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Shrouds

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 own judgement in the matter.
(Universal House of Justice: “Notes” appended to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, n151, pp. 229-230)


In the Bayan, 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.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 195)


When asked whether the five sheets mentioned in the law reffered 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‘.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 195)