The Kitáb-i-Aqdas - The Most Holy Book
Index term: Tablet of, under Obligatory Prayer(s)
Question: In the Kitáb-i-Aqdas obligatory prayer hath been enjoined, consisting of nine rak'ahs, to be performed at noon, in the morning and the evening, but the Tablet of Obligatory Prayers [the Tablet containing the three Obligatory Prayers now in use] appeareth to differ from this.
Answer: That which hath been revealed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas concerneth a different Obligatory Prayer. Some years ago a number of the ordinances of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas including that Obligatory Prayer were, for reasons of wisdom, recorded separately and sent away together with other sacred writings, for the purposes of preservation and protection. Later these three Obligatory Prayers were revealed.
Question: In the Tablet of Obligatory Prayers, three prayers are revealed; is the performance of all three required or not?
Answer: It is enjoined to offer one of these three prayers; whichever is performed sufficeth.