“A Journey made with the intention of visiting a shrine or holy place.”
Shoghi Effendi, The Decisive Hour page 168)
Bahá’ís in good standing may apply to undertake a pilgrimage, which spans nine days and consists of guided visits to the Holy Shrines, various other sites in the Holy Land associated with the Central Figures of the Faith, and the Terraces and gardens on Mount Carmel.
To learn more about the Bahá’í Pilgrimage, please visit the Pilgrimage Website.
Some Selected writings:
“The Lord hath ordained that those of you who are able shall make pilgrimage to the sacred House.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas paragraph 32.
“Two sacred Houses are covered by this ordinance, the House of the Báb in Shíráz and the House of Bahá’u’lláh in Baghdád. Bahá’u’lláh has specified that pilgrimage to either of these two Houses fulfils the requirement of this passage. In two separate Tablets, known as Súriy-i-Hajj, Bahá’u’lláh has prescribed specific rites for each of these pilgrimages. In this sense, the performance of a pilgrimage is more than simply visiting these two Houses.
After the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá designated the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahjí as a place of pilgrimage. In a Tablet, He indicates that the “Most Holy Shrine, the Blessed House in Baghdád and the venerated House of the Báb in Shíráz” are “consecrated to pilgrimage”, and that it is “obligatory” to visit these places “if one can afford it and is able to do so, and if no obstacle stands in one’s way”. No rites have been prescribed for pilgrimage to the Most Holy Shrine.”
Notes to Kitab-i-Aqdas number 54.
“I wish you from all my heart the fullest success in your efforts to teach and spread our beloved Cause, and trust that you may some day undertake the pilgrimage to the Holy Land and visit the Bahá’í sacred Shrines and thus obtain a clearer vision of the mission and significance of the Faith.”
From the postscripts to a letter, in the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi quoted at Pilgrimage Website.
Assemblies get a new life and spirit when they come in touch with a pilgrim newly coming from a visit to the Sacred Shrines. The pilgrim can impact to those he meets some of the spirit he has obtained himself while kneeling in absorbed meditation and prayer at the Thresholds.
From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi quoted at Pilgrimage Website.