Our South African Bahá’í community, like many other communities across the world, is diverse, bringing together people of different ages and experiences, cultures and religions, various family backgrounds, living in villages and urban centres. Regardless of our varied circumstances, we aspire in collaboration with our like-minded friends and neighbours, to contribute to a materially and spiritually prosperous community, based on principles such as justice and the oneness of mankind.
Every South African has both the right and duty to contribute to the progress of our society. By selflessly helping others we realize the possibility for both personal growth and the development of our community. The Bahá’í Writings say “Service to humanity is service to God”. Infusing a spirit of service in our education, work, family, leisure and spiritual life, allows us to avoid a fragmented approach to living, and helps us work towards a life in which these aspects compliment one another.
We recognize that our efforts in transforming our community are influenced by various social forces. Some cause the destruction of society, while others contribute towards building it. Negative forces such as materialism, prejudice and apathy impede individual and collective growth, while positive forces such as the desire for knowledge, aspiring for change, and strong belief in the importance of family, significantly advance our community. In our efforts to contribute to the transformation of our community we draw on the spiritual and constructive social forces that help to build our society.
Knowledge is the greatest key to unlocking human potential. Baha'is and their friends, inspired by the teachings of Baha’u’llah, engage in an educational process that is proving to be a powerful tool for building vibrant and prosperous communities around the world.