What we believe, Q & A

Who is the head of the Baha'i Faith?
Baha'u'llah created a system of democratically elected councils at the local, national and international levels. The head of the Faith is the Universal House of Justice, the nine-person international council elected by secret ballot by the members of national councils.

Why are Baha'i writings and prayers written in the style of the King James Bible?
When Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Faith, translated the writings of the central figures of the Faith, he chose a slightly archaic form of English to act as a bridge between the formal Persian and Arabic style in which they wrote and modern English.

The Guardian also chose a style similar to that of the King James Bible to convey the texts’ exact meaning and to evoke in the reader the spirit of meditative reverence, a distinguishing feature of the response to the original writings.

Baha'is practice “independent investigation of truth,” but what exactly does that mean?
Baha'u'llah emphasizes the fundamental obligation of individuals to acquire knowledge with their "own eyes and not through the eyes of others" and therefore know why they adhere to a given ideology or doctrine.

When we blindly follow various traditions, movements and opinions, we tend to become intolerant of those who do not share them. This attitude - believing that only our own beliefs are right and everyone else is wrong - is one of the main sources of conflict in the world today. History has witnessed conflict and bloodshed over slight alterations in religious practice, or a minor change in the interpretation of doctrine.

{josquote}depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation{/josquote}

Abdu’l-Baha explains that God has given man the eye of investigation by which he may see and recognize truth…Man is not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another’s ears nor comprehend with another’s brain. … Therefore depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation…”

Baha’is believe that, as there is only one reality, all people will gradually discover its different facets and come to a common understanding and unity, provided they sincerely seek after truth. In this connection, Abdu'l-Baha said:

Being one, truth cannot be divided, and the differences that appear to exist among the many nations only result from their attachment to prejudice. If only men would search out truth, they would find themselves united.

What is the Baha'i attitude toward homosexuality?
Baha'i law limits permissible sexual relations to those between a man and a woman in marriage. Believers are expected to abstain from sex outside matrimony. Baha'is do not, however, attempt to impose their moral standards on those who have not accepted the Revelation of Baha’u’llah. To regard homosexuals with prejudice would be contrary to the spirit of the Baha'i teachings.

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