The book was originally known as Risaliy-i-Khal, Epistle to the Uncle, and later entitled by Bahá’u’lláh Himself as the Kitáb-i-Íqán. Translation into English. Examination of the Bible in light of interpretations of its symbolism offered by Baha’u’llah’s Kitab-i-Iqan. The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i Iqan) is the preeminent doctrinal work of the Bahá’í Faith. Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Bahá’u’lláh (), the author, later.

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August 11th – November 3rd By the revelation of these gems of divine virtue all the names and attributes of God, such as knowledge and power, sovereignty and dominion, mercy and wisdom, glory, bounty and grace, are made manifest. This sovereignty, however, is not the sovereignty which the minds of men have falsely imagined. Why is it that the advent of every true Manifestation of God hath been accompanied by such strife and tumult, by such tyranny and upheaval?

Moreover, consider the hardships and the bitterness of the lives of those Revealers of the divine Beauty.

Paria Javid rated it really liked it Oct 31, If by “life” be meant this earthly life, it is evident that death must needs overtake it. This hath already been witnessed, and will in future be made manifest.

These revealed words were a blessing to the righteous who on hearing them exclaimed: One extendeth toward the tomb, the other to the vault of the grave, the third to the Sirat, the fourth to either Paradise or hell. Such a condition as this is witnessed in this day when the reins of every community have fallen into the grasp of foolish leaders, who lead after their own whims and desire. Gems of Divine Mysteries Javahiru’l-Asrara short work Baha’u’llah revealed aroundrelates to themes found in both the Iqan and in the Seven Valleys.

The principle difficulty in this approach is overcoming the resistance of entrenched belief systems.

How could they be afflicted with the scourge of chastisement by the heavenly King? From time immemorial such hath been the way of God iqna His creatures, and to this testify the records of the sacred books. How grievous their blindness!

To every discerning and illumined heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute, such as corporeal existence, ascent and descent, egress and regress. In the soil of whose heart will these holy seeds germinate?

The Kitáb-i-Íqán

And now, take heed, O brother! We have also heard a number of the foolish of the earth assert that the genuine text of the heavenly Gospel doth not exist amongst the Christians, that it hath ascended unto heaven.


Following indications in the original text for the English translation, Ali Kuli Khan and Shoghi Effendi, not inappropriately, divided the text into two parts KIpart 1, pp. What blossoms of true knowledge and wisdom hath their illumined bosoms yielded!

Can the lowly dust compare with Him Who is the Lord of Lords? Thou wilt regard the words and the deeds of that almighty Sovereign as one and the same; in such wise that whatsoever thou dost behold in His deeds, the same wilt thou find in His sayings, and whatsoever thou kittab read in His sayings, that wilt thou recognize in His deeds.

The Kitáb-i-Íqán: The Book of Certitude by Bahá’u’lláh

These are the “clouds” that cause the heavens of the knowledge and understanding of all that dwell on earth to be cloven asunder. What smoke more dense and overpowering than the one which hath now enshrouded all the peoples of the world, which hath become a torment unto them, and from which they hopelessly fail to deliver themselves, however much they strive?

This is but one of the meanings of the spiritual sovereignty which We have set forth in accordance with the capacity and receptiveness of the people. The more they are told that this wondrous Cause of God, this Revelation from the Most High, hath been made manifest to all mankind, and is waxing greater and stronger every kitwb, the fiercer groweth the blaze of the fire in their hearts.

No trivia or quizzes yet. For, dost thou not witness how the generality of mankind is under the sway of His enemies? In another sense, by these terms is intended the divines of the former Dispensation, who live kjtab the days of the subsequent Revelations, and who hold the reins of religion in their grasp.

Through them is transmitted a grace that is infinite, and by them is revealed the light that can never fade. He verily is independent of all earthly dominion, though He be utterly destitute. A central theme of the book is the return of the Promised One in a human guise.

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Who am I to rate the Word of God. You must have heard of such things taking place all down the ages, and are now observing kiatb in these days.

It has also served as a basis for translations into other languages, although new translations direct from the original are also in progress in scholarly academic circles. His admonitions, however, yielded no fruit, and His pleading proved of no avail.

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Ponder for a moment, and reflect upon that which hath been the cause of such denial on the part of those who have searched with such earnestness and longing. Though similar events have not occurred in this Dispensation, yet the people still cling to such vain imaginings as are cherished by the reprobate. Such is their low estate in this, the Day of Resurrection!


A number of the divines, who hold firmly to the letter of the Word of God, have come to regard this verse as one of the signs of that expected resurrection which is born of their idle fancy.

Were you to ponder, but for a while, these utterances in your heart, you would surely find the portals of understanding unlocked before your face, and would behold all knowledge and the mysteries thereof unveiled before your eyes.

In God We put Our trust, and to Him We cry for help, that haply there may flow from this pen that which shall quicken the souls of men, that they may all arise from their beds of heedlessness and hearken unto the rustling of the leaves of Paradise, from the tree which the hand of divine power hath, by the permission of God, planted in the Ridvan of the All-Glorious.

Consider now, had the people of the Gospel recognized the meaning of the symbolic terms “sun” and “moon,” had they sought, unlike the froward and perverse, enlightenment from Him Who is the Revealer of divine knowledge, they would have surely comprehended the purpose of these terms, and would not have become afflicted and oppressed by the darkness of their selfish desires.

Its fruit is deadly poison; its shadow a consuming fire. Privacy Policy Add Comment. What can I say? It deals largely with prophecy and scriptural meaning and contains the most wonderful and evocative description of what it means to seek truth. Even as He saith:.

Everything that comes from the pen of Baha’u’llah is beautiful. He summoned all the peoples and kindreds of the earth to the kingdom of eternity, and invited them to partake of the fruit of the tree of faithfulness. Such is the sway of their desires, that the lamp of conscience and reason hath been quenched in their hearts, and this although the fingers of divine power have unlocked the portals of the knowledge of God, and the light of divine knowledge and heavenly grace hath illumined and inspired the essence of all created things, in such wise that in each and every thing a door of knowledge hath been opened, and within every atom traces of the sun hath been made manifest.