The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
159It hath been forbidden you to carry arms unless essential, and permitted you to attire yourselves in silk. The Lord hath relieved you, as a bounty on His part, of the restrictions that formerly applied to clothing and to the trim of the beard. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omniscient. Let there be naught in your demeanour of which sound and upright minds would disapprove, and make not yourselves the playthings of the ignorant. Well is it with him who hath adorned himself with the vesture of seemly conduct and a praiseworthy character. He is assuredly reckoned with those who aid their Lord through distinctive and outstanding deeds.
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Cross-References
Arms, carrying of,   157, n173
Beard,   158, n175
Clothing
former restrictions lifted,   n175
silk,   158, n174
Conduct,   15-16, K73, 158-161, n192
Guns,   Q24, n83, n173
Propriety in dress,   n175
Protection of self,   n173
Study Guide
What has been forbidden?
What have we been permitted to attire ourselves with?
Complete this quotation:
Let there be naught . . . ”
(See Note 173)
What reasons would be essential for carrying arms?
What will the international peace-keeping force provide?
What does Bahá’u’lláh say about the weapons of war in the Tablet of Bishárát?
(See Note 175)
What is left to the “discretion” of the individual?
What are the believers called upon not to transgress?
What are the believers called upon to exercise?