What is the Baha’i Perspective on Community?

In addition to not backbiting and not drinking, Baha’is try to treat everyone with equality and respect. This means that Baha’is strive to become the source of unity in their communities, often bringing people of different races, creeds, religions, ethnicities and nationalities together in their homes. Being a Baha’i then becomes a source of motivation to go out of their comfort zones and to get to know new people they might never have known otherwise—a process that can be one of the greatest rewards of life. As Abdu’l-Baha has exhorted, “For one another must ye give up even life itself. To every human being must ye be infinitely kind. Call none a stranger; think none to be your foe. Be ye as if all men were your close kin and honoured friends. Walk ye in such wise that this fleeting world will change into a splendour and this dismal heap of dust become a palace of delights. Such is the counsel of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, this hapless servant.” (SWA, p. 280).

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