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Bahá’í Sacred Writings

International Archives Building
International Archives Building at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel

The sacred writings of the Bahá’í Faith are unique in that not only do we still have the original scripture, written by the hands of the founders and succeeding heads of our faith, but that the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, `Abdu’l-BaháShoghi Effendi and now the Universal House of Justice, wrote so prodigiously. As a result the Bahá’í Faith is blessed with an enormous treasure trove of scripture which enables us to always be able to turn to the authoritative guidance of the writings that form the foundational scripture of our Faith.

“Whoso hath searched the depths of the oceans that lie hid within these exalted words, and fathomed their import, can be said to have discovered a glimmer of the unspeakable glory with which this mighty, this sublime, and most holy Revelation hath been endowed.”

— Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh


The original sacred writings were written primarily in Arabic and Persian. All the major works of the Faith’s founders have been authoritatively translated into English and many other languages.  A significant portion (some suggest about a third) of the remaining writings have been authoritatively translated into English.  It is a testimony to the diversity of the Faith that many of the writings have been translated into over 800 different tongues.

Centre for the Study of the Texts - at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel
Centre for the Study of the Texts, located at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

The Bahá’í Writings Online

Read the Bahá’í writings online or download selected writings to your computer from the Bahá’í Reference Library.   You can also search the authoritative writings or search through other Bahá’í literature.