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Baháʼí prayer consists of obligatory and devotional prayers, both of which contain reverent words addressed to God, acknowledging God's greatness, holiness, and majesty.

Baháʼís between the ages of fifteen and seventy are required to perform one of three prescribed obligatory prayers daily.

Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith, encouraged Baháʼís to pray often. In his writings, he said that prayer should be used individually, as an act of worship, and collectively in meetings. Prayer, he felt, was essential to the development of spirituality. In Baháʼí, the benefit of prayer is believed to be obtained through the spiritual state brought about by prayer and not by the act of praying itself. Baháʼu'lláh wrote that a brief but joyful prayer was superior to a long prayer that does not induce the appropriate spiritual state. The spirit in which the prayer is offered is the most important aspect of prayer.

In the Baháʼí Faith, prayer can be used to obtain material goals, but prayer for the love of God is far superior. To that end, individual prayers should be offered in private and at a time when there are no distractions.

Also encouraged, collective prayers are usually performed by individuals taking turns reading prayers at the beginning of a meeting. Shoghi Effendi, who headed the Baháʼí Faith in the first half of the 20th century, wrote that prayers could be addressed to God, Baháʼu'lláh, or other manifestations of God, but he recommended they be addressed to Baháʼu'lláh.

Baháʼu'lláh prescribed three obligatory prayers, known as the short, the medium, and the long. Baháʼís are free to say one of the three each day. Specific times were set for the short and medium prayers: the short is to be said once between noon and sunset, while the medium is to be said three times a day, once between sunrise and noon, once between noon and sunset, and once between sunset and two hours after sunset. The long prayer, however, could be said at any time. The medium and long prayers include obligatory movements and gestures and are preceded by ablutions, which are the cleaning of the hands and face.

It is obligatory for Baháʼis to repeat the phrase "Alláh-u-Abhá," a form of the "Greatest Name," ninety-five times a day, as Baháʼu'lláh wrote in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Prayer beads are sometimes used for this purpose.

Through prayer, Baháʼís grow closer to God and God's manifestation, Baháʼu'lláh. Prayer helps individuals improve their conduct and character. Baháʼís also pray for divine guidance and assistance.

The central figures of the Baháʼí Faith (Báb, Baháʼu'lláh, and ʻAbdu'l-Bahá) have composed a collection of devotional prayers that cover various topics, such as meetings, healings, and specific times of the day. They wrote hundreds of prayers, many of which were originally contained in letters addressed to individuals. Most of them were written in Arabic or Persian, although Abdu'l-Baha wrote a few in Turkish. The first Baháʼí prayer book written in English, Tablets, Communes, and Holy Utterances, was published in 1900. Since then, several others have been published in English and several other languages. The short obligatory prayer has been translated into more than five hundred languages.

Baháʼís often gather informally in homes for devotional gatherings, in which participants take turns reading aloud from prayer books, fostering a reverent atmosphere.

Besides the obligatory prayers, there are prayers for assistance, detachment, forgiveness, healing, protection, spiritual growth, traveling, unity, and several other purposes.

Meditation, a form of prayer, is also encouraged in the Baháʼí Faith. While there is no set form for meditation, Baháʼís often engage in it alongside prayer and scripture study. Meditation. helps people to reflect, connect with their inner selves, and deepen their spiritual understanding. Meditation is helpful in preparing the soul to be more susceptible to the transformative power of God.

The essence of prayer in the Baháʼí Faith lies not only in the spoken words but in the spiritual state induced through prayer.

The focus of this category is on prayer in the Baháʼí Faith.



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