Texts & Scriptures
of the
Bahá'í Faith
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From The Báb

Persian Bayán · Arabic Bayán
Writings of the Báb

From Bahá'u'lláh

Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
Four Valleys
Gems of Divine Mysteries
Gleanings · Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Kitáb-i-Íqán · Hidden Words
Seven Valleys
Summons of the Lord of Hosts
Tabernacle of Unity
Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh

From `Abdu'l-Bahá

Paris Talks
Secret of Divine Civilization
Some Answered Questions
Tablets of the Divine Plan
Tablet to Dr. Forel
Tablet to The Hague
Will and Testament

From Shoghi Effendi

The Advent of Divine Justice
Bahá'í Administration
God Passes By
World Order of Bahá'u'lláh

The Persian Bayán () is one of the principal scriptural writings of the Báb, the founder of Bábism, written in Persian.[1] The Báb also wrote a shorter book in Arabic, the Arabic Bayán.


The Persian Bayán was written near the end of 1847 or the beginning of 1848, while the Báb was imprisoned in Maku.[2] The book contains elements of Bábí law, discussion of religious concepts, and the glorification of He whom God shall make manifest.[1] It was one of the Báb's first works in which he clearly states that he is the messianic figure of the Twelfth Imam and the Mahdi which the Shi'as were expecting.[2] With the claim, he also claimed the abrogation of the Islamic dispensation, and uses the new Bábí law to abrogate Islamic law.[2] The whole book also revolves around the praise of He whom God shall make manifest, promising the coming of a major prophet termed a Manifestation of God; this would be of major importance with Bahá'u'lláh's claim two decades later.[2] Shoghi Effendi considered it a "eulogy of the Promised One", who had abrogated the laws of Islam, and prophesied about the coming of the Bahá'í Faith.[1][3]

Unities and chapters

The book was intended to be composed of nineteen 'unities' each of nineteen chapters, consisting of a total of 361 sections, which had numerical significance, but this was left incomplete and stops in the ninth 'unity'.[1] It was intended to be finished by "He whom God shall make manifest", a messianic figure in the Báb's writings. Bahá'ís consider Bahá'u'lláh's Kitáb-i-Íqán as it's completion.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Smith, Peter (2000). "Bayán". A concise encyclopedia of the Bahá'í Faith. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. pp. p. 91. ISBN 1-85168-184-1. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Momen, Moojan (1987). "Preface: A Summary of the Persian Bayan". Oxford: George Ronald. pp. 316-318. ISBN 978-0-85398-247-0. 
  3. Effendi, Shoghi (1944). God Passes By. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. pp. 25. ISBN 0877430209. 

Further reading

  • Browne, Edward Granville (1987). Momen, Moojan. ed. Selections from the Writings of E.G. Browne on the Bábí and Bahá'í Religions. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0853982473. 

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