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Bahá’í Community of South Africa
"So powerful is light of unity it can illuminate the whole earth” — Bahá’u’lláh
The Bahá’í Faith is a world religion that is being embraced by millions of people in all parts of the world. Its teachings provide a compelling vision of a united and prosperous global society, in which the entire human family lives in perfect peace.
The Bahá’í community of South Africa is spread across all nine provinces, and is representative of our country’s rich cultural diversity. In villages, townships, towns and cities throughout South Africa, Bahá’ís are striving to give expression to their beliefs by contributing to the advancement of their communities.
Bahá’ís are the followers of Bahá’u’lláh, a Divine Messenger Whose beautiful teachings and principles provide a foundation for humanity to build a peaceful society. These principles include the essential oneness of humankind, the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the unity of all religions, the full equality of women and men, the centrality of justice in all human endeavours, the importance of education, and true life as the life of the soul.
Bahá’u’lláh established a powerful and dynamic Covenant with humankind, which binds together and unites the Bahá’í community in all its diversity. Bahá’u’lláh appointed His eldest Son, Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of this Covenant, and established an Administrative Order that serves as a channel through which the spirit of the Faith flows, invigorating individual and collective efforts to contribute to the wellbeing of society.
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The South African Bahá’í community currently has gatherings for worship across the country where people of different faiths, races and cultures come together to pray in a respectful atmosphere.
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Many youth gatherings were held across KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga in the month of March 2019 with 179 youth in attendance from various religious and cultural backgrounds. These gatherings provided a platform for them to better understand the potency of their period of youth, and the meaningful ways they can channel their energies into contributing to society. They also had an opportunity to create strong bonds of friendship with their likeminded peers, and to learn more about the significance of mutual support in this stage of their lives. Their ability to discern the constructive and destructive forces in society was strengthened in these four day gatherings.
On Sunday 16 September, a choral presentation at the National Bahá’í Centre was held. This event was a joint devotional programme by Bahá’í choirs from eThekwini, Namibia, Swaziland, Mahikeng, and Johannesburg. The choral singing incorporated verses and prayers from the Holy Writings.
During a weekend in August, over 50 participants gathered at the National Baha’i Centre from 11 focus clusters in the Eastern Region to learn about holding Bahá’í Children’s Classes. The atmosphere was one of love and collaboration. During the breaks, children’s class songs from Grade 1 were sung so that everyone learned new melodies. The group was very clear about the vision of a children’s class – to strengthen the imperative of a life-long educational process. Those present agreed that future community leaders, parents, and active citizens would pass through these classes, so teachers should be prepared for changing our world for the better. The weekend included feedback from a similar seminar in Zambia, game-playing and highlighting the value of getting children to play, a review of all classes in the grades of Book 3, practical insights regarding discipline, and story-telling as an excellent way to impart information.
In June 2018, the National Spiritual Assembly addressed an inspiring open letter to the youth of South Africa, encouraging them to continue arising to perform selfless acts of service that will inspire generations to come.
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12th Day of Ridván
Join the Bahá’í community in celebrating the anniversary of the days Bahá’u’lláh spent in the Garden of Ridvan, during which He Declared His Prophetic Mission