The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved. To this He Who is the Lord of all creation beareth Me witness. Whoso hath inhaled the sweet fragrance of the All-Merciful, and recognized the Source of this utterance, will welcome with his own eyes the shafts of the enemy, that he may establish the truth of the laws of God amongst men. Well is it with him that hath turned thereunto, and apprehended the meaning of His decisive decree.
8We have set forth the details of obligatory prayer in another Tablet. Blessed is he who observeth that whereunto he hath been bidden by Him Who ruleth over all mankind. In the Prayer for the Dead six specific passages have been sent down by God, the Revealer of Verses. Let one who is able to read recite that which hath been revealed to precede these passages; and as for him who is unable, God hath relieved him of this requirement. He, of a truth, is the Mighty, the Pardoner.
9Hair doth not invalidate your prayer, nor aught from which the spirit hath departed, such as bones and the like. Ye are free to wear the fur of the sable as ye would that of the beaver, the squirrel, and other animals; the prohibition of its use hath stemmed, not from the Qur’án, but from the misconceptions of the divines. He, verily, is the All-Glorious, the All-Knowing.
10We have commanded you to pray and fast from the beginning of maturity; this is ordained by God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers. He hath
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Study Guide
Paragraph 8.
(See Note 9)
Who stole the original Obligatory Prayer?
(See Note 10)
How is the prayer for the dead to be recited?
When is the Prayer for the Dead required to be said?
(See Questions and Answers 70,   page 127)
Is the burial ring required for minors?
(See Note 11)
Who revealed the greeting and repetitions in the Prayer for the Dead?
Who added the supplication to precede these passages?
Paragraph 9.
What are we free to wear?
(See Note 12)
In earlier Dispensations what was held to invalidate one’s prayer?
Paragraph 10.
We have been commanded “to pray and fast” from when?
What are the exemptions from offering Obligatory Prayers and from fasting?
Are there any restrictions on the surface we should prostrate ourselves on during prayer?
What has God knowledge of?
What do we recite five times if no water can be found for ablutions?
When are the times for prayer gauged by clocks and other instruments?
(See Note 13)
How is maturity defined?
(See Note 14)
How is old age defined?
(See Synopsis and Codification section IV.B.5,   page 148)
List the exemptions from fasting.
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