The Bahá’í Community of Scotland

Bahá’ís throughout Scotland are dedicated to creating a new and peaceful world civilisation based on principles of justice, prosperity, and continuing advancement.

Galvanised by this vision, Bahá’ís are engaged in community-building activities with their friends and neighbours in their own localities all over Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders.

The vision is inspired by and rooted in the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, who taught that “The earth is but one country and all mankind its citizens” and that true happiness comes from a life of service to others.

There are Scottish Bahá’ís of all ages and backgrounds


Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of God’s Messengers to humankind, was born in Iran in the early 19th century into a privileged and wealthy family but spent most of his life in exile and imprisonment.

He urged all humankind to embrace the essential unity in all aspects of life:

  • that all humanity is one family
  • that all the worlds faiths derive their inspiration from the same source
  • that the greatest challenge we face is to build unity

There are local Bahá’í communities in Shetland, Orkney, Dumfries, Stornoway, Glasgow,  Aberdeen, Uist, Edinburgh and many other places in between. Bahá’ís come from a wide variety of personal backgrounds, age groups and ethnicities in a spirit that fosters “unity in diversity” and an attitude of learning.



Edinburgh Bahá’í Centre



Bahá’ís walk a path of service with friends, neighbours and colleagues, aiming to bring about spiritual and material transformation in neighbourhoods and villages through moral and spiritual education for children, youth and adults. For example, a youth group in Shetland brings together 11-14 year olds to study and reflect together about how they can contribute positively to the life of society.

Bahá’ís also aim to enhance the spiritual life of their neighbourhoods. In Dumfries, for example, the community holds a regular “Sacred Space” where people of all ages and backgrounds, whether Bahá’í or not, gather to share inspiring quotations from Bahá’i and other sacred writings and thus bring a unifying spirit to their individual and collective lives.