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People are Created Noble

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People are Created NobleMan is essentially spiritual in nature. We are created noble as "a mine rich in gems of inestimable value". We possess innate qualities such as love, justice, trustworthiness, generosity and kindliness that we can cultivate in the betterment of the community around us.

Twofold Moral Purpose

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Twofold Moral PurposeWe strive to develop our own inherent potentialities for intellectual and spiritual growth. In the process, we see ourselves as active agents in the transformation of society with a desire to work towards the common good, supporting one another and advancing together, respectful of the capability that each one possesses.

Service Through our Community

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Service Through our CommunityMan's merit lieth in service. Service to others gives meaning and purpose to our lives. Walking a path of service with others helps us grow individually and collectively. We build our capacity by promoting the spiritual and material well-being in our neighbourhoods.

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GLOBAL FAMILY

The Bahai' Community of Singapore is part of a diverse, unified global family.

Founded more than a century and a half ago, today the members of the Bahai' Faith live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, and come from nearly every nation, ethnic group, culture, profession, and social or economic background.

The Bahai' community has a unique system of global administration, with freely elected governing councils at the local, national and international level.

In Singapore there are five local councils under the jurisdiction of The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai's of Singapore, the national governing council, which was established in 1972.

For more information about the Bahai' Faith, please do visit www.bahai.org.

To find out more about the international governing council, visit universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org

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Address: 55 Cantonment Road, Singapore 089754

Email: externalaffairs@bahai.org.sg


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Gender Equality

acts-ge1“Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God.” – Bahá’u’lláh

 

Full equality and a firm sense of partnership between men and women are essential to human progress and the transformation of society. Woman must be given the same opportunities as man in the attainments of learning, science and arts. The condition of inequality that has existed throughout the ages is not the result of the superiority of men; it is simply that women have not been given the same opportunity to develop all their potentialities.

In Singapore, much of the pioneering work in the field of women’s rights was largely influenced by Mrs Shirin Fozdar, a Bahá’í and a strong advocate for gender equality, oft-described as a “champion of Asian women”. In 1952, Mrs Fozdar was instrumental in founding the Singapore Council of Women (SCW), which campaigned courageously for women’s rights. Her lobbying, together with the SCW’s, led to the establishment of the Women’s Charter in 1961, which among other things, outlawed polygamy.

Her example continues to inspire the Bahá’í community, both men and women, to work together to contribute to the betterment of society in all fields of human endeavours.

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Oneness of Humanity

acts-oh1“The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.” – Bahá’u’lláh

 

The concept of the oneness of humanity calls on the elimination of all forms of prejudice. We all belong to one human family. Prejudice, whether based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or social background must be overcome if humanity is to create a peaceful and just society. When we meet people who are different from us, we should not allow these differences to become barriers between us. The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music; different notes blend together to make a perfect chord.

Bahá’ís in Singapore come from diverse backgrounds and work alongside friends, neighbours, religious, ethnic and community groups to become protagonists of social change.

Among other activities, they are engaged in the spiritual education of children, the empowerment of young people, the enrichment of the devotional character of community life, and the building of capacities for service regardless of race, language, religion or social status.

Bahá’ís are also engaged in dialogue aimed at bringing together the broader community in a spirit of collaboration to establish unity. As our contribution to the “Singapore Conversation”, we submitted a paper – “Rethinking the Role of Religion in the midst of our changing aspirations and increasing diversity”. You may download it here.

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Oneness of Religion

acts-or1“The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interest and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.” – Bahá’u’lláh

 

Bahá’u’lláh teaches that there is only one God and all major religions come from the same God. God is unknowable in His Essence and is inaccessible to humankind, for the created cannot comprehend the Creator.

We learn about God through His Divine Messengers, Whose purpose is to guide and educate mankind in addressing the requirements of the age in which they appear. These Divine Messengers provide the basis for the advancement of human society: socially, materially, and spiritually.

The Bahá’í Faith is one of the constituent religions of the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore (IRO). The mid 1990s to the early part of the 21st century saw the Bahá’í Community of Singapore spearheading efforts to promote interfaith engagement in multi-religious Singapore. The World Religion Day observances, initiated and organised by the Bahá’í Community of Singapore, gained nationwide prominence and support and became the precursor for many interfaith endeavours that proliferate in Singapore now.

The Bahá’í community continues to actively promote understanding, dialogue and interaction between different religions.

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Education for All

acts-ea1“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” – Bahá’u’lláh

 

Our attitude towards education stems from profound respect for the noble nature of human beings, the richness of our inner reality, and that human happiness is founded upon spiritual behavior.

Education should develop in every human being the desire to distinguish himself with virtues such as truthfulness, sincerity, loyalty, and by his efforts to promote peace and unity.

The Bahá’í Faith emphasizes the importance of spiritual and moral education that must begin at infancy. It is the duty of the father and mother to strive with every means to educate their children, refine their characters according to spiritual and moral laws, and train them in the arts and sciences.

Bahá’í children classes and junior youth programs, open to participants of all background, and often run in collaboration with their families, are being offered in some neighborhoods in Singapore. The primary purpose of these educational activities is to empower children and junior youth to develop a sense of moral purpose and become conscious participants in the process of their individual growth, as well as that of their families, friends and community.

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Devotional Gatherings

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Prayer is intimate communion with God. It creates spirituality, mindfulness and allows us to reflect on our higher purpose. Collectively, devotional gatherings are a chance for us to learn how to create an uplifting, spiritual atmosphere. Held in diverse settings such as homes and other public venues, devotional gatherings allow individuals to unite with others in prayer, awaken spiritual susceptibilities, and shape a pattern of life distinguished for its devotional character. Prayers and writings from major world religions are reflected upon in a reverent atmosphere.

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Junior Youth Groups

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Youth between the ages of 12 and 15 have tremendous intellectual and social potential waiting to be developed and channelled towards socially constructive ends. They are engaged in an educational process, wedded with service to the community, that enhances the power of positive self-expression, develops their ability to make moral decisions and encourages contribution to the spiritual and material prosperity of their communities. With a vibrant spirit and focused determination, youth from all backgrounds engaged in this process build their capacity to respond with wisdom, courage, and humility in addressing the ills currently facing society.

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Study Circles

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Study circles which is opened to all, provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society.

Through exploring the application of the Word of God, based on the Bahá’í writings, participants seek to put the learning acquired into practice to improve their communities, starting at their neighbourhoods.

Themes of spiritual importance are explored in study circles such as the purpose of life, the importance of prayer, and the significance of service. Study circles meet in homes and other informal settings.

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Children's Classes

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Developing the spiritual capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness, but to the service and advancement of society. Tending to the needs of the children in a neighbourhood, children classes aim to develop their spiritual faculties and lay the foundation of a noble and upright character in a fun and creative environment. These classes nurture the hearts and minds of children and help them think, reflect and apply spiritual principles such as kindness, love, unity and truthfulness.

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