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Bahá’í Glossary
 
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Qá’im
“He Who Shall Arise”. Arabic for Raised
The Promised One of the Islamic Faith. Believed by Shí‘íh Islám to be the return of the Twelfth Imám.
See also : Lord of the Age;   Mihdí;   Qayyúm;   The Báb
A-Z : Qá’im
Qáḍí
Judge: civil, criminal, and ecclesiastical
Qalyán
A pipe for smoking through water.
Qárún
A cousin of Moses, who having believed in Moses, turned against Him and with his fellow-rebels was destroyed by the wrath of God.   (See Numbers Ch. 16).
Qayyúm
Arabic for Raiser
Title of Shaykhí Shí‘íh Islám’s Promised One due to follow the Qá’im and bring an Era of peace and justice;
See also : Qá’im
Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’
The Báb’s commentary on the Súrih of Joseph in the Qur’án. Regarded by Bábís as, in effect, their Qur’án.
Revealed in 1844, this work is characterized by Bahá’u’lláh as “the first, the greatest, and mightiest of all books” in the Bábí Dispensation.
For an outline of its contents, see Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, page 23.
A-Z : Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’
Qiblih
“That which one faces; prayer-direction; point of adoration”. The focus to which the faithful turn in prayer.
The Qiblih for Muslims is the Ka’bah in Mecca, established in Qur’án 2:142-45.
For Bahá’ís the Qiblih is the Most Holy Tomb of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahjí, “the Heart and Qiblih of the Bahá’í world”.
A-Z : Qiblih
Quddús
1822(?) — 16 May 1849
Mullá Muḥammad ‘Alí-i-Bárfurúshi. Eighteenth Letter of the Living.
He received the title Jináb-i-Quddús (“Most Holy”) at the Conference of Badasht. Quddús was also a participant at the Battle of Fort Ṭabarsí. He met his death shortly after at the hands of a mob in Barfurúsh, who tore him into pieces.
Though not regarded as a Manifestation of God, he held a very high station. Shoghi Effendi, in God Passes By (page 49), writes:
“Quddús, immortalized by Him [the Báb] as Ismu’lláhu’l-Ákhar (the Last Name of God); on whom Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet of Kullu’t-Tá’am later conferred the sublime appellation of Nuqtiy-i-Ukhrá (the Last Point); whom He elevated, in another Tablet, to a rank second to none except that of the Herald of His Revelation; whom He identifies, in still another Tablet, with one of the ‘Messengers charged with imposture’ mentioned in the Qur’án; whom the Persian Bayán extolled as that fellow-pilgrim round whom mirrors to the number of eight Vaḥíds revolve; on whose ‘detachment and the sincerity of whose devotion to God's will God prideth Himself amidst the Concourse on high;’ whom ‘Abdu’l-Bahá designated as the ‘Moon of Guidance;’ and whose appearance the Revelation of St. John the Divine anticipated as one of the two ‘Witnesses’ into whom, ere the ‘second woe is past,’ the ‘spirit of life from God’ must enter”.
Quintessence
An imagined fifth “essence of heaven” in addition to the four elements of earth: hence, the last or highest essence of anything.
A-Z : Quintessence
Qur’án
The Holy Book of Islám revealed by Muḥammad.
The verses are built up into chapters called súrihs. It contains 77,974 words and is slightly longer than the New Testament; it was revealed over a period of 23 years.
The whole book was not arranged until after the Prophet’s death, but He is believed to have Himself divided the súrihs and to have given most of them their present titles.
A-Z : Qur’án
Volume : Qur’án
Qurbán
“Sacrifice.”
Qurratu’l-‘Ayn
See   Ṭáhirih
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