June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
In the traditions of almost every people there is a promise of a future when peace and harmony will be established on earth and humankind will live in prosperity. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah is the One who fulfils that promise by bringing teachings to enable humanity to build a new world.
In one of His Writings, Bahá’u’lláh says: “That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.”
You can learn more about Baha’u’llah’s teachings by watching the introductory video below, or visit the official website of the Australian Baha’i Community.
Find a Baha’i Community near you in Australia
Here in Australia, you can find your local Baha’i community by visiting the website of the Australian Baha’i Community to use your postcode to look up the nearest community.
The Baha’i Faith originated from the Bábí faith of the mid-19th century, whose creator (the Báb) believed that God would soon send a prophet in the same manner as Christ or Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) declared in 1863 that he was this prophet.
Baháʼu’lláh taught that religion is orderly and progressively revealed by one God through Manifestations of God who are the founders of major world religions throughout history; Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad being the most recent in the period before the Báb and Baháʼu’lláh.
The four introductory topic areas below have some links to pertinent sections on the official Baha’i site, Bahai.org, as well as links to related Baha’i Blog posts. The Baha’i Blog posts explore Baha’i beliefs and activities from a personal perspective and we hope that this will add another dimension to the information available to you as you learn about the Baha’i Faith.
A Personal Reflection on Social Action The Baha’i community is striving to translate Baha’u’llah’s teachings into reality in order to contribute to world unity and collective spiritual and material prosperity.
Consultation: A Perspective Consultation is a distinctive and unifying method of decision-making that is used by Baha’is whether at home, among friends, or while serving on committees or institutions at any level.
Meaningful and Distinctive Conversations What seems most crucial is that we elevate our daily conversations in order to find others who have similar visions of the most effective ways to spiritually transform our communities.
Baha’u’llah and His Covenant
Baha’u’llah and His Covenant The Baha’i Faith began with the mission entrusted by God to two Divine Messengers—the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Today, the distinctive unity of the Faith They founded stems from explicit instructions given by Baha’u’llah that have assured the continuity of guidance following His passing. This line of succession, referred to as the Covenant, went from Baha’u’llah to His Son ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and then from ‘Abdu’l-Baha to His grandson, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, ordained by Baha’u’llah. A Baha’i accepts the divine authority of the Bab and Baha’u’llah and of these appointed successors.
The Bab – What was He like? He has inspired generation after generation to consecrate themselves to the Faith of which He was the Herald and to devote themselves to the challenging task of unifying humanity in a global society of justice and love.
The Declaration of The Bab Baha’is view the Bab as a Messenger of God, who had a role that can be likened to John the Baptist in heralding the coming of the latest Manifestation of God: Baha’u’llah.
When I Meet Abdu’l-Baha The person’s face is warmth and light itself. It is love itself, a love that is all-consuming, all-embracing.
The Mystery of Abdu’l-Baha How one man, in a lifetime lived mostly in exile and imprisonment, managed to affect so many lives around him and lead a nascent faith to spread from one corner of the globe to become a world religion, is a remarkable expression of the mystery of Abdu’l-Baha.
The Apostle of Peace and the Great War As the world commemorates the centenary of World War I, it is timely to recount the story of one who predicted with sublime accuracy the outbreak of that conflict and who also explained and developed a peace plan highly relevant to humanity today.
Religion. What is it Good For? Religion has produced some of the greatest achievements of humanity but this fact is often obscured today as people and the media focus on the horrors resulting from its power.
Religion: A Cause of Prejudice? Religion has caused prejudice. This is a fact. But from a Baha’i perspective, it is True religion that will ultimately eliminate prejudice.