The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
exempted from this those who are weak from illness or age, as a bounty from His Presence, and He is the Forgiving, the Generous. God hath granted you leave to prostrate yourselves on any surface that is clean, for We have removed in this regard the limitation that had been laid down in the Book; God, indeed, hath knowledge of that whereof ye know naught. Let him that findeth no water for ablution repeat five times the words “In the Name of God, the Most Pure, the Most Pure”, and then proceed to his devotions. Such is the command of the Lord of all worlds. In regions where the days and nights grow long, let times of prayer be gauged by clocks and other instruments that mark the passage of the hours. He, verily, is the Expounder, the Wise.
11We have absolved you from the requirement of performing the Prayer of the Signs. On the appearance of fearful natural events call ye to mind the might and majesty of your Lord, He Who heareth and seeth all, and say “Dominion is God’s, the Lord of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of creation”.
12It hath been ordained that obligatory prayer is to be performed by each of you individually. Save in the Prayer for the Dead, the practice of congregational prayer hath been annulled. He, of a truth, is the Ordainer, the All-Wise.
13God hath exempted women who are in their courses from obligatory prayer and fasting. Let them, instead, after performance of their ablutions, give praise unto God, repeating ninety-five times between the noon of one day and the next “Glorified be God, the
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 11.
Paragraph 12.
Paragraph 13.
Study Guide
Paragraph 11.
What prayer is said in times of the appearance of fearful natural events?
(See Note 18)
What is the Prayer of the Signs?
Paragraph 12.
How is the obligatory prayer to be performed?
What has been annulled?
(See Note 19)
Are you required to face the Qiblih during the Prayer for the Dead?
What does Shoghi Effendi advise about the recital of the non-obligatory prayers?
Paragraph 13.
Who are exempt from obligatory prayer and fasting?
What is repeated 95 times between the noon on one day and the next when exempted from prayer and fasting?
(See Note 20)
What has been abolished by Bahá’u’lláh?
How is the difference between an exemption and a prohibition explained?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 13.