Baha'i: Beliefs and Practices
The Bahá'ís believe that there is one God for all of humanity. God is the creator of the universe and is unknowable to mankind. Since God is unknowable, He sends prophets to mankind in order to give the “Word of God”. Some of the great prophets are: Adam, Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, The Bab, and Baha’u’llah. Since there is one God, all of humanity is considered to be one big family. The term ‘unity’ is very important in this religion. The Bahá'í Faith focuses on the unification of mankind in order to form one large functioning global society.
Bahá'í Faith places a big emphasis on the relationship with God. In this religion there aren’t any worship rituals or initiation ceremonies. There are Bahá'í Houses of Worship that the Bahá'í followers may go to. These Houses of Worship welcome all religions. Their services include prayers, music, and reading of scriptures from the writings of the Bahá'í Messenger Baha’u’llah. Scriptures from many different religions are also read during these services.
This religion focuses on the way that one lives their life on a daily basis. Each Bahá'í member should pray each day, observe the nine Holy days, fast nineteen days a year, abstain from alcohol, practice monogamy, and if able, make at least one pilgrimage in their lifetime to the Shrine of Bab.
The prayers that are to be done daily include both personal and recited prayers throughout the day. Along with these prayers, the followers are asked to meditate at the end of the day. This end of the day meditation helps the follower to reflect on all of the deeds they have done throughout that day. It is believed that through the Bahá'í Faith, humanity will achieve both social and spiritual maturity.