Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette

A Bahá'í House of Worship, sometimes referred to by the name of mašriqu-l-'aḏkār, Arabic phrase meaning "Dawning-place of the remembrances of God"), is the designation of a place of worship, or temple, of the Bahá'í Faith. The teachings of the religion envisage Houses of Worship being surrounded by a number of dependencies dedicated to social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific pursuits, although none has yet been built to such an extent.
Ten Bahá'í Houses of Worship have been built around the world, nine currently stand including eight continental temples and one local temple. In the Ridván Message for 2012, the Universal House of Justice announced new initiatives for future Houses of Worship, calling for the first national and locally based institutions. The first two "national Mashriqu'l-Adhkars" are to be raised up in two countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea. With successful growth and cluster development it was also announced that the erection of the first local Houses of Worship would be raised up. Bahá'í communities own many properties where Houses of Worship remain to be constructed as the Bahá'í community grows and develops further. The Houses of Worship are open to the public, and are exclusively reserved for worship, where sermons are prohibited and only scriptural texts may be read. Most Bahá'í meetings occur in local Bahá'í centres, individuals' homes, or rented facilities, though local houses of worship are forthcoming.
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  • An oasis of quiet for prayer and meditation in the temple; friendly volunteer guides, displays, brief videos and a non-pressure bookstore in the Welcome Center.  more »
  • In Wilmette stands the majestic Baha'I House of Worship, a nine sided structure with ornate design which invites people of all religions to unite in prayer. If you plan to see it, please visit the...  more »
  • Very beautiful place and open to all religions.. Very well maintained.. Will definitely be back to look in detail as we were short on time today for our visit. A reason most definitely to come back to Chicago!
  • A good place to meditate upon open to all your religions. Massive structure well maintained. Clean environment and elegant structures. The art work is really good for our eyes to view. It has a good garden around the building with fountain.

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