Lawh-i-burhan (tablet Of The Proof)





_This Tablet was revealed after the martyrdom of the King of

Martyrs and the Beloved of Martyrs (see God Passes By pages

200-201) and was addressed to Shaykh Muhammad Baqir, denounced by

Baha'u'llah as the 'Wolf'. In this Tablet Baha'u'llah refers to

Mir Muhammad Husayn, the Imam Jum'ih of Isfahan, surnamed the

'She-Serpent', who was Shaykh Muhammad Baqir's accomplice in the

persecution of the Baha'is. (See God Passes By, pages 198, 200-201

and 219). The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf was addressed to

Shaykh Muhammad Taqiy-i-Najafi, the son of Shaykh Muhammad Baqir._





HE is the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise! The winds of hatred

have encompassed the Ark of Batha,(66) by reason of that which the hands

of the oppressors have wrought. O Baqir! Thou hast pronounced sentence

against them for whom the books of the world have wept, and in whose

favour the scriptures of all religions have testified. Thou, who art gone

far astray, art indeed wrapt in a thick veil. By God Himself! Thou hast

pronounced judgement against them through whom the horizon of faith hath

been illumined. Unto this bear witness They Who are the Dawning-Places of

Revelation and the Manifestations of the Cause of thy Lord, the Most

Merciful, Who have sacrificed Their souls and all that They possessed in

His straight Path. The Faith of God hath cried everywhere, by reason of

thy tyranny, and yet thou disportest thyself and art of them that exult.

There is no hatred in Mine heart for thee nor for anyone. Every man of

learning beholdeth thee, and such as are like thee, engulfed in evident

folly. Hadst thou realized that which thou hast done, thou wouldst have

cast thyself into the fire, or abandoned thine home and fled into the

mountains, or wouldst have groaned until thou hadst returned unto the

place destined for thee by Him Who is the Lord of strength and of might. O

thou who art even as nothing! Rend thou asunder the veils of idle fancies

and vain imaginings, that thou mayest behold the Day-Star of knowledge

shining from this resplendent Horizon. Thou hast torn in pieces a remnant

of the Prophet Himself, and imagined that thou hadst helped the Faith of

God. Thus hath thy soul prompted thee, and thou art truly one of the

heedless. Thine act hath consumed the hearts of the Concourse on high, and

those of such as have circled round the Cause of God, the Lord of the

worlds. The soul of the Chaste One(67) melted, by reason of thy cruelty,

and the inmates of Paradise wept sore in that blessed Spot.



Judge thou fairly, I adjure thee by God. What proof did the Jewish doctors

adduce wherewith to condemn Him Who was the Spirit of God,(68) when He

came unto them with truth? What could have been the evidence produced by

the Pharisees and the idolatrous priests to justify their denial of

Muhammad, the Apostle of God when He came unto them with a Book that

judged between truth and falsehood with a justice which turned into light

the darkness of the earth, and enraptured the hearts of such as had known

Him? Indeed thou hast produced, in this day, the same proofs which the

foolish divines advanced in that age. Unto this testifieth He Who is the

King of the realm of grace in this great Prison. Thou hast, truly, walked

in their ways, nay, hast surpassed them in their cruelty, and hast deemed

thyself to be helping the Faith and defending the Law of God, the

All-Knowing, the All-Wise. By Him Who is the Truth! Thine iniquity hath

made Gabriel to groan, and hath drawn tears from the Law of God, through

which the breezes of justice have been wafted over all who are in heaven

and on earth. Hast thou fondly imagined that the judgement thou didst

pronounce hath profited thee? Nay, by Him Who is the King of all Names!

Unto thy loss testifieth He with Whom is the knowledge of all things as

recorded in the preserved Tablet. When thou didst pen thy judgement, thou

wast accused by thy very pen. Unto this doth bear witness the Pen of God,

the Most High, in His inaccessible station.



O thou who hast gone astray! Thou hast neither seen Me, nor associated

with Me, nor been My companion for the fraction of a moment. How is it,

then, that thou hast bidden men to curse Me? Didst thou, in this, follow

the promptings of thine own desires, or didst thou obey thy Lord? Produce

thou a sign, if thou art one of the truthful. We testify that thou hast

cast behind thy back the Law of God, and laid hold on the dictates of thy

passions. Nothing, in truth, escapeth His knowledge; He, verily, is the

Incomparable, the All-Informed. O heedless one! Hearken unto that which

the Merciful hath revealed in the Qur'an: 'Say not to every one who

meeteth you with a greeting, Thou art not a believer.'(69) Thus hath He

decreed in Whose grasp are the kingdoms of Revelation and of creation, if

thou be of them that hearken. Thou hast set aside the commandment of God,

and clung unto the promptings of thine own desire. Woe, then, unto thee, O

careless one that doubtest! If thou deniest Me, by what proof canst thou

vindicate the truth of that which thou dost possess? Produce it, then, O

thou who hast joined partners with God, and turned aside from His

sovereignty that hath encompassed the worlds!



O foolish one! Know thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My

Revelation, and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge, and soared in the

atmosphere of My love, and cast away all else besides Me, and taken firm

hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous

utterance. He, verily, is even as an eye unto mankind, and as the spirit

of life unto the body of all creation. Glorified be the All-Merciful Who

hath enlightened him, and caused him to arise and serve His great and

mighty Cause. Verily, such a man is blessed by the Concourse on high, and

by them who dwell within the Tabernacle of Grandeur, who have quaffed My

sealed Wine in My Name, the Omnipotent, the All-Powerful. O Baqir! If thou

be of them that occupy such a sublime station, produce then a sign from

God, the Creator of the heavens. And shouldst thou recognize thy

powerlessness, do thou rein in thy passions, and return unto thy Lord,

that perchance He may forgive thee thy sins which have caused the leaves

of the Divine Lote-Tree to be burnt up, and the Rock to cry out, and the

eyes of men of understanding to weep. Because of thee the Veil of Divinity

was rent asunder, and the Ark foundered, and the She-Camel was hamstrung,

and the Spirit(70) groaned in His sublime retreat. Disputest thou with Him

Who hath come unto thee with the testimonies of God and His signs which

thou possessest and which are in the possession of them that dwell on

earth? Open thine eyes that thou mayest behold this Wronged One shining

forth above the horizon of the will of God, the Sovereign, the Truth, the

Resplendent. Unstop, then, the ear of thine heart that thou mayest hearken

unto the speech of the Divine Lote-Tree that hath been raised up in truth

by God, the Almighty, the Beneficent. Verily, this Tree, notwithstanding

the things that befell it by reason of thy cruelty and of the

transgressions of such as are like thee, calleth aloud and summoneth all

men unto the Sadratu'l-Muntaha(71) and the Supreme Horizon. Blessed is the

soul that hath gazed on the Most Mighty Sign, and the ear that hath heard

His most sweet Voice, and woe to whosoever hath turned aside and done

wickedly.



O thou who hast turned away from God! Wert thou to look with the eye of

fairness upon the Divine Lote-Tree, thou wouldst perceive the marks of thy

sword on its boughs, and its branches, and its leaves, notwithstanding

that God created thee for the purpose of recognizing and of serving it.

Reflect, that haply thou mayest recognize thine iniquity and be numbered

with such as have repented. Thinkest thou that We fear thy cruelty? Know

thou and be well assured that from the first day whereon the voice of the

Most Sublime Pen was raised betwixt earth and heaven We offered up Our

souls, and Our bodies, and Our sons, and Our possessions in the path of

God, the Exalted, the Great, and We glory therein amongst all created

things and the Concourse on high. Unto this testify the things which have

befallen Us in this straight Path. By God! Our hearts were consumed, and

Our bodies were crucified, and Our blood was spilt, while Our eyes were

fixed on the horizon of the loving-kindness of their Lord, the Witness,

the All-Seeing. The more grievous their woes, the greater waxed the love

of the people of Baha. Unto their sincerity hath borne witness what the

All-Merciful hath sent down in the Qur'an. He saith: 'Wish ye, then, for

death, if ye are sincere.'(72) Who is to be preferred, he that hath

sheltered himself behind curtains, or he that hath offered himself in the

path of God? Judge thou fairly, and be not of them that rove distraught in

the wilderness of falsehood. So carried away have they been by the living

waters of the love of the Most Merciful, that neither the arms of the

world nor the swords of the nations have deterred them from setting their

faces towards the ocean of the bounty of their Lord, the Giver, the

Generous.



By God! Troubles have failed to unnerve Me, and the repudiation of the

divines hath been powerless to weaken Me. I have spoken, and still speak

forth before the face of men: 'The door of grace hath been unlocked and He

Who is the Dayspring of Justice is come with perspicuous signs and evident

testimonies, from God, the Lord of strength and of might!' Present thyself

before Me that thou mayest hear the mysteries which were heard by the Son

of 'Imran(73) upon the Sinai of Wisdom. Thus commandeth thee He Who is the

Dawning-Place of the Revelation of thy Lord, the God of Mercy, from His

great Prison.



Hath leadership made thee proud? Peruse thou what God hath revealed to the

Sovereign ruler, the Sultan of Turkey, who hath incarcerated Me in this

fortified stronghold, so that thou mayest be informed of the condition of

this Wronged One, as decreed by God, the One, the Single, the

All-Informed. Art thou happy to see the abject and worthless as thy

followers? They support thee as did a people before them, they that

followed Annas, who, without clear proof and testimony, pronounced

judgement against the Spirit.(74)



Peruse thou the Kitab-i-Iqan and that which the All-Merciful hath sent

down unto the King of Paris(75) and to such as are like him, that thou

mayest be made aware of the things that have happened in the past, and be

persuaded that We have not sought to spread disorder in the land after it

had been well-ordered. We exhort, wholly for the sake of God, His

servants. Let him who wisheth turn unto Him, and him who wisheth turn

aside. Our Lord, the Merciful, is verily the All-Sufficing, the

All-Praised. O concourse of divines! This is the day whereon nothing

amongst all things, nor any name amongst all names, can profit you save

through this Name which God hath made the Manifestation of His Cause and

the Dayspring of His Most Excellent Titles unto all who are in the kingdom

of creation. Blessed is that man that hath recognized the fragrance of the

All-Merciful and been numbered with the steadfast. Your sciences shall not

profit you in this day, nor your arts, nor your treasures, nor your glory.

Cast them all behind your backs, and set your faces towards the Most

Sublime Word through which the Scriptures and the Books and this lucid

Tablet have been distinctly set forth. Cast away, O concourse of divines,

the things ye have composed with the pens of your idle fancies and vain

imaginings. By God! The Day-Star of Knowledge hath shone forth above the

horizon of certitude.



O Baqir! Read and call thou to mind that which was said of old by a

believer of thy stock: 'Will ye slay a man because he saith my Lord is

God, when He hath already come to you with signs from your Lord? If he be

a liar, on him will be his lie, but if he be a man of truth, part of what

he threateneth will fall upon you. In truth God guideth not him who is a

transgressor, a liar.'(76)



O thou who art gone astray! If thou hast any doubt concerning Our conduct,

know thou that We bear witness unto that whereunto God hath Himself borne

witness ere the creation of the heavens and of the earth, that there is

none other God but Him, the Almighty, the All-Bounteous. We testify that

He is One in His Essence, One in His attributes. He hath none to equal Him

in the whole universe, nor any partner in all creation. He hath sent forth

His Messengers, and sent down His Books, that they may announce unto His

creatures the Straight Path.



Hath the Shah been informed, and chosen to close his eyes to thine acts?

Or hath he been seized with fear at the howling of a pack of wolves who

have cast the Path of God behind their backs and followed in thy way

without any clear proof or Book? We have heard that the provinces of

Persia have been adorned with the adornment of justice. When We observed

closely, however, We found them to be the dawning-places of tyranny and

the daysprings of injustice. We behold justice in the clutches of tyranny.

We beseech God to set it free through the power of His might and His

sovereignty. He, verily, overshadoweth all that is in the heavens and on

earth. To none is given the right to protest against anyone concerning

that which hath befallen the Cause of God. It behoveth whosoever hath set

his face towards the Most Sublime Horizon to cleave tenaciously unto the

cord of patience, and to put his reliance in God, the Help in Peril, the

Unconstrained. O ye loved ones of God! Drink your fill from the

well-spring of wisdom, and walk ye in the garden of wisdom, and soar ye in

the atmosphere of wisdom, and speak forth with wisdom and eloquence. Thus

biddeth you your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.



O Baqir! Rely not on thy glory, and thy power. Thou art even as the last

trace of sunlight upon the mountain-top. Soon will it fade away, as

decreed by God, the All-Possessing, the Most High. Thy glory and the glory

of such as are like thee have been taken away, and this verily is what

hath been ordained by the One with Whom is the Mother Tablet. Where is he

to be found who contended with God, and whither is gone he that gainsaid

His signs, and turned aside from His sovereignty? Where are they who have

slain His chosen ones and spilt the blood of His holy ones? Reflect, that

haply thou mayest perceive the breaths of thine acts, O foolish doubter!

Because of you the Apostle(77) lamented, and the Chaste One(78) cried out,

and the countries were laid waste, and darkness fell upon all regions. O

concourse of divines! Because of you the people were abased, and the

banner of Islam was hauled down, and its mighty throne subverted. Every

time a man of discernment hath sought to hold fast unto that which would

exalt Islam, ye raised a clamour, and thereby was he deterred from

achieving his purpose, while the land remained fallen in clear ruin.



Consider the Sultan of Turkey! He did not want war, but those like you

desired it. When its fires were enkindled and its flames rose high, the

government and the people were thereby weakened. Unto this beareth witness

every man of equity and perception. Its calamities waxed so great that the

smoke thereof surrounded the Land of Mystery(79) and its environs, and

what had been revealed in the Tablet of the Sultan was made manifest. Thus

hath it been decreed in the Book, at the behest of God, the Help in Peril,

the Self-Subsisting.



O My Supreme Pen! Leave Thou the mention of the Wolf, and call Thou to

remembrance the She-Serpent(80) whose cruelty hath caused all created

things to groan, and the limbs of the holy ones to quake. Thus biddeth

Thee the Lord of all names, in this glorious station. The Chaste One(81)

hath cried out by reason of thine iniquity, and yet thou dost imagine

thyself to be of the family of the Apostle of God! Thus hath thy soul

prompted thee, O thou who hast withdrawn thyself from God, the Lord of all

that hath been and shall be. Judge thou equitably, O She-Serpent! For what

crime didst thou sting the children(82) of the Apostle of God, and pillage

their possessions? Hast thou denied Him Who created thee by His command

'be, and it was'? Thou hast dealt with the children of the Apostle of God

as neither 'Ad hath dealt with Hud, nor Thamud with Salih, nor the Jews

with the Spirit of God,(83) the Lord of all being. Gainsayest thou the

signs of thy Lord which no sooner were sent down from the heaven of His

Cause than all the books of the world bowed down before them? Meditate,

that thou mayest be made aware of thine act, O heedless outcast! Ere long

will the breaths of chastisement seize thee, as they seized others before

thee. Wait, O thou who hast joined partners with God, the Lord of the

visible and the invisible. This is the day which God hath announced

through the tongue of His Apostle. Reflect, that thou mayest apprehend

what the All-Merciful hath sent down in the Qur'an and in this inscribed

Tablet. This is the day whereon He Who is the Dayspring of Revelation hath

come with clear tokens which none can number. This is the day whereon

every man endued with perception hath discovered the fragrance of the

breeze of the All-Merciful in the world of creation, and every man of

insight hath hastened unto the living waters of the mercy of His Lord, the

King of Kings. O heedless one! The tale of the Sacrifice(84) hath been

retold, and he who was to be offered up hath directed his steps towards

the place of sacrifice, and returned not, by reason of that which thy hand

hath wrought, O perverse hater! Didst thou imagine that martyrdom could

abase this Cause? Nay, by Him Whom God hath made to be the Repository of

His Revelation, if thou be of them that comprehend. Woe betide thee, O

thou who hast joined partners with God, and woe betide them that have

taken thee as their leader, without a clear token or a perspicuous Book.

How numerous the oppressors before thee who have arisen to quench the

light of God, and how many the impious who murdered and pillaged until the

hearts and souls of men groaned by reason of their cruelty! The sun of

justice hath been obscured, inasmuch as the embodiment of tyranny hath

been stablished upon the throne of hatred, and yet the people understand

not. The children of the Apostle have been slain and their possessions

pillaged. Say: Was it, in thine estimation, their possessions or

themselves that denied God? Judge fairly, O ignorant one that hath been

shut out as by a veil from God. Thou hast clung to tyranny and cast away

justice; whereupon all created things have lamented, and still thou art

among the wayward. Thou hast put to death the aged, and plundered the

young. Thinkest thou that thou wilt consume that which thine iniquity hath

amassed? Nay, by Myself! Thus informeth thee He Who is cognizant of all.

By God! The things thou possessest shall profit thee not, nor what thou

hast laid up through thy cruelty. Unto this beareth witness Thy Lord, the

All-Knowing. Thou hast arisen to put out the light of this Cause; ere long

will thine own fire be quenched, at His behest. He, verily, is the Lord of

strength and of might. The changes and chances of the world, and the

powers of the nations, cannot frustrate Him. He doeth what He pleaseth,

and ordaineth what He willeth through the power of His sovereignty.

Consider the she-camel. Though but a beast, yet hath the All-Merciful

exalted her to so high a station that the tongues of the earth made

mention of her and celebrated her praise. He, verily, overshadoweth all

that is in the heavens and on earth. No God is there but Him, the

Almighty, the Great. Thus have We adorned the heaven of Our Tablet with

the suns of Our words. Blessed the man that hath attained thereunto and

been illumined with their light, and woe betide such as have turned aside,

and denied Him, and strayed far from Him. Praised be God, the Lord of the

worlds!





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