The Haykal al-Dīn (Book of the Temple of Religion)


(The Book of the Temple of Religion)

The (Lawḥ‑i ) Haykal al‑dīn  (1266 / early‑mid 1850)

Stephen Lambden 2009-10.

In progress 01-01-2017.

 The (Lawḥ‑i ) Haykal al‑dīn  (1266/early‑mid 1850) is an Arabic compendium of Bābī law in 8 wāḥids ("unities"), each except the last having 19 babs. It has been published by the Azali Babis in the mid. 1960s.  Baha'i sources seem to neither cite nor recognize this important text representative of the latest thought of the Bāb.  Within the Haykal al-Din are many examples of the labyrinthine and novel legalistic enactments of the Bāb, many of which are eschatologically charged or designed to `prepare the way' for the advent of man yuẓhiru-hu Allāh. In order to give some idea of the teachings and laws formulated by the Bāb during the latest period of his life the following lines summarize a few sections of the Haykal al‑dīn. 

  •  The age of maturity and from which marriage is permissible is eleven (I:5, 8:15).
  •  That when the year 662 of the new Bābī calendar is reached contemporary men of learning will be viewed as being like 11 year olds (1:16)
  • The year will consist of of 19 months each with 19 days (= 361 days, 2:3 );
  •  To write the Bāb's verses in talismanic pentacles (hayākil) and circles (dawā'ir) (2:10);
  •   To write a testament (kitāb wisāya) for man yuẓhiru-hu Allāh  since one may, on the (next) "day of resurrection" come to believe in God and in his signs or verses (2:13);
  •   To read nothing other than the Bāb's verses (3:15);
  •   That the future Bābī king, as a manifestation of the wrath of God (maẓhar qahr Allāh),  should put all non‑Bābīs to death (4:9);
  •  That children under the age of 5 should not be beaten; those over 5 may only be beaten lightly 5 times since the child may be man yuẓhiru-hu Allāh (the messianic `Him whom God shall make manifest') (6:11);
  •  To cease work when man yuẓhiruhu Allāh appears, not working save at  that which he permits (7:5);
  •  To present 19 precious stones to the first believers ("first wāḥid") in man yuẓhiruhu Allāh  (8:5b).