Re: Thank you anon! And how about the prayers themselves?

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Posted by anon on July 17, 2101 at 11:36:54:

In Reply to: Thank you anon! And how about the prayers themselves? posted by Dawud on July 17, 2101 at 06:01:56:

Here is a reference I have found... from notes in the Kitab-i-Aqdas:

Note on paragraph #6, on page 168:

6. We have relieved you of a greater number # 6

The requirements for obligatory prayer called for in the Babi
and Islamic Dispensations were more demanding than those
for the performance of the Obligatory Prayer consisting of
nine rak'ahs that was prescribed in the Kitab-i-Aqdas (see
note 4).
In the Bayan, the Bab prescribed an Obligatory Prayer
consisting of nineteen rak'ahs which was to be performed
once in a twenty-four-hour period--from noon of one day to
noon of the next.
The Muslim prayer is recited five times a day, namely,
in the early morning, at midday, in the afternoon and
evening, and at night. While the number of rak'ahs varies
according to the time of recitation, a total of seventeen
rak'ahs are offered in the course of a day.

That is all I could find... as for the text itself, I could not find it in the current provisional translation that includes only a small part of the Bayan. There is another provision given about the prostration:

15. God hath granted you leave to prostrate yourselves
on any surface that is clean, for We have removed in
this regard the limitation that had been laid down in
the Book # 10

The requirements of prayer in previous Dispensations have
often included prostration. In the Arabic Bayan the Bab
called upon the believers to lay their foreheads on surfaces of
crystal when prostrating. Similarly, in Islam, certain
restrictions are imposed with regard to the surface on which
Muslims are permitted to prostrate. Baha'u'llah abrogates
such restrictions and simply specifies "any surface that is
Bahá'u'lláh, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, page 171

These are really interesting topics. Probably someone with access to the original texts and knwos the original language might help you better.


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