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A view of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh from the
Haram-i-Aqdas.   Larger photo >
Main path leading to the Shrine.   Larger photo >
Entrance to the Shrine.
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“The light that is shed from the heaven of bounty, and the benediction that shineth from the dawning-place of the will of God, the Lord of the Kingdom of Names, rest upon Him Who is the Supreme Mediator, the Most Exalted Pen, Him Whom God hath made the Dawning-Place of His most excellent names and the Dayspring of His most exalted attributes.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
(Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 2001), pp. 1–2.
“Public access to the heart of the Qiblih of the Bahá’í World is now made possible through traversing the sacred precincts leading successively to the Holy Court, the outer and inner sanctuaries, the Blessed Threshold and the Holy of Holies.”
Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Bahá’í World, 1950–1957
(Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1999), p. 30.
“The ‘sacred precincts’ referred to in this message are the properties of the Faith in Bahjí, including the Mansion of Bahá’u’lláh to the east of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and the gardens and landscaping surrounding the Shrine.

“The ‘Holy Court’ is the Haram-i-Aqdas, which consists of the landscaping and formal gardens providing a befitting approach to the Shrine as well as to the Mansion. This is sometimes referred to in the writings of the Guardian as the outer sanctuary of the Shrine. . . .

“The ‘outer sanctuary’ more specifically also refers to the small court with a small gate, a portico and a few steps leading to the entrance door of the inner sanctuary of the Shrine. . . .

“The ‘inner sanctuary’ is the roofed area consisting of a beautiful central garden, the surrounding paths of which are covered with rugs, and where the privileged pilgrims and visitors stand in prayer and view the ‘Blessed Threshold’ and ‘the Holy of Holies,’ where lies interred, in the words of the Guardian, ‘the holiest dust the earth ever received into its bosom.’
Bahá’í News, Published by the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States, January 1966, no. 418, p. 4.