sacred writings are available to
everybody. We view these texts as divinely inspired. The original
manuscripts of Bahá'u'lláh’s writings - some written in His own hand
and others meticulously transcribed by His personal secretaries - are
today kept at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Some are
mystical works in lofty and beautiful prose, and others are direct
statements on morality and ethics. There are scriptures on spiritual
and social teachings, prayers, letters and poetic works. Bahá'u'lláh’s
main works are now available in most of the world's major languages.
Selections have been translated into more than 800 tongues and
translations are ongoing.
Bahá'u'lláh’s principal works that have been translated and published
in English include:
Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas)
The book of the laws and institutions that Bahá'u'lláh prescribed for a
future world civilisation.
Summons of the Lord of Hosts
A collection of letters that Bahá'u'lláh wrote to the world leaders of
from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
A compilation of representative passages on a wide variety of subjects.
A compilation of prayers and texts for meditation.
A collection of spiritual maxims.
Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan)
Bahá'u'lláh's principal doctrinal work, which explains the concept of
the oneness of religion, the symbolic use of language in the sacred
books, and Divine purpose in human history.
Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys
The best known of Bahá'u'lláh's mystical writings.
In addition to the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá'ís also recognize as
divine scripture the writings of His Herald, the Báb. Some of these
writings have been translated and published in Selections from the
Writings of the Báb. Authoritative interpretations of the sacred texts
by Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb can be found in the very accessible works of Bahá'u'lláh’s appointed successor, 'Abdu’l-Bahá.
Such books include:
* Foundations of World Unity
* Paris Talks
* The Secret of Divine Civilization
* Some Answered Questions
* The Promulgation of Universal Peace
* Selections from the Writings of
Authoritative interpretations also can be found in the works of
'Abdul-Bahá’s successor, Shoghi Effendi.
Inspiring prayers are available for use by everybody to enable us to
develop and grow closer to God. For example there are prayers for
assistance with difficulties, and for children and youth, the departed,
healing, humanity, marriage, praise and gratitude, protection, and
The prayers are by Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb and 'Abdu’l-Bahá.
Here are some examples of Bahá'í prayers.
my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great
purpose. May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law. Help
them, O God, in their endeavour, and grant them strength to serve Thee.
O God! Leave them not to themselves but guide their steps by the light
of Thy knowledge and cheer their hearts by Thy love. Verily, Thou art
their Helper and their Lord.
there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is
God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!
- The Báb
God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my
powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide
my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy
and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will
I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of
life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate
myself to Thee, O Lord.
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