Burial

As affirmed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Guardian, this law precludes cremation of the dead. The formal prayer and the ring are meant to be used for those who have attained the

age of maturity, i.e. 15 years of age (Q and A 70).

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 228

If the following verse, which hath at this moment been sent down by God, be engraved upon the burial-rings of both men and women, it shall be better for them; We, of a certainty, are the Supreme Ordainer: "I came forth from God, and return unto Him, detached from all save Him, holding fast to His Name, the Merciful, the Compassionate."

Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 65

In brief, the Bahá’í law for the burial of the dead states that it is forbidden to carry the body for more than one hour's journey from the place of death; that the body should be wrapped in a shroud of silk or cotton, and on its finger should be placed a ring bearing the inscription "I came forth from God, and return unto Him, detached from all save Him, holding fast to His Name, the Merciful, the Compassionate"; and that the coffin should be of crystal, stone or hard fine wood. A specific Prayer for the Dead (see note 10) is ordained, to be said before interment.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 228

In the Bayán, the Báb specified that the body of the deceased should be wrapped in five sheets of silk or cotton. Bahá’u’lláh confirmed this provision and added the stipulation that for 'those whose means are limited a single sheet of either fabric will suffice'. "When asked whether the 'five sheets' mentioned in the law referred to 'five full-length shrouds' or 'five cloths which were hitherto customarily used', Bahá’u’lláh responded that the intention is the 'use of five cloths'. "Concerning the way in which the body should be wrapped, there is nothing in the Bahá’í Writings to define how the wrapping of the body is to be done, either when 'five cloths' are used or only 'a single sheet'. At present, the Bahá’ís are free to use their judgement in the matter."

Bahá’u’lláh: The Kitab-i-Aqdas, Notes, n. 151, pp. 229-230

It is forbidden you to transport the body of the deceased a greater distance than one hour's journey from the city; rather should it be interred, with radiance and serenity, in a nearby place.

Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 65

The Lord hath decreed that the dead should be interred in coffins made of crystal, of hard, resistant stone, or of wood that is both fine and durable, and that graven rings should be placed upon their fingers.

Bahá’u’lláh, Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 64