The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
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among his heirs, half-brothers and half-sisters from the mother’s side do not inherit (Q and A 53). The half-brothers and half-sisters will, of course, be due to receive inheritance from their own father’s estate.
40.the teachers ¶20
In a Tablet, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá compares teachers who are involved with the spiritual education of the child to the “spiritual father” who “endoweth his child with everlasting life”. He explains that this is the reason that “teachers are listed among the heirs” in the “Law of God”.
Bahá’u’lláh specifies the conditions under which the teacher inherits and the share he or she receives (Q and A 33).
41.When We heard the clamour of the children as yet unborn, We doubled their share and decreased those of the rest. ¶20
In the Báb’s laws of inheritance the children of the deceased were allotted nine parts consisting of 540 shares. This allocation constituted less than a quarter of the whole estate. Bahá’u’lláh doubled their portion to 1,080 shares and reduced those allotted to the other six categories of heirs. He also outlines the precise intention of this verse and its implications for the distribution of the inheritance (Q and A 5).
42.the House of Justice ¶21
In referring to the House of Justice in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh does not always explicitly distinguish between the Universal House of Justice and the Local House of Justice, both of which institutions are ordained in that Book. He usually refers simply to “the House of Justice”, leaving open for later clarification the level or levels of the whole institution to which each law would apply.
In a Tablet enumerating the revenues of the local treasury, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá includes those inheritances for which
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