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
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.
MAY 8, 2021
The 12-day festival, one of the holiest holidays for the Bahá’í Faith, was observed from April 19 through May 1 this year. Blythe Walker, one of the newly elected National Spiritual Assembly members, reflects on what Riḍván represents.
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.
May 24, 2021
Oonagh Vaucrosson has “found her voice” and is sharing a message of inner peace with the world.
Currently living and working in Canada, the Bermudian shares daily inspiration and reflection with readers through her blog, Virtues Musings
MAR. 22, 2021
Government House said, “This morning Governor Lalgie was delighted to welcome the Emir Saleem Talbot [Imam of the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Centre] and Bishop Wes Spiewak [Catholic Bishop of Hamilton] to Government House.
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.
May 22, 2021
The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Bermuda announced the launch of a newly published book ‘In Search of Kull-i-Shay, History of the Baha’i Faith in Bermuda, 1948-1958′.
MAR. 19, 2021
Sunday will mark the 42nd anniversary of the United Nations’ observance of “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”. Since 1979, the United Nations General Assembly has promoted global activities and awareness on this day, which commemorates the massacre of 69 peaceful anti-apartheid protesters in Sharpeville, South Africa, on March 21, 1960.
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.
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