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“In this Book (The Kitáb-i-Aqdas) He…abolishes… idleness and sloth…”

Shoghi Effendi

"In this Book (The Kitáb-i-Aqdas) He, moreover, prescribes the obligatory prayers; designates the time and period of fasting; prohibits congregational prayer except for the dead; fixes the Qiblih; institutes the Ḥuqúqu’lláh (Right of God); formulates the law of inheritance; ordains the institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár; establishes the Nineteen Day Feast, the Bahá’í festivals and the Intercalary Days; abolishes the institution of priesthood; prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy, monasticism, penance, the use of pulpits and the kissing of hands; prescribes monogamy; condemns cruelty to animals, idleness and sloth…"

A Description of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas by Shoghi Effendi

"O SON OF MAN! Many a day hath passed over thee whilst thou hast busied thyself with thy fancies and idle imaginings. How long art thou to slumber on thy bed? Lift up thy head from slumber, for the Sun hath risen to the zenith, haply it may shine upon thee with the light of beauty."


"O ESSENCE OF DESIRE! At many a dawn have I turned from the realms of the Placeless unto thine abode, and found thee on the bed of ease busied with others than Myself. Thereupon, even as the flash of the spirit, I returned to the realms of celestial glory and breathed it not in My retreats above unto the hosts of holiness."


"O OFFSPRING OF DUST! Be not content with the ease of a passing day, and deprive not thyself of everlasting rest. Barter not the garden of eternal delight for the dust-heap of a mortal world. Up from thy prison ascend unto the glorious meads above, and from thy mortal cage wing thy flight unto the paradise of the Placeless."


"Waste not your time in idleness and indolence, and occupy yourselves with that which will profit yourselves and others beside yourself."

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 195)

"Guard against idleness and sloth, and cling unto that which profiteth mankind, whether young or old, whether high or low."


"Strive to be shining examples unto all mankind, and true reminders of the virtues of God amidst men." 


"In this particular passage, he does not forbid “trivial” pleasures, but he does warn against “excessive attachment” to them and indicates that they can often be “misdirected”. One is reminded of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s caution that we should not let a pastime become a waste of time."

(The Universal House of Justice, 1997 Jan 12, The Humourist, p. 2)

"Indulge not your bodies with rest, but work with all your souls, and with all your hearts cry out and beg of God to grant you His succour and grace. Thus may ye make this world the Bahá Paradise, and this globe of earth the parade ground of the realm on high. If only ye exert the effort, it is certain that these splendours will shine out, these clouds of mercy will shed down their rain, these life-giving winds will rise and blow, this sweet-smelling musk will be scattered far and wide."

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 243-246)

"…From time to time rest is essential, otherwise, like unto ‘Abdu’l-Bahá from excessive toil you will become weak and powerless and unable to work. Therefore rest a few days, it does not matter. I hope that you will be under the care and protection of the Blessed Beauty."

(Amatu’l-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanm, The Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, from a tablet to Shoghi Effendi written by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

"Rest not, by day or night; seek ye no moment’s peace."

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 243-246)

"We must strive unceasingly and without rest to accomplish the development of the spiritual nature in man, and endeavor with tireless energy to advance humanity toward the nobility of its true and intended station."

(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 262)

"We can never afford to rest on our oars, for if we do, we soon see ourselves carried down stream again."

(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 113)

"You should not neglect your health, but consider it the means which enables you to serve...You should certainly safeguard your nerves, and force yourself to take time, and not only for prayer meditation, but for real rest and relaxation."

(Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 296)

"Relax thou not in affairs (business), for verily relaxation causes laziness and vexation. Verily Thy Lord will bestow upon thee an ample provision from when thou expectest it not, and He will strengthen thee in that by which thy heart will be at rest through the favors of the Kingdom of El-‘Abhá ."

(Provisional translation of a Tablet from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Edward Getsinger, cited in Hogenson, Kathryn Jewett, Lighting the Western Sky, p. 333, footnote 10)

"We believe in balance in all things; we believe in moderation in all things—we must not be too emotional, nor cut and dried and lacking in feeling, we must not be so liberal as to cease to preserve the character and unity of our Bahá’í system, nor fanatical and dogmatic."

(Shoghi Effendi, quoted in The Universal House of Justice, 1997 Aug 13, Science and Religion, p. 2)