The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion founded by Bahá’u’lláh. Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892), is the most recent in line of the Messengers of God who have delivered a new Revelation from God to humanity. The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh provide spiritual guidance as well as directives for personal and social conduct. They are designed to reshape the divisive society of the present world and usher in an era of universal peace. The belief and conviction that we all belong to one human family is at the heart of the Bahá’í Faith.
The Bahá’í Faith is established in more than 100,000 localities in virtually every country and territory around the world and is working to give practical expression to Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the unification of humanity into one global society.
The Johannesburg Bahá’í Community, which began in 1905, is a growing and vibrant one. Bahá’ís welcome like-minded people of all backgrounds – people who have the ardent desire to contribute to the betterment of society – to join them in building a united world civilization. With members of diverse cultures, languages and experiences, the Bahá’í community strives to enrich society through a wide range of activities which promote the spiritual development of the individual and channel the collective energies of its members towards the spiritual transformation of society. These activities include:
These meetings provide a space where people of all faiths and beliefs can come together to pray, meditate and contemplate the spiritual dimensions of human existence, in an uplifting environment.
Children’s classes provide children of diverse backgrounds with a strong basis of spiritual and moral education, designed to develop their capacities and attributes, and to nurture their relationships with God.
Junior youth groups for teens aged 12 to 15, help participants to learn to navigate an impressionable period of their lives, and to explore concepts such as service, striving for excellence and how to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization.
Through study, discussion and reflection on the Creative Word of God, participants gain knowledge, spiritual insights and skills that enrich their lives and enable them to contribute more fully to the betterment of society.