Becoming a Bahá’í
How do I become a Bahá’í?
You are welcome to get involved in Bahá’í activities and community life at any time, regardless of your race, culture or beliefs.
A person becomes a Bahá’í by recognising Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age and making a commitment to follow His laws and teachings and the administrative institutions He established for the unification of humankind. You may indicate your desire to become part of the Bahá’í community by contacting the responsible Bahá’í institution (usually the Local Spiritual Assembly) in your area.
Those of us who have become Bahá’ís as adults often compare our daily lives before and after we joined the Bahá’í community. Most aspects of our outward lives will not change: we still keep up with friends and family, continue our professional, recreational, social and cultural activities and participate in community service.
The big change is in our inner lives. Most of us experience a new vitality and happiness and discover a sense of purpose. We are usually better able to make sense of the world we live in and to view the future with increased optimism. By following the Bahá’í teachings on personal conduct, we often find that both personal and professional relationships improve. Building and maintaining unity becomes a conscious focus of our daily lives.
We also spend time every day in prayer, meditation and reading the Bahá’í sacred writings, and usually find that this daily connection with God brings a sense of peace and well-being. How long we spend in these activities is up to us as individuals. Bahá'u'lláh has reduced all ritual and form to an absolute minimum in His Faith.
Being part of the Bahá’í community also provides us with opportunities to meet and develop friendships with people from many different backgrounds, and to value and understand different points of view.
Each day, we strive to bring our lives more into line with our belief in the oneness of humanity and to apply that belief in our families, our neighbourhoods, our workplaces, our communities, our nation and our world.
"If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.”
'Abdu'l-Bahá , Paris Talks, p. 29
To find out more about becoming a Bahá’í, please contact the Bahá’í National office.