Paperback Other format: Hardcover Islam and the Baha'i Faith. Additionally one is to eschew emphasis in the development of textualist and intentionalist arguments about the law though some of this is visible in scholarship on the Aqdas. [8][3], Baha'u'llah's statements about marriage in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas are brief. This is the Day Spring of the Revelation of God, did ye but know it. [8][3] On the basis of the authority granted ʻAbdu'l-Bahá he extended forms of the authority vested in him to the Guardianship, whose sole member was Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal, or International, House of Justice through his Will and Testament. It was supplemented by later Writings and by Bahá’u’lláh’s replies to a series of questions posed by one of His secretaries. [23][24][25], That Baháʼu'lláh had three wives,[23][26] while his religion teaches monogamy, which has been the subject of criticism. [9], It is written to the individual reader, as there are no clergy in the religion. Click "All Products" below or on the left menu to check which items are available. [23][25], The institutional status of the authority of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá and a House of Justice are specifically delineated. [4] Baha'is believe the Aqdas supersedes and succeeds previous revelations such as the Quran and the Bible. by Baha'i Publishers Under the Provisions of the Covenant, Baha'u'llah, et al. By this method the utterances of 126. Scriptures in essence - the second book containing the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’ - the authoritative interpretation of the Bahá’í Scriptures and their direct application to the fundamental problems of the age. Such methods of application of law in a religious context are, in the opinion of Roshan Danish, common in Islam and Judaism. Comprising an estimated 100 volumes, these writings cover topics of a wide range, including laws and principles for personal conduct and the governance of society,… The Kitáb-i-Aqdas – The Most Holy Book Bahá’u’lláh’s book of laws, written in Arabic around 1873 while He was still imprisoned within the city of ‘Akká. Finally, in 1992, a full and authorized Baháʼí translation in English was published. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omnipotent, the Unrestrained. )[3] Divine revelation's law-making is both unconditioned in terms of the divine right to choose, and conditioned in the sense of the progress of history from one revelation to the next. After more than a decade of effort, Dr. Tabucanon completed his translation of the Most Holy Book of the Baha’i Faith, which was published last month by the Philippines Baha’i Publishing Trust. Not merely a book of laws, this is a Charter of the future world civilization . [23] These statements were later interpreted by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá that having a second wife is conditional upon treating both wives with justice and equality and was not possible in practice, thus establishing monogamy. This latest revelation validates and includes all the holy Scriptures that preceded it. Rather than a narrative, the book is written as a series of short teachings or principles. A summary lends itself to a bullet-point list of the various ideas shared throughout the text. Melissa Charepoo has created several children’s books that make the significance of Baha’i holy days accessible to a young audience. The UK Baha’i Publishing Trust—at www.bahaibookstore.org.uk, you’ll find multiple sources for the authentic writings of the central figures of the Baha’i Faith—Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi—as well as a wide realm of thoughtful literature on Baha’i history and principles. It contains selected works of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Bahá’í texts. [8] Through the authority vested in ʻAbdu'l-Bahá in the Aqdas there is an expanse of internationalism related to the law in works like The Secret of Divine Civilization and through his extended authority to Shoghi Effendi works like his World Order of Baháʼu'lláh further elaborates on the internationalism theme. by Baha'u'llah 4.4 out of 5 stars 27. Revealed soon after Baha'u'llah had been transferred to the house of Udí Khammar -circa 1873. The writing of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas and Baháʼí teachings on gender equality and monogamy post-date Baháʼu'lláh's marriages and are understood to be evolutionary in nature, slowly leading Baháʼís away from what had been a deeply rooted cultural practice. Indeed, it insists that divine law is applicable only in situations with requisite conditions, where it is likely to have certain social effects. The Bahá’í Reference Library is the authoritative online source of Bahá’í writings. [3], Baháʼu'lláh stated that the observance of the laws that he prescribed should be subject to "tact and wisdom", and that they do not cause "disturbance and dissension. [7], The text of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas consists of several hundred verses, which have been grouped in 189 numbered paragraphs in the English translation most of which are just a few sentences. The book was divided into six main themes in the Synopsis and Codification by Shoghi Effendi: Further, the laws were divided into four categories: Scholarly review finds the Aqdas has themes of laws of worship, societal relations and administrative organization, or governance, of the religion. The word Aqdas is a superlative form derived from the triconsonantal root Q-D-Š, denoting holiness or sanctity in Semitic languages. Death and Afterlife; Deepening; Health and Healing; Marriage and Family Life; Personal Finance; Pilgrimage; Pioneering; Self Help; The Covenant; Baha'i Publishing Trust US. [8], The Kitáb-i-Aqdas was completed by Baháʼu'lláh in 1873. Baha’is view these works as their holy books, and regard them as an ocean of utterance, guidance and wisdom sent from the Creator: This is the Voice of God, if ye do but hearken. [18][19] This version is used as the basis of translation into many other languages[20] highlighting the practice of an indirect translation and how the purpose of the translation affects the act of translation. Bahá'u'lláh is exiled to Constantinople (Istanbul), then to Adrianople (Edirne) 1868: Bahá'u'lláh is exiled to the prison city of Akká in the Holy Land 1873: Bahá'u'lláh reveals His most holy book (the Kitáb-i-Aqdas) 1879: Bahá'u'lláh is allowed to live at Bahji, outside Akká 1892: Bahá'u'lláh dies and is interred at Bahji. It is part of a large body of scriptures authored by Him. This stands in some distinction from other scriptures by not using triumphal tones as the voice of God is given to be viewed but rather one of progressive development, social context, and outright delay in application until another day. The text also moves between statements said to be plain and statements suggesting the key to understanding the book is to look at the text for clues to itself. It was published in the Arabic for circulation among Baháʼís speaking the language circa 1890. [11] Around 1900 an informal English translation was made by Baháʼí Anton Haddad, which circulated among the early American Baháʼí community in a typewritten form. The goal of application of the law and its methods are not to cause disturbance and dissension and requires an appreciation for context and intention. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. [10] A Russian translation was undertaken by Alexander Tumansky in 1899 and was his most important contribution to Baháʼí studies. Bahá'u'lláh's book of laws and his most important work, dating from the early Akka period. Practicing Baha'i Cynthia Davis said of the book in an email to The Huffington Post: "Described as a love song from God to humanity, these short, often mystical passages of Baha'i sacred writings can be perused for the right fit for you, at any given moment." The Kitáb-i-Aqdas or The Most Holy Book is the central book of the Bahá’í Faith containing not only its major laws but also exhortations, social principles and mystical and spiritual teachings. This is the Dawning-Place of the Cause of God, were ye to recognize it. The Kitab-i-Aqdas 394,453 bytes The Kitab-i-Iqan (Book of Certitude) 306,614 bytes ... (The Most Holy Book) Epistle to the Son of the Wolf Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah The Kitab-i-Iqan (The Book … 3. The Most Holy Book Bahá’u’lláh's most important book is the Book of Laws, also called the Most Holy Book (Kitáb-i-Aqdas), which was completed in the House of … [12] In 1961, an English scholar of Arabic, Dr. Earl E. Elder, and William McElwee Miller, who (according to Laurence Elwell-Sutton) is an openly hostile Christian minister,[13] published an English translation, "Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas",[14] through the Royal Asiatic Society, however its translation of the notes section was problematic[15] and overall lacked "poetic sensibility, and skill in Arabic translation". In 1873, Bahá’u’lláh completed His most important work, the Most Holy Book (Kitáb-i-Aqdas), written in the House of ‘Údí Khammár, now part of the House of ‘Abbúd. The Book of Certitude. In Baha'i literature it is described as "the Mother-Book" of the Baháʼí teachings, and the "Charter of the future world civilization".[2]. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas is the central book of the Baháʼí Faith written by Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the religion, in 1873. )[8], Certain possible sources of law are specifically abrogated: laws of the Bábí religion, notably in the Persian Bayán, oral traditions (linked with pilgrim notes, and natural law, (that is to say God's sovereign will through revelation is the independent authority. Bahá'í eBooks Publications. [4] Shoghi Effendi also stated that certain other laws, such as criminal laws, that are dependent upon the existence of a predominantly Baháʼí society would only be applicable in a possible future Baháʼí society. As many friends of Baha’is around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and in the spirit of celebrating the divine origin of Christianity, we thought we’d share a short list of books about Christianity and the Baha’i Faith. This work is written in Arabic and its Arabic title is al-Kitab al- Aqdas, but it is commonly referred to by its Persian title, Kitab- i-Aqdas, which was given the work by Bahá'u'lláh himself. [8], The Aqdas is understood by Baháʼís to be a factor in the process of ongoing developments in world order. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf was revealed by Bahá’u’lláh about one year before His death, and though it is addressed to the son of an official, it can be found relevant to a contemporary reader as well. Bahá'í holy texts The writings of the Báband Bahá'u'lláhare regarded as Divine Revelation. # 98; 127. crimson Spot # 100; 128. the Sadratu’l-Muntahá # 100; 129. the Mother Book # 103 [4][6] He also stated that if the laws were in conflict with the civil law of the country where a Baháʼí lives the laws could not be practiced. Baha'i Funds; Feast and Holy Days; A-Z Items; Baha'i Introduction. BEITOSTOLEN, Norway — The Baha’i book known as the Kitab-i-Aqdas, the “Most Holy Book,” has been published in Norwegian for the first time, bringing to about 30 the number of different language editions of the work. In Baha'i literature it is described as "the Mother-Book" of the Baháʼí teachings, and the "Charter of the future world civilization". Over 7000 tablets and other works have been collected of an estimated 15,000 texts. You may remember her books about Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz. Parts of the text were translated to English by Shoghi Effendi, which, along with a Synopsis and Codification were published in 1973 by the Universal House of Justice at the centennial anniversary of its writing. As a result of the BBUK warehouse closure over the holiday period, we can only ship a limited number of Institute items and free prayer books. The book outlines the essential laws and principles to be observed by His followers, lays the groundwork for Bahá'í institutions, and articulates His vision for the development of human civilization. There are many holy books used by members of the Baha'i Faith. Bahá’i Datebook (178 B.E.) The Baháʼí Library Online provides a side-by-side comparison of the authorized translation with earlier translations of Anton Haddad and Earl Elder.[21]. [13] In 1973 a "Synopsis and Codification" of the book was published in English by the Universal House of Justice,[17] with 21 passages of the Aqdas that had already been translated into English by Shoghi Effendi with additional terse lists of laws and ordinances contained in the book outside of any contextual prose. This was confirmed and amplified in other texts, notably the Kitáb-i-'Ahd. [22] Baháʼu'lláh states that the maximum number of wives is two, but also states that having only one wife would add more tranquility to both partners. She also wrote The Life of Baha’u’llah and most recently she’s released The Life of … This is a Tablet containing Bahá’u’lláh's own writing anthology chosen to illustrate major themes of His revelation. The writings of Abdu'l-Baháare recognised as sacred. It is, of course, essential readig for any Baha'i who wants a … The Universal House of Justice is specifically empowered to write and rescind any laws it is felt necessary aside from those of the text of scripture and actual application of the laws of the Aqdas among Baháʼís are dependent on the choice of the Universal House of Justice. Publications are available in the following formats for download and use: Copyright and terms of use information for these downloads can be found on the Legal Information page. A pocket-size calendar ranging from January 2021 until March 2022 Baháʼu'lláh wrote many books, tablets and prayers, of which only a fraction have so far been translated into English. The Most Holy Book of the Bahá'í Faith is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the book of laws written by Bahá’u’lláh. Baha'i Publications Bookstore. Hartmut Grossmann comments about the book: "With its profound expressivity, its heartfelt excerpts from the Holy Writings of the Bahá'í Faith and the breathtaking quality of its photographs, this book conveys to the reader a true impression of the distinctive blend of spirit, harmony and beauty which characterises the Bahá'í Holy Places. The Kitáb-i-Aqdas – The Most Holy Book Bahá’u’lláh’s book of laws, written in Arabic around 1873 while He was still imprisoned within the city of ‘Akká. [3], Primary Baháʼí text, book of laws, written by Baháʼu'lláh in 1873, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFBaháʼu'lláh1873 (, harvnb error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFSmith2008 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFBushrui1994 (, Synopsis and Codification of the Laws and Ordinances of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas by Baháʼu'lláh and Shoghi Effendi, Kitab-i-Aqdas Multilinear Translation project, "From Arabic to other languages through English", "Kitáb-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book): "Multilinear" Translation project and Glossary", The Kitab-i-Aqdas: its place in Baha'i literature, Some Reflections on the Structure of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Timeline and related material on Baháʼí Library Online, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kitáb-i-Aqdas&oldid=999670826, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Translation published by the Royal Asiatic Society, The transcendent character of the Bahá'í Revelation, The exalted station of the Author of the Faith, The supreme importance of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, "The Most Holy Book", The doctrine of the "Most Great Infallibility", The twin duties of recognition of the Manifestation and observance of His Laws, and their inseparability, The end of all learning is the recognition of Him Who is the Object of all knowledge, The blessedness of those who have recognized the fundamental verity "He shall not be asked of His doings", The revolutionizing effect of the "Most Great Order", The selection of a single language and the adoption of a common script for all on earth to use: one of two signs of the maturity of the human race, Prophecies of the Báb regarding "He Whom God will make manifest", Prediction relating to opposition to the Faith, Eulogy of the king who will profess the Faith and arise to serve it, The merit of all deeds is dependent upon God's acceptance, The importance of love for God as the motive of obedience to His Laws, The importance of utilizing material means, Eulogy of the learned among the people of Bahá, Assurance of forgiveness to Mírzá Yahyá should he repent, Apostrophe addressed to Constantinople and its people, Apostrophe addressed to the "banks of the Rhine", Condemnation of those who lay false claim to esoteric knowledge, Condemnation of those who allow pride in their learning to debar them from God, Assurance of aid to all those who arise to serve the Faith, "Questions and Answers"', which consists of 107 questions submitted to Baháʼu'lláh by, The Institution of the Universal House of Justice, Specific admonitions, reproofs and warnings, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 10:02. 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