The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Dayspring of
His Revelation and the Fountain of His laws, Who
representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His
Cause and the world of creation. Whoso achieveth this
duty hath attained unto all good; and whoso is deprived
thereof hath gone astray, though he be the author of
every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who
reacheth this most sublime station, this summit of
transcendent glory, to observe every ordinance of Him
Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are
inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other.
Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Source of
They whom God hath endued with insight will readily recognize that the precepts laid down by God
constitute the highest means for the maintenance of
order in the world and the security of its peoples. He
that turneth away from them is accounted among the
abject and foolish. We, verily, have commanded you to
refuse the dictates of your evil passions and corrupt
desires, and not to transgress the bounds which the Pen
of the Most High hath fixed, for these are the breath of
life unto all created things. The seas of Divine wisdom
and Divine utterance have risen under the breath of the
breeze of the All-Merciful. Hasten to drink your fill, O
men of understanding! They that have violated the
Covenant of God by breaking His commandments, and
have turned back on their heels, these have erred
grievously in the sight of God, the All-Possessing, the
O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving
providence among My servants, and the keys of My
mercy for My creatures. Thus hath it been sent down
from the heaven of the Will of your Lord, the Lord of
Revelation. Were any man to taste the sweetness of the
words which the lips of the All-Merciful have willed to
utter, he would, though the treasures of the earth be in
his possession, renounce them one and all, that he
might vindicate the truth of even one of His
commandments, shining above the Dayspring of His
bountiful care and loving-kindness.
Say: From My laws the sweet-smelling savour of My garment can be smelled, and by their aid the
standards of Victory will be planted upon the highest
peaks. The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven
of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation
these words: "Observe My commandments, for the love
of My beauty." Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the
divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words,
laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can
describe. By My life! He who hath drunk the choice
wine of fairness from the hands of My bountiful favour
will circle around My commandments that shine above
the Dayspring of My creation.
Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice
Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this
beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath
revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!
We have enjoined obligatory prayer upon you, with nine rak'áhs, to be offered at noon and in the
morning and the evening unto God, the Revealer of
Verses. We have relieved you of a greater number, as a
command in the Book of God. He, verily, is the
Ordainer, the Omnipotent, the Unrestrained. When ye
desire to perform this prayer, turn ye towards the Court
of My Most Holy Presence, this Hallowed Spot that
God hath made the Centre round which circle the
Concourse on High, and which He hath decreed to be
the Point of Adoration for the denizens of the Cities of
Eternity, and the Source of Command unto all that are
in heaven and on earth; and when the Sun of Truth and
Utterance shall set, turn your faces towards the Spot
that We have ordained for you. He, verily, is Almighty
Everything that is hath come to be through His irresistible decree. Whenever My laws appear like the
sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they must be
faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to
cause the heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder.
He doeth what He pleaseth. He chooseth, and none
may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved,
ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved. To
this He Who is the Lord of all creation beareth Me
witness. Whoso hath inhaled the sweet fragrance of the
All-Merciful, and recognized the Source of this
utterance, will welcome with his own eyes the shafts of
the enemy, that he may establish the truth of the laws
of God amongst men. Well is it with him that hath
turned thereunto, and apprehended the meaning of His
We have set forth the details of obligatory prayer in another Tablet. Blessed is he who observeth that
whereunto he hath been bidden by Him Who ruleth
over all mankind. In the Prayer for the Dead six specific
passages have been sent down by God, the Revealer of
Verses. Let one who is able to read recite that which
hath been revealed to precede these passages; and as for
him who is unable, God hath relieved him of this
requirement. He, of a truth, is the Mighty, the
Hair doth not invalidate your prayer, nor aught from which the spirit hath departed, such as bones and
the like. Ye are free to wear the fur of the sable as ye
would that of the beaver, the squirrel, and other
animals; the prohibition of its use hath stemmed, not
from the Qur'án, but from the misconceptions of the
divines. He, verily, is the All-Glorious, the All-Knowing.
We have commanded you to pray and fast from the beginning of maturity; this is ordained by God,
your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers. He hath
exempted from this those who are weak from illness or
age, as a bounty from His Presence, and He is the
Forgiving, the Generous. God hath granted you leave
to prostrate yourselves on any surface that is clean, for
We have removed in this regard the limitation that had
been laid down in the Book; God, indeed, hath
knowledge of that whereof ye know naught. Let him
that findeth no water for ablution repeat five times the
words "In the Name of God, the Most Pure, the Most
Pure", and then proceed to his devotions. Such is the
command of the Lord of all worlds. In regions where
the days and nights grow long, let times of prayer be
gauged by clocks and other instruments that mark the
passage of the hours. He, verily, is the Expounder, the
We have absolved you from the requirement of performing the Prayer of the Signs. On the appearance
of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and
majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all,
and say "Dominion is God's, the Lord of the seen and
the unseen, the Lord of creation".
It hath been ordained that obligatory prayer is to be performed by each of you individually. Save in the
Prayer for the Dead, the practice of congregational
prayer hath been annulled. He, of a truth, is the
Ordainer, the All-Wise.
God hath exempted women who are in their courses from obligatory prayer and fasting. Let them,
instead, after performance of their ablutions, give
praise unto God, repeating ninety-five times between
the noon of one day and the next "Glorified be God, the
Lord of Splendour and Beauty". Thus hath it been
decreed in the Book, if ye be of them that comprehend.
When travelling, if ye should stop and rest in some safe spot, perform ye--men and women alike--a
single prostration in place of each unsaid Obligatory
Prayer, and while prostrating say "Glorified be God,
the Lord of Might and Majesty, of Grace and Bounty".
Whoso is unable to do this, let him say only "Glorified
be God"; this shall assuredly suffice him. He is, of a
truth, the all-sufficing, the ever-abiding, the forgiving,
compassionate God. Upon completing your
prostrations, seat yourselves cross-legged--men and
women alike--and eighteen times repeat "Glorified be
God, the Lord of the kingdoms of earth and heaven".
Thus doth the Lord make plain the ways of truth and
guidance, ways that lead to one way, which is this
Straight Path. Render thanks unto God for this most
gracious favour; offer praise unto Him for this bounty
that hath encompassed the heavens and the earth; extol
Him for this mercy that hath pervaded all creation.
Say: God hath made My hidden love the key to the Treasure; would that ye might perceive it! But for the
key, the Treasure would to all eternity have remained
concealed; would that ye might believe it! Say: This
is the Source of Revelation, the Dawning-place
of Splendour, Whose brightness hath illumined the
horizons of the world. Would that ye might understand!
This is, verily, that fixed Decree through which
every irrevocable decree hath been established.
O Pen of the Most High! Say: O people of the world! We have enjoined upon you fasting during a
brief period, and at its close have designated for you
Naw-Rúz as a feast. Thus hath the Day-Star of
Utterance shone forth above the horizon of the Book as
decreed by Him Who is the Lord of the beginning and
the end. Let the days in excess of the months be placed
before the month of fasting. We have ordained that
these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations
of the letter Há, and thus they have not been
bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It
behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to
provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and,
beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and
exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His
praise and magnify His Name; and when they end
--these days of giving that precede the season of
restraint--let them enter upon the Fast. Thus hath it
been ordained by Him Who is the Lord of all mankind.
The traveller, the ailing, those who are with child or
giving suck, are not bound by the Fast; they have been
exempted by God as a token of His grace. He, verily, is
the Almighty, the Most Generous.
These are the ordinances of God that have been set down in the Books and Tablets by His Most Exalted
Pen. Hold ye fast unto His statutes and commandments,
and be not of those who, following their idle
fancies and vain imaginings, have clung to the
standards fixed by their own selves, and cast behind
their backs the standards laid down by God. Abstain
from food and drink from sunrise to sundown, and
beware lest desire deprive you of this grace that is
appointed in the Book.
It hath been ordained that every believer in God, the Lord of Judgement, shall, each day, having washed
his hands and then his face, seat himself and, turning
unto God, repeat "Alláh-u-Abhá" ninety-five times.
Such was the decree of the Maker of the Heavens when,
with majesty and power, He established Himself upon
the thrones of His Names. Perform ye, likewise,
ablutions for the Obligatory Prayer; this is the
command of God, the Incomparable, the Unrestrained.
Ye have been forbidden to commit murder or adultery, or to engage in backbiting or calumny; shun
ye, then, what hath been prohibited in the holy Books
We have divided inheritance into seven categories: to the children, We have allotted nine parts comprising
five hundred and forty shares; to the wife, eight parts
comprising four hundred and eighty shares; to the
father, seven parts comprising four hundred and twenty
shares; to the mother, six parts comprising three
hundred and sixty shares; to the brothers, five parts or
three hundred shares; to the sisters, four parts or two
hundred and forty shares; and to the teachers, three
parts or one hundred and eighty shares. Such was the
ordinance of My Forerunner, He Who extolleth My
Name in the night season and at the break of day.
When We heard the clamour of the children as yet
unborn, We doubled their share and decreased those of
the rest. He, of a truth, hath power to ordain
whatsoever He desireth, and He doeth as He pleaseth
by virtue of His sovereign might.
Should the deceased leave no offspring, their share
shall revert to the House of Justice, to be expended by
the Trustees of the All-Merciful on the orphaned and
widowed, and on whatsoever will bring benefit to the
generality of the people, that all may give thanks unto
their Lord, the All-Gracious, the Pardoner.
Should the deceased leave offspring, but none of the other categories of heirs that have been specified in
the Book, they shall receive two thirds of the
inheritance and the remaining third shall revert to the
House of Justice. Such is the command which hath
been given, in majesty and glory, by Him Who is the
All-Possessing, the Most High.
If the deceased should leave none of the specified heirs, but have among his relatives nephews and nieces,
whether on his brother's or his sister's side, two thirds
of the inheritance shall pass to them; or, lacking these,
to his uncles and aunts on both his father's and his
mother's side, and after them to their sons and
daughters. The remaining third of the inheritance
shall, in any case, revert to the Seat of Justice. Thus
hath it been laid down in the Book by Him Who ruleth
over all men.
Should the deceased be survived by none of those whose names have been recorded by the Pen of the Most
High, his estate shall, in its entirety, revert to the
aforementioned Seat that it may be expended on that
which is prescribed by God. He, verily, is the
Ordainer, the Omnipotent.
We have assigned the residence and personal clothing of the deceased to the male, not female,
offspring, nor to the other heirs. He, verily, is the
Munificent, the All-Bountiful.
Should the son of the deceased have passed away in the days of his father and have left children, they will
inherit their father's share, as prescribed in the Book of
God. Divide ye their share amongst them with perfect
justice. Thus have the billows of the Ocean of
Utterance surged, casting forth the pearls of the laws
decreed by the Lord of all mankind.
If the deceased should leave children who are under age, their share of the inheritance must be
entrusted to a reliable individual, or to a company, that
it may be invested on their behalf in trade and business
until they come of age. The trustee should be assigned
a due share of the profit that hath accrued to it from
being thus employed.
Division of the estate should take place only after the Huqúqu'lláh hath been paid, any debts have been
settled, the expenses of the funeral and burial defrayed,
and such provision made that the deceased may be
carried to his resting-place with dignity and honour.
Thus hath it been ordained by Him Who is Lord of the
beginning and the end.
Say: This is that hidden knowledge which shall never change, since its beginning is with nine, the
symbol that betokeneth the concealed and manifest,
the inviolable and unapproachably exalted Name. As
for what We have appropriated to the children, this is a
bounty conferred on them by God, that they may
render thanks unto their Lord, the Compassionate, the
Merciful. These, verily, are the Laws of God; transgress
them not at the prompting of your base and selfish
desires. Observe ye the injunctions laid upon you by
Him Who is the Dawning-place of Utterance. The
sincere among His servants will regard the precepts set
forth by God as the Water of Life to the followers of
every faith, and the Lamp of wisdom and loving
providence to all the denizens of earth and heaven.
The Lord hath ordained that in every city a House of Justice be established wherein shall gather counsellors
to the number of Bahá, and should it exceed this
number it doth not matter. They should consider
themselves as entering the Court of the presence of
God, the Exalted, the Most High, and as beholding
Him Who is the Unseen. It behoveth them to be the
trusted ones of the Merciful among men and to regard
themselves as the guardians appointed of God for all
that dwell on earth. It is incumbent upon them to take
counsel together and to have regard for the interests of
the servants of God, for His sake, even as they regard
their own interests, and to choose that which is meet
and seemly. Thus hath the Lord your God commanded
you. Beware lest ye put away that which is clearly
revealed in His Tablet. Fear God, O ye that perceive.
O people of the world! Build ye houses of worship throughout the lands in the name of Him Who is the
Lord of all religions. Make them as perfect as is possible
in the world of being, and adorn them with that which
befitteth them, not with images and effigies. Then,
with radiance and joy, celebrate therein the praise of
your Lord, the Most Compassionate. Verily, by His
remembrance the eye is cheered and the heart is filled
The Lord hath ordained that those of you who are able shall make pilgrimage to the sacred House, and
from this He hath exempted women as a mercy on His
part. He, of a truth, is the All-Bountiful, the Most
O people of Bahá! It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation--such as a craft, a
trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in
such work to the rank of worship of the one true God.
Reflect, O people, on the grace and blessings of your
Lord, and yield Him thanks at eventide and dawn.
Waste not your hours in idleness and sloth, but occupy
yourselves with what will profit you and others. Thus
hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon
hath shone the day-star of wisdom and utterance. The
most despised of men in the sight of God are they who
sit and beg. Hold ye fast unto the cord of means and
place your trust in God, the Provider of all means.
The kissing of hands hath been forbidden in the Book. This practice is prohibited by God, the Lord of
glory and command. To none is it permitted to seek
absolution from another soul; let repentance be between
yourselves and God. He, verily, is the Pardoner, the
Bounteous, the Gracious, the One Who absolveth the
O ye servants of the Merciful One! Arise to serve the Cause of God, in such wise that the cares and
sorrows caused by them that have disbelieved in the
Dayspring of the Signs of God may not afflict you. At
the time when the Promise was fulfilled and the
Promised One made manifest, differences have
appeared amongst the kindreds of the earth and each
people hath followed its own fancy and idle imaginings.
Amongst the people is he who seateth himself amid the sandals by the door whilst coveting in his
heart the seat of honour. Say: What manner of man art
thou, O vain and heedless one, who wouldst appear as
other than thou art? And among the people is he who
layeth claim to inner knowledge, and still deeper
knowledge concealed within this knowledge. Say:
Thou speakest false! By God! What thou dost possess is
naught but husks which We have left to thee as bones
are left to dogs. By the righteousness of the one true
God! Were anyone to wash the feet of all mankind, and
were he to worship God in the forests, valleys, and
mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks, to leave no
rock or tree, no clod of earth, but was a witness to his
worship--yet, should the fragrance of My good
pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would
never be acceptable unto God. Thus hath it been
decreed by Him Who is the Lord of all. How many a
man hath secluded himself in the climes of India,
denied himself the things that God hath decreed as
lawful, imposed upon himself austerities and mortifications,
and hath not been remembered by God, the
Revealer of Verses. Make not your deeds as snares
wherewith to entrap the object of your aspiration, and
deprive not yourselves of this Ultimate Objective for
which have ever yearned all such as have drawn nigh
unto God. Say: The very life of all deeds is My good
pleasure, and all things depend upon Mine acceptance.
Read ye the Tablets that ye may know what hath been
purposed in the Books of God, the All-Glorious, the
Ever-Bounteous. He who attaineth to My love hath
title to a throne of gold, to sit thereon in honour over
all the world; he who is deprived thereof, though he sit
upon the dust, that dust would seek refuge with God,
the Lord of all Religions.
Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a
man is assuredly a lying impostor. We pray God that
He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate
such claim. Should he repent, God will, no doubt,
forgive him. If, however, he persisteth in his error,
God will, assuredly, send down one who will deal
mercilessly with him. Terrible, indeed, is God in
punishing! Whosoever interpreteth this verse otherwise
than its obvious meaning is deprived of the Spirit of
God and of His mercy which encompasseth all created
things. Fear God, and follow not your idle fancies.
Nay, rather, follow the bidding of your Lord, the
Almighty, the All-Wise. Erelong shall clamorous
voices be raised in most lands. Shun them, O My
people, and follow not the iniquitous and evil-hearted.
This is that of which We gave you forewarning when
We were dwelling in `Iráq, then later while in the Land
of Mystery, and now from this Resplendent Spot.
Be not dismayed, O peoples of the world, when the day-star of My beauty is set, and the heaven of My
tabernacle is concealed from your eyes. Arise to further
My Cause, and to exalt My Word amongst men. We
are with you at all times, and shall strengthen you
through the power of truth. We are truly almighty.
Whoso hath recognized Me will arise and serve Me
with such determination that the powers of earth and
heaven shall be unable to defeat his purpose.
The peoples of the world are fast asleep. Were they to wake from their slumber, they would hasten with
eagerness unto God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
They would cast away everything they possess, be it all
the treasures of the earth, that their Lord may
remember them to the extent of addressing to them but
one word. Such is the instruction given you by Him
Who holdeth the knowledge of things hidden, in a
Tablet which the eye of creation hath not seen, and
which is revealed to none except His own Self, the
omnipotent Protector of all worlds. So bewildered are
they in the drunkenness of their evil desires, that they
are powerless to recognize the Lord of all being, Whose
voice calleth aloud from every direction: "There is none
other God but Me, the Mighty, the All-Wise."
Say: Rejoice not in the things ye possess; tonight they are yours, tomorrow others will possess them.
Thus warneth you He Who is the All-Knowing, the
All-Informed. Say: Can ye claim that what ye own is
lasting or secure? Nay! By Myself, the All-Merciful, ye
cannot, if ye be of them who judge fairly. The days of
your life flee away as a breath of wind, and all your
pomp and glory shall be folded up as were the pomp
and glory of those gone before you. Reflect, O people!
What hath become of your bygone days, your lost
centuries? Happy the days that have been consecrated
to the remembrance of God, and blessed the hours
which have been spent in praise of Him Who is the All-Wise.
By My life! Neither the pomp of the mighty, nor
the wealth of the rich, nor even the ascendancy of the
ungodly will endure. All will perish, at a word from
Him. He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the All-Compelling,
the Almighty. What advantage is there in
the earthly things which men possess? That which shall
profit them, they have utterly neglected. Erelong, they
will awake from their slumber, and find themselves
unable to obtain that which hath escaped them in the
days of their Lord, the Almighty, the All-Praised. Did
they but know it, they would renounce their all, that
their names may be mentioned before His throne.
They, verily, are accounted among the dead.
Amongst the people is he whose learning hath made him proud, and who hath been debarred thereby
from recognizing My Name, the Self-Subsisting; who,
when he heareth the tread of sandals following behind
him, waxeth greater in his own esteem than Nimrod.
Say: O rejected one! Where now is his abode? By God,
it is the nethermost fire. Say: O concourse of divines!
Hear ye not the shrill voice of My Most Exalted Pen?
See ye not this Sun that shineth in refulgent splendour
above the All-Glorious Horizon? For how long will ye
worship the idols of your evil passions? Forsake your
vain imaginings, and turn yourselves unto God, your
Endowments dedicated to charity revert to God, the Revealer of Signs. None hath the right to dispose of
them without leave from Him Who is the Dawning-place
of Revelation. After Him, this authority shall
pass to the Aghsán, and after them to the House of
Justice--should it be established in the world by
then--that they may use these endowments for the
benefit of the Places which have been exalted in this
Cause, and for whatsoever hath been enjoined upon
them by Him Who is the God of might and power.
Otherwise, the endowments shall revert to the people
of Bahá who speak not except by His leave and judge
not save in accordance with what God hath decreed in
this Tablet--lo, they are the champions of victory
betwixt heaven and earth--that they may use them in
the manner that hath been laid down in the Book by
God, the Mighty, the Bountiful.
Lament not in your hours of trial, neither rejoice therein; seek ye the Middle Way which is the
remembrance of Me in your afflictions and reflection
over that which may befall you in future. Thus
informeth you He Who is the Omniscient, He Who is
Shave not your heads; God hath adorned them with hair, and in this there are signs from the Lord of
creation to those who reflect upon the requirements of
nature. He, verily, is the God of strength and wisdom.
Notwithstanding, it is not seemly to let the hair pass
beyond the limit of the ears. Thus hath it been decreed
by Him Who is the Lord of all worlds.
Exile and imprisonment are decreed for the thief, and, on the third offence, place ye a mark upon his
brow so that, thus identified, he may not be accepted in
the cities of God and His countries. Beware lest,
through compassion, ye neglect to carry out the
statutes of the religion of God; do that which hath been
bidden you by Him Who is compassionate and
merciful. We school you with the rod of wisdom and
laws, like unto the father who educateth his son, and
this for naught but the protection of your own selves
and the elevation of your stations. By My life, were ye
to discover what We have desired for you in revealing
Our holy laws, ye would offer up your very souls for
this sacred, this mighty, and most exalted Faith.
Whoso wisheth to make use of vessels of silver and gold is at liberty to do so. Take heed lest, when
partaking of food, ye plunge your hands into the
contents of bowls and platters. Adopt ye such usages as
are most in keeping with refinement. He, verily,
desireth to see in you the manners of the inmates of
Paradise in His mighty and most sublime Kingdom.
Hold ye fast unto refinement under all conditions, that
your eyes may be preserved from beholding what is
repugnant both to your own selves and to the dwellers
of Paradise. Should anyone depart therefrom, his deed
shall at that moment be rendered vain; yet should he
have good reason, God will excuse him. He, in truth,
is the Gracious, the Most Bountiful.
He Who is the Dawning-place of God's Cause hath no partner in the Most Great Infallibility. He it is
Who, in the kingdom of creation, is the Manifestation
of "He doeth whatsoever He willeth". God hath
reserved this distinction unto His own Self, and
ordained for none a share in so sublime and transcendent
a station. This is the Decree of God, concealed ere
now within the veil of impenetrable mystery. We have
disclosed it in this Revelation, and have thereby rent
asunder the veils of such as have failed to recognize that
which the Book of God set forth and who were
numbered with the heedless.
Unto every father hath been enjoined the instruction of his son and daughter in the art of reading and
writing and in all that hath been laid down in the Holy
Tablet. He that putteth away that which is commanded
unto him, the Trustees are then to take from
him that which is required for their instruction if he be
wealthy and, if not, the matter devolveth upon the
House of Justice. Verily have We made it a shelter for
the poor and needy. He that bringeth up his son or the
son of another, it is as though he hath brought up a son
of Mine; upon him rest My glory, My loving-kindness,
My mercy, that have compassed the world.
God hath imposed a fine on every adulterer and adulteress, to be paid to the House of Justice: nine
mithqáls of gold, to be doubled if they should repeat
the offence. Such is the penalty which He Who is the
Lord of Names hath assigned them in this world; and in
the world to come He hath ordained for them a
humiliating torment. Should anyone be afflicted by a
sin, it behoveth him to repent thereof and return unto
his Lord. He, verily, granteth forgiveness unto
whomsoever He willeth, and none may question that
which it pleaseth Him to ordain. He is, in truth, the
Ever-Forgiving, the Almighty, the All-Praised.
Beware lest ye be hindered by the veils of glory from partaking of the crystal waters of this living
Fountain. Seize ye the chalice of salvation at this
dawntide in the name of Him Who causeth the day to
break, and drink your fill in praise of Him Who is the
All-Glorious, the Incomparable.
We have made it lawful for you to listen to music and singing. Take heed, however, lest listening thereto
should cause you to overstep the bounds of propriety
and dignity. Let your joy be the joy born of My Most
Great Name, a Name that bringeth rapture to the
heart, and filleth with ecstasy the minds of all who have
drawn nigh unto God. We, verily, have made music
as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may
be lifted up unto the realm on high; make it not,
therefore, as wings to self and passion. Truly, We are
loath to see you numbered with the foolish.
We have decreed that a third part of all fines shall go to the Seat of Justice, and We admonish its men to
observe pure justice, that they may expend what is thus
accumulated for such purposes as have been enjoined
upon them by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
O ye Men of Justice! Be ye, in the realm of God,
shepherds unto His sheep and guard them from the
ravening wolves that have appeared in disguise, even as
ye would guard your own sons. Thus exhorteth you the
Counsellor, the Faithful.
Should differences arise amongst you over any matter, refer it to God while the Sun still shineth above
the horizon of this Heaven and, when it hath set, refer
ye to whatsoever hath been sent down by Him. This,
verily, is sufficient unto the peoples of the world. Say:
Let not your hearts be perturbed, O people, when the
glory of My Presence is withdrawn, and the ocean of
My utterance is stilled. In My presence amongst you
there is a wisdom, and in My absence there is yet
another, inscrutable to all but God, the Incomparable,
the All-Knowing. Verily, We behold you from Our
realm of glory, and shall aid whosoever will arise for the
triumph of Our Cause with the hosts of the Concourse
on high and a company of Our favoured angels.
O peoples of the earth! God, the Eternal Truth, is My witness that streams of fresh and soft-flowing
waters have gushed from the rocks through the
sweetness of the words uttered by your Lord, the
Unconstrained; and still ye slumber. Cast away that
which ye possess, and, on the wings of detachment,
soar beyond all created things. Thus biddeth you the
Lord of creation, the movement of Whose Pen hath
revolutionized the soul of mankind.
Know ye from what heights your Lord, the All-Glorious, is calling? Think ye that ye have recognized
the Pen wherewith your Lord, the Lord of all names,
commandeth you? Nay, by My life! Did ye but know
it, ye would renounce the world, and would hasten
with your whole hearts to the presence of the Well-Beloved.
Your spirits would be so transported by His
Word as to throw into commotion the Greater
World--how much more this small and petty one!
Thus have the showers of My bounty been poured down
from the heaven of My loving-kindness, as a token of
My grace, that ye may be of the thankful.
The penalties for wounding or striking a person depend upon the severity of the injury; for each degree
the Lord of Judgement hath prescribed a certain
indemnity. He is, in truth, the Ordainer, the Mighty,
the Most Exalted. We shall, if it be Our Will, set forth
these payments in their just degrees--this is a promise
on Our part, and He, verily, is the Keeper of His
pledge, the Knower of all things.
Verily, it is enjoined upon you to offer a feast, once in every month, though only water be served; for
God hath purposed to bind hearts together, albeit
through both earthly and heavenly means.
Beware lest the desires of the flesh and of a corrupt inclination provoke divisions among you. Be ye as the
fingers of one hand, the members of one body. Thus
counselleth you the Pen of Revelation, if ye be of them
Consider the mercy of God and His gifts. He enjoineth upon you that which shall profit you, though
He Himself can well dispense with all creatures. Your
evil doings can never harm Us, neither can your good
works profit Us. We summon you wholly for the sake
of God. To this every man of understanding and
insight will testify.
If ye should hunt with beasts or birds of prey, invoke ye the Name of God when ye send them to
pursue their quarry; for then whatever they catch shall
be lawful unto you, even should ye find it to have died.
He, verily, is the Omniscient, the All-Informed. Take
heed, however, that ye hunt not to excess. Tread ye the
path of justice and equity in all things. Thus biddeth
you He Who is the Dawning-place of Revelation,
would that ye might comprehend.
God hath bidden you to show forth kindliness towards My kindred, but He hath granted them no
right to the property of others. He, verily, is self-sufficient,
above any need of His creatures.
Should anyone intentionally destroy a house by fire, him also shall ye burn; should anyone deliberately
take another's life, him also shall ye put to death. Take
ye hold of the precepts of God with all your strength
and power, and abandon the ways of the ignorant.
Should ye condemn the arsonist and the murderer to
life imprisonment, it would be permissible according
to the provisions of the Book. He, verily, hath power to
ordain whatsoever He pleaseth.
God hath prescribed matrimony unto you. Beware that ye take not unto yourselves more wives than two.
Whoso contenteth himself with a single partner from
among the maidservants of God, both he and she shall
live in tranquillity. And he who would take into his
service a maid may do so with propriety. Such is the
ordinance which, in truth and justice, hath been
recorded by the Pen of Revelation. Enter into wedlock,
O people, that ye may bring forth one who will make
mention of Me amid My servants. This is My bidding
unto you; hold fast to it as an assistance to yourselves.
O people of the world! Follow not the promptings of the self, for it summoneth insistently to wickedness
and lust; follow, rather, Him Who is the Possessor of all
created things, Who biddeth you to show forth piety,
and manifest the fear of God. He, verily, is independent
of all His creatures. Take heed not to stir up
mischief in the land after it hath been set in order.
Whoso acteth in this way is not of Us, and We are quit
of him. Such is the command which hath, through the
power of truth, been made manifest from the heaven of
It hath been laid down in the Bayán that marriage is dependent upon the consent of both parties. Desiring
to establish love, unity and harmony amidst Our
servants, We have conditioned it, once the couple's
wish is known, upon the permission of their parents,
lest enmity and rancour should arise amongst them.
And in this We have yet other purposes. Thus hath
Our commandment been ordained.
No marriage may be contracted without payment of a dowry, which hath been fixed for city-dwellers at
nineteen mithqáls of pure gold, and for village-dwellers
at the same amount in silver. Whoso wisheth to
increase this sum, it is forbidden him to exceed the
limit of ninety-five mithqáls. Thus hath the command
been writ in majesty and power. If he content himself,
however, with a payment of the lowest level, it shall be
better for him according to the Book. God, verily, enricheth
whomsoever He willeth through both heavenly
and earthly means, and He, in truth, hath power over
It hath been decreed by God that, should any one of His servants intend to travel, he must fix for his wife
a time when he will return home. If he return by the
promised time, he will have obeyed the bidding of his
Lord and shall be numbered by the Pen of His behest
among the righteous; otherwise, if there be good reason
for delay, he must inform his wife and make the utmost
endeavour to return to her. Should neither of these
eventualities occur, it behoveth her to wait for a period
of nine months, after which there is no impediment to
her taking another husband; but should she wait
longer, God, verily, loveth those women and men who
show forth patience. Obey ye My commandments, and
follow not the ungodly, they who have been reckoned
as sinners in God's Holy Tablet. If, during the period
of her waiting, word should reach her from her
husband, she should choose the course that is praiseworthy.
He, of a truth, desireth that His servants and
His handmaids should be at peace with one another;
take heed lest ye do aught that may provoke
intransigence amongst you. Thus hath the decree been
fixed and the promise come to pass. If, however, news
should reach her of her husband's death or murder, and be
confirmed by general report, or by the testimony of two
just witnesses, it behoveth her to remain single; then,
upon completion of the fixed number of months, she is
free to adopt the course of her choosing. Such is the
bidding of Him Who is mighty and powerful in His
Should resentment or antipathy arise between husband and wife, he is not to divorce her but to bide
in patience throughout the course of one whole year,
that perchance the fragrance of affection may be
renewed between them. If, upon the completion of this
period, their love hath not returned, it is permissible
for divorce to take place. God's wisdom, verily, hath
encompassed all things. The Lord hath prohibited, in a
Tablet inscribed by the Pen of His command, the
practice to which ye formerly had recourse when thrice
ye had divorced a woman. This He hath done as a
favour on His part, that ye may be accounted among
the thankful. He who hath divorced his wife may
choose, upon the passing of each month, to remarry her
when there is mutual affection and consent, so long as
she hath not taken another husband. Should she have
wed again, then, by this other union, the separation is
confirmed and the matter is concluded unless, clearly,
her circumstances change. Thus hath the decree been
inscribed with majesty in this glorious Tablet by Him
Who is the Dawning-place of Beauty.
If the wife accompany her husband on a journey, and differences arise between them on the way, he is
required to provide her with her expenses for one whole
year, and either to return her whence she came or to
entrust her, together with the necessaries for her
journey, to a dependable person who is to escort her
home. Thy Lord, verily, ordaineth as He pleaseth, by
virtue of a sovereignty that overshadoweth the peoples
of the earth.
Should a woman be divorced in consequence of a proven act of infidelity, she shall receive no maintenance
during her period of waiting. Thus hath the day-star
of Our commandment shone forth resplendent
from the firmament of justice. Truly, the Lord loveth
union and harmony and abhorreth separation and
divorce. Live ye one with another, O people, in
radiance and joy. By My life! All that are on earth shall
pass away, while good deeds alone shall endure; to the
truth of My words God doth Himself bear witness.
Compose your differences, O My servants; then heed ye
the admonition of Our Pen of Glory and follow not the
arrogant and wayward.
Take heed lest the world beguile you as it beguiled the people who went before you! Observe ye the
statutes and precepts of your Lord, and walk ye in this
Way which hath been laid out before you in
righteousness and truth. They who eschew iniquity and
error, who adhere to virtue, are, in the sight of the one
true God, among the choicest of His creatures; their
names are extolled by the Concourse of the realms
above, and by those who dwell in this Tabernacle
which hath been raised in the name of God.
It is forbidden you to trade in slaves, be they men or women. It is not for him who is himself a servant to
buy another of God's servants, and this hath been
prohibited in His Holy Tablet. Thus, by His mercy,
hath the commandment been recorded by the Pen of
justice. Let no man exalt himself above another; all are
but bondslaves before the Lord, and all exemplify the
truth that there is none other God but Him. He,
verily, is the All-Wise, Whose wisdom encompasseth
Adorn yourselves with the raiment of goodly deeds. He whose deeds attain unto God's good pleasure
is assuredly of the people of Bahá and is remembered
before His throne. Assist ye the Lord of all creation
with works of righteousness, and also through wisdom
and utterance. Thus, indeed, have ye been commanded
in most of the Tablets by Him Who is the All-Merciful.
He, truly, is cognizant of what I say. Let
none contend with another, and let no soul slay
another; this, verily, is that which was forbidden you in
a Book that hath lain concealed within the Tabernacle
of glory. What! Would ye kill him whom God hath
quickened, whom He hath endowed with spirit
through a breath from Him? Grievous then would be
your trespass before His throne! Fear God, and lift not
the hand of injustice and oppression to destroy what He
hath Himself raised up; nay, walk ye in the way of
God, the True One. No sooner did the hosts of true
knowledge appear, bearing the standards of Divine
utterance, than the tribes of the religions were put to
flight, save only those who willed to drink from the
stream of everlasting life in a Paradise created by the
breath of the All-Glorious.
God hath decreed, in token of His mercy unto His creatures, that semen is not unclean. Yield thanks unto
Him with joy and radiance, and follow not such as are
remote from the Dawning-place of His nearness. Arise
ye, under all conditions, to render service to the Cause,
for God will assuredly assist you through the power of
His sovereignty which overshadoweth the worlds.
Cleave ye unto the cord of refinement with such
tenacity as to allow no trace of dirt to be seen upon your
garments. Such is the injunction of One Who is
sanctified above all refinement. Whoso falleth short of
this standard with good reason shall incur no blame.
God, verily, is the Forgiving, the Merciful. Wash ye
every soiled thing with water that hath undergone no
alteration in any one of the three respects; take heed not
to use water that hath been altered through exposure to
the air or to some other agent. Be ye the very essence of
cleanliness amongst mankind. This, truly, is what your
Lord, the Incomparable, the All-Wise, desireth for
God hath, likewise, as a bounty from His presence, abolished the concept of "uncleanness",
whereby divers things and peoples have been held to be
impure. He, of a certainty, is the Ever-Forgiving, the
Most Generous. Verily, all created things were
immersed in the sea of purification when, on that first
day of Ridván, We shed upon the whole of creation the
splendours of Our most excellent Names and Our most
exalted Attributes. This, verily, is a token of My loving
providence, which hath encompassed all the worlds.
Consort ye then with the followers of all religions, and
proclaim ye the Cause of your Lord, the Most
Compassionate; this is the very crown of deeds, if ye be
of them who understand.
God hath enjoined upon you to observe the utmost cleanliness, to the extent of washing what is soiled
with dust, let alone with hardened dirt and similar
defilement. Fear Him, and be of those who are pure.
Should the garb of anyone be visibly sullied, his prayers
shall not ascend to God, and the celestial Concourse
will turn away from him. Make use of rose-water, and
of pure perfume; this, indeed, is that which God hath
loved from the beginning that hath no beginning, in
order that there may be diffused from you what your
Lord, the Incomparable, the All-Wise, desireth.
God hath relieved you of the ordinance laid down in the Bayán concerning the destruction of books. We
have permitted you to read such sciences as are
profitable unto you, not such as end in idle disputation;
better is this for you, if ye be of them that comprehend.
O kings of the earth! He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is come. The Kingdom is God's, the
omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting. Worship
none but God, and, with radiant hearts, lift up your
faces unto your Lord, the Lord of all names. This is a
Revelation to which whatever ye possess can never be
compared, could ye but know it.
We see you rejoicing in that which ye have amassed for others and shutting out yourselves from the
worlds which naught except My guarded Tablet can
reckon. The treasures ye have laid up have drawn you
far away from your ultimate objective. This ill
beseemeth you, could ye but understand it. Wash from
your hearts all earthly defilements, and hasten to enter
the Kingdom of your Lord, the Creator of earth and
heaven, Who caused the world to tremble and all its
peoples to wail, except them that have renounced all
things and clung to that which the Hidden Tablet hath
This is the Day in which He Who held converse with God hath attained the light of the Ancient of
Days, and quaffed the pure waters of reunion from this
Cup that hath caused the seas to swell. Say: By the one
true God! Sinai is circling round the Dayspring of
Revelation, while from the heights of the Kingdom the
Voice of the Spirit of God is heard proclaiming: "Bestir
yourselves, ye proud ones of the earth, and hasten ye
unto Him." Carmel hath, in this Day, hastened in
longing adoration to attain His court, whilst from the
heart of Zion there cometh the cry: "The promise is
fulfilled. That which had been announced in the holy
Writ of God, the Most Exalted, the Almighty, the
Best-Beloved, is made manifest."
O kings of the earth! The Most Great Law hath been revealed in this Spot, this scene of transcendent
splendour. Every hidden thing hath been brought to
light by virtue of the Will of the Supreme Ordainer,
He Who hath ushered in the Last Hour, through
Whom the Moon hath been cleft, and every irrevocable
Ye are but vassals, O kings of the earth! He Who is the King of Kings hath appeared, arrayed in His
most wondrous glory, and is summoning you unto
Himself, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. Take
heed lest pride deter you from recognizing the Source of
Revelation, lest the things of this world shut you out as
by a veil from Him Who is the Creator of heaven.
Arise, and serve Him Who is the Desire of all nations,
Who hath created you through a word from Him, and
ordained you to be, for all time, the emblems of His
By the righteousness of God! It is not Our wish to lay hands on your kingdoms. Our mission is to seize
and possess the hearts of men. Upon them the eyes of
Bahá are fastened. To this testifieth the Kingdom of
Names, could ye but comprehend it. Whoso followeth
his Lord will renounce the world and all that is therein;
how much greater, then, must be the detachment of
Him Who holdeth so august a station! Forsake your
palaces, and haste ye to gain admittance into His
Kingdom. This, indeed, will profit you both in this
world and in the next. To this testifieth the Lord of the
realm on high, did ye but know it.
How great the blessedness that awaiteth the king who will arise to aid My Cause in My kingdom, who
will detach himself from all else but Me! Such a king
is numbered with the companions of the Crimson
Ark--the Ark which God hath prepared for the people
of Bahá. All must glorify his name, must reverence his
station, and aid him to unlock the cities with the keys
of My Name, the omnipotent Protector of all that
inhabit the visible and invisible kingdoms. Such a king
is the very eye of mankind, the luminous ornament on
the brow of creation, the fountainhead of blessings
unto the whole world. Offer up, O people of Bahá,
your substance, nay your very lives, for his assistance.
O Emperor of Austria! He Who is the Dayspring of God's Light dwelt in the prison of Akká at the time
when thou didst set forth to visit the Aqsá Mosque.
Thou passed Him by, and inquired not about Him by
Whom every house is exalted and every lofty gate
unlocked. We, verily, made it a place whereunto the
world should turn, that they might remember Me, and
yet thou hast rejected Him Who is the Object of this
remembrance, when He appeared with the Kingdom of
God, thy Lord and the Lord of the worlds. We have
been with thee at all times, and found thee clinging
unto the Branch and heedless of the Root. Thy Lord,
verily, is a witness unto what I say. We grieved to see
thee circle round Our Name, whilst unaware of Us,
though We were before thy face. Open thine eyes, that
thou mayest behold this glorious Vision, and recognize
Him Whom thou invokest in the daytime and in the
night season, and gaze on the Light that shineth above
this luminous Horizon.
Say: O King of Berlin! Give ear unto the Voice calling from this manifest Temple: "Verily, there is
none other God but Me, the Everlasting, the Peerless,
the Ancient of Days." Take heed lest pride debar thee
from recognizing the Dayspring of Divine Revelation,
lest earthly desires shut thee out, as by a veil, from the
Lord of the Throne above and of the earth below. Thus
counselleth thee the Pen of the Most High. He, verily,
is the Most Gracious, the All-Bountiful. Do thou
remember the one
whose power transcended thy
power, and whose station excelled thy station. Where
is he? Whither are gone the things he possessed? Take
warning, and be not of them that are fast asleep. He it
was who cast the Tablet of God behind him when We
made known unto him what the hosts of tyranny had
caused Us to suffer. Wherefore, disgrace assailed him
from all sides, and he went down to dust in great loss.
Think deeply, O King, concerning him, and concerning
them who, like unto thee, have conquered cities
and ruled over men. The All-Merciful brought them
down from their palaces to their graves. Be warned, be
of them who reflect.
We have asked nothing from you. For the sake of God We, verily, exhort you, and will be patient as We
have been patient in that which hath befallen Us at
your hands, O concourse of kings!
Hearken ye, O Rulers of America and the Presidents of the Republics therein, unto that which
the Dove is warbling on the Branch of Eternity: "There
is none other God but Me, the Ever-Abiding, the
Forgiving, the All-Bountiful." Adorn ye the temple of
dominion with the ornament of justice and of the fear
of God, and its head with the crown of the
remembrance of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens.
Thus counselleth you He Who is the Dayspring of
Names, as bidden by Him Who is the All-Knowing,
the All-Wise. The Promised One hath appeared in this
glorified Station, whereat all beings, both seen and
unseen, have rejoiced. Take ye advantage of the Day of
God. Verily, to meet Him is better for you than all that
whereon the sun shineth, could ye but know it. O
concourse of rulers! Give ear unto that which hath been
raised from the Dayspring of Grandeur: "Verily, there
is none other God but Me, the Lord of Utterance, the
All-Knowing." Bind ye the broken with the hands of
justice, and crush the oppressor who flourisheth with
the rod of the commandments of your Lord, the
Ordainer, the All-Wise.
O people of Constantinople! Lo, from your midst We hear the baleful hooting of the owl. Hath the
drunkenness of passion laid hold upon you, or is it that
ye are sunk in heedlessness? O Spot that art situate on
the shores of the two seas! The throne of tyranny hath,
verily, been established upon thee, and the flame of
hatred hath been kindled within thy bosom, in such
wise that the Concourse on high and they who circle
around the Exalted Throne have wailed and lamented.
We behold in thee the foolish ruling over the wise, and
darkness vaunting itself against the light. Thou art
indeed filled with manifest pride. Hath thine outward
splendour made thee vainglorious? By Him Who is the
Lord of mankind! It shall soon perish, and thy
daughters and thy widows and all the kindreds that
dwell within thee shall lament. Thus informeth thee
the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
O banks of the Rhine! We have seen you covered with gore, inasmuch as the swords of retribution were
drawn against you; and you shall have another turn.
And We hear the lamentations of Berlin, though she be
today in conspicuous glory.
Let nothing grieve thee, O Land of Tá,
for God hath chosen thee to be the source of the joy of all
mankind. He shall, if it be His Will, bless thy throne
with one who will rule with justice, who will gather
together the flock of God which the wolves have
scattered. Such a ruler will, with joy and gladness, turn
his face towards, and extend his favours unto, the
people of Bahá. He indeed is accounted in the sight of
God as a jewel among men. Upon him rest forever the
glory of God and the glory of all that dwell in the
kingdom of His revelation.
Rejoice with great joy, for God hath made thee
"the Dayspring of His light", inasmuch as within thee
was born the Manifestation of His Glory. Be thou glad
for this name that hath been conferred upon thee--a
name through which the Day-Star of grace hath shed its
splendour, through which both earth and heaven have
Erelong will the state of affairs within thee be changed, and the reins of power fall into the hands of
the people. Verily, thy Lord is the All-Knowing. His
authority embraceth all things. Rest thou assured in
the gracious favour of thy Lord. The eye of His loving-kindness
shall everlastingly be directed towards thee.
The day is approaching when thy agitation will have
been transmuted into peace and quiet calm. Thus hath
it been decreed in the wondrous Book.
O Land of Khá!
We hear from thee the voice of heroes, raised in glorification of thy Lord, the All-Possessing,
the Most Exalted. Blessed the day on which
the banners of the divine Names shall be upraised in
the kingdom of creation in My Name, the All-Glorious.
On that day the faithful shall rejoice in the
victory of God, and the disbelievers shall lament.
None must contend with those who wield authority over the people; leave unto them that which
is theirs, and direct your attention to men's hearts.
O Most Mighty Ocean! Sprinkle upon the nations that with which Thou hast been charged by Him Who
is the Sovereign of Eternity, and adorn the temples of
all the dwellers of the earth with the vesture of His laws
through which all hearts will rejoice and all eyes be
Should anyone acquire one hundred mithqáls of gold, nineteen mithqáls thereof are God's and to be
rendered unto Him, the Fashioner of earth and heaven.
Take heed, O people, lest ye deprive yourselves of so
great a bounty. This We have commanded you, though
We are well able to dispense with you and with all who
are in the heavens and on earth; in it there are benefits
and wisdoms beyond the ken of anyone but God, the
Omniscient, the All-Informed. Say: By this means He
hath desired to purify what ye possess and to enable you
to draw nigh unto such stations as none can comprehend
save those whom God hath willed. He, in truth,
is the Beneficent, the Gracious, the Bountiful. O
people! Deal not faithlessly with the Right of God,
nor, without His leave, make free with its disposal.
Thus hath His commandment been established in the
holy Tablets, and in this exalted Book. He who dealeth
faithlessly with God shall in justice meet with
faithlessness himself; he, however, who acteth in
accordance with God's bidding shall receive a blessing
from the heaven of the bounty of his Lord, the
Gracious, the Bestower, the Generous, the Ancient of
Days. He, verily, hath willed for you that which is yet
beyond your knowledge, but which shall be known to
you when, after this fleeting life, your souls soar
heavenwards and the trappings of your earthly joys are
folded up. Thus admonisheth you He in Whose
possession is the Guarded Tablet.
Various petitions have come before Our throne
from the believers, concerning laws from God, the Lord
of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of all worlds. We
have, in consequence, revealed this Holy Tablet and
arrayed it with the mantle of His Law that haply the
people may keep the commandments of their Lord.
Similar requests had been made of Us over several
previous years but We had, in Our wisdom, withheld
Our Pen until, in recent days, letters arrived from a
number of the friends, and We have therefore
responded, through the power of truth, with that
which shall quicken the hearts of men.
Say: O leaders of religion! Weigh not the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current
amongst you, for the Book itself is the unerring
Balance established amongst men. In this most perfect
Balance whatsoever the peoples and kindreds of the
earth possess must be weighed, while the measure of its
weight should be tested according to its own standard,
did ye but know it.
The eye of My loving-kindness weepeth sore over you, inasmuch as ye have failed to recognize the One
upon Whom ye have been calling in the daytime and in
the night season, at even and at morn. Advance, O
people, with snow-white faces and radiant hearts, unto
the blest and crimson Spot, wherein the Sadratu'l-Muntahá
is calling: "Verily, there is none other God
beside Me, the Omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting!"
O ye leaders of religion! Who is the man amongst you that can rival Me in vision or insight? Where is he
to be found that dareth to claim to be My equal in
utterance or wisdom? No, by My Lord, the All-Merciful!
All on the earth shall pass away; and this is
the face of your Lord, the Almighty, the Well-Beloved.
We have decreed, O people, that the highest and last end of all learning be the recognition of Him Who
is the Object of all knowledge; and yet, behold how ye
have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil,
from Him Who is the Dayspring of this Light, through
Whom every hidden thing hath been revealed. Could
ye but discover the source whence the splendour of this
utterance is diffused, ye would cast away the peoples of
the world and all that they possess, and would draw
nigh unto this most blessed Seat of glory.
Say: This, verily, is the heaven in which the Mother Book is treasured, could ye but comprehend it.
He it is Who hath caused the Rock to shout, and the
Burning Bush to lift up its voice, upon the Mount
rising above the Holy Land, and proclaim: "The
Kingdom is God's, the sovereign Lord of all, the All-Powerful,
We have not entered any school, nor read any of your dissertations. Incline your ears to the words of this
unlettered One, wherewith He summoneth you unto
God, the Ever-Abiding. Better is this for you than all
the treasures of the earth, could ye but comprehend it.
Whoso interpreteth what hath been sent down from the heaven of Revelation, and altereth its evident
meaning, he, verily, is of them that have perverted the
Sublime Word of God, and is of the lost ones in the
It hath been enjoined upon you to pare your nails,
to bathe yourselves each week in water that covereth
your bodies, and to clean yourselves with whatsoever ye
have formerly employed. Take heed lest through
negligence ye fail to observe that which hath been
prescribed unto you by Him Who is the Incomparable,
the Gracious. Immerse yourselves in clean water; it is
not permissible to bathe yourselves in water that hath
already been used. See that ye approach not the public
pools of Persian baths; whoso maketh his way toward
such baths will smell their fetid odour ere he entereth
therein. Shun them, O people, and be not of those who
ignominiously accept such vileness. In truth, they are
as sinks of foulness and contamination, if ye be of them
that apprehend. Avoid ye likewise the malodorous
pools in the courtyards of Persian homes, and be ye of
the pure and sanctified. Truly, We desire to behold you
as manifestations of paradise on earth, that there may
be diffused from you such fragrance as shall rejoice the
hearts of the favoured of God. If the bather, instead of
entering the water, wash himself by pouring it upon
his body, it shall be better for him and shall absolve
him of the need for bodily immersion. The Lord,
verily, hath willed, as a bounty from His presence, to
make life easier for you that ye may be of those who are
It is forbidden you to wed your fathers' wives. We shrink, for very shame, from treating of the subject of
boys. Fear ye the Merciful, O peoples of the world!
Commit not that which is forbidden you in Our Holy
Tablet, and be not of those who rove distractedly in the
wilderness of their desires.
To none is it permitted to mutter sacred verses before the public gaze as he walketh in the street or
marketplace; nay rather, if he wish to magnify the
Lord, it behoveth him to do so in such places as have
been erected for this purpose, or in his own home. This
is more in keeping with sincerity and godliness. Thus
hath the sun of Our commandment shone forth above
the horizon of Our utterance. Blessed, then, be those
who do Our bidding.
Unto everyone hath been enjoined the writing of a will. The testator should head this document with the
adornment of the Most Great Name, bear witness
therein unto the oneness of God in the Dayspring of
His Revelation, and make mention, as he may wish, of
that which is praiseworthy, so that it may be a
testimony for him in the kingdoms of Revelation and
Creation and a treasure with his Lord, the Supreme
Protector, the Faithful.
All Feasts have attained their consummation in the two Most Great Festivals, and in the two other
Festivals that fall on the twin days--the first of the
Most Great Festivals being those days whereon the All-Merciful
shed upon the whole of creation the effulgent
glory of His most excellent Names and His most
exalted Attributes, and the second being that day on
which We raised up the One Who announced unto
mankind the glad tidings of this Name, through which
the dead have been resurrected and all who are in the
heavens and on earth have been gathered together.
Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the
Ordainer, the Omniscient.
Happy the one who entereth upon the first day of the month of Bahá, the day which God hath
consecrated to this Great Name. And blessed be he who
evidenceth on this day the bounties that God hath
bestowed upon him; he, verily, is of those who show
forth thanks to God through actions betokening the
Lord's munificence which hath encompassed all the
worlds. Say: This day, verily, is the crown of all the
months and the source thereof, the day on which the
breath of life is wafted over all created things. Great is
the blessedness of him who greeteth it with radiance
and joy. We testify that he is, in truth, among those
who are blissful.
Say: The Most Great Festival is, indeed, the King of Festivals. Call ye to mind, O people, the bounty
which God hath conferred upon you. Ye were sunk in
slumber, and lo! He aroused you by the reviving
breezes of His Revelation, and made known unto you
His manifest and undeviating Path.
Resort ye, in times of sickness, to competent physicians; We have not set aside the use of material
means, rather have We confirmed it through this Pen,
which God hath made to be the Dawning-place of His
shining and glorious Cause.
God had formerly laid upon each one of the believers the duty of offering before Our throne
priceless gifts from among his possessions. Now, in
token of Our gracious favour, We have absolved them
of this obligation. He, of a truth, is the Most
Generous, the All-Bountiful.
Blessed is he who, at the hour of dawn, centring his thoughts on God, occupied with His remembrance,
and supplicating His forgiveness, directeth his steps to
the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár and, entering therein, seateth
himself in silence to listen to the verses of God, the
Sovereign, the Mighty, the All-Praised. Say: The
Mashriqu'l-Adhkár is each and every building which
hath been erected in cities and villages for the
celebration of My praise. Such is the name by which it
hath been designated before the throne of glory, were
ye of those who understand.
They who recite the verses of the All-Merciful in the most melodious of tones will perceive in them that
with which the sovereignty of earth and heaven can
never be compared. From them they will inhale the
divine fragrance of My worlds--worlds which today
none can discern save those who have been endowed
with vision through this sublime, this beauteous
Revelation. Say: These verses draw hearts that are pure
unto those spiritual worlds that can neither be
expressed in words nor intimated by allusion. Blessed
be those who hearken.
Assist ye, O My people, My chosen servants who have arisen to make mention of Me among My creatures
and to exalt My Word throughout My realm. These,
truly, are the stars of the heaven of My loving
providence and the lamps of My guidance unto all
mankind. But he whose words conflict with that which
hath been sent down in My Holy Tablets is not of Me.
Beware lest ye follow any impious pretender. These
Tablets are embellished with the seal of Him Who
causeth the dawn to appear, Who lifteth up His voice
between the heavens and the earth. Lay hold on this
Sure Handle and on the Cord of My mighty and
The Lord hath granted leave to whosoever desireth it that he be instructed in the divers tongues of the
world that he may deliver the Message of the Cause of
God throughout the East and throughout the West,
that he make mention of Him amidst the kindreds and
peoples of the world in such wise that hearts may revive
and the mouldering bone be quickened.
It is inadmissible that man, who hath been endowed with reason, should consume that which
stealeth it away. Nay, rather it behoveth him to
comport himself in a manner worthy of the human
station, and not in accordance with the misdeeds of
every heedless and wavering soul.
Adorn your heads with the garlands of trustworthiness and fidelity, your hearts with the attire of
the fear of God, your tongues with absolute truthfulness,
your bodies with the vesture of courtesy. These
are in truth seemly adornings unto the temple of man,
if ye be of them that reflect. Cling, O ye people of
Bahá, to the cord of servitude unto God, the True One,
for thereby your stations shall be made manifest, your
names written and preserved, your ranks raised and
your memory exalted in the Preserved Tablet. Beware
lest the dwellers on earth hinder you from this glorious
and exalted station. Thus have We exhorted you in
most of Our Epistles and now in this, Our Holy
Tablet, above which hath beamed the Day-Star of the
Laws of the Lord, your God, the Powerful, the All-Wise.
When the ocean of My presence hath ebbed and the Book of My Revelation is ended, turn your faces
toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath
branched from this Ancient Root.
Consider the pettiness of men's minds. They ask for that which injureth them, and cast away the thing
that profiteth them. They are, indeed, of those that are
far astray. We find some men desiring liberty, and
priding themselves therein. Such men are in the depths
Liberty must, in the end, lead to sedition, whose flames none can quench. Thus warneth you He Who is
the Reckoner, the All-Knowing. Know ye that the
embodiment of liberty and its symbol is the animal.
That which beseemeth man is submission unto such
restraints as will protect him from his own ignorance,
and guard him against the harm of the mischief-maker.
Liberty causeth man to overstep the bounds of
propriety, and to infringe on the dignity of his station.
It debaseth him to the level of extreme depravity and
Regard men as a flock of sheep that need a shepherd for their protection. This, verily, is the truth,
the certain truth. We approve of liberty in certain
circumstances, and refuse to sanction it in others. We,
verily, are the All-Knowing.
Say: True liberty consisteth in man's submission unto My commandments, little as ye know it. Were
men to observe that which We have sent down unto
them from the Heaven of Revelation, they would, of a
certainty, attain unto perfect liberty. Happy is the man
that hath apprehended the Purpose of God in whatever
He hath revealed from the Heaven of His Will that
pervadeth all created things. Say: The liberty that
profiteth you is to be found nowhere except in complete
servitude unto God, the Eternal Truth. Whoso hath
tasted of its sweetness will refuse to barter it for all the
dominion of earth and heaven.
In the Bayán it had been forbidden you to ask Us questions. The Lord hath now relieved you of this
prohibition, that ye may be free to ask what you need
to ask, but not such idle questions as those on which
the men of former times were wont to dwell. Fear God,
and be ye of the righteous! Ask ye that which shall be of
profit to you in the Cause of God and His dominion, for
the portals of His tender compassion have been opened
before all who dwell in heaven and on earth.
The number of months in a year, appointed in the Book of God, is nineteen. Of these the first hath been
adorned with this Name which overshadoweth the
whole of creation.
The Lord hath decreed that the dead should be interred in coffins made of crystal, of hard, resistant
stone, or of wood that is both fine and durable, and that
graven rings should be placed upon their fingers. He,
verily, is the Supreme Ordainer, the One apprised of
The inscription on these rings should read, for men: "Unto God belongeth all that is in the heavens
and on the earth and whatsoever is between them, and
He, in truth, hath knowledge of all things"; and for
women: "Unto God belongeth the dominion of the
heavens and the earth and whatsoever is between them,
and He, in truth, is potent over all things". These are
the verses that were revealed aforetime, but lo, the
Point of the Bayán now calleth out, exclaiming, "O
Best-Beloved of the worlds! Reveal Thou in their stead
such words as will waft the fragrance of Thy gracious
favours over all mankind. We have announced unto
everyone that one single word from Thee excelleth all
that hath been sent down in the Bayán. Thou, indeed,
hast power to do what pleaseth Thee. Deprive not Thy
servants of the overflowing bounties of the ocean of Thy
mercy! Thou, in truth, art He Whose grace is infinite."
Behold, We have hearkened to His call, and now fulfil
His wish. He, verily, is the Best-Beloved, the
Answerer of prayers. If the following verse, which hath
at this moment been sent down by God, be engraved
upon the burial-rings of both men and women, it shall
be better for them; We, of a certainty, are the Supreme
Ordainer: "I came forth from God, and return unto
Him, detached from all save Him, holding fast to His
Name, the Merciful, the Compassionate." Thus doth
the Lord single out whomsoever He desireth for a
bounty from His presence. He is, in very truth, the
God of might and power.
The Lord hath decreed, moreover, that the deceased should be enfolded in five sheets of silk or
cotton. For those whose means are limited a single
sheet of either fabric will suffice. Thus hath it been
ordained by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.
It is forbidden you to transport the body of
the deceased a greater distance than one hour's journey
from the city; rather should it be interred, with
radiance and serenity, in a nearby place.
God hath removed the restrictions on travel that had been imposed in the Bayán. He, verily, is the
Unconstrained; He doeth as He pleaseth and ordaineth
whatsoever He willeth.
O peoples of the world! Give ear unto the call of Him Who is the Lord of Names, Who proclaimeth
unto you from His habitation in the Most Great Prison:
"Verily, no God is there but Me, the Powerful, the
Mighty, the All-Subduing, the Most Exalted, the
Omniscient, the All-Wise." In truth, there is no God
but Him, the Omnipotent Ruler of the worlds. Were it
His Will, He would, through but a single word
proceeding from His presence, lay hold on all
mankind. Beware lest ye hesitate in your acceptance of
this Cause--a Cause before which the Concourse on
high and the dwellers of the Cities of Names have
bowed down. Fear God, and be not of those who are
shut out as by a veil. Burn ye away the veils with the
fire of My love, and dispel ye the mists of vain
imaginings by the power of this Name through which
We have subdued the entire creation.
Raise up and exalt the two Houses in the Twin Hallowed Spots, and the other sites wherein the throne
of your Lord, the All-Merciful, hath been established.
Thus commandeth you the Lord of every understanding
Be watchful lest the concerns and preoccupations
of this world prevent you from observing that which
hath been enjoined upon you by Him Who is the
Mighty, the Faithful. Be ye the embodiments of such
steadfastness amidst mankind that ye will not be kept
back from God by the doubts of those who disbelieved
in Him when He manifested Himself, invested with a
mighty sovereignty. Take heed lest ye be prevented by
aught that hath been recorded in the Book from
hearkening unto this, the Living Book, Who proclaimeth
the truth: "Verily, there is no God but Me,
the Most Excellent, the All-Praised." Look ye with the
eye of equity upon Him Who hath descended from the
heaven of Divine will and power, and be not of those
who act unjustly.
Call then to mind these words which have streamed forth, in tribute to this Revelation, from the
Pen of Him Who was My Herald, and consider what
the hands of the oppressors have wrought throughout
My days. Truly they are numbered with the lost. He
said: "Should ye attain the presence of Him Whom We
shall make manifest, beseech ye God, in His bounty, to
grant that He might deign to seat Himself upon your
couches, for that act in itself would confer upon you
matchless and surpassing honour. Should He drink a
cup of water in your homes, this would be of greater
consequence for you than your proffering unto every
soul, nay unto every created thing, the water of its very
life. Know this, O ye My servants!"
Such are the words with which My Forerunner hath extolled My Being, could ye but understand.
Whoso reflecteth upon these verses, and realizeth what
hidden pearls have been enshrined within them, will,
by the righteousness of God, perceive the fragrance of
the All-Merciful wafting from the direction of this
Prison and will, with his whole heart, hasten unto Him
with such ardent longing that the hosts of earth and
heaven would be powerless to deter him. Say: This is a
Revelation around which every proof and testimony
doth circle. Thus hath it been sent down by your Lord,
the God of Mercy, if ye be of them that judge aright.
Say: This is the very soul of all Scriptures which hath
been breathed into the Pen of the Most High, causing
all created beings to be dumbfounded, save only those
who have been enraptured by the gentle breezes of My
loving-kindness and the sweet savours of My bounties
which have pervaded the whole of creation.
O people of the Bayán! Fear ye the Most Merciful and consider what He hath revealed in another passage.
He said: "The Qiblih is indeed He Whom God will
make manifest; whenever He moveth, it moveth, until
He shall come to rest." Thus was it set down by the
Supreme Ordainer when He desired to make mention
of this Most Great Beauty. Meditate on this, O people,
and be not of them that wander distraught in the
wilderness of error. If ye reject Him at the bidding of
your idle fancies, where then is the Qiblih to which ye
will turn, O assemblage of the heedless? Ponder ye this
verse, and judge equitably before God, that haply ye
may glean the pearls of mysteries from the ocean that
surgeth in My Name, the All-Glorious, the Most
Let none, in this Day, hold fast to aught save that
which hath been manifested in this Revelation. Such is
the decree of God, aforetime and hereafter--a decree
wherewith the Scriptures of the Messengers of old have
been adorned. Such is the admonition of the Lord,
aforetime and hereafter--an admonition wherewith the
preamble to the Book of Life hath been embellished,
did ye but perceive it. Such is the commandment of the
Lord, aforetime and hereafter; beware lest ye choose
instead the part of ignominy and abasement. Naught
shall avail you in this Day but God, nor is there any
refuge to flee to save Him, the Omniscient, the All-Wise.
Whoso hath known Me hath known the Goal of
all desire, and whoso hath turned unto Me hath turned
unto the Object of all adoration. Thus hath it been set
forth in the Book, and thus hath it been decreed by
God, the Lord of all worlds. To read but one of the
verses of My Revelation is better than to peruse the
Scriptures of both the former and latter generations.
This is the Utterance of the All-Merciful, would that ye
had ears to hear! Say: This is the essence of knowledge,
did ye but understand.
And now consider what hath been revealed in yet another passage, that perchance ye may forsake your
own concepts and set your faces towards God, the Lord
of being. He
hath said: "It is unlawful to enter into
marriage save with a believer in the Bayán. Should only
one party to a marriage embrace this Cause, his or her
possessions will become unlawful to the other, until
such time as the latter hath converted. This law,
however, will only take effect after the exaltation of the
Cause of Him Whom We shall manifest in truth, or of
that which hath already been made manifest in justice.
Ere this, ye are at liberty to enter into wedlock as ye
wish, that haply by this means ye may exalt the Cause
of God." Thus hath the Nightingale sung with sweet
melody upon the celestial bough, in praise of its Lord,
the All-Merciful. Well is it with them that hearken.
O people of the Bayán, I adjure you by your Lord, the God of mercy, to look with the eye of fairness upon
this utterance which hath been sent down through the
power of truth, and not to be of those who see the
testimony of God yet reject and deny it. They, in
truth, are of those who will assuredly perish. The Point
of the Bayán hath explicitly made mention in this verse
of the exaltation of My Cause before His own Cause;
unto this will testify every just and understanding
mind. As ye can readily witness in this day, its
exaltation is such as none can deny save those whose
eyes are drunken in this mortal life and whom a
humiliating chastisement awaiteth in the life to come.
Say: By the righteousness of God! I, verily, am His
Best-Beloved; and at this moment He listeneth to
these verses descending from the Heaven of Revelation
and bewaileth the wrongs ye have committed in these
days. Fear God, and join not with the aggressor. Say: O
people, should ye choose to disbelieve in Him,
at least from rising up against Him. By God! Sufficient
are the hosts of tyranny that are leagued against Him!
revealed certain laws so that, in this Dispensation, the Pen of the Most High might have no
need to move in aught but the glorification of His own
transcendent Station and His most effulgent Beauty.
Since, however, We have wished to evidence Our
bounty unto you, We have, through the power of
truth, set forth these laws with clarity and mitigated
what We desire you to observe. He, verily, is the
Munificent, the Generous.
hath previously made known unto you that which would be uttered by this Dayspring of Divine
wisdom. He said, and He speaketh the truth: "He
the One Who will under all conditions proclaim:
`Verily, there is none other God besides Me, the
One, the Incomparable, the Omniscient, the All-Informed.'"
This is a station which God hath assigned
exclusively to this sublime, this unique and wondrous
Revelation. This is a token of His bounteous favour, if
ye be of them who comprehend, and a sign of His
irresistible decree. This is His Most Great Name, His
Most Exalted Word, and the Dayspring of His Most
Excellent Titles, if ye could understand. Nay more,
through Him every Fountainhead, every Dawning-place
of Divine guidance is made manifest. Reflect, O
people, on that which hath been sent down in truth;
ponder thereon, and be not of the transgressors.
Consort with all religions with amity and concord, that they may inhale from you the sweet fragrance of
God. Beware lest amidst men the flame of foolish
ignorance overpower you. All things proceed from God
and unto Him they return. He is the source of all
things and in Him all things are ended.
Take heed that ye enter no house in the absence of its owner, except with his permission. Comport
yourselves with propriety under all conditions, and be
not numbered with the wayward.
It hath been enjoined upon you to purify your means of sustenance and other such things through
payment of Zakát. Thus hath it been prescribed in this
exalted Tablet by Him Who is the Revealer of verses.
We shall, if it be God's will and purpose, set forth
erelong the measure of its assessment. He, verily,
expoundeth whatsoever He desireth by virtue of His
own knowledge, and He, of a truth, is Omniscient and
It is unlawful to beg, and it is forbidden to give to him who beggeth. All have been enjoined to earn a
living, and as for those who are incapable of doing so, it
is incumbent on the Deputies of God and on the
wealthy to make adequate provision for them. Keep ye
the statutes and commandments of God; nay, guard
them as ye would your very eyes, and be not of those
who suffer grievous loss.
Ye have been forbidden in the Book of God to engage in contention and conflict, to strike another, or
to commit similar acts whereby hearts and souls may be
saddened. A fine of nineteen mithqáls of gold had
formerly been prescribed by Him Who is the Lord of all
mankind for anyone who was the cause of sadness to
another; in this Dispensation, however, He hath
absolved you thereof and exhorteth you to show forth
righteousness and piety. Such is the commandment
which He hath enjoined upon you in this resplendent
Tablet. Wish not for others what ye wish not for
yourselves; fear God, and be not of the prideful. Ye are
all created out of water, and unto dust shall ye return.
Reflect upon the end that awaiteth you, and walk not
in the ways of the oppressor. Give ear unto the verses of
God which He Who is the sacred Lote-Tree reciteth
unto you. They are assuredly the infallible balance,
established by God, the Lord of this world and the
next. Through them the soul of man is caused to wing
its flight towards the Dayspring of Revelation, and the
heart of every true believer is suffused with light. Such
are the laws which God hath enjoined upon you, such
His commandments prescribed unto you in His Holy
Tablet; obey them with joy and gladness, for this is
best for you, did ye but know.
Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide. Whoso faileth to recite them hath not been
faithful to the Covenant of God and His Testament,
and whoso turneth away from these holy verses in this
Day is of those who throughout eternity have turned
away from God. Fear ye God, O My servants, one and
all. Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses
or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for
were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance
it would be better for him than to read with lassitude
all the Holy Books of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
Read ye the sacred verses in such measure
that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency.
Lay not upon your souls that which will weary them
and weigh them down, but rather what will lighten
and uplift them, so that they may soar on the wings of
the Divine verses towards the Dawning-place of His
manifest signs; this will draw you nearer to God, did ye
Teach your children the verses revealed from the heaven of majesty and power, so that, in most
melodious tones, they may recite the Tablets of the All-Merciful
in the alcoves within the Mashriqu'l-Adhkárs.
Whoever hath been transported by the rapture born of
adoration for My Name, the Most Compassionate, will
recite the verses of God in such wise as to captivate the
hearts of those yet wrapped in slumber. Well is it with
him who hath quaffed the Mystic Wine of everlasting
life from the utterance of his merciful Lord in My
Name--a Name through which every lofty and
majestic mountain hath been reduced to dust.
Ye have been enjoined to renew the furnishings of your homes after the passing of each nineteen years;
thus hath it been ordained by One Who is Omniscient
and All-Perceiving. He, verily, is desirous of refinement,
both for you yourselves and for all that ye
possess; lay not aside the fear of God and be not of the
negligent. Whoso findeth that his means are insufficient
to this purpose hath been excused by God, the
Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bounteous.
Wash your feet once every day in summer, and once every three days during winter.
Should anyone wax angry with you, respond to him with gentleness; and should anyone upbraid you,
forbear to upbraid him in return, but leave him to
himself and put your trust in God, the omnipotent
Avenger, the Lord of might and justice.
Ye have been prohibited from making use of pulpits. Whoso wisheth to recite unto you the verses of
his Lord, let him sit on a chair placed upon a dais, that
he may make mention of God, his Lord, and the Lord
of all mankind. It is pleasing to God that ye should seat
yourselves on chairs and benches as a mark of honour
for the love ye bear for Him and for the Manifestation
of His glorious and resplendent Cause.
Gambling and the use of opium have been forbidden unto you. Eschew them both, O people, and
be not of those who transgress. Beware of using any
substance that induceth sluggishness and torpor in the
human temple and inflicteth harm upon the body. We,
verily, desire for you naught save what shall profit you,
and to this bear witness all created things, had ye but
ears to hear.
Whensoever ye be invited to a banquet or festive occasion, respond with joy and gladness, and whoever
fulfilleth his promise will be safe from reproof. This is a
Day on which each of God's wise decrees hath been
Behold, the "mystery of the Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign" hath now been made manifest.
Well is it with him whom God hath aided to recognize
the "Six" raised up by virtue of this "Upright Alif";
he, verily, is of those whose faith is true. How many
the outwardly pious who have turned away, and how
many the wayward who have drawn nigh, exclaiming:
"All praise be to Thee, O Thou the Desire of the
worlds!" In truth, it is in the hand of God to give what
He willeth to whomsoever He willeth, and to withhold
what He pleaseth from whomsoever He may wish. He
knoweth the inner secrets of the hearts and the meaning
hidden in a mocker's wink. How many an embodiment
of heedlessness who came unto Us with purity of heart
have We established upon the seat of Our acceptance;
and how many an exponent of wisdom have We in all
justice consigned to the fire. We are, in truth, the One
to judge. He it is Who is the manifestation of "God
doeth whatsoever He pleaseth", and abideth upon the
throne of "He ordaineth whatsoever He chooseth".
Blessed is the one who discovereth the fragrance of inner meanings from the traces of this Pen through
whose movement the breezes of God are wafted over the
entire creation, and through whose stillness the very
essence of tranquillity appeareth in the realm of being.
Glorified be the All-Merciful, the Revealer of so
inestimable a bounty. Say: Because He bore injustice,
justice hath appeared on earth, and because He
accepted abasement, the majesty of God hath shone
forth amidst mankind.
It hath been forbidden you to carry arms unless essential, and permitted you to attire yourselves in silk.
The Lord hath relieved you, as a bounty on His part, of
the restrictions that formerly applied to clothing and to
the trim of the beard. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the
Omniscient. Let there be naught in your demeanour of
which sound and upright minds would disapprove, and
make not yourselves the playthings of the ignorant.
Well is it with him who hath adorned himself with the
vesture of seemly conduct and a praiseworthy character.
He is assuredly reckoned with those who aid their Lord
through distinctive and outstanding deeds.
Promote ye the development of the cities of God and His countries, and glorify Him therein in the
joyous accents of His well-favoured ones. In truth, the
hearts of men are edified through the power of the
tongue, even as houses and cities are built up by the
hand and other means. We have assigned to every end a
means for its accomplishment; avail yourselves thereof,
and place your trust and confidence in God, the
Omniscient, the All-Wise.
Blessed is the man that hath acknowledged his belief in God and in His signs, and recognized that
"He shall not be asked of His doings". Such a
recognition hath been made by God the ornament of
every belief and its very foundation. Upon it must
depend the acceptance of every goodly deed. Fasten
your eyes upon it, that haply the whisperings of the
rebellious may not cause you to slip.
Were He to decree as lawful the thing which from time immemorial had been forbidden, and forbid that
which had, at all times, been regarded as lawful, to
none is given the right to question His authority.
Whoso will hesitate, though it be for less than a
moment, should be regarded as a transgressor.
Whoso hath not recognized this sublime and fundamental verity, and hath failed to attain this most
exalted station, the winds of doubt will agitate him,
and the sayings of the infidels will distract his soul. He
that hath acknowledged this principle will be endowed
with the most perfect constancy. All honour to this all-glorious
station, the remembrance of which adorneth
every exalted Tablet. Such is the teaching which God
bestoweth on you, a teaching that will deliver you from
all manner of doubt and perplexity, and enable you to
attain unto salvation in both this world and in the next.
He, verily, is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bountiful.
He it is Who hath sent forth the Messengers, and sent
down the Books to proclaim "There is none other God
but Me, the Almighty, the All-Wise".
O Land of Káf and Rá!
We, verily, behold thee in a state displeasing unto God, and see proceeding
from thee that which is inscrutable to anyone save
Him, the Omniscient, the All-Informed; and We
perceive that which secretly and stealthily diffuseth
from thee. With Us is the knowledge of all things,
inscribed in a lucid Tablet. Sorrow not for that which
hath befallen thee. Erelong will God raise up within
thee men endued with mighty valour, who will
magnify My Name with such constancy that neither
will they be deterred by the evil suggestions of the
divines, nor will they be kept back by the insinuations
of the sowers of doubt. With their own eyes will they
behold God, and with their own lives will they render
Him victorious. These, truly, are of those who are
O concourse of divines! When My verses were sent down, and My clear tokens were revealed, We found
you behind the veils. This, verily, is a strange thing.
Ye glory in My Name, yet ye recognized Me not at the
time your Lord, the All-Merciful, appeared amongst
you with proof and testimony. We have rent the veils
asunder. Beware lest ye shut out the people by yet
another veil. Pluck asunder the chains of vain
imaginings, in the name of the Lord of all men, and be
not of the deceitful. Should ye turn unto God and
embrace His Cause, spread not disorder within it, and
measure not the Book of God with your selfish desires.
This, verily, is the counsel of God aforetime and
hereafter, and to this God's witnesses and chosen ones,
yea, each and every one of Us, do solemnly attest.
Call ye to mind the shaykh whose name was Muhammad-Hasan, who ranked among the most
learned divines of his day. When the True One was
made manifest, this shaykh, along with others of his
calling, rejected Him, while a sifter of wheat and
barley accepted Him and turned unto the Lord.
Though he was occupied both night and day in setting
down what he conceived to be the laws and ordinances
of God, yet when He Who is the Unconstrained
appeared, not one letter thereof availed him, or he
would not have turned away from a Countenance that
hath illumined the faces of the well-favoured of the
Lord. Had ye believed in God when He revealed
Himself, the people would not have turned aside from
Him, nor would the things ye witness today have
befallen Us. Fear God, and be not of the heedless.
Beware lest any name debar you from Him Who is the Possessor of all names, or any word shut you
out from this Remembrance of God, this Source of
Wisdom amongst you. Turn unto God and seek His
protection, O concourse of divines, and make not of
yourselves a veil between Me and My creatures. Thus
doth your Lord admonish you, and command you to be
just, lest your works should come to naught and ye
yourselves be oblivious of your plight. Shall he who
denieth this Cause be able to vindicate the truth of any
cause throughout creation? Nay, by Him Who is the
Fashioner of the universe! Yet the people are wrapped
in a palpable veil. Say: Through this Cause the day-star
of testimony hath dawned, and the luminary of proof
hath shed its radiance upon all that dwell on earth. Fear
God, O men of insight, and be not of those who
disbelieve in Me. Take heed lest the word "Prophet"
withhold you from this Most Great Announcement, or
any reference to "Vicegerency" debar you from the
sovereignty of Him Who is the Vicegerent of God,
which overshadoweth all the worlds. Every name hath
been created by His Word, and every cause is
dependent on His irresistible, His mighty and wondrous
Cause. Say: This is the Day of God, the Day on
which naught shall be mentioned save His own Self,
the omnipotent Protector of all worlds. This is the
Cause that hath made all your superstitions and idols to
We, verily, see amongst you him who taketh hold
of the Book of God and citeth from it proofs and
arguments wherewith to repudiate his Lord, even as the
followers of every other Faith sought reasons in their
Holy Books for refuting Him Who is the Help in Peril,
the Self-Subsisting. Say: God, the True One, is My
witness that neither the Scriptures of the world, nor all
the books and writings in existence, shall, in this Day,
avail you aught without this, the Living Book, Who
proclaimeth in the midmost heart of creation: "Verily,
there is none other God but Me, the All-Knowing, the
O concourse of divines! Beware lest ye be the cause of strife in the land, even as ye were the cause of the
repudiation of the Faith in its early days. Gather the
people around this Word that hath made the pebbles to
cry out: "The Kingdom is God's, the Dawning-place of
all signs!" Thus doth your Lord admonish you, as a
bounty on His part; He, of a truth, is the Ever-Forgiving,
the Most Generous.
Call ye to mind Karím, and how, when We summoned him unto God, he waxed disdainful,
prompted by his own desires; yet We had sent him that
which was a solace to the eye of proof in the world of
being and the fulfilment of God's testimony to all the
denizens of earth and heaven. As a token of the grace of
Him Who is the All-Possessing, the Most High, We
bade him embrace the Truth. But he turned away
until, as an act of justice from God, angels of wrath laid
hold upon him. Unto this We truly were a witness.
Tear the veils asunder in such wise that the inmates of the Kingdom will hear them being rent.
This is the command of God, in days gone by and for
those to come. Blessed the man that observeth that
whereunto he was bidden, and woe betide the
We, of a certainty, have had no purpose in this earthly realm save to make God manifest and to reveal
His sovereignty; sufficient unto Me is God for a
witness. We, of a certainty, have had no intent in the
celestial Kingdom but to exalt His Cause and glorify
His praise; sufficient unto Me is God for a protector.
We, of a certainty, have had no desire in the Dominion
on high except to extol God and what hath been sent
down by Him; sufficient unto Me is God for a helper.
Happy are ye, O ye the learned ones in Bahá. By the Lord! Ye are the billows of the Most Mighty Ocean,
the stars of the firmament of Glory, the standards of
triumph waving betwixt earth and heaven. Ye are the
manifestations of steadfastness amidst men and the
daysprings of Divine Utterance to all that dwell on
earth. Well is it with him that turneth unto you, and
woe betide the froward. This day, it behoveth whoso
hath quaffed the Mystic Wine of everlasting life from
the Hands of the loving-kindness of the Lord his God,
the Merciful, to pulsate even as the throbbing artery in
the body of mankind, that through him may be
quickened the world and every crumbling bone.
O people of the world! When the Mystic Dove will have winged its flight from its Sanctuary of Praise
and sought its far-off goal, its hidden habitation, refer
ye whatsoever ye understand not in the Book to Him
Who hath branched from this mighty Stock.
O Pen of the Most High! Move Thou upon the Tablet at the bidding of Thy Lord, the Creator of the
Heavens, and tell of the time when He Who is the
Dayspring of Divine Unity purposed to direct His steps
towards the School of Transcendent Oneness; haply the
pure in heart may gain thereby a glimpse, be it as small
as a needle's eye, of the mysteries of Thy Lord, the
Almighty, the Omniscient, that lie concealed behind
the veils. Say: We, indeed, set foot within the School of
inner meaning and explanation when all created things
were unaware. We saw the words sent down by Him
Who is the All-Merciful, and We accepted the verses of
God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, which He
presented unto Us, and hearkened unto that which He
had solemnly affirmed in the Tablet. This we assuredly
did behold. And We assented to His wish through Our
behest, for truly We are potent to command.
O people of the Bayán! We, verily, set foot within the School of God when ye lay slumbering; and We
perused the Tablet while ye were fast asleep. By the one
true God! We read the Tablet ere it was revealed, while
ye were unaware, and We had perfect knowledge of the
Book when ye were yet unborn. These words are to
your measure, not to God's. To this testifieth that
which is enshrined within His knowledge, if ye be of
them that comprehend; and to this the tongue of the
Almighty doth bear witness, if ye be of those who
understand. I swear by God, were We to lift the veil,
ye would be dumbfounded.
Take heed that ye dispute not idly concerning the Almighty and His Cause, for lo! He hath appeared
amongst you invested with a Revelation so great as to
encompass all things, whether of the past or of the
future. Were We to address Our theme by speaking in
the language of the inmates of the Kingdom, We
would say: "In truth, God created that School ere He
created heaven and earth, and We entered it before the
letters B and E were joined and knit together." Such is
the language of Our servants in Our Kingdom;
consider what the tongue of the dwellers of Our exalted
Dominion would utter, for We have taught them Our
knowledge and have revealed to them whatever had lain
hidden in God's wisdom. Imagine then what the
Tongue of Might and Grandeur would utter in His All-Glorious
This is not a Cause which may be made a plaything for your idle fancies, nor is it a field for the
foolish and faint of heart. By God, this is the arena of
insight and detachment, of vision and upliftment,
where none may spur on their chargers save the valiant
horsemen of the Merciful, who have severed all
attachment to the world of being. These, truly, are
they that render God victorious on earth, and are the
dawning-places of His sovereign might amidst mankind.
Beware lest aught that hath been revealed in the Bayán should keep you from your Lord, the Most
Compassionate. God is My witness that the Bayán was
sent down for no other purpose than to celebrate My
praise, did ye but know! In it the pure in heart will find
only the fragrance of My love, only My Name that
overshadoweth all that seeth and is seen. Say: Turn ye,
O people, unto that which hath proceeded from My
Most Exalted Pen. Should ye inhale therefrom the
fragrance of God, set not yourselves against Him, nor
deny yourselves a portion of His gracious favour and
His manifold bestowals. Thus doth your Lord admonish
you; He, verily, is the Counsellor, the Omniscient.
Whatsoever ye understand not in the Bayán, ask it of God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers.
Should He so desire, He will expound for you that
which is revealed therein, and disclose to you the pearls
of Divine knowledge and wisdom that lie concealed
within the ocean of its words. He, verily, is supreme
over all names; no God is there but Him, the Help in
Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
The world's equilibrium hath been upset through the vibrating influence of this most great, this new
World Order. Mankind's ordered life hath been
revolutionized through the agency of this unique, this
wondrous System--the like of which mortal eyes have
Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of
wisdom that lie hid in its depths. Take heed that ye do
not vacillate in your determination to embrace the
truth of this Cause--a Cause through which the
potentialities of the might of God have been revealed,
and His sovereignty established. With faces beaming
with joy, hasten ye unto Him. This is the changeless
Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.
Let him that seeketh, attain it; and as to him that hath
refused to seek it--verily, God is Self-Sufficient, above
any need of His creatures.
Say: This is the infallible Balance which the Hand of God is holding, in which all who are in the heavens
and all who are on the earth are weighed, and their fate
determined, if ye be of them that believe and recognize
this truth. Say: This is the Most Great Testimony, by
which the validity of every proof throughout the ages
hath been established, would that ye might be assured
thereof. Say: Through it the poor have been enriched,
the learned enlightened, and the seekers enabled to
ascend unto the presence of God. Beware lest ye make
it a cause of dissension amongst you. Be ye as firmly
settled as the immovable mountain in the Cause of your
Lord, the Mighty, the Loving.
Say: O source of perversion! Abandon thy wilful blindness, and speak forth the truth amidst the people.
I swear by God that I have wept for thee to see thee
following thy selfish passions and renouncing Him
Who fashioned thee and brought thee into being. Call
to mind the tender mercy of thy Lord, and remember
how We nurtured thee by day and by night for service
to the Cause. Fear God, and be thou of the truly
repentant. Granted that the people were confused
about thy station, is it conceivable that thou thyself art
similarly confused? Tremble before thy Lord and recall
the days when thou didst stand before Our throne, and
didst write down the verses that We dictated unto
thee--verses sent down by God, the Omnipotent
Protector, the Lord of might and power. Beware lest
the fire of thy presumptuousness debar thee from
attaining to God's Holy Court. Turn unto Him, and
fear not because of thy deeds. He, in truth, forgiveth
whomsoever He desireth as a bounty on His part; no
God is there but Him, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bounteous.
We admonish thee solely for the sake of
God. Shouldst thou accept this counsel, thou wilt have
acted to thine own behoof; and shouldst thou reject it,
thy Lord, verily, can well dispense with thee, and with
all those who, in manifest delusion, have followed thee.
Behold! God hath laid hold on him who led thee astray.
Return unto God, humble, submissive and lowly;
verily, He will put away from thee thy sins, for thy
Lord, of a certainty, is the Forgiving, the Mighty, the
This is the Counsel of God; would that thou mightest heed it! This is the Bounty of God; would
that thou mightest receive it! This is the Utterance of
God; if only thou wouldst apprehend it! This is the
Treasure of God; if only thou couldst understand!
This is a Book which hath become the Lamp of the Eternal unto the world, and His straight, undeviating
Path amidst the peoples of the earth. Say: This is the
Dayspring of Divine knowledge, if ye be of them that
understand, and the Dawning-place of God's commandments,
if ye be of those who comprehend.
Burden not an animal with more than it can bear. We, truly, have prohibited such treatment through a
most binding interdiction in the Book. Be ye the
embodiments of justice and fairness amidst all creation.
Should anyone unintentionally take another's life,
it is incumbent upon him to render to the family of the
deceased an indemnity of one hundred mithqáls of
gold. Observe ye that which hath been enjoined upon
you in this Tablet, and be not of those who overstep its
O members of parliaments throughout the world! Select ye a single language for the use of all on earth,
and adopt ye likewise a common script. God, verily,
maketh plain for you that which shall profit you and
enable you to be independent of others. He, of a truth,
is the Most Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.
This will be the cause of unity, could ye but
comprehend it, and the greatest instrument for
promoting harmony and civilization, would that ye
might understand! We have appointed two signs for
the coming of age of the human race: the first, which is
the most firm foundation, We have set down in other of
Our Tablets, while the second hath been revealed in
this wondrous Book.
It hath been forbidden you to smoke opium. We, truly, have prohibited this practice through a most
binding interdiction in the Book. Should anyone
partake thereof, assuredly he is not of Me. Fear God, O
ye endued with understanding!
A number of Tablets revealed by Bahá'u'lláh after the
Kitáb-i-Aqdas contain passages supplementary to the
provisions of the Most Holy Book. The most noteworthy of
these have been published in Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh revealed
after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Included in this section is an extract
from the Tablet of Ishráqát. The text of the three
Obligatory Prayers referred to in Questions and Answers
and the Prayer for the Dead mentioned in the Text are,
likewise, reprinted here.
1. [Napoleon III]
4. [The Báb]
5. [The Báb's]
7. [The Báb]
8. [The Báb]
11. [The Báb]