Rituals in Babism and Baha'ism

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British Academic Press, 1994 - Religion - 188 pages
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Babism and its offshoot Baha'ism first evolved from mainstream Islam in 19th century Iran, in the face of fierce opposition from the Islamic clergy and most Muslims. Because of this, and because European and American converts to Baha'ism found the rituals inappropriate and puzzling, the codes prescribed by the Bab and revised by Baha'Allah were often not put into practice; additionally, many of the early texts on Babism and Baha'ism have until now been unpublished and are therefore unknown.

This comprehensive account in English of the religious rituals and practices of Babish and Baha'ism provides detailed descriptions of such practices as prayer, pilgrimage, the use of talismen, ritual purity, birth marriage and death, festivals and fasting. Including translations of key passages from Arabic and Persian texts, this study will be of interest to all those concerned with comparative religions and the history of Islam.
  

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Contents

BABI RITUAL OBSERVANCES
6
BAHAI RITUAL OBSERVANCES
37
Salat and associated observances
38
Wudu
39
Qibla
40
Sundry regulations
41
Other salats invocations supererogatory prayers reading of scriptural texts and salutations
42
Talismans and rings
48
Tables for the construction of the 19 hayakil
98
Tablet of the Bab on the construction of a circular talisman daira of seven circles
101
Portion of a ziyaratnama for Mulla Muhammad Ali Barfurushi Quddus writtenby the Bab
105
The Babi calendar
107
An example of the Babs invocatory style
109
The three Bahai salats translated by Shoghi Effendi
110
Salat by Baha Allah to be recited in time of need
115
Prayer by Baha Allah designed to be read every morning and evening
119

Fasting sawm siyam
51
Pilgrimage hajj and ziyara
52
Ritual purity and impurity
59
Festivals
63
The NineteenDay Feast
65
The Mashriq aladhkar
66
Dress
67
BAHAI RITUAL PRACTICE
68
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
70
NOTES
71
APPENDICES
91
Instructions by the Bab for the spiritual seeker
93
Prayers to be said at table
120
The Arabic Tablet of Ahmad translated by Shoghi Effendi
121
Prayer of Baha Allah to be said after disturbed dreams
123
Prayer of Baha Allah requesting that God reveal matters in sleep
124
Prayer by Baha Allah
131
The Long Healing Prayer Anta lKaft
141
Passage from Sura alhajj on the rites of the Shiraz
154
Passage from the Sura alhajj on the rites of
163
The Lawhi naqus by Baha Allah
169
INDEXES
181
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