Bahá'í

Feasts, Firesides, and Core Activities

Bahá’í  worship includes scriptural reading, musical performance, monthly feasts, and fireside discussions of Bahá’í ideas with respected community members. There are no clergy, so any community member may lead worship.  A relatively new set of Bahá’í  non-worship core activities include adult study circles, devotional meetings, and youth programs.... Read more about Feasts, Firesides, and Core Activities

Human Equality

The central principles of the Bahá’í Faith are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of mankind. In line with this belief in human equality, when Abdu'l-Baha visited the United States in 1912, he emphasized the particular importance of addressing racial justice and gender equality in the United States. Throughout the tradition's history, Bahá’ís have been active in pursuing racial justice, gender equality, and interfaith engagement, and this is reflected in both policies and selection of leaders.... Read more about Human Equality

Worldwide Expansion

In the late 19th century, many Bahá’ís were persecuted and fled throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the United States. The Bahá’í  tradition first spread in the United States through immigrant Bahá’í teachers, and the religion grew worldwide through the international efforts of Bahá’í  leadership. The Bahá’í  Faith is one of the most diverse and widespread world religions, comprised of over 5 million people residing in more than 200 countries and representing more than 2,100 different ethnic groups. ... Read more about Worldwide Expansion

The Báb and Baha’u’llah

In the mid to late-19th century, the Bahá’í faith emerged out of the Twelver Shi’ite Muslim community in Iran. Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad of Shiraz (later named the Báb, or “gate”) claimed to be a Messenger of God and his follower, Mirza Husayn-’Ali (named Baha’u’llah, or “The Glory of God”) claimed to receive divine revelations from God. Both were persecuted and imprisoned in their lives but created large bodies of writing, including Baha’u'llah’s Kitab-i-Aqdas, the central Bahá’i book which outlines basic Bahá’í laws and practices.... Read more about The Báb and Baha’u’llah

Forced migration calls for faith in action | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

July 6, 2017
In a stirring display of solidarity and good will, some 300 representatives  of religious communities and civil society organizations gathered for a conference in Madrid on an issue of acute concern—forced migration. The event was held at the Iglesia de Jesus Church in Madrid on 20 June 2017, the International Day for Refugees. Source: Forced migration calls for faith in action | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

June 15, 2017
MELBOURNE, Australia — Released last Friday, a new music video features Australian popular singer and performer Nathaniel Willemse singing a prayer by Baha’u’llah. The song, titled “Power Over All Things,” was composed this year in honor of the two hundred year anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, which is being commemorated in October. Inspired by the hopeful vision in the Baha’i writings, the song is one of countless musical expressions unfolding across the planet in this momentous year, ranging from grassroots initiatives to national and... Read more about Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

This Year Baha'is Will Celebrate Bicentennial of Twin Holy Birthdays - World Religion News

January 11, 2017
BAHA’I FAITH BICENTENNIAL BIRTHS OF THE BAB AND BAHA’U’LLAH OCTOBER 2017 The world’s Baha’i community is gearing up to celebrate the twin-celebration of their Holy Days – the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah. One of the world’s most recent religions, the Baha’is are today present in every continent, and have some of the world’s most beautiful houses of worship, such as the Lotus Temple in Delhi (one of the most visited buildings in the world) and the new House of Worship in Chile.

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Do You Know Why the Baha'i Faith Do Not Have Clergy? - World Religion News

August 1, 2016
THE BAHA’IS BELIEVE IN TOTAL EQUALITY AND HAVE NO NEED FOR AN INTERMEDIARY BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND GOD. The Baha'i Faith is one of the newest entrants in the spiritual world. However, the roots of this faith lie in the old Abrahamic religions. The Baha'is believe that their Faith was revealed as series of messages, proclaimed at different times by different messengers beginning with Abraham, followed by Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. The Baha'is in Eastern countries like India also believe that deities such as Krishna and Buddha too are messengers of the Baha'i faith.

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