The Bahai Faith arose from Islam in the 1800s based on the teachings of Baha'u'llah and is now a distinct worldwide faith.
The faith's followers believe that God has sent nine great prophets to mankind through whom the Holy Spirit has revealed the "Word of God." This has given rise to the major world religions. Although these religions arose from the teachings of the prophets of one God, Bahais do not believe they are all the same.
The differences in the teachings of each prophet are due to the needs of the society they came to help and what mankind was ready to have revealed to it. Bahai beliefs promote gender and race equality, freedom of expression and assembly, world peace and world government.
They believe that a single world government led by Bahais will be established at some point in the future. The faith does not attempt to preserve the past but does embrace the findings of science. Bahais believe that every person has an immortal soul which can not die but is freed to travel through the spirit world after death. The fundamental principle enunciated by Baha'u'llah, the followers of His Faith firmly believe, is that religious truth is not absolute but relative, that Divine Revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complementary, that they differ only in the nonessential aspects of their doctrines, and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society.THINGS TO DO
As regards fasting, it constitutes, together with prayers, the twin pillars that sustain the revealed law of God. They act as stimulants to the soul, revive and purify it, and thus ensure its steady development to reach God before ones death. Fasting was practiced by all the prophets revered by Bahais.Baha'u'llah designated a 19-day period of fasting each year immediately before the Bahai New Year. The fasting is seen as a period of spiritual preparation and regeneration for the New Year ahead. In the Western calendar, this occurs between 2nd and 21st March (the Bahai month of Ala meaning 'loftiness'). Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires.
Religious history is seen as a succession of revelations from God and the term "progressive revelation" is used to describe the above process.
Thus, according to Bahais, progressive revelation is the motive force of human progress, and the Manifestation Baha'u'llah is the most recent instance of revelation.
Though the Bahai religion does not strictly adhere to many customs and rituals but they make it a point to follow the practices mentioned above till death.