Religion as a Story
The different religions are like chapters in a continuing story. Each goes through a cycle of birth, growth, fullness and decay, and must be replaced by the next revelation that comes.
The Needs of the Present Day
Bahá’ís believe that we are embarking on a new stage in the spiritual development of humankind. The overriding concern in this day must be the establishment of unity.
How Bahá’ís Practice Their Faith
Acceptance of the principle of the oneness of humanity demands that all forms of prejudice be eliminated, whether of ethnicity, religion, class, gender or education level.
A Short History of the Bahá’í Faith
The Birth of the Bahá’í Faith
The Báb is the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. In the middle of the 19th century, He announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity’s spiritual life, and told of the imminent arrival of One greater than Himself.
Bahá’u’lláh is the Promised One foretold by the Divine Messengers of the past. He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.
Bahá’u’lláh appointed His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the authorized interpreter and exemplar of His teachings. Throughout the East and West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá became known as an ambassador of peace and the leading exponent of a new Faith.
A Global Community
The Bahá’í Faith has no individual leaders. There are collective bodies of consultation that are elected at the local level, the national level and the international level.
The Bahá’í House of Worship
What is a Bahá’í House of Worship?
The Bahá’í House of Worship is a fundamental institution of the Bahá’í Faith. It embodies the principle that worship and service to humanity must go hand-in-hand.
The Bahá’í House of Worship for North America
The House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, took almost 50 years to build. In its construction, the Bahá’í community had to exercise the application of its own foundational teachings.