A Hidden Treasure
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The most cited version of this Hadith in Arabic is: کنت کنزاً مخفیاً فأحببت أن أعرف فخلقت الخلق لکی أعرف
It has different translations in English:
- I was a hidden Treasure I desired to be recognized so I created the creature
- I was a hidden treasure; I loved to be known. Hence I created the world so that I would be known
- I was a hidden treasure, and I wished to be known, so I created a creation (mankind), then made Myself known to them, and they recognised Me
- I was a Treasure unknown then I desired to be known so I created a creation to which I made Myself known; then they knew Me
In the Bahá'í Faith
Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, while in Baghdad, requested his son `Abdu'l-Bahá, who later became his successor, to write a commentary on the hadith of the Hidden Treasure for a Súfí leader named `Alí Shawkat Páshá. In this commentary 'Abdu'l-Bahá discusses the themes "Hidden Treasure", "Love", "Creation", and "Knowledge".
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- Esslemont, J.E. (1980), Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era (5th ed.), Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, p. 52, ISBN 0-87743-160-4
- "'Abdu'l-Baha's Commentary on The Islamic Tradition: "I Was a Hidden Treasure ..."". Translated by Momen, Moojan. Baha'i Studies Bulletin 3:4 (Dec. 1985), 4–35. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- Momen, Moojan (1988). Studies in the Bábí and Bahá’í Religions vol. 5, chapter: Relativism: A Basis For Bahá'í Metaphysics. Kalimat Press. pp. 185–217. ISBN 0-933770-72-3.