The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
the fire of thy presumptuousness debar thee from attaining to God’s Holy Court. Turn unto Him, and fear not because of thy deeds. He, in truth, forgiveth whomsoever He desireth as a bounty on His part; no God is there but Him, the Ever-Forgiving, the All-Bounteous. We admonish thee solely for the sake of God. Shouldst thou accept this counsel, thou wilt have acted to thine own behoof; and shouldst thou reject it, thy Lord, verily, can well dispense with thee, and with all those who, in manifest delusion, have followed thee. Behold! God hath laid hold on him who led thee astray. Return unto God, humble, submissive and lowly; verily, He will put away from thee thy sins, for thy Lord, of a certainty, is the Forgiving, the Mighty, the All-Merciful.
185This is the Counsel of God; would that thou mightest heed it! This is the Bounty of God; would that thou mightest receive it! This is the Utterance of God; if only thou wouldst apprehend it! This is the Treasure of God; if only thou couldst understand!
186This is a Book which hath become the Lamp of the Eternal unto the world, and His straight, undeviating Path amidst the peoples of the earth. Say: This is the Dayspring of Divine knowledge, if ye be of them that understand, and the Dawning-place of God’s commandments, if ye be of those who comprehend.
187Burden not an animal with more than it can bear. We, truly, have prohibited such treatment through a most binding interdiction in the Book. Be ye the embodiments of justice and fairness amidst all creation.
188Should anyone unintentionally take another’s life,
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 185.
Paragraph 186.
Paragraph 187.
Paragraph 188.
Study Guide
Paragraph 185.
Complete this quotation:
This is the . . . . ! This is the . . . . ! This is . . . . ! This is . . . . !
Paragraph 186.
How is This Book described?
Paragraph 187.
What is an animal not to be burdened with?
What are we to be the embodiments of?
Paragraph 188.
Should anyone unintentionally take another’s life”, what indemnity is to be rendered by him “to the family of the deceased”?
External Related Cross-References
Paragraph 186.