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TITLEBahá'u'lláh's 'Long Healing Prayer' ("Lawḥ-i-Anta'l-Káfí") in Light of a Metaphysics of Unity
AUTHOR 1Daniel Azim Pschaida
DATE_THIS2022-03
VOLUME31:3
TITLE_PARENTJournal of Bahá'í Studies
PAGE_RANGE93-130
PUB_THISAssociation for Bahá'í Studies North America
CITY_THISOttawa
ABSTRACTOn the originality and deep coherence of this prayer as expressed by its rhyme, alliterations, and structures organized around the number 19; the prayer is an invitation to meditate on God’s names, and see reality in a metaphysics of wholeness and unity.
NOTES Mirrored from journal.bahaistudies.ca/online/article/view/302. See also the complete issue "The Mind, the Heart, and the Infinite". [PDF]

See also the author's Baha'u'llah's Long Healing Prayer: Parallel Translation and Notes on Iterations.

TAGS- Islam; - Philosophy; Dhikr (Remembrance); God; God, Names of; Healing prayer, Long; Health and healing; Interfaith dialogue; Metaphysics; Repetition
 
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About: Designated as having “a special potency and significance,” the Long Healing Prayer or “Lawḥ-i-Anta’l-Káfí” calls on 119 names of God in second-person invocations, supplicating spiritual forces for healing, protection, and guidance. While acknowledging those elements of Islamic worship with which this prayer engages, the author explores the originality and deep coherence of the prayer as expressed by its rhyme schemes, frequent alliterations, and structures organized around the number nineteen. Overall, this article aims to shed light on how the prayer functions as an invitation to meditate on God’s names—names which not only give shape to the human capacity to recognize an ultimately unknowable God, but also represent for Bahá’ís the underlying significance of spiritual and physical reality in a metaphysics of unity and wholeness.
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