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Bahá’ís in Harrow are inspired by the vision set out in the Bahá’í Holy Writings to work with friends in neighbourhoods in the borough for the betterment of the world and the strengthening of community.

The starting points for a better world are activities that empower adults, young people and children to become agents of change and to build communities on spiritual and practical foundations.

If you feel moved to find out more or to participate, please look around this website or contact us.

 

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Study circles

The courses offer participants the chance to help build a community, focused on the spiritual ideals of the oneness of humankind and of religion, the equality of the sexes, and all of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings.

Each course involves systematic study of the Bahá’í Holy Writings in a group setting, known as a study circle. The first course is called Reflections on the Life of the Spirit. It explores spiritual matters such as prayer, meditation, life after death and the development of the soul. The aim of these studies is also to develop our capacity for spiritual virtues and living a life of service -“ doing good deeds – for other people.

These study circles help those who take part to develop the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills needed to start -€“ and most importantly, to sustain -€“ the activities that will help their community. These include learning how to hold devotional meetings, children’s classes and junior youth groups, all in our own neighbourhoods.
Those who complete the entire series of courses are immediately able to tutor the courses themselves, in study circles that they set up with their friends.
Study circles are open to all. They are held in an uplifting atmosphere, which empowers each participant to take charge of their own learning. A facilitator assists the group, but he or she is not there to teach everyone else. All participants learn together, through discussion, practice, and use of the arts.

Junior Youth Classes

The Junior Youth Empowerment Project

The junior youth program is a globally developed social and economic development initiative that began some thirty years ago in a number of countries around the world. Its purpose is to empower young people to contribute effectively to the advancement of civilization. Today there are junior youth groups in every part of the world, who meet in various places (homes, schools, under trees, centres).

 

Why Junior Youth?

Junior Youth are young people between the ages of 11-14 years old. This is a very important time when junior youth are transitioning from being children into being youth. It is during this period of life that the majority of behaviours and habits are developed. They are impacted by a number of different forces (media, society, friends etc).

Made and designed by junior youth then donated as part of community service project.

 

Empowerment

One of the main objectives of junior youth groups is to empower the young people to be able to contribute to the advancement of
world civilization. Individual and social transformation go hand in hand, their is a great need to encourage young people to better their environment through service. It is impossible to chance just the individual or society, it must be a dual process to be effective.

Service Project

Members of Harrow junior youth classes made and designed cup cakes then sold them and donated the money as part of community service project. 

Children classes

Children classes’ emphasis on teaching children to think, to reflect and to apply spiritual law to the life of the individual and society.  Especially during the first years of childhood, great attention is given to the development of spiritual qualities and to those beliefs, habits and behaviours that constitute the essential attributes of a spiritual being.

At the begining, little attention are given to general knowledge about the faith. When the foundation of the child’s character has been established, there is time in later years to impart the necessary knowledge.

Each lesson consist of five parts: memorisation of prayers and quotation, songs, stories, games and colouring.


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Devotional meetings

 Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.”  —Bahá’u’lláh

 

Harrow Bahai’s  host devotional gatherings in homes. We believe that praying is having a conversation with God, it provides inspiration, rejuvenates our souls and gladdens our hearts. By studying and praying together the Bahá’í writings and other scriptures , we create an environment of unity and harmony.

In Harrow Baha’i community we have monthly meetings were we study a prayer together. People from all back grounds are welcome to join us and share their prayers with us.

ref: http://www.bahai.org/features/devotions