The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
6We have enjoined obligatory prayer upon you, with nine rak‘ahs, 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 toward the Court of My Most Holy Presence, this Hallowed Spot that God hath made the Center 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 and Omniscient.
Definition for purposes of Obligatory Prayer: ‘evening’, ‘morning’, ‘noon’,   Q83, 144, 146, n5
Obligatory Prayer(s),   15, K8-K14, K18, 93, 99, 101, Q14, 143-46, n3
Point of Adoration,   n7
Qiblih,   15, K137
focus for Obligatory Prayer,   93, 99, Q67, n7
Qiblih (cont)
resting place of Bahá’u’lláh,   144, n8
Spot, in reference to Qiblih,   n7, n8
Rak‘ah(s),   Q63, n4, n6
Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh (Most Holy Shrine, Most Holy Tomb),   n8
Sun as symbol for Manifestation of God,   n8
Study Guide
Describe the “Point of Adoration”:
the Court of   . . .   this   . . .   the Centre   . . .   the Source of   . . . ”
(See Note 3)
What occupies an exalted station in the sight of God?
What are the obligatory prayers conducive to?
What does ‘Abdu’l-Bahá say happens through saying the obligatory prayers?
(See Note 4)
What is a rak’ah?
“…in every word and movement of the Obligatory Prayer” there are what?
What does Shoghi Effendi say about the few simple directions for the recital of certain prayers?
(See Note 5)
When are the “allowable times for Obligatory prayers”?
(See Note 7)
What is the “Point of Adoration” called?
Is facing the Qiblih a fixed requirement for reciting the obligatory prayer?
For other prayers is it a requirement to face the Qiblih?
(See Note 8)
For other prayers is it a requirement to face the Qiblih?
Where does the “Concourse on High” circumambulate?
How does Shoghi Effendi explain the spiritual significance of turning towards the Qiblih?