8 And When The Sun Of Truth And Utterance Shall Set

turn your faces

towards the Spot that We have ordained for you 6

Baha'u'llah ordains His resting-place as the Qiblih after His passing. The

Most Holy Tomb is at Bahji, Akka. 'Abdu'l-Baha describes that Spot as the

luminous Shrine, the place around which circumambulate the Concourse on


In a letter written on his behalf, Shoghi Effendi uses the analogy of the

plant turning in the direction of the sun to explain the spiritual

significance of turning towards the Qiblih:

...just as the plant stretches out to the sunlight--from which it

receives life and growth--so we turn our hearts to the

Manifestation of God, Baha'u'llah, when we pray; ... we turn our

faces ... to where His dust lies on this earth as a symbol of the

inner act.

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