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Monday, December 24, 2012

Kitab-i-Iqan, The Book of Certitude

Kitab-i-Iqan is a major work of Baha'u'llah. He wrote this book in defense of the religious claims of Bab.

Baha’u’llah wrote about Iqan in Iqan:

“…in as much as the things We have already mentioned suffice the world and that is therein. In fact, all the Scriptures and the mysteries thereof are condensed into this brief account. So much so, that were a person to ponder it a while in his heart, he would discover from all that hath been said the mysteries of the words of God, and would apprehend the meaning of whatever hath been manifested by that ideal king”. 
(English Translation of Iqan by Shoghi Effendi (Pocket Size Edition page No.237)

Bahā’u’llāh stated that Iqan is a Bābi Lawh-e- estedlāliya (Proof-offering Tablet), that is, a treatise written in proof of the messianic claims and religious doctrines of the Bāb. 
(Fāżel Māzandarāni, 1967, I, p. 276).

Shoghi Effendi Wrote About Iqan

"...the most important book written on the spiritual significance of the Cause"

(The light of Divine Guidance, Vol.1,37) 

Iqan is Lord of Books
Iqan is called as "Lord of books" (Sayyed-e- kotob)  and called as Divine Revelation.   “The Ketāb-e iqān is in reality the Lord of Books and issued forth from the Most Elevated Pen (Qalam-e Aa’lā)”.

English Translation

Ali Kuli Khan has translated the Iqan in English and its revised 1934 Cairo edition is available. Shoghi Effendi, the First Guardian of Bahai Faith and the second successor of Baha’u’llah has also translated it in English and Baha’i Publishing Trust of Wilmette, Illinois 600091 (USA) has printed it. Its first edition was published in 1931 and then in 1950 and subsequently printed seven times. First pocket size edition 1983 and reprinted in 1985 in 257 pages. At the end of the book Glossary and Notes and Index is added.

Dr. A. Parikh
Secretary, National Baha'i Council of India.

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