How do Baha’is spread their faith?

Baha’is spread their faith by what they call, ‘teaching.’ Baha’is can only teach in two ways. One is through their words; the other is through their actions. Those who are interested in learning about the Baha’i faith are called ‘seekers.’ Baha’is teach through words by answering questions. Baha’is teach only those who are interested in the Faith. They do not teach through arguing or criticizing. They are forbidden from aggressively proselytizing or from trying to convince those who do not want to hear about it.  Baha’is are told to share their faith with others in a way that is honest and open.

Baha’is teach through their actions by constantly struggling to bring their lives into accordance with the teachings. As Baha’u’llah has exhorted His Baha’is, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” (HW). As the Writings state, “It is essential that the deeds of the teacher should attest the truth of his words.” (Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA, p. 175). This religion is like a workshop. We are not expected to be perfect, only God is perfect. But we are expected to endeavor every day to become better people.

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