The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
56The penalties for wounding or striking a person depend upon the severity of the injury; for each degree the Lord of Judgement hath prescribed a certain indemnity. He is, in truth, the Ordainer, the Mighty, the Most Exalted. We shall, if it be Our Will, set forth these payments in their just degrees—this is a promise on Our part, and He, verily, is the Keeper of His pledge, the Knower of all things.
57Verily, it is enjoined upon you to offer a feast, once in every month, though only water be served; for God hath purposed to bind hearts together, albeit through both earthly and heavenly means.
58Beware lest the desires of the flesh and of a corrupt inclination provoke divisions among you. Be ye as the fingers of one hand, the members of one body. Thus counselleth you the Pen of Revelation, if ye be of them that believe.
59Consider the mercy of God and His gifts. He enjoineth upon you that which shall profit you, though He Himself can well dispense with all creatures. Your evil doings can never harm Us, neither can your good works profit Us. We summon you wholly for the sake of God. To this every man of understanding and insight will testify.
60If ye should hunt with beasts or birds of prey, invoke ye the Name of God when ye send them to pursue their quarry; for then whatever they catch shall be lawful unto you, even should ye find it to have died. He, verily, is the Omniscient, the All-Informed. Take heed, however, that ye hunt not to excess. Tread ye the path of justice and equity in all things. Thus biddeth
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¶56 ¶57 ¶58 ¶59 ¶60
Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 56.
Paragraph 57.
Paragraph 58.
Paragraph 59.
Paragraph 60.
Study Guide
Paragraph 56.
What is dependent upon the severity of the injury?
(See Note 81)
Who will be responsible for determining the penalty for offences?
Paragraph 57.
What is to be offered every month?
What is the purpose of this?
(See Note 82)
What did the Báb call on His followers to gather together once every nineteen days to show?
What is involved in the administrative period of the Feast?
Is attendance at 19 day Feasts obligatory?
What should every believer consider?
Paragraph 58.
What desires and inclinations are we to beware of?
What are we to be like?
Paragraph 59.
What does Bahá’u’lláh enjoin upon us?
Complete this quotation:
Your evil doings . . . ”
How are we summoned?
Paragraph 60.
When hunting with beasts or birds of prey what is to be invoked when pursuing the quarry?
What path are we to tread?
(See Note 83)
What is prohibited?
(See Note 84)
Is hunting forbidden?