How does someone become a Baha’i?

To join the Baha’i Faith, one must join the worldwide Baha’i Community. You currently do this by getting a ‘declaration card’ from the local or national community administration. When you sign this card, you are saying that you believe that Baha’u’llah is who He says He is: the Messenger of God for our Age. Taken further, being part of the worldwide Baha’i community means you accept that Abdu’l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice are the rightful successor leaders of Baha’u’llah’s Cause. Additionally, Baha’is believe in working for world peace, ending extreme poverty, universal education, equality of the sexes, ending racism, and trying to improve ourselves, and so you also commit yourself to working for these causes.

Once you become a Baha’i, your life will only change if you want it to. In this religion, we have no clergy, no ministers, no charismatic leaders who will knock on your door and drag you to meetings. Baha’is believe wholeheartedly in the concept of the ‘individual investigation of truth’, and as with most activities in our lives, this means that you will only get out of it what you put in.

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