The Bahá’í teachings include laws for the spiritual life of the individual and for the development of society.
Far from seeing these laws as restrictive, Bahá’ís understand that these laws are liberating and are advantageous to an individual who seeks to lead a fulfilling life.
Some of the laws for our personal lives include daily prayer, observance of an annual period of fasting, obedience to the laws of the land and non-involvement in partisan politics.
Prohibitions against backbiting, extramarital sex, gambling, and the non-medical use of alcohol and other drugs are some of the other moral and ethical laws of the Bahá’í Faith.
Bahá’ís do not expect those who are not Bahá’ís to follow these laws; nor do Bahá’ís criticize anyone for not obeying them. Bahá’ís strive individually and collectively to understand these laws, and support each other in the process of learning to obey them.