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The Kitab-I-Iqan: The Book of Certitude

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A "unique repository of inestimable treasures" Shoghi Effendi

The Book of Certitude, by Bahá'u'lláh, author of the Bahá'í Revelation, is arguably one of the most important scriptural works in all of religious history. In it Baha'u'llah explains the underlying unity of the world's religions, describes the universality of the revelations humankind has received from the Prop

Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 28th 1983 by Baha'i Distribution Service (first published January 1st 1904)
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Maya Bohnhoff
What can I say? This book was one of the first I read before I became a Baha'i. It deals largely with prophecy and scriptural meaning and contains the most wonderful and evocative description of what it means to seek truth.
David C. Mueller
Sep 05, 2010 David C. Mueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is perhaps one of the most influential books I have read in my life. It explains the Baha'i concept of progressive revelation and why religious leaders tend not to accept Prophets and religions coming after the advent of the ones they represent. Although originally written to an Islamic audience, the book contains much material on Christianity and should be interesting to Christians as well. This book is considered one of the preeminent books of the Baha'i Faith and was the one that led me ...more
Tricia Hague-Blackford
Sep 07, 2007 Tricia Hague-Blackford added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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This book is exceptional, with answers for all of the questions and metaphors, of the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other world religious Holy Books. It houses the proofs of Baha'u'llah as having been the Manifestation of God on earth for today. A must read for everyone searching for the Promised One of all Religions.
Dec 13, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good. often good and inspiring. sometimes feels kind of rambling and repetitive. it WAS written in only two days by a man who claims to be the second coming of jesus, so i suppose that should be expected. but it does have pearls of wisdom, and i feel good when i read it.
Aug 19, 2016 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enigmatic book written by the founder of the Baha'i faith, it claims to reveal symbolic meanings for theological concepts common to many of the Abrahamic religions. It also describes one of the key tenets of the Baha'is, namely that the founders of the major religions were all "manifestations of God" sent to facilitate the spiritual evolution of humanity. The audience for the book was mainly Islamic, so most of the scriptures cited are pertinent to Shi'a Islam, though it also cites some Chris ...more
Aug 30, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really powerful and moving stuff here. Great food for thought and the soul.
It's difficult to review a primary religious text. I can, however, attempt to give a taste of what the Kitab-i-Iqan seems to be about, from my perspective.

Bahá'u'lláh is attempting to found a new, syncretic religion that embraces the Abrahamic lineage. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, he claims, are all reflections of a single godhead, manifesting from time to time when necessary to stoke the flames of faith. Naturally, he claims that the Bahá'í Faith is the next step in this sequence.

Jan 30, 2011 Gail is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"Kitab-i-Iqan (the Book of Certitude) by Baha'u'llah. Baha’u’llah’s Kitab-i-Iqan, revealed in 1861, is one of the "foremost" among the works of His Revelation, “unequalled by any work in the entire range of Baha’i literature, except the Kitab-i-Aqdas.” The Iqan is the “most important book written on the spiritual significance of the Cause” and is unique in that “this Book alone” provides the basis for reconciling the followers of “the great religions of the world.” Described by Baha’u’llah as th ...more
John White
Aug 12, 2014 John White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. Everything that comes from the pen of Baha'u'llah is beautiful.
Jonathan Widell
Aug 08, 2012 Jonathan Widell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Book of Certitude is a reminder that Bahaism is also a Koranic religion. The pain which caused Bahaullah to write it is palpable on its pages but, in general, it has generated light instead of heat. The text is grace itself. The argument is subtle but simple: like the Bible, the Koran points to a faith that is missed by those who adhere to the literal interpretation of their holy book and go on to build a community around their traditions rather than keeping an open mind to the spiritual mea ...more
John Luthy
Jan 15, 2014 John Luthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 1965.
It opened my eyes to the continuity and clarity of messengers from God, share a single purpose: Give guidance, faith, hope and charity to all who seek, regardless of the time.
God says it's never too late.
Martin Genet
Jun 09, 2016 Martin Genet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always found belief systems fascinating and the Bahai faith particularly interests me because it embraces and accepts a number of faiths. I think the faith has elements that would appeal to many.
Darell Schmick
Apr 17, 2011 Darell Schmick is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Began reading, trying to see if reading alongside Qu'ran will somewhat enhance understanding of Baha'u'llah's arguments...
Carlos Arboleda
Aug 02, 2007 Carlos Arboleda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of the Unity of the Divine Prophets
Read it my friends! Unity and oneness of God and the Messengers is the most great of beauties and the healing balm. Enjoy.
Mary and Rich Chamberlin
Deep and profound, very applicable for someone who has just finished "A New Earth"
Kobina Fynn
May 03, 2010 Kobina Fynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's explains the end-times prophecies of the Bible and the Qu'ran.
Jul 25, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baha-i, favorites
Shows us how the prophets are the same and how to recognize them.
Dec 02, 2011 Goleta rated it it was amazing
A lot of that went over my head. I need to study this one.
Matthew LaFave
A real nice place to start. Como no? Inter alia.
One of my favorites of all time. It really is a Book of Certitude.
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Born in 1817, Bahá'u'lláh was a member of one of the great patrician families of Persia. The family could trace its lineage to the ruling dynasties of Persia's imperial past, and was endowed with wealth and vast estates. Turning His back on the position at court which these advantages offered Him, Bahá'u'lláh became known for His generosity and kindliness which made Him deeply loved among His coun ...more
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