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The Bahá’í faith, dating from 1844, is the most recent of the world’s monotheistic religions. The faith’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), an Iranian nobleman whose name translates as “the Glory of God”, spent much of his life in exile. He stated that the time had come for the people of the world to put aside their differences and to unite on the basis of the teachings that he had brought.

The founder of Buddhism, The Buddha was a man, not a god. His name was Siddhartha Gautama and he was born approximately 480 BCE in Kapilavatthu on the borders of present-day Nepal and India. Right from his early years, he was intrigued by the mysteries of existence and the purpose of life, and asked such questions as: What is life for? Are beings born just to die? Within his own mind, his own being, he discovered the total freedom from all conditions. 

Christianity (from the Greek word Xριστός ”Christ“) is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the Christian Scriptures, the New Testament. The Christian faith is essentially faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and as Saviour and Lord.

Hinduism originated in India and modern day Pakistan and is one of the world’s oldest religions, with over 900 million adherents worldwide. About 80% of the Indian population regard themselves as Hindu. The 2001 census recorded 559,000 Hindus in Britain, around 1% of the population

Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. The word Islam means ‘submission to the will of God’ .Muslims believe that there is only one God.

Judaism is the original of the three Abrahamic faiths (see also Christianity and Islam).

Sikhism was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century CE and is a religion that believes there is one God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He is without fear, He is without hate, Immortal is His form,  He is not born or dies to be born again, By the Guru’s grace He is obtained.

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