The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
ordained for none a share in so sublime and transcendent a station. This is the Decree of God, concealed ere now within the veil of impenetrable mystery. We have disclosed it in this Revelation, and have thereby rent asunder the veils of such as have failed to recognize that which the Book of God set forth and who were numbered with the heedless.
48Unto every father hath been enjoined the instruction of his son and daughter in the art of reading and writing and in all that hath been laid down in the Holy Tablet. He that putteth away that which is commanded unto him, the Trustees are then to take from him that which is required for their instruction if he be wealthy and, if not, the matter devolveth upon the House of Justice. Verily have We made it a shelter for the poor and needy. He that bringeth up his son or the son of another, it is as though he hath brought up a son of Mine; upon him rest My glory, My loving-kindness, My mercy, that have compassed the world.
49God hath imposed a fine on every adulterer and adulteress, to be paid to the House of Justice: nine mithqáls of gold, to be doubled if they should repeat the offence. Such is the penalty which He Who is the Lord of Names hath assigned them in this world; and in the world to come He hath ordained for them a humiliating torment. Should anyone be afflicted by a sin, it behoveth him to repent thereof and return unto his Lord. He, verily, granteth forgiveness unto whomsoever He willeth, and none may question that which it pleaseth Him to ordain. He is, in truth, the Ever-Forgiving, the Almighty, the All-Praised.
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 48.
Paragraph 49.
Study Guide
Paragraph 48.
Every father has been instructed to instruct his son and daughter in what?
What happens if the father does not do this?
Complete this quotation:
He that bringeth up his son or the son of another, it is . . . ”
(See Note 76)
Why is the training and culture of daughters more necessary than that of sons?
Paragraph 49.
What has been imposed on every adulterer and adulteress?
What has been ordained for them in the world to come?
If afflicted with a sin, what should we do?
(See Note 77)
How has ‘Abdu’l-Bahá specified the punishment?
What is the aim of this law?
What is the principle purpose of the law?
(See Note 78)
Approximately how many grammes in 9 Mithqáls of Gold?
What increases by geometrical progression?
When will this law be supplemented and applied?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 48.