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Rituals and Worship

Sacred Time

Sacred time in the Baha'i Faith may be divided into the personal, which includes such activities as prayer and meditation, and the communal, which includes the celebration of Holy Days.

Sacred Space

Baha'is have a number of holy places, including the shrines of the central figures of the religion and places associated with their lives. There are also Houses of Worship (Mashriqu'l-Adhkar) where prayers are recited and scriptures read.

Rites and Ceremonies

There are few rites and rituals in the Baha'i faith. There are, however, several practices of the Baha'i community that create what may be called a Baha'i culture or ethos.

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

Baha'u'llah gave a number of laws and obligations that were designed to develop the spiritual life of the individual. These include the obligation to perform daily prayer, reading of the scriptures, and meditation.


The writings of Baha'u'llah are rich in symbolism and imagery. Some of this is the symbolism of the Abrahamic religions, which form the background to the Baha'i Faith, but many of these symbols are used in new ways.