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The Bahá’í Faith

Introduction
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Progressive Revelation

Unity in Diversity
Bahá’u’lláh

The Báb
The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’í Laws and principle
Bahá’í Community Life

Becoming a Bahá’í

Bahá’í Laws and Principles



A most important aspect of every religion is the laws that the Manifestation brings to humanity in order to guide it in the right path. Some of these laws and commandments are eternal, others change as humanity progresses and evolves.


Obedience Out of Love

Bahá’u’lláh teaches that one should not think of Bahá’í laws as a series of do’s and don’ts. Instead He tells us that His laws are “the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures.”

Nor should we obey these laws out of fear of punishment, for He clearly has stated in His Most Holy Book:in the garden of thy heart


"Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty"
                                     -Bahá’u’lláh, The Most Holy Book
 
To clarify these ideas, here are a few examples of Bahá’í laws.


Obligatory Prayers

In the physical world, human beings have to eat everyday. This is a requirement of the human body; if we don’t, we will get sick and quickly die. We can say, then, that eating daily is a law of physical existence which has to be obeyed. In the same way one of the commandments of Bahá’u’lláh is that we should pray every day. Like our body, our soul needs constant nourishment, and prayer provides the nourishment for our spiritual growth. There are many beautiful prayers revealed by the Báb, by Bahá’u’lláh and by `Abdu’l-Bahá which we can say when we are alone or recite in meetings.
Some of these prayers are special, and some are obligatory. One obligatory prayer is recited by Bahá’is everyday sometime between noon and sunset. It says:
prayer
  "I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast 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
."
                                             -Bahá’u’lláh, Short Obligatory Prayer



Backbiting Prohibited

In another commandment, Bahá’u’lláh prohibits backbiting and calumny. This is important because, if you think about it, one of the greatest enemies of unity is backbiting. And unfortunately, it has become an established practice among most of humanity to talk about other people’s faults in their absence. Everybody seems to be concerned with everybody else’s shortcomings, which are made bigger and bigger as they are constantly mentioned. `Abdu’l-Bahá tells us to do just the opposite. If we see ten good qualities in someone and one fault, we should concentrate on the ten, and even if a person has ten faults and only one good quality we should focus on that one quality.

spiritual happiness
 "O Companion of My Throne! Hear no evil, and see no evil, abase not thyself,
  neither sigh and weep. Speak no evil, that thou mayest not hear it spoken
  unto thee, and magnify not the faults of others that thine own faults may not
  appear great; and wish not the abasement of anyone, that thine own
  abasement be not exposed. Live then the days of thy life, that are less than a
  fleeting moment, with thy mind stainless, thy heart unsullied, thy thoughts
  pure, and thy nature sanctified, so that, free and content, thou mayest put
  away this mortal frame, and repair unto the mystic paradise and abide in
  the eternal kingdom forevermore
."
                                                                                 -Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words



Obligation to Educate Children


 "Therefore, the beloved of God and the maid-servants of the Merciful must train
  their children with life and heart and teach them in the school of virtue and
  perfection. They must not be lax in this matter; they must not be inefficient. Truly,
  if a babe did not live at all it were better than to let it grow ignorant, for that
  innocent babe, in later life, would become afflicted with innumerable defects,
  responsible to and questioned by God, reproached and rejected by the people.
  What a sin this would be and what an omission!
"
                                                                                                      -Abdu’l-Bahá

Another commandment of Bahá’u’lláh is about the obligation of parents and society to educate children.
education of children


 "The first duty of the beloved of God and the maid-servants of the
  Merciful is this: They must strive by all possible means to educate
  both sexes, male and female; girls like boys; there is no difference
  whatsoever between them. The ignorance of both is blameworthy,
  and negligence in both cases is reprovable. ‘Are they who know and
  they who do not know equal?"

                                                                                       -Abdu’l-Bahá




Reflecting on this great commandment, many individual Bahá’í's have decided to do somthing about it.  So they hold weekly Bahá’í Children's Classes in their neighbourhood. You are warmly invited to participate, with your children, in these classes which are open to everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                            Read more at www.info.bahai.org »                   



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