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A glossary of Baha´i people, places and terms. Some Arabic and Persian words translated to English.

A Brief Bahá'í Glossary star
A short list of terms, institutions and people's names often encountered in discussion of the Bahá'í Faith.

Bahá'í Administration star
Part 1 of a two-part series on community administration lays out the map of Bahá'í local, national and international institutions, with brief descriptions. Part 2 is on the Bahá'í electoral process.

Bahá'í Elections star
A brief description of the electoral process utilized within the Bahá'í community whose administration is handled by elected councils on the local, regional and international levels. This is grass roots democracy, worldwide.

Bahá'í Fasting, One Woman's Perspective star
Basic information on what fasting is and how it is used in the Faith, and by one Bahá'í in particular.

Bahá'i Funds star
Where does the money come from to support a religion without clergy and which does not accept donations from anyone who is not a Bahá'í?

Bahá'í Law on Adultery star
Adultery may be an old fashioned idea, but it is still unhealthy for individuals, family & society.

Bahá'í Law on Gambling star
Gambling is forbidden to Bahá'ís, especially when used for fund raising. Perhaps it isn't the activity so much as the underlying motivation to seek one's fortune in games of chance, that isn't good for us.

Bahá'í Wills Testaments and Estate Law star
According to the Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet/Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, each individual has the obligation to write a will and a testament.

Bahá'ís and Alcohol star
Bahá'í Law expressly forbids the use of alcohol in any way other than for prescribed medical reasons.

Bahá'ís and Tobacco Use star
Tobacco use is not expressly forbidden Bahá'ís, but its use in any form is strongly discouraged.

Basic Bahá'í Teachings star
One God, one world, one humankind; those are the basic teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.

Dealing with Stress as a Bahá'í star
Life is stressful, and here's how I'm trying to deal with it, with a little help from my friends and the Bahá'í Faith.

Divine Springtime star
Spring is the time for renewal in all things, including religion. A Divine Springtime occurs when God sends another Messenger to further the spiritual education of mankind.

Equality of Women and Men star
One of the main principles of the Baha'i Faith is the spiritual equality of women and men, and the need to provide the same access education so that women can fully develop their potential, without which there will never be world peace.

Glossary of Baha´i People, places and terms star
A glossary of Baha´i people, places and terms. Some Arabic and Persian words translated to English.

How to Read Historic Bahá'í Names star
How to parse the names of historic figures and places in the Bahá'í Faith to assist in reading and understanding them.

How to Use Prayer for Problem Solving star
Five steps to use prayer and meditation in decision making.

Love One Another star
This age old divine command is reiterated in the Bahá'í Faith, as the only way to a peaceful world. But how does one go about achieving that goal when surrounded by other members of the human race?

Outline of Bahá'í Laws star
An introduction to and outline of Bahá'í religious laws.

Prerequisites for Spiritual Growth star
Some steps Bahá'ís consider necessary for spiritual growth within their Faith.

Progressive Revelation - All Religions Are One star
What if all religion came from the same God? What if all the differences between beliefs were misunderstanding? Bahá'ís believe that God has never left mankind without guidance and that throughout history has sent Messengers.

The Bahá'í Attitude Towards Work star
Bahá'í teachings make it clear that every single person has gifts and talents and is expected to use them for the betterment of themselves and mankind.

The Bahá'í Concept of Heaven star
Where does the soul go after death? What is the Bahá'í concept of heaven, and how does one get there?

The Concept of Evil in the Bahá'í Faith star
Since Bahá'ís believe in only one God, the concept of evil is discussed in terms the absence of good, rather than an embodied and powerful spirit, or alternate god.

The Concept of Rebirth in the Bahá'í Faith star
The meaning of the term rebirth in the Bahá'í Faith refers to the dual nature of human beings, and to the flowering of spiritual awareness.

The Eternal Covenant star
The Bahá'í Teachings say that having created mankind out of His love, God made a Covenant--a promise--never to abandon that creation.

The Golden Rule star
If piety meant more of us paid closer attention to the ways in which we all agree, there would be far less excuse for religious argument. Here is a common example of that agreement across religions, languages and cultures.

The Purpose of Religion star
According to the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith, the divine religions were founded for the purpose of unifying humanity and establishing universal peace.

The Spirit of Baptism star
The rite of baptism is not practiced in the Bahá'í Faith, but there is an understanding of and respect for the symbolism.

There Are No Clergy in the Bahá’í Faith star
Why is the Bahá'í Faith without clergy?

What Bahá'u'lláh Taught star
In 1911, at a talk given to the Theosophical Society of London, England, 'Abdu'l-Bahá outlined His Father's teachings.

What does it mean to Fear God? star
One of the most common religious instructions is to fear God(s). Yet, paradoxically, believers are also instructed to love their Creator. How does one Bahá'í reconcile that?

What's Different about the Bahá'í Faith? star
How are the Teachings of the Bahá'í Faith unique for this time in human history.

Who Said That? star
The core principle of the Bahá'í Faith is that there is only one God and all religions come from that same Source, so can you guess the source of some of this enduring guidance?

Why Aren't Bahá'ís Vegetarian ? star
Some believers may indeed be vegetarian, but that is a personal choice and not a religious law.

Why Bahá'ís Do Not Cremate Their Dead star
Cremation is considered unnatural and disrespectful because the body was once exalted by the immortal soul of man.

Why Bahá'ís Fast star
What is the purpose of Fasting in the Bahá'í Faith, and what does it mean to its adherents.

Why Bahá'u'lláh Suffered for His Teaching star
What does the Bahá'í Faith say about the seemingly inevitable persecution that every Prophet of God has had to suffer, even to sacrificing Their lives for the new faith?

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