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Tablets and Revealed Writings:

Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. This last major work contains Bahá’u’lláh’s own selections made from His Writings. Addressed to a Muslim clergyman, ruthless persecutor of Bahá’ís, the Message is yet one of infinite mercy and forgiveness. Introduction by Marzieh Gail. Glossary. Index. 181 pp US 1953.

Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Selected and translated by Shoghi Effendi. A major work concerning the nature of religion, the spiritual nature of man, the transformation of human society. Introduction and Index. Approx. 350 pp 1983.

The Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh. Translated by Shoghi Effendi. The essence of revealed truth through the ages expressed in brief, gemlike meditations. 52 pp UK 1929, US 1982. Illustrated. 64 pp approx. UK 1986 (special illuminated edition).

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Approximately one-third of the text translated by Shoghi Effendi, the balance translated by Committees under the direction of the Universal House of Justice becoming the first authorized English edition of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the Mother Book of His Revelation, His “Most Holy Book”. Of all the volumes comprising the sacred Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Kitáb-iAqdas is of unique importance as it is the Charter of the future world civilization that Bahá’u’lláh has come to raise up. In it he sets forth the laws of God for the Bahá’í Dispensation and ordains the necessary institutions through which the integrity and unity of His Faith can be safeguarded. He outlines the duties of the individual and affirms the divine origin of the great religions of the past. The laws governing prayer, fasting, marriage, inheritance, and burial are set forth, as well as other laws regulating a wide range of personal concerns and social interaction. [89 pp]. Preface. Introduction. Some supplementary Texts, Questions and Answers, A Synopsis and Codification of the Laws and Ordinances of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Notes. Glossary. Key to Passages from the Aqdas translated by Shoghi Effendi. Index. 393 pp US 1993.

Kitáb-Íqán: The Book of Certitude. Translated by Shoghi Effendi and described by him as `foremost among the priceless treasures’ of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. Reveals the continuity of religion as it has evolved through successive Prophets of God. 274 pp US 1989.

Prayers and Meditations. Prayers and meditational passages that cover the needs of the individual soul and society as a whole in the new age. Index. 347 pp US 1987.

The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Translated by Marzieh Gail (with Ali-Kuli Khan). Two allegorical treatises concerning stages the soul must traverse toward spiritual fulfillment. Combined in one volume, these are two independent Tablets written to different persons. Introduction by Robert Gulick. First published 1945. Rev. Edn. Introduction, 65 pp US 1978.

A Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Translated by Habib Taherzadeh under the auspices of the Universal House of Justice. All passages translated by Shoghi Effendi retained. Contains Table of Carmel; The Most Holy Tablet; Glad-Tidings; Tablet of the World; Tablet of Wisdom; Book of the Covenant, and others. Preface. Notes. Index. 276 pp BWC 1978. (Included in The Kitáb-i-Aqdas., 1992)

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Unauthentic Writings
From time to time the National Spiritual Assembly receives letters from Bahá'ís or local Spiritual Assemblies about the authenticity of certain prayers or "tablets" that are circulated in typed form. The Research Department of the Universal House of Justice is asked to check these writings for authenticity. The following works that commonly circulate in the Bahá'í community are not authentic: Click here to download PDf file.

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