What are some daily practices for Baha’is?

Baha’i rituals and daily practices are fairly simple and include reciting the Holy Writings in the morning and in the evening. This can be just a phrase or it may be a few pages. By Holy Writings, in this sense, Baha’is are referring only to the Writings of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Faith, which we consider to be the Word of God. Baha’is believe that the Word of God has power in their lives. As Baha’u’llah wrote, “Know thou, moreover, that the Word of God — exalted be His glory — is higher and far superior to that which the senses can perceive, for it is sanctified from any property or substance. It transcendeth the limitations of known elements and is exalted above all the essential and recognized substances. It became manifest without any syllable or sound and is none but the Command of God which pervadeth all created things. It hath never been withheld from the world of being. It is God’s all-pervasive grace, from which all grace doth emanate. It is an entity far removed above all that hath been and shall be. “(TB, p. 140).

There is also a daily Obligatory Prayer (see FAQ#) and an Arabic phrase, which is called The Greatest Name, ninety-five times in a row. The phrase is “Allah-u-Abha.” This means ‘God is most great.’ Baha’is often use prayer beads to keep track of counting. For many, this is a great meditative tool for settling your mind and clearing our thoughts before saying daily prayers.

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