To be a Bahá’í means that one…
- Feels they have caught the spark of Faith
- Knows who Bahá’u’lláh, The Báb and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are
- Is aware that there is an administration which should be respected and obeyed
- Endeavours to learn the basic teachings of the Faith and and to live by its laws
Bahá’ís do not proselytize, they believe that everybody should discover Bahá’u’lláh for themself.
The actual process of becoming part of the Bahá’í community varies according to the country in which you live, it often involves a written or spoken declaration that you believe in Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this day and agree to try to obey His laws and institutions.
Inside the Bahá’í House of Worship in Frankfurt,
Germany. Bahá’í Houses of Worship all have 9 doors,
representing the oneness of all major religions.
From the Bahá’í Writings
O Son of Man!
Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.
from the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh
Each sees in the other the beauty of God reflected in the soul, and finding this point of similarity, they are attracted to one another in love… This love will bring the realization of true accord, the foundation of real unity.
from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Paris Talks
An Obligatory Prayer
(to be said daily between noon and sunset)
I bear witness, O my God, that Thou has created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
A Short Prayer for Guidance
O God, guide me, protect me, illumine the lamp of my heart and make me a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful.
Visit the Bahá’í World web site to find more information, writings and prayers from the Bahá’í Faith.
If you would like to meet Bahá’ís from your area either look at the Bahá’í World web site or mail me and, wherever you are, I will try to put you in touch with your nearest community (please allow me some time to do this).