Baha段 Writings

QUESTION: What are the major Baha段 writings?


The Baha段 writingshave been authored by individuals considered to be Manifestations of God. Since God is unknowable, he is comprehended by mankind or revealed to man through these individuals. As such, their writings are considered divine revelations. Followers of Baha段 are encouraged to read these writings, study them, and recite their verses. The Baha段 believe the practice of meditating on these divine writings has a life-changing effect on the followers. Though imperceptible, the change towards greater spirituality and joy gradually takes place in the lives of those who embrace the Baha段 writings.

The B畸 is the title assumed by Sayyid 羨l-Muhammad Shiraz, the prophet founder of the B畸 religion. He is considered by the Baha段s to be His Holiness the Most Exalted Lord (Hadrat-i-rabb-i-a値a). Thus the writings of the B畸 are extremely important to the Baha段s. The first work of his mission was known as Qayymu値-asm癇. It is considered the Quran of the B畸s. In this writing the B畸 defends his claim as the supreme authority. He claims his writings were inspired by God as the other Manifestations such as Muhammad and the other prophets had claimed. Generally, it is seen as a reworking of the Quran with much of the theme and style similar. The B畸 had many other writings.

Baha段 Writings The Authors
The Baha置値lah also had numerous writings read widely by members of the Baha段s. The Baha置値lah penned many short letters to the Baha段s, but his works also consisted of religious doctrine, his own claims to divinity, Baha段 laws, social and moral teaching, prayers, poetry, and accounts of his religious experiences through visions. Two well-known tablets recount suffering, doctrine, and various predictions.

Abdu値 Baha is seen as the successor to Baha置値lah, his father, and thus Abdu値 Baha was considered the authoritative interpreter of many of his father痴 writings. These writings form the core of the canon of the Baha段 sacred literature. Several books and no less than 27,000 of his letters are in existence. Even during his father痴 lifetime Abdu値 Baha had written many important works, three of which include: Secret of Divine Civilization, a treatise on the modernization of Iran; Traveler痴 Narrative, a short history of the B畸 and the Baha段 religion; and lastly a commentary on, I Was a Hidden Treasure. Later important works of his included, Tablet of One Thousand Verses, and Treatise on Politics.

Shogi Effendi Rabb疣 was successor to Abdu値 Baha. In addition to the many letters he wrote he was well known for a book. Actually written in English, God Passes is an interpretive history of the first century of B畸-Baha段 history. Shogi Effendi Rabb疣 compiled other Baha段 histories, statistics, and maps.

Other individuals considered Manifestations of God such as Muhammad and Moses also wrote works that were embraced by the Baha段s.

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