About the Baha'i Faith
The Baha’i faith is an independent religion founded by Baha’u'llah, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all mankind. The fundamental principles of the Baha’i Faith include: the oneness of humanity, the unity of all religions, the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the harmony between science and religion, the equality of women and men, the importance of education, the adoption of a universal language, the elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth, the exaltation of work in the spirit of service, the independent investigation of the truth, and the establishment of world peace.
Progressive revelation is a core teaching in the Bahá'í Faith that suggests that religious truth is revealed by God progressively and cyclically over time through a series of divine Messengers, and that the teachings are tailored to suit the needs of the time and place of their appearance. Thus, the Bahá'í teachings recognize the divine origin of several world religions as different stages in the history of one religion, while believing that the revelation of Bahá'u'lláh is the most recent (though not the last), and therefore the most relevant to modern society.
The Baha’i Faith revolves around the concept of service. Baha’is strive to integrate service into all aspects of our lives inspired by our love of God. Selfless acts of service transcends the beautiful utterance of prayers, and translates to concrete steps that will promote global unity and prosperity.
All across the world, individuals are engaged in a process to advance their spiritual, social and intellectual capacities to contribute to the development of their communities.
The activities at the heart of this process are; meetings that strengthen the devotional character of the community, classes that nurture the tender hearts of children, groups that assist junior youth to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives, and study circles that foster the understanding and application of the Baha'i teachings to individual and collective life.
These activities are offered by Bahá'í communities around the world and they involve people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of religion, who share a common purpose: to promote the welfare and wellbeing of the whole.
Baha’i children’s classes aim to nurture the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis of these classes is on helping children to learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles, such as love, unity and justice, to their own lives and to the lives of those around them.
Junior Youth Groups
The Junior Youth Empowerment Program engages peers aged 11 to 15 to help them develop their powers of expression, capacities for moral reasoning, and an ethic of service to others. The program combines study, mentorship and social action.
A regular gathering of people from all faiths and backgrounds who come together in a locality to share prayers and worship. Often held in homes, neighborhoods, or community centers. Devotional gatherings are considered an essential practice of the spiritual wellbeing of a community, and follow no set form or rituals.
The purpose of Bahá’í study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society, starting with their own neighbourhood. This is done through systematic study of a sequence of courses based on the Bahá’í Writings using the courses of the Ruhi Institute.