rulers to reconcile their differences and to âlay the foundations of the worldâs Great Peace.â He proclaimed that âThe earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.â
The BahÃ¡âÃ Faith is the youngest of the worldâs independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than five million adherents in 236 countries and territories. BahÃ¡âÃs come from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the BahÃ¡âÃ Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world.