The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Notes
hypocrisy and affectation, and in order to win the praise of their followers, would ostentatiously mutter prayers in public places as a demonstration of their piety. Bahá’u’lláh forbids such behaviour and stresses the importance of humility and genuine devotion to God.
136.Unto everyone hath been enjoined the writing of a will. ¶109
According to the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the individual has a duty to write a will and testament, and is free to dispose of his estate in whatever manner he chooses (see note 38).
Bahá’u’lláh affirms that in drawing up his will “a person hath full jurisdiction over his property”, since God has permitted the individual “to deal with that which He hath bestowed upon him in whatever manner he may desire” (Q and A 69). Provisions are set out in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas for the distribution of inheritance in the case of intestacy. (See notes 38-48.)
137.the Most Great Name ¶109
As explained in note 33, the Greatest Name of God can take various forms, all based on the word “Bahá”. The Bahá’ís in the East have implemented this injunction of the Aqdas by heading their wills with such phrases as “O Thou Glory of the All-Glorious”, “In the name of God, the All-Glorious” or “He is the All-Glorious” and the like.
138.All Feasts have attained their consummation in the two Most Great Festivals, and in the two other Festivals that fall on the twin days ¶110
This passage establishes four great festivals of the Bahá’í year. The two designated by Bahá’u’lláh as “the two Most Great Festivals” are, first, the Festival of Riḍván, which commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration of His Prophetic Mission in the Garden of Riḍván in Baghdád during twelve days in April/May 1863 and is referred to by Him as “the
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