The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
33O 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 daystar 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.
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Cross-References
Dawn, prayer at,   K115, Q15, n5, n142
Earning one’s living,   K147, n56, n162   See also below - Work
Idleness, prohibited,   15, 157, n56   See also below - Work
Mendicancy,   15, K147, n56, n162
Recitation of verses,   K149, Q68, n165
Sloth,   15, 157, n56
Thankfulness to/trust in God,   K111, K160
Work
exalted to rank of worship,   15, 155-156, n56
heavy, during the fast,   Q76, n31
homemaking,   n56
obligation to engage in trade or profession,   15, 155-156, n56, n162
suspension on Holy Days,   Q1
Wisdom in laws and teachings,   K29
Study Guide
What is it incumbent for each one of us to engage in?
Who are the most despised men in the sight of God?
(See Note 56)
Who can “have no place in the new World Order”?
What should not only be discouraged but entirely wiped out from the face of society?
What is a form of worship?
What draws us nearer to God and enables us to better grasp His purpose for us in the world?
When is a monthly allowance provided for subsistence?
What is a highly honourable and responsible work of fundamental importance to society?