Social action is undertaken to promote the well-being of people from all walks of life, whatever their beliefs or background. It represents the efforts of the Bahá’í community to combine insights from the Bahá’í teachings with knowledge from other fields of endeavour to effect constructive social change.
Addressing the social, cultural and spiritual aspirations of a community and its members is as important as improving material and economic conditions. From a Bahá’í perspective, social well-being is achieved when material and spiritual advancement go hand in hand.
Bahá’ís take an approach to social action that embraces learning in action. When operating in a learning mode – characterized by action, reflection, consultation and study – spiritual insights, qualities and abilities are gradually cultivated.
Social action can, of course, range from the most informal efforts of limited duration to more complex social and economic development programs. The focus, however, remains on developing capabilities for service at an individual level, while also striving to contribute to the transformation of the institutions and structures of society.
“...is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?” – Bahá’u’lláh