Glossary :: K
Conspired with Muḥammad’s arch-enemy, Abú-Ṣufyán, to compass Muḥammad’s death.
A-Z : Ka‘b-ibn-i-Ashraf
The Kaaba; literally “cube”. The holiest Muslim site.
The cube-like building in the centre of the mosque at Mecca, which contains the sacred Black Stone.
According to tradition, it was originally built by Adam and reconstructed after the great Flood by Abraham and Ishmael.
It is the Qiblih and the most holy Shrine in Islám.
The word can, and often is, used to mean “goal”.
See also : Baṭḥá.
A-Z : Ka‘bah | Ka‘bih | Kaaba
See   Ka‘bih
Kabír, Ámir
See   Ámir Kabír
Chief of a ward or parish in a town;   headman of a village.
An important collection of Shí‘íh traditions. Jábir is the authority for the quotation given in the Kitáb-i-Íqán, page 226.
See also : Arba‘ín;   ‘Aválim;   Biḥár;   Biḥáru’l-Anvár;   Mufaḍḍal;   Traditions;   Yanbú‘.
“One who discourses.”
Kamál Páshá
One of the Turkish dignitaries at the Court of Sulṭán ‘Abdu’l-‘Azíz.
Kampala House of Worship
Kampala House of Worship
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Mother Temple of Africa
Architect: Charles Mason Remey
In January 1958 the corner stone was laid. The ceremony included the attendance of Hands of the Cause of God Amatu’l-Bahá Rúḥíyyih Khánum and Músá Banání, who brought some soil from the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and from the Fortress of Maku. The dedication of the House of Worship was on January 13, 1961.
See also : Mashriqu’l-Adhkár.
See   Karbalá’
A city about 55 miles southwest of Baghdád on the Euphrates River.
A-Z : Karbilá
1. A Muslim who has performed the pilgrimage to Karbilá.
2. Siyyid Javád
Literally “honorable”. Also “All-Bountiful”.
A-Z : Karím
Kasab, Mathew
See   Mathew Kasab
Literally “plentiful, abundant, sweet (potion)”.
A river of Paradise from which all the others are said to flow. Part of its waters are led into a great lake on the shores of which the souls of the faithful rest when they have crossed the terrible bridge which is laid over the midst of Hell.
A-Z : Kawthar
See   Mullá Káẓim,   Siyyid Káẓim-i-Rash
Keith Ransom-Kehler
Keith Ransom-Kehler
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1876 — 23 October 1933
A distinguished American Bahá’í who traveled to Persia to represent the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada with a petition requesting the removal of a ban on the entry and circulation of Bahá’í literature.
She died in Iṣfahán on 23 October 1933. She is believed to have been the Bahá’í Faith’s first American martyr.
For a brief account of her life and service to the Faith, see The Bahá’í World 5: 389-94; for a photograph of her grave, see The Bahá’í World 7: 68.
Second wife of Abraham after death of Sarah
“Prince,” “lord,” “nobleman,” “chieftain.”
See also : Big.
Khán, Ḥájí Mírzá Karím
See   Mírzá Karím Khán, Ḥájí
The name of a famous oasis, and of its principal settlement, near Medina, where signficant events in the ministry of Muḥammad took place.
A-Z : Khaybar
Khayru’lláh, Ibráhím
See   Ibráhím Khayru’lláh
Name of a legendary immortal saint. (See Qur’án 18:65-82).
Khurásání, Abu’l-Qásim
See   Abu’l-Qásim-i-Khurásání
Sermon of the Gulf
Title of a sermon delivered by Imám ‘Alí.
King of Glory
A title of Bahá’u’lláh.
King of Martyrs
See   Mírzá Muḥammad-Ḥasan
See   Book of the Covenant
Kitáb-i-Aqdas, The
See   The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Kitáb-i-Íqán, The
See   The Kitáb-i-Íqán
Knights of Bahá’u’lláh
The title given by Shoghi Effendi to Bahá’ís who settled in the goal countries enumerated at the outset of the Ten Year World Crusade as having no Bahá’ís living in them. All those who settled in such territories during the Holy Year October 1952 — October 1953 and, thereafter, the first to settle in the remaining territories were designated Knights of Bahá’u’lláh.
The names of the Knights of Bahá’u’lláh are inscribed on a scroll that was laid beneath the floor inside the entrance door of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in May 1992 during the Holy Year commemorating the centenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s ascension.
See   Qur’án
A city that once lay on the west bank of the Euphrates River and has now entirely disappeared. It was an important Muslim seat of learning.
Capital city of the Shí‘íh Imamate. The Imám ‘Alí made it the centre of his operations, and was murdered in its mosque.
A-Z : Kúfih
The Persian lambskin hat worn by government employees and civilians.
A devoted apostle of the Imám ‘Alí, the first of the Twelve Imáms of Shí‘íh Islám.
A-Z : Kumayl