The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
them from the Heaven of Revelation, they would, of a certainty, attain unto perfect liberty. Happy is the man that hath apprehended the Purpose of God in whatever He hath revealed from the Heaven of His Will that pervadeth all created things. Say: The liberty that profiteth you is to be found nowhere except in complete servitude unto God, the Eternal Truth. Whoso hath tasted of its sweetness will refuse to barter it for all the dominion of earth and heaven.
126In the Bayán it had been forbidden you to ask Us questions. The Lord hath now relieved you of this prohibition, that ye may be free to ask what you need to ask, but not such idle questions as those on which the men of former times were wont to dwell. Fear God, and be ye of the righteous! Ask ye that which shall be of profit to you in the Cause of God and His dominion, for the portals of His tender compassion have been opened before all who dwell in heaven and on earth.
127The number of months in a year, appointed in the Book of God, is nineteen. Of these the first hath been adorned with this Name which overshadoweth the whole of creation.
128The Lord hath decreed that the dead should be interred in coffins made of crystal, of hard, resistant stone, or of wood that is both fine and durable, and that graven rings should be placed upon their fingers. He, verily, is the Supreme Ordainer, the One apprised of all.
129The inscription on these rings should read, for men: “Unto God belongeth all that is in the heavens and on the earth and whatsoever is between them, and
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 126.
Paragraph 127.
Paragraph 128.
Paragraph 129.
Study Guide
Paragraph 126.
What questions are we not to ask?
What are we able to ask?
Paragraph 127.
(See Note 147)
What are the months of the year named after?
What day is astronomically fixed?
Paragraph 128.
(See Note 149)
What is the significance of the provision for the deceased to be interred in a coffin made of crystal or of polished stone?
The specific Prayer for the Dead is said when?
Who are the formal prayer and burial ring meant for?
The Universal House of Justice has explained what additional materials can be used for the casket. What are they?
Paragraph 129.
What is the inscription on the burial ring?
I came . . . ”
(See Note 150)
Who or what is the “Point of the Bayán”?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 128.
Paragraph 129.