Last week I told you about how I became a Baha'i, if you didn't read it here it is. So, now what does being a Baha'i mean? What do we believe? How do we practice being a Baha'i? A quote from the son of our prophet/founder Baha'u'llah sums up what being a Baha'i means.
"To be a Baha'i simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood." Abdul'Baha
The foundation of the Faith is based on the oneness of God, the oneness of mankind, and the oneness of religion. Understanding that the religions of the world are a continuous line in the history of man and God. Because of that, because of our design by the Great Designer, we are all brothers and sisters.
There are currently 9 Houses of Worship worldwide, with Wilmette, IL being home to the only one in North America. We have meetings, and devotionals in peoples homes, halls, and on college campuses.. The House of Worship is open daily from 6am to 10 pm with all sorts of programming open to everyone. Check it out here.
Every 19 days we have Feast, a meeting of the friends to consult on activities and issues going on in the area, nationally, and internationally; and time to socialize and connect with each other. Holy Days are another great time for community building and interacting. Throughout the city there are children's classes where young people learn about the Faith and participate in community service acts.
As individual practitioners, we have an Obligatory prayer to say daily, along with saying Allah'u'Abha 95 times. Allah'u'Abha means God the All-Glorious. We partake in a 19 day Fast during the month of the Fast ending with Naw Ruz , the New Year. The Fast requires us to abstain from food and drink from sun up to sun down. There are people who are exempt, pregnant or nursing mothers, children, the sick and elderly people.
Next week I am going to go into a book written by Abdul'Baha called Some Answered Questions, which really answers most of the questions people have about the Faith. As always, leave comments, ask questions, this is for you.