The Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel — one of the holiest places in the world for Bahá’ís.

The quantity and quality of the Báb’s Writings are extraordinary by any measure. In the first four years of His mission alone, He penned half a million verses. The Báb wrote numerous letters, including to the King of Iran, Muhammad Shah, and to all the nation’s leading clerics. During the early part of His Mission, the Báb wrote mostly in His own hand. Later, verses were dictated to a secretary.

Below is a small selection of extracts from the Writings of the Báb.

Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!

(Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

Rid thou thyself of all attachments to aught except God, enrich thyself in God by dispensing with all else besides Him, and recite this prayer:

Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth or in whatever lieth between them but God, thy Lord, sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, the Omnipotent.

(Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

O Lord! Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all Thy signs I set my heart. O Lord! Whether travelling or at home, and in my occupation or in my work, I place my whole trust in Thee.

Grant me then Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things, O Thou Who art unsurpassed in Thy mercy! Bestow upon me my portion, O Lord, as Thou pleasest, and cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me.

Thine is the absolute authority to command.

(Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

The most acceptable prayer is the one offered with the utmost spirituality and radiance; its prolongation hath not been and is not beloved by God. The more detached and the purer the prayer, the more acceptable is it in the presence of God.

(Persian Bayán, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

It is seemly that the servant should, after each prayer, supplicate God to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon his parents.

(Persian Bayán, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

I am the Primal Point from which have been generated all created things. I am the Countenance of God Whose splendor can never be obscured, the Light of God Whose radiance can never fade.

(Epistle to Muhammad Shah, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

The substance wherewith God hath created Me is not the clay out of which others have been formed. He hath conferred upon Me that which the worldly-wise can never comprehend, nor the faithful discover.

(Epistle to Muhammad Shah, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future!

(Persian Bayán, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)

The Lord of the universe hath never raised up a prophet nor hath He sent down a Book unless He hath established His covenant with all men, calling for their acceptance of the next Revelation and of the next Book; inasmuch as the outpourings of His bounty are ceaseless and without limit.

(Persian Bayán, Selections from the Writings of the Báb)


More about the Writings of the Báb

The Bahá’í Reference Library provides access to several Tablets written by the Báb. Further information about His Writings can also be found in the Articles and Resources section.

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