108 The Bayan #77
The Bayan, the Mother Book of the Babi Dispensation, is the title given by
the Bab to His Book of Laws, and it is also applied to the entire body of
His Writings. The Persian Bayan is the major doctrinal work and principal
repository of the laws ordained by the Bab. The Arabic Bayan is parallel
in content but smaller and less weighty. When describing the Persian Bayan
in God Passes By Shoghi Effendi indicated that it should be regarded
primarily as a eulogy of the Promised One rather than as a code of laws
and ordinances designed to be a permanent guide to future generations.
'Abdu'l-Baha has written: The Bayan hath been superseded by the
Kitab-i-Aqdas, except in respect of such laws as have been confirmed and
mentioned in the Kitab-i-Aqdas.
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