WHAT IS THE Bahá’í FAITH?
The Bahá’í Faith began in 1844 in Persia- modern-day Iran when The Báb (a title which means "the Gate"), declared His mission. Like John the Baptist many centuries earlier had prepared his followers for the coming of Jesus Christ, so had The Báb come to prepare humanity for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh (buh-ha-oo-la). Bahá’u’lláh, whose title means "Glory of God" taught of one God who guides humanity at different times and places by means of messengers, or Manifestations of God. Some of these Manifestations include Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed. Baha'is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the most recent Manifestation sent by God with renewed spiritual and social teachings for this day and age. The Bahá’í Faith is practiced throughout the world today by millions of believers of all races, cultures and economic backgrounds.
In the news
The Royal Gazette
6 March 2023
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Bermuda travelled to Haifa, Israel this week for the International Bahá’í Convention.
More than 1,500 national spiritual assemblies from over 176 countries and territories met at the Bahá’í World Centre to consult on ways to promote the world’s social and spiritual wellbeing, and to uphold the sacred duty of electing the nine-member Universal House of Justice, the supreme governing body for the worldwide Bahá’í community.
March 5, 2022
Bahá’ís last year observed the 100th anniversary of the ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, who is the son of their founder, Bahá’u’lláh.
Two members of the local National Spiritual Assembly travelled to Haifa, Israel, to attend the centenary services. Read Currelly and Shyama Ezekiel-Fagundo were selected to represent Bermuda for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“The governing body of the Bahá’í Faith – the Universal House of Justice – communicated to each National Spiritual Assembly that two representatives, a male and female, should be selected to attend the centenary,” Mr Currelly explained.
June 19, 2021
How do we decide what makes a hero? Heroism is not just found in fanfare and acts of daring, but also in the quiet moments, the spaces in between breaths when normal people seek change. Each of us can exercise and manifest change, and inspire others to do better, to be better. This is just as big a part of heroism as flashy parades and bombastic stories.
FEB. 13, 2022
Every year in the month of December, numerous jurisdictions worldwide observe “Human Rights Day”. This coming year marks the 75th anniversary of Human Rights Day. History shows that the first mention and attempt to secure one’s rights can be traced back to the year 2300 BC, more than 4,000 years ago!
February 28, 2022
This month, as part of our ongoing series of faith features, we look at the Bahá'í Faith. Here is a simple, but hopefully interesting, overview of their origin and beliefs. Less well known than most other world religions, the Bahá'í Faith was formally founded in the 1800s in Iraq, by the prophet Bahá'u'lláh.
It is a monotheistic Abrahamic faith, which means that Bahá'ís believe in one God and also acknowledge the Biblical prophet Abraham and his sons as important spiritual figures and influences.
June 28th, 2022
Bermuda’s Baha’i community joined with thousands of others to host a conference intended to improve the conditions that face society.
The conference, held on Friday and Saturday at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, was one of many organised around the world as part of a wider initiative to “apply the society-building principles of the Baha’i faith to achieve more just, unified and peaceful communities”.
A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Baha’i community said that more than 70 people representing multiple sectors of the community took part in the conference.
October 25, 2021
The local Baha’i community has been hosting a series of presentations sharing the teachings of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and how they relate to the current world crisis.
The public presentations are held weekly and hosted by Oswald Hinds, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is in Bermuda, and are designed to bring awareness to the life of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his ascension in November 1921.
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some Bahá’í prayers
O my God! O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavour, and grant them strength to serve Thee. O God! Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.
O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart's Desire.
- The Báb
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!
- The Báb
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.
bic.org - Bahá’í International Community
bahai.us – The Bahá’ís of the United States
bahai.org.uk – The Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom
bahai.ca – The Bahá’ís of Canada
bahai.pt – Comunidade Bahá’í de Portugal
bahaiteachings.org – Individual Bahá’ís' stories, perspectives, and insights