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Outside Chicago – Baha’i House of Worship

I never heard this religion before. Not until a friend in Chicago brought me there one Sunday. Baha’i House of Worship is in Wilmette, Illinois, just outside Chicago. An hour drive, maybe.

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Baha'i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

What struck me was the detailed architectural work of its house. It’s imposing but there’s an air of a welcoming congregation.  Ushers were greeting and smiling to every congregant coming inside its house of worship.

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Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

As a first timer, I was given a brochure and was told that there’s a 30-minute service that will start soon. We never really planned attending the service but it’s only for 30 minutes, what have we got to lose, anyway? So, we came inside and took the seats in the last row.

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Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

The Auditorium  is directly under the dome. Chairs were neatly arranged and almost no one was talking. There were about 50 people attending. It’s very solemn. It’s as if talking was a crime. My eyes and head wandered around from its floor to its walls and columns and to its cave-like dome ceiling above us. The elaborate, detailed and lacy designs blew me away. They engraved symbols from other religions. In the Devotional Program they gave me, there were quotes extracted from The Quran, The Baha’i Sacred Writings, and The Book of Isaiah which they read every after a song.

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Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

The Baha’i House welcomes people of all faiths. Their faith is not restricted in their own Baha’i Sacred Writings. It’s a Religion of Unity. It’s attracted to the Faith by the belief that we all belong to one human race.

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Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

It only has 5 million members and there are only 5 Bahai Houses of Worships  worldwide. To be a member the Baha’i Faith, one has to attend an orientation / introductory classes which they give every after the service. It doesn’t accept financial donations unless you are a member of the Faith.

Baha'i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

While Christianity has Jesus, Buddhism has Gautama Buddha and Islam has Allah, Baha’i has Baha’u’llah.

Baha'i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

Baha’i House in Wilmette, Illinois (just outside Chicago).

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