The ‘Hidden Words’, Baha’u’llah’s mystical sayings


The ‘Hidden words’ are a collection of sayings by Baha’u’llah on spiritual and moral themes.

Who was Baha’u’llah?

Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri (1817–1892), known as Baha’u’llah, was the founder of the Baha’i Faith. Born in Tehran into a prominent family of court officials, he rejected the life of a courtier and instead joined the Babi movement from which he developed his own religion. After a period of imprisonment in Tehran, in 1856 Baha’u’llah went into exile in Baghdad where he remained until 1863.

What are the ‘Hidden Words’

The ‘Hidden words’ were reportedly dictated by Baha’u’llah over a period of time around 1858 as he walked along the banks of the Tigris River during his exile in Baghdad. Consisting of short ‘sayings’ in Arabic and Persian they contain the spiritual essence of the Baha’i Faith in an abbreviated form and are considered among his most important writings. This volume contains the first part in Arabic only and was copied by Yuhanna Dawud (1900–1969) in August 1912. The volume also contains dedicatory letters to Dawud signed by Baha’u’llah’s son and successor ʻAbdu’l-Baha.

Full title:
Kalimāt maknūnah (‘Hidden words’), by Baha’u’llah
August 1912
Bahá’u’llah, Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri, Yuhanna Dawud [copyist]
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