The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
152Wash your feet once every day in summer, and once every three days during winter.
153Should anyone wax angry with you, respond to him with gentleness; and should anyone upbraid you, forbear to upbraid him in return, but leave him to himself and put your trust in God, the omnipotent Avenger, the Lord of might and justice.
154Ye have been prohibited from making use of pulpits. Whoso wisheth to recite unto you the verses of his Lord, let him sit on a chair placed upon a dais, that he may make mention of God, his Lord, and the Lord of all mankind. It is pleasing to God that ye should seat yourselves on chairs and benches as a mark of honour for the love ye bear for Him and for the Manifestation of His glorious and resplendent Cause.
155Gambling and the use of opium have been forbidden unto you. Eschew them both, O people, and be not of those who transgress. Beware of using any substance that induceth sluggishness and torpor in the human temple and inflicteth harm upon the body. We, verily, desire for you naught save what shall profit you, and to this bear witness all created things, had ye but ears to hear.
156Whensoever ye be invited to a banquet or festive occasion, respond with joy and gladness, and whoever fulfilleth his promise will be safe from reproof. This is a Day on which each of God’s wise decrees hath been expounded.
157Behold, the “mystery of the Great Reversal in the Sign of the Sovereign” hath now been made manifest. Well is it with him whom God hath aided to recognize
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Study Guide
Paragraph 152.
(See Note 167)
We are exhorted to do what?
Paragraph 153.
How do we respond to anger?
How do we respond to being upbraided?
Where do we put our trust?
Who is the omnipotent Avenger?
Paragraph 154.
What have we been prohibited from making use of?
What is pleasing to God?
(See Note 168)
What did the Báb specify instead of pulpits?
What is read in the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár?
What is the correct attitude when delivering speeches in gatherings?
Paragraph 155.
What has been forbidden?
What do we eschew?
We are to beware of what?
What is desired for us?
(See Note 169)
How is it not appropriate to raise funds for the Faith?
(See Note 170)
What is a requirement for a “chaste and holy life”?
What are the reasons for not smoking opium?
What does opium do?
Who is fortunate?
How should the use of opium be prevented?
What is the most powerful of plagues?
Who is deprived of the bounty and grace of God?
What does hashish do?
What does alcohol do?
Paragraph 156.
What response is given to an invitation to a banquet or festive occasion?
Who is safe from reproof?
Paragraph 157.
What has now been manifest?
What is in the hand of God?
Complete this quotation:
He knoweth . . . ”
How many . . . ;and how many . . . ”
(See Note 171)
Who heralded the advent of the Faith of the Báb?
What did he prophesise?
How does Bahá’u’lláh describe this reversal?
(See Note 172)
What does Shoghi Effendi say the “Upright Alif” refers to?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 155.