The Bahá'í administrative bodies, firstly established by Bahá'u'lláh, now existing at the local, national, and international levels to oversee community affairs. They are unique in the range of institutions insasmuch as their range and scope have been defined by the Central Figures of the Faith -- resulting in the nucleus of a future system of governance which does not have the natural tendency to wander from it's core mandate and purpose. The purpose of the Baha'i institutions is to protect the rights of the individual which is the key to promotion of unity and peace. This idea of protection of fundamental rights is the Aristotalian ideal of "Justice", the foundation of civilization and the keynote of Baha'i administration.
The foundational Bahá'í administrative bodies are the Local Spiritual Assemblies, National Spiritual Assemblies, and the Universal House of Justice, overseeing community affairs at respective local, national, and international levels.
Bahá'í institutions are designed to protect the rights of individuals, fostering unity and peace, and ensuring that justice - seen as the foundation of civilization - prevails in community interactions.
The Universal House of Justice is the supreme governing institution of the Bahá'í Faith, responsible for legislative decisions and safeguarding the unity and progression of the global Bahá'í community.
Members of Bahá'í Institutions are elected through a unique, spiritual, non-partisan process without campaigns or nominations, focusing on the moral qualities and service records of individuals.
Yes, decisions made by Bahá'í institutions, particularly the Universal House of Justice, are binding and are to be followed by the community, reflecting the principle of obedience to elected authority in Bahá'í administration.
Bahá'í governance is unique in its blend of spiritual principles with administrative procedures, emphasizing moral leadership and service rather than power or politics.
Consultation in Bahá'í Institutions is a fundamental practice where members collectively discuss and make decisions based on unity, frankness, and a shared commitment to the common good.
Women are fully allowed and encouraged to serve in all Bahá'í institutions, with the exception of the Universal House of Justice which is reserved for men, a stipulation specified in Bahá'í scriptures.