This was confirmed and amplified in other texts, notably the Kitáb-i-'Ahd. 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. 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. [8] The style combines elements of both poetry (shi'r) and rhymed prose (saj') and the text contains instances of literary devices like alliteration, assonance, repetition, onomatopoeia, juxtaposition and antithesis, metaphors, alternation of person and personification. Besides the main themes above, the Synopsis and Codification lists the last of six themes as "Miscellaneous Subjects" and lists 33 topics: While it is the core text on laws of the religion, it is not the exclusive source. There are many holy books used by members of the Baha'i Faith. [23][24][25], That Baháʼu'lláh had three wives,[23][26] while his religion teaches monogamy, which has been the subject of criticism. Bahá'í eBooks Publications. The most important of these is the Kitab-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book). Denotes recently added texts Authoritative Writings and Guidance » Buy CD-ROM Buy Books about Baha'i Baha'i: Formatted texts. [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. [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. 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. Bahá'u'lláh's book of laws and his most important work, dating from the early Akka period. )[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. Bahá’i Datebook (178 B.E.) He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omnipotent, the Unrestrained. 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. This can be seen comparing the Baháʼí approach to history and the future to that of the theory of the Clash of Civilizations on the one hand and the development of a posthegemony system on the other (compared with work of Robert Cox, for example, in Approaches to World Order, (Robert Cox & Timonthy Sinclair eds, Cambridge University Press, 1996). You may remember her books about Ayyam-i-Ha, the Fast and Naw-Ruz. 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. Main themes cover the appointment of Baháʼu'lláh's successor, who remains unnamed in the text; the layout of the future Baháʼí administration, including the mention of the Universal House of Justice and allusions to what would later be known as the Guardian; certain laws, particularly around prayer, fasting, marriage, divorce, and inheritance; admonitions toward certain individuals; and a variety of specific laws, ordinances, and prohibitions, ranging from tithes, to the Baháʼí calendar, to prohibitions on opium, slave trading, and gossip. 3. 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. [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. The Most Holy Book of the Bahá'í Faith is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the book of laws written by Bahá’u’lláh. [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. Indeed, it insists that divine law is applicable only in situations with requisite conditions, where it is likely to have certain social effects. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We have relieved you of a greater number, as a command in the Book of God. General Introduction; Pamphlets-Teaching; Baha'i Life. [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. Baháʼu'lláh wrote many books, tablets and prayers, of which only a fraction have so far been translated into English. )[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. The work was written in Arabic under the Arabic title al-Kitāb al-Aqdas (Arabic: الكتاب الأقدس‎), but in English it is commonly known by its Persian pronunciation Kitáb-i-Aqdas, and is subtitled with the translation of "the Most Holy Book". More about the life and mission of Bahá’u’lláh ». The Holy Books. It was supplemented by later Writings and by Bahá’u’lláh’s replies to a series of questions posed by one of His secretaries. 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. He revealed thousands of tablets with a total volume more than 70 times the size of the Qurʼan and more than 15 times the size of the Bible. A pocket-size calendar ranging from January 2021 until March 2022 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. [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. [8], The Aqdas is understood by Baháʼís to be a factor in the process of ongoing developments in world order. Rather than a narrative, the book is written as a series of short teachings or principles. 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. She also wrote The Life of Baha’u’llah and most recently she’s released The Life of … The Kitáb-i-Aqdas is the central book of the Baháʼí Faith written by Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the religion, in 1873. It is interesting that a full authorized English Language edition only became available late in the 20th century! [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. 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 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. By this method the utterances of 14 Books About the Baha’i Faith and Christianity. 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. This is the Dawning-Place of the Cause of God, were ye to recognize it. Bahá'í eBooks Publications was established with a vision to make the Bahá'í Writings more readily available to a world that is becoming ever more technologically advanced, by publishing them in formats that can be read on all electronic devices. Baháʼu'lláh had manuscript copies sent to Baháʼís in Iran some years after its writing in 1873, and in 1890–91 (1308 AH, 47 BE) he arranged for its first publication in Bombay, India. 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