The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
remembrance the eye is cheered and the heart is filled with light.
32The Lord hath ordained that those of you who are able shall make pilgrimage to the sacred House, and from this He hath exempted women as a mercy on His part. He, of a truth, is the All-Bountiful, the Most Generous.
33O people of Bahá! It is incumbent upon each one of you to engage in some occupation—such as a craft, a trade or the like. We have exalted your engagement in such work to the rank of worship of the one true God. Reflect, O people, on the grace and blessings of your Lord, and yield Him thanks at eventide and dawn. Waste not your hours in idleness and sloth, but occupy yourselves with what will profit you and others. Thus hath it been decreed in this Tablet from whose horizon hath shone the day-star of wisdom and utterance. The most despised of men in the sight of God are they who sit and beg. Hold ye fast unto the cord of means and place your trust in God, the Provider of all means.
34The kissing of hands hath been forbidden in the Book. This practice is prohibited by God, the Lord of glory and command. To none is it permitted to seek absolution from another soul; let repentance be between yourselves and God. He, verily, is the Pardoner, the Bounteous, the Gracious, the One Who absolveth the repentant.
35O ye servants of the Merciful One! Arise to serve the Cause of God, in such wise that the cares and sorrows caused by them that have disbelieved in the Dayspring of the Signs of God may not afflict you. At
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 32.
Paragraph 33.
Paragraph 34.
Paragraph 35.
Study Guide
Paragraph 32.
(See Note 54)
Which three sites are consecrated to pilgrimage?
(See Note 55)
Why are women exempted from pilgrimage?
Paragraph 33.
What is it incumbent for each one of us to engage in?
Who are the most despised men in the sight of God?
(See Note 56)
Who can “have no place in the new World Order”?
What should not only be discouraged but entirely wiped out from the face of society?
What is a form of worship?
What draws us nearer to God and enables us to better grasp His purpose for us in the world?
When is a monthly allowance provided for subsistence?
What is a highly honourable and responsible work of fundamental importance to society?
Paragraph 34.
What has been forbidden?
Repentance should be between whom?
(See Note 58)
What results in humiliation and abasement?
What clarification has the Universal House of Justice given regarding admitting transgressions?
Paragraph 35.
How should we arise to serve the Cause of God?
What has appeared amongst the kindreds of the earth “At the time when the Promise was fulfilled and the Promised One made manifest, . . . ”?
What have the people followed?