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9 things you should know about the Kitáb-i-Íqán

The Kitab-i-Iqan, one of the most important work of Baha'u'llah, here are 9 things we think you should know:

The Kitáb-i-Íqán is the second most important book in the Baha’i faith.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán is the second most important book, with the most important being the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. The guardian has also referred to this book as ‘a priceless treasure’.


All the original copies were handwritten.


At the time of Baha’u’llah when He wrote the Kitáb-i-Íqán, there was no easy way to gain access to the writings of Baha'u'llah. It all had to be handwritten and then you could use it. That was even a full-time job some of the believers had.


It is considered one of the best ways to tell people about the Baha'i Faith.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán was completed in 1873 and is considered one of the best ways to teach people about the Baha'i Faith as it talks about the major religions and the truth of those religions. It also talks about the Baha'i Faith and the similar beliefs between the religions.


It has helped people understand their religions better.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán has helped many followers of all religions understand their religion and the Baha’i faith and has helped many people believe in Baha’u’llah.


There are major themes discussed in the Kitáb-i-Íqán.


There are many themes covered in the Kitab-i-Íqán. The major themes that are discussed are;

  • the sign of the return of Christ,

  • the nature of God and His Manifestations,

  • the sovereignty of the prophets,

  • the meaning of ‘life’, ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’,

  • the veil of knowledge,

  • the true seeker and

  • proofs of the Bab’s revelation.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán means ‘book of certitude’.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán in English means ‘the book of certitude’. It was revealed in Baghdad in 1862 before Baha'u'llah declarated His mission and in honor of Haji Mirza Siyyid Muhammad, the Bab’s maternal uncle.


It was revealed in a very short period of time.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán was revealed in a very short period of only two days and two nights.


It was originally written in Arabic.


The original Arabic manuscript in the handwriting of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, is in the Baha’i International Archives. It is also. most likely, the first of Baha’u’llah’s writings to appear in print.


Often referenced to.


The Kitáb-i-Íqán is often referenced to by Shoghi Effendi, Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá when asked about other religions and how to teach the faith and multiple other reasons..

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