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Universal House of Justice


The Universal House of Justice

Bahá’í World Centre,

Haifa, Israel

The Universal House of Justice, Haifa, Israel

The supreme governing body of the Bahá'í Faith was officially founded in 1963, on the slopes of Mount Carmel, near Haifa, Israel.  The Universal House of Justice is a legislative institution created to supplement and apply the Laws and Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh and `Abdu'l-Bahá.  Its nine administrators are elected every five years from members in good standing of the world community by an electoral college consisting  of all the members of each Bahá'í National Spiritual Assembly throughout the world.  (There are more than five million Bahá'ís around the world in  more than 200 countries and territories.)

Bahá'í House of Worship, Wilmette, Illinois

The Shrine of the Báb, Mount Carmel

Bahá’í World Center, Haifa

Bahá'í House of Worship, Wilmette, Illinois

While empowered to legislate on matters not explicitly addressed in Bahá'í scripture, the Universal House of Justice more often provides guidance for Bahá'ís across the world through letters and other messages. The institution is located within the greater Bahá'í World Centre, which also includes Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh near Acre, the Shrine of The Báb and its gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, libraries, worship centers, and various other buildings. Headquarters for American Bahá'ís is located in Evanston, IL –not far from a beautiful Bahá'í Temple in Wilmette.

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Links and Resources

The entire body of authorized Bahá'í writings, including those by The Báb, Bahá'u'lláh, `Abdu'l-Bahá,

and Shoghi Effendi, is available online:


For a quick overview of Bahá'í teachings:


For more background about The Báb (forerunner and "twin prophet" for Bahá’u’lláh), and the Bábi Faith,

The Báb - Herald of the Baha'i FaithBahá’í Reference Library: 


For Baha'i literature, music, activities, teaching materials, and other officially approved resources:


Bahá’í Prayers are among the most beautiful and expressive ever written.  A representative selection,

       listed by category, can be found here:


The United States Bahá’í video library: and the YouTube channel:


The U.S. Bahá’í News e-Newsletter is a terrific resource for keeping abreast of concerns global, national, and regional for Bahá’ís and those interested in the Faith:


ABDU’L-BAHÁ, Some Answered Questions, Bahai Publishing Trust (1984).  Contains a wide range of

Q&A compiled from a series of talks given by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 1904, 1905, and 1906; of particular interest to Christians, available in full: 

...and in PDF format at


SEARS, WILLIAM, Thief in the Night: The Case of the Missing Millennium, George Ronald Pub. Ltd.

(1961), available in full:


Greater Waco Interfaith Conference (GWIC):

The Bahá’í Calendar

The Bahá'í calendar was first implemented and used by the Bábí faith, and then adapted for use in the Bahá'í Faith, with some changes.  However, the Bahá'í scriptures left a number of issues regarding the implementation of the calendar to be resolved by the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Bahá'ís, before the calendar could be observed uniformly worldwide.  The calendar has previously been locked to the Gregorian calendar, with the new year always being March 21.  However, on July 10, 2014, the Universal House of Justice announced provisions that will enable the common implementation of the calendar worldwide.  Beginning at sunset on March 20, 2015, the calendar will no longer be locked to the Gregorian calendar, and the new year will start on the day of the vernal equinox.         


The Universal House of Justice also selected Tehran, Iran --birthplace of Bahá'u'lláh -as the location to which the date of the vernal equinox is to be fixed, and the point from which calendar dates will be determined based on modern astronomical tables.

Bahá’í Calendar
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