The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
hair beyond the lobe of the ear pertains only to men. The application of this law will require clarification by the Universal House of Justice.
70.Exile and imprisonment are decreed for the thief ¶45
Bahá’u’lláh states that the determination of the degree of penalty, in accordance with the seriousness of the offence, rests with the House of Justice (Q and A 49). The punishments for theft are intended for a future condition of society, when they will be supplemented and applied by the Universal House of Justice.
71.on the third offence, place ye a mark upon his brow so that, thus identified, he may not be accepted in the cities of God and His countries ¶45
The mark to be placed on the thief’s forehead serves the purpose of warning people of his proclivities. All details concerning the nature of the mark, how the mark is to be applied, how long it must be worn, on what conditions it may be removed, as well as the seriousness of various degrees of theft have been left by Bahá’u’lláh for the Universal House of Justice to determine when the law is applied.
72.Whoso wisheth to make use of vessels of silver and gold is at liberty to do so. ¶46
In the Bayán the Báb allowed the use of gold and silver utensils, thus abrogating the Islamic condemnation of their use which stems not from an explicit injunction of the Qur’án but from Muslim traditions. Bahá’u’lláh here confirms the Báb’s ruling.
73.Take heed lest, when partaking of food, ye plunge your hands into the contents of bowls and platters. ¶46
This prohibition was defined by Shoghi Effendi as “plunging one’s hand in food”. In many parts of the world it has