The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Merciful. These, verily, are the Laws of God; transgress them not at the prompting of your base and selfish desires. Observe ye the injunctions laid upon you by Him Who is the Dawning-place of Utterance. The sincere among His servants will regard the precepts set forth by God as the Water of Life to the followers of every faith, and the Lamp of wisdom and loving providence to all the denizens of earth and heaven.
30The Lord hath ordained that in every city a House of Justice be established wherein shall gather counsellors to the number of Bahá, and should it exceed this number it doth not matter. They should consider themselves as entering the Court of the presence of God, the Exalted, the Most High, and as beholding Him Who is the Unseen. It behoveth them to be the trusted ones of the Merciful among men and to regard themselves as the guardians appointed of God for all that dwell on earth. It is incumbent upon them to take counsel together and to have regard for the interests of the servants of God, for His sake, even as they regard their own interests, and to choose that which is meet and seemly. Thus hath the Lord your God commanded you. Beware lest ye put away that which is clearly revealed in His Tablet. Fear God, O ye that perceive.
31O people of the world! Build ye houses of worship throughout the lands in the name of Him Who is the Lord of all religions. Make them as perfect as is possible in the world of being, and adorn them with that which befitteth them, not with images and effigies. Then, with radiance and joy, celebrate therein the praise of your Lord, the Most Compassionate. Verily, by His
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 30.
Paragraph 31.
Study Guide
Paragraph 30.
Complete this quotation:
They should consider . . . ”
(See Note 49)
Is the definition of adult set down by Shoghi Effendi open to change?
What is a ‘temporary appellation’?
(See Note 50)
What is the abjad numerical equivalent of Bahá?
(See Note 52)
What are we exhorted to do?
How has consultation been described?
Paragraph 31.
How are the Houses of Worship to be built and adorned?
What is to be done in the Houses of Worship?
How is the eye cheered and the heart filled with light?
(See Note 53)
What are the Bahá’í Houses of Worship dedicated to?
What does Mashriqu’l-Adhkár mean?
What will the dependencies be dedicated to?
What is one of the most vital institutions in the world?
What does Shoghi Effendi envisage for the Houses of Worship in the future?
In the future where will Bahá’í Houses of Worship be constructed?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 30.