"Wow" that you know that much about the Baha'i Faith, Dixie_Amazon! Most folks don't know anything about it, since it's so young (only 162 years old: the youngest independent world religion). Yep, unity and equality of all people: we are one human family. But it only grew out of Islam in the same way that Christianity grew out of Judaism. (It's a new religion, not an offshoot or anything like that.)
Other in-a-nutshell: Baha'u'llah, the main Founder, also taught that people must investigate truth for themselves, and that one God has continually sent prophets and divine Messengers over time to guide all of humanity (other teachings, of course, but want to keep this simple!
). Messengers included Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Zoroaster, Mohammed, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah, plus many others whose names are lost in history, and more to come in the future. So Baha'is revere all these Messengers and their teachings, and see all their religions as actually only one unfolding world religion that God "updates" every thousand or so years. Right now it's a tiny minority religion: worldwide there're only 6 million or so Baha's, about 1 person in a thousand. (It seemed even less than that in the American South when I grew up, believe me!
) But they are all over the world, really all ethnicities: Pacific islanders, aborigines, whatnot. I'm a second-generation American Baha'i; my husband is a Chinese-Malaysian who became a Baha'i as a teenager in Malaysia. (It's not one of the religions where you have to marry someone of the same faith, BTW: just worked out that way for me.) And just like everybody, lotsa us is FAT and need Shangri-La!
That's a big nutshell!
If it's not enough to satisfy curiosity, there's good surfing at http://www.bahai.us/
(US site), http://www.bahai.org/