Basics of the Baha’i Faith

Basics of the Baha’i Faith was written and recorded by Darius Shahrokh  in 1994.   He dedicated this book to the hundreds of recent Baha’i martyrs in Iran, and especially to the memory of two who were Dr. Shahrokh’s early Baha’i teachers.  Mrs. Bahiyyih Khanum Nadiri and Professor Manuchihr Hakim.  Mrs. Nadiri taught Dr. Shahrokh about the Baha’i Faith while he was a young boy in Tehran.   Professor Hakim  taught Darius while he was attending the Tehran Medical School.  Both were members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Iran.  Both were martyred in 1980 by the current regime.

This 2 hour audio book briefly covers 60 basic subjects, giving the listener a sketch of the Baha’i Faith.  This is an exceptionally clear summary of the Baha’i Faith, and is especially wonderful for those wanting a framework as they study the teachings of Baha’u’llah.  A copy of the 38 page book (available as a free .pdf file  download) makes a wonderful handout for those for teaching classes to Baha’i Youth and new Baha’is.  It can be easily printed at home on the front and back of 20 pieces of letter size paper.

The Audio Book is organized as follows:

I.  Baha’i History

A. The Bab

B. Baha’u’llah

C. Abdu’l-Baha

D. Shoghi Effendi

E. The Universal House of Justice

F. The Baha’i Era

G. The Heroic or Apostolic Age

H. The Formative or Transitional Age

I. The Golden Age

II. A Brief History of Baha’u’llah

III.  Baha’i Spiritual Teachings

A. The Nature of God

B. Station of the Manifestations

C. Oneness of Religion

D. Twin Duties of Humanity

E. Independent Investigation of Truth

F. Sacrifice

G. Recitation, Prayer and Study

H. Work as Worship

I. Life after Death

IV.  Baha’i  Social Teachings

A. The Oneness of Humanity

B. The Importance of Family

C. Elimination of Prejudice

D. The Agreement of Science and Religion

E. World Peace

F. Universal Education

G. Equality of Women and Men

H. Spiritual Solution to Economic Problems

I. Universal Language

V.  Baha’i Law

A. Obligatory Prayer

B. Fasting

C. The Right of God (Huququ’llah)

D. Marriage & Divorce

E.  Prohibitions

F. Will & Burial

G. Loyalty to Government

VI. Baha’i Administration

A. The Covenant of Baha’u’llah

B. The Universal House of Justice

C. The National Spiritual Assembly

D. The Local Spiritual Assembly

E. Obedience to Elected Baha’i Institutions

F. Baha’i Elections

G. Consultation

H. Appointments “The Institution of the Learned”

I. The Nineteen Day Feast

J. The Baha’i Funds

K. Pioneering

VII.  Baha’i Community Life

A. Living the Life

B. Universal Participation

C. Nineteen Day Feast

D. Observance of Baha’i Holy Days

E. Spiritual Education of Children

F. Learning and deepening

VIII.  Progressive Revelation

A. Religion God and His Prophets

B.  God’s Purpose for Humanity

C. God’s Prophets

D.  The Unity of God’s Manifestations

E. The Fulfillment of Prophecy

F. The Cycle of Revelation

IX.  Additional Subjects

A.  The Greatest Name & Symbol

B. Nine and Five pointed Stars

C. The Baha’i Calendar

D. The Baha’i World Center and the Arc

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  1. Awesome ! All that in 2 hours. Right , it could be the foundation for many sessions for children/ youth Baha’i education.

  2. Roya June

    The Baha’i children’s classes held on Sundays at the WNC Baha’i Center has just started using the transcript from this audio book as their official Study Guide for spring semester 2012. The class, taught by Roya Shahrokh, is for ages 11-14.

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