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The Bahá’í Writings


The Bahá’í Writings

The writings of Bahá’u’lláh comprise about 100 volumes, including books such as the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book) and many thousands of letters or ‘tablets’ to individuals. Bahá’u’lláh’s son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, also wrote several books and letters, and many of his talks and conversations have been written down. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s writings, as well as those of his father, are regarded by Bahá’ís as scripture. They are read at Bahá’í meetings and in the Houses of Worship, alongside the sacred texts of other religions. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s successor, Shoghi Effendi, translated many of the texts of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá into English. Shoghi Effendi also wrote a book of Bahá’í history, and many of his letters have been collected together in book form.

In which two languages did Bahá’u’lláh write most of his writings?
Persian (Farsi) and Turkish
Persian and Arabic
Arabic and English
Kurdish and Arabic
Which texts are not regarded as sacred writings by Bahá’ís?
The writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The writings of Bahá’u’lláh
The Holy Bible
The writings of Shoghi Effendi
Shoghi Effendi, who was appointed the Guardian of the worldwide Bahá’í community after the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, helped to explain the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. He also wrote about the early history of the Bábí and Bahá’í faiths. His books and letters are read with great reverence and respect by Bahá’ís, but they are not regarded as scripture.
In which prison did Bahá’í prisoners chant “God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the All sufficing!” and others would reply: “In Him let the trusting trust”?
Several Bábís were arrested after the assassination attempt on the Shah of Persia, and held in the Siyah-Chal prison in Tehran. Their spirits undaunted, they proclaimed their trust in God by chanting and singing.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave public and private talks during his travels, and many of these were written down and subsequently published. What is the source of the book Some Answered Questions?
A series of talks given in Paris in 1912
A series of conversations held with Laura Clifford Barney between 1904 and 1906
A public address given at the City Temple in London during ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit in 1911
A conversation with Lady Blomfield in London in 1911
Laura Clifford Barney, an American Bahá’í, visited ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Haifa on various occasions between 1904 and 1906, and asked him questions on several subjects. The topics covered include detailed explanations of Christian subjects, the nature of God, Prophets of God, evolution, the soul, immortality, fate, free will, healing, the non-existence of evil, and reincarnation. The book was published, in English, in 1908.
Some Bahá’í prayers are believed by Bahá’ís to have special properties. One of these is known as the Remover of Difficulties, and Bahá’ís often use this prayer in times of trouble. Who revealed (wrote) this prayer?
The Báb
Shoghi Effendi
This short prayer reads as follows: “Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!”
Bahá’u’lláh wrote letters to many kings and rulers of his time. Which ruler did not receive a message from Bahá’u’lláh?
Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland
Emperor Napoleon III of France
Emperor Meiji of Japan
Sultan Abdul Aziz of the Ottoman Empire

During his exile in Istanbul, Edirne and Akka, Bahá’u’lláh wrote letters to several religious and secular leaders, including Pope Pius IX and many of the heads of state of the leading Middle Eastern and Western powers. He put forward his claim to be the representative of God on earth, and called on the monarchs and religious leaders of the world to abandon their arms race and make moves towards peace. These letters are known collectively as The Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh.

Bahá’u’lláh wrote: “Let ______, not words, be your adorning”
While in Baghdad, Bahá’u’lláh wrote The Hidden Words and another very important work in which he sets forth proofs for the truth of the Báb’s claim. What is the title of this book?
The Kitáb-i Aqdas (Most Holy Book)
The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
The Tablet of the Holy Mariner
The Kitáb-i Íqán (Book of Certitude)
The Kitáb-i Íqán was written in January 1861 for an uncle of the Báb who had never become a Bábi. Bahá’u’lláh asked him what was preventing him from believing in the mission of his nephew, and set out to prove the truth of the Báb’s status as a messenger of God.

Bahá’u’lláh wrote two mystical treatises, The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys, after encountering which group of people during his stay in Kurdistan in 1854-6?

Persian Christians
Islamic clergy

Bahá’u’lláh wrote these works for two prominent Sufis. The Seven Valleys describes the journey of the soul as it progresses through seven stages towards the object of its existence. The Four Valleys describes four modes of progress for the soul.

Abdu’l-Bahá once said: “Strive that your actions day by day may be ________ ________”
Beautiful prayers
Beautiful thoughts
Beautiful deeds
Beautiful strivings


Author:  National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

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