Bahá’í House of Worship

The Mashriqu’l-Adhkár is to be an integral part of Bahá’í community life. Its central building, the House of Worship, is specifically dedicated to prayer, meditation, and praising God. Because the aim of this structure, as of all Bahá’í institutions, is to foster and encourage unity, the building is open to all, not just Bahá’ís. In an address on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in Wilmette, near Chicago, in 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained: “the original purpose of temples and houses of worship is simply that of unity—places of meeting where various peoples, different races and souls of every capacity may come together in order that love and agreement should be manifest between them . . . that all religions, races and sects may come together within its universal shelter.”