“These holy Manifestations have been as the coming of springtime in the world…For each spring is the time of a new creation…”— ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission entrusted by God to two Divine Messengers—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Today, the distinctive unity of the Faith They founded stems from explicit instructions given by Bahá’u’lláh that have assured the continuity of guidance following His passing. This line of succession, referred to as the Covenant, went from Bahá’u’lláh to His Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and then from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to His grandson, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, ordained by Bahá’u’lláh. A Bahá’í accepts the divine authority of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh and of these appointed successors.

 

The Báb

The Báb is the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

 

Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh—the “Glory of God”

 

Abdu’l‑Bahá 

The Perfect Exemplar

 

Shoghi Effendi

The Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith

 

The Universal House of Justice 

The international governing council of the Bahá’í Faith