published in Lights of Irfan, 19, pages 5-22 Wilmette: Haj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium, 2018
Abstract: The year 2017 is an exciting time for Bahá’ís because the Bahá’í world community is celebrating the global commemoration of the Bicentennial Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. There are two main reasons for celebration. Bahá’u’lláh is the latest representative of God for reconnecting the humanity to an unknowable God, and this need to be celebrated. Also, the message of Bahá’u’lláh is to unite the entire humanity, a vision prophesied by preceding dispensations, and this is worthy of celebration. Bahá’u’lláh’s mission is to create a global society that is based on unity and love rather than factors such as economic and political gains. Bahá’u’lláh is the prophet of unity and a gift of God to the humanity, which should be welcomed. Humanity, according to the Universal House of Justice should, ‘...seize this opportunity to find out who He was and what He represents.’ This paper, briefly, reflects on the message of Bahá’u’lláh, creating the oneness of humanity.