Short Obligatory Prayer

To be recited once in twenty four hours, at noon.

I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee.  I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. 

There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.


“The daily obligatory prayers are three in number....  The believer is entirely free to choose any one of these three prayers, but is under the obligation of reciting one of them, and in accordance with any specific directions with which it may be accompanied.” —from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi 

“By ‘morning’, ‘noon’, and ‘evening,’ mentioned in connection with the Obligatory Prayers, is meant respectively the intervals between sunrise and noon, between noon and sunset, and from sunset until two hours after sunset.” —Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 36