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Illuminating the Book of Certitude

The Kitáb-i-Íqán, or the Book of Certitude, is the primary doctrinal work of the Bahá’í Faith, written by Bahá'u'lláh in 1861. The Guardian (Shoghi Effendi) explained that it is "the most important book written on the spiritual significance of the Bahá’í Faith". It was written in response to the questions of the Báb’s maternal uncle and systematically argues the case for an allegorical and broader interpretation of the scriptures. It argues the utter impossibility of approaching truth while the heart is the slightest biased by prejudice. Although addressing spiritual truth, the implication for foundation of all truth, for science itself, is clear. The book was included in a short list of books which every Baha'i should master before attempting to teach others. The Guardian warned, in reference to this book, that "a great harm is done by starting to teach without being thoroughly grounded in the literature."

What Is the Core Purpose of the Kitáb-i-Íqán?

Why Is the Kitáb-i-Íqán Considered Fundamental in Bahá’í Studies?

How Does the Kitáb-i-Íqán Address Prejudice?

In What Context Was the Kitáb-i-Íqán Revealed?

What Does the Kitáb-i-Íqán Say About Prophetic Cycles?

How Does the Kitáb-i-Íqán Enhance Interfaith Understanding?

Why Must Bahá'ís Master the Kitáb-i-Íqán Before Teaching?

What Is the Connection Between Science and Religion in the Kitáb-i-Íqán?