Deals with officially authorized texts from the Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, which provides ongoing guidance, clarification of teachings, and administrative directives to the worldwide Bahá'í community.
As the supreme administrative body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice is responsible for elucidating Bahá’í teachings, legislating on matters not explicitly covered by scripture, and safeguarding the integrity of the Faith through authoritative texts.
These messages offer insights on spiritual development, community building, social action, and global concerns, shaping the communal ethos and guiding Bahá'ís in their collective endeavors for unity and progress.
Yes, Bahá’ís believe that the Universal House of Justice is divinely guided and, therefore, its pronouncements are considered free from error in matters of faith and governance within the Bahá'í community.
While the House of Justice cannot alter the revealed words of Bahá'u'lláh, it can legislate on matters not explicitly stated in Bahá’í scripture, thus contributing to Bahá’í jurisprudence.
The frequency varies, with routine annual messages like the Ridván message, responses to specific questions from individuals or Bahá’í institutions, and occasional messages as circumstances require.
Common themes include spiritual encouragement, administrative guidance, social and economic development, moral principles, and responses to global issues in light of Bahá’í teachings.
Messages are typically distributed through National Spiritual Assemblies to local communities, published online, and included in compilations of Bahá’í literature.
Messages are originally written in English but are translated into multiple languages for accessibility to the global Bahá’í community.