Practices

How do Bahá’ís share their beliefs?

Bahá’ís do not pressure anyone to accept their religion or beliefs. The independent investigation of truth is recognized as a fundamental right and responsibility of each individual.

Bahá’í communities in Canada welcome enquiries and new members, and are happy to arrange meetings for enquirers to ask questions and discuss the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. 

To contact the Bahá’ís in your area, please click here.

How do I become a Bahá’í?

A person becomes a Bahá’í by recognizing Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age. In doing so, one accepts to follow the laws and teachings of Baha’u’llah and to abide by the authority of the administrative institutions that He established for the unification of humanity.

People register as members of the Bahá’í community by indicating their belief and commitment, orally or in writing, to the responsible Bahá'í institution, usually the Local Spiritual Assembly of the area in which they reside.

To contact the Spiritual Assembly in your area, please click here

Do Bahá’ís observe any dietary restrictions?

Although there are no dietary restrictions in the Bahá’í Faith, the non-medical use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited.

Are Bahá’ís required to contribute a portion of their income?

Bahá’ís are encouraged to contribute regularly to the funds that support the work of the Faith in accordance with their means. All contributions are confidential. This is a spiritual duty and privilege and a matter of individual conscience, without coercion or oversight by the community. Only registered members of the Bahá’í community are permitted to contribute to the Bahá’í fund.

What holidays do Bahá’ís observe?

Bahá’ís observe 11 holy days each year. These include days associated with the lives of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb, as well as the Bahá’í New Year on March 21. The most important of the holy days falls during the festival of Ridván, a 12-day period in April and May that commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s declaration of His mission. The holy days are observed with community gatherings for prayer, reflection, and fellowship. On nine of these holy days, work is to be suspended.

Many Canadian Bahá’ís also choose to participate in cultural celebrations and public holidays.

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