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Tablet of the Holy Mariner (Lawh-i-Malláhu'l-Quds):
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by Aziz Mboya

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Chapter 23

References to the Imams in the Holy Quran.

(Based on the Bahá'í writings and the writings of the Imams as cited in
"Introduction to Shi'i Islam" by Moojan Momen, p. 151-153).

The Possessors of Authority

4:59 O ye who believe! Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with
authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to
God and His Apostle, if ye do believe in God and the Last Day: That is best,
and most suitable for final determination.
-- Qur'an: 4 - AN-NISA.

And likewise in the sacred verse: "Obey God and obey the Apostle, and those
among you invested with authority." By "those invested with authority" is
meant primarily and more especially the Imáms -- the blessings of God rest
upon them! They, verily, are the manifestations of the power of God, and the
sources of His authority, and the repositories of His knowledge, and the
daysprings of His commandments.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 90

Muhammad, Himself, as the end of His mission drew nigh, spoke these words:
"Verily, I leave amongst you My twin weighty testimonies: The Book of God
and My Family [the Imams]."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 201

The Guides of Men

7:181 Of those We have created are people who direct (others) with truth.
And dispense justice therewith.

7:182 Those who reject Our signs, We shall gradually visit with punishment,
in ways they perceive not;
-- Qur'an: 7 - AL-A`ARAF.

The Possesors of knowledge

3:7 He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or
fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book:
others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the
part thereof that is allegorical, seeking discord, and searching for its
hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except God. And those
who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole
of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of
-- Qur'an: 3 - AL-I-IMRAN

The Cord of God

3:102 O ye who believe! Fear God as He should be feared, and die not except
in a state of Islám.

3:103 And hold fast, all together, by the rope [cord] which God (stretches out
for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with
gratitude God's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined
your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and
ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it.
Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

3:104 Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is
good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They
are the ones to attain felicity.

3:105 Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into
disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful

3:106 On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some
faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will
be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it?
Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith."

3:107 But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in
(the light of) God's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).

3:108 These are the Signs of God: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And
God means no injustice to any of His creatures.
-- The Qur'an: 3 - AL-I-IMRAN,

Below Imam Ali states he is the Cord of God.

The truth is Mine and certitude is at My side. Leadership is Mine and the
righteous shall follow Me. I am the first to acknowledge faith, the Cord of God
that shall not be broken, the One who will raise the world to justice even as it
hath been brought low by oppression. I am the companion of Gabriel and the
archangel Michael is beside Me. I am the tree of guidance, and the essence of
righteousness. I shall gather together the world of creation through the Word of
God that gathers together all things. I give life unto humanity and I am the
treasury of all divine commands. To Me hath been given the Luminous Pen and
the Crimson Camel.
-- Imam Ali, Khutbat'ul-Iftikhár (The Sermon of Glorification)

The Signs of God

29:49 Nay, here are Signs self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with
knowledge: and none but the unjust reject Our Signs.

29:50 Ye they say: "Why are not Signs sent down to him from his Lord?" Say:
"The signs are indeed with God: and I am indeed a clear Warner."

29:51 And is it not enough for them that we have sent down to thee the Book
which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it is Mercy and a Reminder to those
who believe.
-- Qur'an: 29 - AL-`ANKABUT

7:9 Those whose scale will be light, will be their souls in perdition, for
that they wrongfully treated Our signs.
-- Qur'an: 7 - AL-A`ARAF.

10:6 Verily, in the alternation of the night and the day, and in all that
God hath created, in the heavens and the earth, are signs for those who
fear Him.

10:7 Those who rest not their hope on their meeting with Us, but are
pleased and satisfied with the life of the present, and those who heed not
Our Signs,-

10:8 Their abode is the Fire, because of the (evil) they earned.
-- Qur'an: 10 - YUNUS.

10:101 Say: "Behold all that is in the heavens and on earth"; but neither
Signs nor Warners profit those who believe not.
-- Qur'an: 10 - YUNUS.

22:55 Those who reject Faith will not cease to be in doubt concerning
(Revelation) until the Hour (of Judgment) comes suddenly upon them, or
there comes to them the Penalty of a Day of Disaster.

22:56 On that Day of Dominion will be that of God: He will judge between
them: so those who believe and work righteous deeds will be in Gardens of

22:57 And for those who reject Faith and deny our Signs, there will be a
humiliating Punishment.
-- Qur'an: 22 - AL-HAJJ.

8:29 (Here is) a Book which We have sent down unto thee, full of blessings,
that they may mediate on its Signs, and that men of understanding may
receive admonition.
-- Qur'an: 38 - SUAD.

The Straight Path

1:6 Show us the straight way,
-- Qur'an: 1 - AL-FATIHAH.

6:153 Verily, this is My way, leading straight: follow it: follow not
(other) paths: they will scatter you about from His (great) path: thus doth
He command you. that ye may be righteous.
-- Qur'an: 6 - AL-AN`AM.

15:41 (God) said: "This (way of My sincere servants) is indeed a way that
leads straight to Me.
-- Qur'an: 15 - AL-HIJR.

16:76 God sets forth (another) Parable of two men: one of them dumb, with
no power of any sort; a wearisome burden is he to his master; whichever way
be directs him, he brings no good: is such a man equal with one who
commands Justice, and is on a Straight Way?
-- Qur'an: 16 - AN-NAHL.

20:135 Say: "Each one (of us) is waiting: wait ye, therefore, and soon
shall ye know who it is that is on the straight and even way, and who it is
that has received Guidance."
-- Qur'an: 20 - TA HA.

43:42 Or We shall show thee that (accomplished) which We have promised
them: for verily We shall prevail over them.

43:43 So hold thou fast to the Revelation sent down to thee; verily thou
art on a Straight Way.
-- Qur'an: 43 - AZ-ZUKHRUF.

The Way

25:27 The Day that the wrong-doer will bite at his hands, he will say, "Oh!
would that I had taken a (straight) path with the Apostle!
-- Qur'an: 25 - AL-FURQAN.

6:153 Verily, this is My way, leading straight: follow it: follow not
(other) paths: they will scatter you about from His (great) path: thus doth
He command you. that ye may be righteous.
-- Qur'an: 6 - AL-AN`AM.

29:69 And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to
our Paths: For verily God is with those who do right.
-- Qur'an: 29 - AL-`ANKABUT.

These are among the attributes of the exalted, and constitute the hall-mark
of the spiritually-minded. They have already been mentioned in connection
with the requirements of the wayfarers that tread the Path of Positive
Knowledge. When the detached wayfarer and sincere seeker hath fulfilled
these essential conditions, then and only then can he be called a true
seeker. Whensoever he hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse:
"Whoso maketh efforts for Us," he shall enjoy the blessing conferred by the
words: "In Our ways shall We assuredly guide him."
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 195

31:15 "But if they strive to make thee join in worship with Me things of
which thou hast no knowledge, obey them not; yet bear them company in this
life with justice (and consideration), and follow the way of those who turn
to me (in love): in the end the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell
you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did."
-- Qur'an: 31 - LUQMAN.

The Commander of the Faithful (Imám `Alí) hath said: "I am He Who can
neither be named, nor described." And likewise He hath said: "Outwardly I
am an Imám; inwardly I am the Unseen, the Unknowable." Abú-Ja'far-i-Túsí
hath said: "I said to Ábí `Abdi'lláh: `You are the Way mentioned in the
Book of God, and you are the Impost, and you are the Pilgrimage.' He
replied: `O man! We are the Way mentioned in the Book of God,--exalted and
glorified be He--and We are the Impost, and We are the Fast, and We are the
Pilgrimage, and We are the Sacred Month, and We are the Sacred City, and We
are the Kaaba of God, and We are the Qiblih of God, and We are the Face of
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 112

The Firmest Handle

2:256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from
Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most
trustworthy hand- hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth
all things.
-- Qur'an: 2 - AL-BAQARAH.

The Light of God

64:8 Believe, therefore, in God and His Apostle, and in the Light which
we have sent down. And God is well acquainted with all that ye do.

64:9 The Day that He assembles you (all) for a Day of Assembly,- that
will be a Day of mutual loss and gain (among you), and those who believe
in God and work righteousness,- He will remove from them their ills, and
He will admit them to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow, to dwell therein
for ever: that will be the Supreme Achievement.

64:10 But those who reject Faith and treat Our Signs as falsehoods, they
will be Companions of the Fire, to dwell therein for aye: and evil is
that Goal.
--Qur'an: 64 - AT-TAGHABUN.

4:174 O mankind! verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from
your Lord: For We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest.
--Qur'an: 4 - AN-NISA.

6:122 Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he
can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from
which he can never come out? Thus to those without faith their own deeds
seem pleasing.

6:123 Thus have We placed leaders in every town, its wicked men, to plot
(and burrow) therein: but they only plot against their own souls, and
they perceive it not.

6:124 When there comes to them a sign (from God), They say: "We shall not
believe until we receive one (exactly) like those received by God's
apostles." God knoweth best where (and how) to carry out His mission.
Soon will the wicked be overtaken by humiliation before God, and a severe
punishment, for all their plots.

6:125 Those whom God (in His plan) willeth to guide,- He openeth their
breast to Islám; those whom He willeth to leave straying,- He maketh
their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the
skies: thus doth God (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.

6:126 This is the way of thy Lord, leading straight: We have detailed the
signs for those who receive admonition.
-- Qur'an: 6 - AL-AN`AM.

7:157 "Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they
find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;-
for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he
allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from
what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and
from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him,
honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,-
it is they who will prosper."
--Qur'an: 7 - AL-A`ARAF.

9:32 Fain would they extinguish God's light with their mouths, but God
will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the
Unbelievers may detest (it).

9:33 It is He Who hath sent His Apostle with guidance and the Religion of
Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may
detest (it).
-- Qur'an: 9 - AT-TAUBAH.

57:28 O ye that believe! Fear God, and believe in His Apostle, and He
will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy: He will provide for you
a Light by which ye shall walk (straight in your path), and He will
forgive you (your past): for God is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.
-- Qur'an: 57 - AL-HADID.

66:8 O ye who believe! Turn to God with sincere repentance: In the hope
that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens
beneath which Rivers flow,- the Day that God will not permit to be
humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will
run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say, "Our
Lord! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness: for Thou hast
power over all things."
-- Qur'an: 66 - AT-TAHRIM.

The Sun and the Moon

91:1 By the Sun and his (glorious) splendour;

91:2 By the Moon as she follows him;

91:3 By the Day as it shows up (the Sun's) glory;

91:4 By the Night as it conceals it;
-- Qur'an: 91 - ASH-SHAMS.

The Prophet is the Sun and Imam Ali is the Moon. The Day refers to the
Imams and the Night to the Caliphate which "covered" Imam Ali.

The term "suns" hath many a time been applied in the writings of the
"immaculate Souls" unto the Prophets of God, those luminous Emblems of
Detachment. Among those writings are the following words recorded in the
"Prayer of Nudbih": "Whither are gone the resplendent Suns? Whereunto
have departed those shining Moons and sparkling Stars?" Thus, it hath
become evident that the terms "sun," "moon," and "stars" primarily
signify the Prophets of God, the saints, and their companions, those
Luminaries, the light of Whose knowledge hath shed illumination upon the
worlds of the visible and the invisible.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 35

Universally, the Prophets are of two kinds. One are the independent
Prophets Who are followed; the other kind are not independent and are
themselves followers..

The independent Prophets are the lawgivers and the founders of a new
cycle.. They are like the sun which is luminous in itself..

The other Prophets are followers and promoters, for they are branches and
not independent; they receive the bounty of the independent Prophets, and
they profit by the light of the Guidance of the universal Prophets. They
are like the moon, which is not luminous and radiant in itself, but
receives its light from the sun...
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p.165

The Two Seas

55:19 He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together:

55:20 Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress:

55:21 Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?

55:22 Out of them come Pearls and Coral:...

The Two Seas are Imam Ali and Fatima (both equal in rank) and the
"Pearls and Coral" are their sons Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn.

The Men of the Battlements (who determine who goes to heaven or to hell)

7:46 Between them shall be a veil, and on the heights will be men who would
know every one by his marks: they will call out to the Companions of the
Garden, "peace on you": they will not have entered, but they will have an
assurance (thereof).
-- Qur'an: 7 - AL-A`ARAF.

Apostles rehearsing the signs of God..

7:35 O ye Children of Adam! whenever there come to you apostles from
amongst you, rehearsing My signs unto you,- those who are righteous and
mend (their lives),- on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

7:36 But those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, - they
are companions of the Fire, to dwell therein (for ever).
-- The Qur’án: 7 - AL-A`ARAF

The apostles mentioned above can be paralleled to those who came after
Moses mentioned below.

2:87 We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of
apostles; We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him
with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you an apostle
with what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride?- Some ye
called impostors, and others ye slay!
-- The Qur’án: 2 - AL-BAQARAH

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