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The Bahá'í Faith in Guyana

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Bahá'í Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do Bahai's believe in God?

Yes. Bahai's believe that there is one God even though He may be called by different names such as God, Jehovah, Allah or Bhagwan. God is the All-Powerful and Omniscient but Merciful Creator of the universe.

 

Is the Bahá'í Faith a religion?

Yes. The Bahá'í Faith is an independent world-wide religion which began over 150 years ago. Bahá'í s recognise and respect the Founders of the other major religions such as Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and Krishna.

 

Who started the Bahá'í Faith?

The Bahá'í Faith is based upon the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh Who lived in Iran (Persia) over 150 years ago. Bahá'u'lláh means 'Glory of God' and is a title given to Him and by which He was known. Bahá'í s believe He is God's Messenger and Teacher for mankind in this day.

 

What are the main teachings of Bahá'u'lláh?

Bahá'u'lláh taught that all mankind is one people and are created by God to live in unity. He said that the time has come for this to come about, as promised in other Holy Books, and that this is His purpose.

Bahá'u'lláh also taught the independent investigation of truth, the oneness of religion, the abolition of all forms of prejudice, the harmony of science and religion, the ending of extremes of wealth and poverty, the equality of rights of men and women, the universal education of all children, a universal auxiliary language and many other things.

 

What Holy Book do Bahá'í s use?

Bahá'í s use primarily the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh which include many books and other documents. The Holy Books of other religions are also used such as the Qur'an and the Bible.


How can all religions be true?

God has sent many Divine Teachers or Prophets Who brought those teachings needed by man at that time and place. The spiritual teaching do not become invalid - such as belief in God, honesty, respect for parents and so on. But the social teachings change as conditions change - such as laws regarding diet, prayer and so on. Also more knowledge is added as mankind develops and civilization advances. This is called 'progressive revelation'.

Also as religions become older, confusion and differences arise which the next Teacher will be able to resolve. The coming of a new Teacher is like a spring time when renewal and growth occurs.

 

Do Baha’is have churches and clergy?

No. Bahá'í communities elect councils known as Spiritual Assemblies to look after the affairs of the Faith in that community. Meetings are often held in homes and, in larger communities, in Bahá'í Centres.

 

How is the Faith organized?

Local communities elect annually, by secret ballot, a nine members Local Spiritual Assembly to administer the affairs of the Faith. There is also a National Spiritual Assembly, also elected annually.

 

What did Baha’u’llah say about life after death?

Bahá'u'lláh taught that we all have a soul which comes into being at the time of conception. During this life the soul should develop spiritual qualities for at death the soul leaves the physical world and enters the spiritual worlds of God. In these worlds the soul can continue to progress and grow.

 

What about heaven and hell?

To Bahá'í s heaven is nearness to God and hell is being far from Him. They are spiritual conditions not places.


Do Bahá'í s believe in Christ?

Yes, Bahá'u'lláh affirmed the divine nature of Christ as one of God's Manifestations. He said that the true nature of these Beings is so exalted that it is beyond the understanding of man.


What prayers do Baha’is use?

Bahá'u'lláh revealed many, many prayers. Among these is a short prayer which many Bahá'í s say each day – the Short Obligatory Prayer.

 

Do Baha’is make collections at meetings?

No. There are funds which are used to support the Faith but only Bahá'í s can contribute and contributions are voluntary and confidential.

 

What does the Bahá'í Faith say about marriage?

Bahá'u'lláh recommended marriage and stressed its importance to society and in the raising and education of children.

 

What are the teachings on eating and drinking?

One of the few laws in the Bahá'í Faith forbids the drinking of alcoholic drinks.


What about drugs?

The use of drugs unless prescribed by a doctor is forbidden.


What is the Bahá'í attitude to government?

Bahá'í s are enjoined to be obedient to the law and loyal to government of the country. However Bahá'í s do not become involved in party politics.

 

How did the Bahá'í Faith develop?

The Bahá'í Faith began in 1844 with the Bab Who came before Bahá'u'lláh and foretold the coming of the Promised One. Bahá'u'lláh fulfilled that promise in 1852. Bahá'u'lláh spent the rest His Life (until 1892) as a prisoner and exile while His Teaching spread far and wide. He appointed His eldest son, Abdu'l-Baha, to be the head of the Faith after Him.

Under the guidance of Abdu'l-Baha the Faith spread around the world. Abdu'l-Bahá in turn appointed His grandson, Shoghi Effendi, as His successor and passed away in 1921.

In the period from 1921 to the passing of Shoghi Effendi in 1957 the Faith spread to almost every significant country and territory and the administrative structure of the Faith progressed with many communities electing Assemblies.

In 1963 the first international administrative body was elected, the Universal House of Justice, which governs the affairs of the Faith today.

 

How do people join the Bahá'í Faith?

After investigating the Faith any adult can state his or her belief in Bahá'u'lláh and His Teachings. The Bahá'í community of that area would normally ask that a card be completed containing contact information and a statement acknowledging the Faith. There is no baptism or similar ceremony.

.For more information see the excellent World Centre web site at Bahai.org

 

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