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Collection of some essential writings central to understanding the Bahá'í Covenant.
This page was inspired by a bundle published by the Dutch Bahá'í community in November 2021. See also Texts for the Study of the Covenant (

The contents of the below files were taken from, edited by Arjen Bolhuis (exception: the compilation "The Covenant" is mirrored here without any layout changes).

Primary Source Texts Related to the Covenant

by Bahá'u'lláh, Abdu'l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi, and Universal House of Justice

"...A Covenant in the religious sense is a binding agreement between God and man ... There is, for example, the Greater Covenant which every Manifestation of God makes with His followers, promising that in the fulness of time a new Manifestation will be sent, and taking from them the undertaking to accept Him when this occurs. There is also the Lesser Covenant that a Manifestation of God makes with His followers that they will accept His appointed successor after Him. If they do so, the Faith can remain united and pure. If not, the Faith becomes divided and its force spent. It is a Covenant of this kind that Bahá’u’lláh made with His followers regarding ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá perpetuated through the Administrative Order..." — The Universal House of Justice
Author Title and PDF file Years
Bahá'u'lláh Kitáb-i-‘Ahd (Book of the Covenant) 1891
(first publicly read 7 June 1892)
'Abdu'l-Bahá Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá c. 1901-1908
(first publicly read 3 January 1922)
Shoghi Effendi The Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh:
  1. Bahá’u’lláh
  2. The Báb
  3. ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá
  4. The Administrative Order
Universal House of Justice The Constitution of the Universal House of Justice 26 November 1972
Compilation The Universal House of Justice 2021
Compilation The Covenant 1987
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