The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
them without leave from Him Who is the Dawning-place of Revelation. After Him, this authority shall pass to the Aghṣán, and after them to the House of Justice—should it be established in the world by then—that they may use these endowments for the benefit of the Places which have been exalted in this Cause, and for whatsoever hath been enjoined upon them by Him Who is the God of might and power. Otherwise, the endowments shall revert to the people of Bahá who speak not except by His leave and judge not save in accordance with what God hath decreed in this Tablet—lo, they are the champions of victory betwixt heaven and earth—that they may use them in the manner that hath been laid down in the Book by God, the Mighty, the Bountiful.
43Lament not in your hours of trial, neither rejoice therein; seek ye the Middle Way which is the remembrance of Me in your afflictions and reflection over that which may befall you in future. Thus informeth you He Who is the Omniscient, He Who is aware.
44Shave not your heads; God hath adorned them with hair, and in this there are signs from the Lord of creation to those who reflect upon the requirements of nature. He, verily, is the God of strength and wisdom. Notwithstanding, it is not seemly to let the hair pass beyond the limit of the ears. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Lord of all worlds.
45Exile and imprisonment are decreed for the thief, and, on the third offence, place ye a mark upon his
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Paragraph 43.
Paragraph 44.
Paragraph 45.
Study Guide
Paragraph 43.
We are not to do what in our hours of trial?
What do we seek?
Paragraph 44.
(See Note 68)
What is forbidden?
(See Note 69)
Does the law forbidding the growing of hair beyond the lobe of the ear pertain to men only?
Paragraph 45.
What is decreed for the thief?
What would we do if we were to discover what Bahá’u’lláh desired for us in revealing the holy laws?
(See Note 70)
What will be supplemented and applied by the Universal House of Justice?
(See Note 71)
What is the purpose of the mark on the forehead?