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Deeds

Good actions alone, without the knowledge of God, cannot be the cause of eternal salvation, everlasting success, and prosperity, and entrance into the Kingdom of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 238)


He who attaineth to My love hath title to a throne of gold, to sit thereon in honour over all the world; he who is deprived thereof, though he sit upon the dust, that dust would seek refuge with God, the Lord of all Religions.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)


How many a man hath secluded himself in the climes of India, denied himself the things that God hath decreed as lawful, imposed upon himself austerities and mortifications, and hath not been remembered by God, the Revealer of Verses.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)


I beseech God that He may graciously enable every one of you to adorn himself, in this blessed Day, with the ornament of pure and holy deeds.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 205)


Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words Persian 5)


Make not your deeds as snares wherewith to entrap the object of your aspiration, and deprive not yourselves of this Ultimate Objective for which have ever yearned all such as have drawn nigh unto God.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)


Not until the dynamic love we cherish for Him is sufficiently reflected in its power and purity in all our dealings with our fellow-men, however remotely connected and humble in origin, can we hope to exalt in the eyes of a self-seeking world the genuineness of the all-conquering love of God. Not until we live ourselves the life of a true Bahá’í can we hope to demonstrate the creative and transforming potency of the Faith we profess. Nothing but the abundance of our actions, nothing but the purity of our lives and the integrity of our characters, can in the last resort establish our claim that the Bahá’í spirit is in this day the sole agency that can translate a long-cherished ideal into an enduring achievement.
(Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Administration, p. 68)


Now surely, if ever, is the time for us, the chosen ones of Bahá’u’lláh and the bearers of His Message to the world, to endeavor by day and by night, to deepen, first and foremost, the Spirit of His Cause in our own individual lives, and then labor, and labor incessantly to exemplify in all our dealings with our fellow-men that noble Spirit of which His beloved Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has been all the days of His life a true and unique exponent… .. Shall we not by our daily life vindicate the high claims of His teachings, and prove by our services the influence of His undying Spirit? This surely is our highest privilege, and our most sacred duty.
(Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Administration, p. 35)


Say: The very life of all deeds is My good pleasure, and all things depend upon Mine acceptance.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)


The good deeds of the righteous are the sins of the Near Ones. This is established.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 125)


The word must be demonstrated by the deed, for the righteous witness of the word is action. The former without the latter shall not allay the thirst of the needy nor open the doors of sight to the blind.
(Compilations, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 132)


We know that to help the poor and to be merciful is good and pleases God, but knowledge alone does not feed the starving man, nor can the poor be warmed by knowledge or words in the bitter winter; we must give the practical help of Loving-kindness.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 60)


Were anyone to wash the feet of all mankind, and were he to worship God in the forests, valleys, and mountains, upon high hills and lofty peaks, to leave no rock or tree, no clod of earth, but was a witness to his worship—yet, should the fragrance of My good pleasure not be inhaled from him, his works would never be acceptable unto God. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Lord of all.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)