“Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body. Thus counseleth you the Pen of Revelation…” –Bahá’u’lláh

One Human Family

The conviction that we belong to one human family is at the heart of the Bahá’í Faith. The principle of the oneness of humankind is “the pivot round which all the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh revolve”.

Bahá’u’lláh compared the world of humanity to the human body. Within this organism, millions of cells, diverse in form and function, play their part in maintaining a healthy system. The principle that governs the functioning of the body is cooperation. Its various parts do not compete for resources; rather, each cell, from its inception, is linked to a continuous process of giving and receiving.

Acceptance of the oneness of humanity demands that prejudice—whether racial, religious, or gender related—must be totally eliminated.


“There is perfect brotherhood underlying humanity, for all are servants of one God and belong to one family under the protection of divine providence.”

—‘Abdu’l-Bahá


Exploring this topic

This collection of pages explores the topic of the oneness of humanity.

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