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Just as a candle’s purpose is to provide light, the human soul was created to give generously. We fulfil our highest purpose in a life of service in which, with humility and detachment, we offer our time, energy, knowledge, and financial resources for the betterment of humankind.

The attribute of service is taught from a very young age, and is held in the same regard as praying to God. Service to humanity expresses our love for God and his creation:

“Briefly, all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity. This is worship: to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people. Service is prayer.”

— Bahá’í Writings

Service in the Bahá’í community can find its expression in the mutual support and accompaniment that is provided by the interaction of the individual, community and institutions.
This attribute of service is encouraged in Bahá’í communities.

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