The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
144Consort with all religions with amity and concord, that they may inhale from you the sweet fragrance of God. Beware lest amidst men the flame of foolish ignorance overpower you. All things proceed from God and unto Him they return. He is the source of all things and in Him all things are ended.
145Take heed that ye enter no house in the absence of its owner, except with his permission. Comport yourselves with propriety under all conditions, and be not numbered with the wayward.
146It hath been enjoined upon you to purify your means of sustenance and other such things through payment of Zakát. Thus hath it been prescribed in this exalted Tablet by Him Who is the Revealer of verses. We shall, if it be God’s will and purpose, set forth erelong the measure of its assessment. He, verily, expoundeth whatsoever He desireth by virtue of His own knowledge, and He, of a truth, is Omniscient and All-Wise.
147It is unlawful to beg, and it is forbidden to give to him who beggeth. All have been enjoined to earn a living, and as for those who are incapable of doing so, it is incumbent on the Deputies of God and on the wealthy to make adequate provision for them. Keep ye the statutes and commandments of God; nay, guard them as ye would your very eyes, and be not of those who suffer grievous loss.
148Ye have been forbidden in the Book of God to engage in contention and conflict, to strike another, or to commit similar acts whereby hearts and souls may be
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 144.
Paragraph 145.
Paragraph 146.
Paragraph 147.
Paragraph 148.
Study Guide
Paragraph 144.
How are we to consort with all religions and why?
What are we to beware of?
Paragraph 145.
Complete this quotation:
Take heed that ye enter no house . . . ; Comport yourselves with . . . ; be not numbered with . . . ”
Paragraph 146.
(See Note 161)
What is Zakát?
Who will set forth Zakát in the future?
What should we do in the mean time?
Paragraph 147.
What has everyone been enjoined to do?
How are we to guard the statutes and commandments of God?
(See Note 162)
What has been forbidden?
Who will provide a monthly allowance to persons incapable of earning a living, striken by dire poverty or have become helpless?
Who are the deputies?
Paragraph 148.
What have we been forbidden to engage in?
What have we been exhorted to show?
Complete this quotation:
Wish not . . . ”
What are we created out of and unto what shall we return?
What are we to reflect upon?
How are we not to walk?
What is the infallible balance?
How is the soul of man “caused to wing its flight towards the Dayspring of Revelation, and the heart of every true believer ... suffused with light”?
How should we obey the laws and commandments?
(See Note 163)
What law of the Persian Bayán has been abrogated?
(See Note 164)
How is the “sacred Lote-Tree” used here?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 147.