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List of the original Tablets excerpted by Shoghi Effendi in compiling Gleanings.

Sources of Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

by Vahid Rafati, Denis MacEoin, and Faruq Izadinia

The following is from a few sources: First, Vahid Ra'fati compiled it under the title "The Sources of Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh," published in Andalib magazine, vol.4 no.13, (Winter 1984-1985), pp. 59-71 [Institute for Bahá'í Studies in Persian, in Dundas, Ontario, Canada]. Elham Afnan then translated this portion from English into Persian. Second, Denis MacEoin posted an expanded version to the Internet in April, 1997. The notes listed in the text and included at the end are his. They are not to be considered authoritative, since they may constitute personal opinions of one independent scholar. Finally, I compiled the two and added obvious data where missing, such as some translations of some titles and publication information. The information here is not complete and I may have introduced errors.

An "xx" indicates entry not applicable (e.g. that the Kitab-i-Aqdas had no single recipient) or that the information is not known.

See also another table of Sources [RTF], provided by Faruq Izadinia. I have not correlated the two tables, because some information conflicts between the two, and I don't have the knowledge to determine which one is correct in each case. More information about each of the Tablets listed here can be found in the Leiden List of the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. [-J.W., 2001]

# Name of Tablet or Opening words: Addressed to: Published in:
1 (To Aqa Muhammad Hasan) Aqa Muhammad Hasan xx
2 Huwa 'l-shahid al-sami' al-'alim al-hakim a group of Bahá'ís Athar-i qalam-i a'la (AQA) v2, 60
3 (To Ustad Muhammad Salmani) Ustad Muhammad Salmani xx
4 (To Ghulam Husayn) Ghulam-Husayn xx
5 Qawluhu ta'ala bi-ruhi ki dar qalam-i a'la mastur ast Jamal Iqtidarat, 220-22
6 xx xx xx
7 Surat al-qamis Mirza Sadiq AQA v4, 50-51
8 xx xx xx
9 Bi-nam-i khudavand-i binanda-yi dana) Husayn Majmu'a-yi athar-i mubaraka (MAM) 268-69
10 xx Bahá'ís of Khurasan xx
11 Lawh-i Karmil xx Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
12 Ridvan al-'adl (Paradise of Justice) Muhammad Rida Shahmirzadi xx
13 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad, Khal-i-Akbar Kitab-i-Iqan
14 Lawh-i Ridvan xx Ayyam-i tis'a, 254-61 (Passage on p. 29, 'Canst thou discover ... All-Glorious') quoted in another tablet, MA, 7, 186
15 xx Mirza Dhabih xx
16 xx Mirza Asadu'llah xx
17 Bismi 'llah al-ra'uf al-rahim xx Kitab al-haykal 252-54
18 Bismi 'llah al-baqi bi-la zawal xx Kitab al-haykal 249-51
19 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad Kitab-i-Iqan
20 xx Muhammad Ibrahim Khalil, Qazvini Muballigh xx
21 Lawh-i Salman #1 Shaykh Salman Hindijani MAM, 144-45
22 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad Kitab-i-Iqan
23 xx Abbas, Faruq xx
24 Madinat al-tawhid (The City of the Oneness of God) Salman Hindijani Ma'ida-yi asmani (MA), 4, 313-29
25 xx xx xx
26 Lawh al-tawhid (Tablet of the Oneness of God) Salman Hindijani MAM, 307-11
27 Huwa 'llah al-bahi al-abha) xx MAM 338-42
28 Bismi 'lladhi irtafa'a 'alam al-hidaya bayna'l-biriyya a group of Bahá'ís MAM 221-22
29 Huwa 'l-'aziz xx MAM 368-71
30 xx 'Ali Nur Isfahani xx
31 Surat al-'ibad (Tablet of the People) Siyyid Mihdi Dahaji AQA 4, 24-25
32 Lawh-i Rida' Rida MA v1, 77-78/MAM, 333-34
33 Lawh-i Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh MA, v8, 172-73
34 xx xx xx
35 Bismi 'llah al-muqtadir 'ala ma yusha' xx MAM, 236-38
36 Bi-ism-i mahbub-i yakta (Note 5) Fath-i-A'zam MA, v.7,130-31/Iqtidarat p.93
37 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
38 Lawh-i Ibrahim (Note 6) Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh MA, v.8, 173
39 Surat al-damm (Tablet of the Blood) Muhammad Zarandi (Nabil-i-A'zam) AQA, 4, 64-65. Prov. trans. Juan Cole, posted to Internet
40 xx xx xx
41 xx Abu'l-Hasan in Shin (possibly Shiraz) xx
42 Hidden Words xx Hidden Words
43 Lawh-i dunya (Note 7) (Tablet of the World) Ali Akbar Ayadi, Abu'l-Hasan Amin MAM, 286-98/Darya-yi danish 84-100. Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
44 xx Mashhadi Isma'il (Zarqan) xx
45 Bismi 'llah al-aqdas al-abha Muhammad Rida Kitab al-haykal, 307
46 xx Mirza 'Ali Naqi xx
47 xx xx xx
48 xx Dhabih xx
49 xx xx xx
50 Lawh-i siraj 'Ali Muhammad Suraj MA, v.7, 57-58
51 Bismi 'llah al-abda' al-amna' al-aqdas al-abha Aqa Siyyid Muhammad (Yazd) MA, v.4, 87
52 Lawh-i Ashraf Ashraf MAM, 212-14
53 Lawh-i Nasir Nasir MAM, 170
54 xx Jinab-i-Muhammad xx
55 Lawh-i ard-i Ta' (Tihran) xx xx
56 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
57 Lawh-i hajj (Baghdad House) Muhammad Zarandi (Nabil-i-A'zam) Adi'a-yi Hadrat-i Mahbub 99-104
58 xx Zaynu'l-Muqarrabin xx
59 xx xx xx
60 Lawh al-sahab (Tablet of the Cloud) xx MA, 4, 168
61 (Title/1st lines not known) Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh Amr va khalq, 4, 472-73
62 xx xx xx
63 Bismi 'l-mazlum al-zahir fi 'l-sijn al-a'zam a group of Bahá'ís AQA, 2, pp. 87-88
64 xx a group of Bahá'ís xx
65 Surat al-muluk (Tablet to the Kings) xx AQA - Alwah-i nazila khitab bi-muluk wa ru'usha-yi ard 17-23
66 Surat al-muluk xx AQA - Alwah-i nazila 23-34
67 Lawh al-amr (Tablet of the Commandment) Mulla 'Ali Bajistani Kitab al-haykal 243-44
68 Huwa'l-sami' al-basir xx Ishraqat 284-45
69 xx xx xx
70 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
71 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
72 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
73 Lawh-i Hadi Hadi MAM 355-56
74 xx xx xx
75 Lawh-i Nasir Nasir MAM 186-88
76 xx Ahmad Quli Khan xx
77 xx Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh xx
78 Lawh-i 'Abd al-Razzaq 'Abdu'r-Razzaq Iqtidarat 72-73
79 Lawh-i Wafa' Muhammad Husayn in Shin (Shiraz) [titled Vafa, "Fidelity"] MA, v1, 63-64
80 Lawh-i 'Abd al-Razzaq Abdu'r-Razzaq Iqtidarat 68-71
81 Lawh- 'Abd al-Vahhab 'Abdu'l-Vahhab Ishraqat 215-17/MAM 163-65
82 xx Muhammad 'Ali xx
83 Lawh-i Hadi Hadi MAM 351-53
84 Bi-ism-i mahbub-i 'alamiyan xx Iqtidarat 158-59
85 Bi-nam-i khudavand-i bi manand xx Darya-yi danish 101-3
86 Bi-nam-i dust-i bi nam Zaynu'l-Muqarrabin MA, v1, 73-75/Iqtidarat 228-31
87 Lawh-i 'Abd al-Razzaq Abdu'r-Razzaq Iqtidarat 74-77
88 Ridvan al-'adl (Paradise of Justice) Siyyid Muhammad Rida Shahmirzadi MA, 4, 160
89 Tafsir-i Sura-yi wa'l-shams (Commentary on the Surih of Va'sh-Shams) Shaykh Mahmud, Mufti of 'Akka MAM, 8-9
90 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad Kitab-i-Iqan
91 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad Kitab-i-Iqan
92 xx xx xx
93 Commentary on verse from Sa'di Shaykh Salman Prov. trans. Juan Cole, posted to Internet
94 xx Jinab-i-Hashim xx
95 xx Ni'matu'llah xx
96 Huwa 'l-shahid al-sami' al-'alim (See Note 1) xx xx
97 Lawh-i siraj 'Ali Muhammad Suraj MA, v7, 18
98 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
99 xx Mulla 'Ali-Akbar Ayadi xx
100 Lawh-i 'Ali 'Ali Ishraqat 291-96
101 Bismi 'llah al-abha Ustad Shir-Muhammad Darya-yi danish 1/Amr wa khalq v.3, 1 (where it is headed Bismi'llah al-rahman al-rahim)
102 Lawh man sa'ada ila'llah Abu'l-Fada'il MAM 365-67
103 xx xx xx
104 Hidden Words xx Hidden Words
105 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
106 Lawh-i Manakji Manakji Sahib Darya-yi danish 3-4
107 Lawh-i Malik-i Paris Napoleon III Kitab al-haykal 74. Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh
108 Siyyid Yusuf-i-Isfahani (Sidihi) xx xx
109 xx Kamal (Kamali'd-Din-i-Na raqi) xx
110 Lawh-i Maqsud Mirza Maqsud Darya-yi danish, 20-26
111 Lawh-i ittihad (Tablet of Unity) Siyyid Asadu'llah (Port Said) Adi'a-yi Hadrat-i Mahbub 407-9
112 Lawh-i Maqsud Mirza Maqsud Darya-yi danish, 14-16 [the passage 'The great Being saith ... reward and punishment' is from a tablet published in MA, v.4, p. 109] Also in separately published text (Egypt), 5-7
113 Surat al-muluk xx AQA Alwah-i nazila 49-65
114 Surat al-muluk xx AQA Alwah-i nazila 35-49
115 Lawh-i Dhabih Dhabih Iqtidarat 323-8
116 Surat al-muluk xx AQA Alwah-i nazila 11-17
117 Lawh-i Maqsud Mirza Maqsud Darya-yi danish 16-20/Egyptian text 8-12. Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
118 Surat al-muluk xx AQA Alwah-i nazila 7-11
119 Lawh-i malika (Tablet to the Queen) Queen Victoria Kitab al-haykal 84-85. Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh
120 Lawh-i malika [Note 8] (Tablet to the Queen) Queen Victoria Kitab al-haykal 82-83. Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh
121 xx Javad xx
122 Lawh-i Maqsud Mirza Maqsud Darya-yi danish 12-13/Egyptian text 3-4. Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh
123 xx xx xx
124 Lawh-i Hadi Hadi MAM, 346-9
125 Kitab-i iqan Siyyid Muhammad Kitab-i-Iqan
126 Huwa 'l-mubayyin al-hakim Mirza Haydar 'Ali Ishraqat 137-40/ESW 13-15
127 xx Ibrahim Muballigh xx
128 Surat al-bayan (Tablet of Utterance) Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh AQA, 4, 112-14
129 Surat al-bayan xx AQA, 4, 108-11
130 Tablet to Mirza Badi' Allah 'Andalib and some of the Bahá'ís Epistle to the Son of the Wolf/also cited in letter to 'Andalib in AQA, 2, 17-18 (see note 2)
131 Huwa 'l-shahid al-sami' al-khabir 'Ali-Akbar Ishraqat 278-80
132 Epistle to the Son of the Wolf Shaykh Muhammad-Taqi Mujtahid-i-Isfahani Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
133 xx Shakh Salman xx
134 Bi-ism-i mahbub-i 'alamiyan xx Iqtidarat 162-63
135 xx Muhammad Baqir, Letter of the Living xx
136 xx Ismu'llahu'l-Asdaq xx
137 xx xx xx
138 Lawh-i siyam (Tablet of the Fast) xx Tasbih wa tahlil 50-53
139 xx Nabil-i-A'zam xx
140 xx Muhammad-'Ali xx
141 xx xx xx
142 Letter to Muhammad 'Ali Muhammad-'Ali MA, 4, 111-13
143 Haji Faraj xx xx
144 xx xx xx
145 Surat al-bayan Muhammad Ibrahim Muballigh AQA, 4, 114-15
146 xx Muhammad Mustafa Baghdadi xx
147 Bismi 'lladhi bi-dhikrihi tuhyi qulub ahl al-mala' al-a'la xx MAM 230-31/Iqtidarat 216-18
148 Lawh-i Salman 1 Salman MAM 143-44
149 xx xx xx
150 xx Isma'il-i-Sabbagh xx
151 Lawh-i 'ashiq wa ma'shuq xx Darya-yi danish 29-31
152 Lawh-i Ahmad (Farsi) Ahmad-i-Kashani MAM 317-19/Darya-yi danish 116-18 (note 3)
153 Lawh-i Ahmad (Farsi) Ahmad-i-Kashani MAM 315-16, 320-22, 324-27, 328-29/Darya-yi danish 114-15, 119-21, 123-26, 128-29 (note 4)
154 Lawh-i Salman 1 Salman MAM 153-4
155 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
156 Huwa 'l-muqtadir 'ala ma arada xx Kashf al-ghita' 146-7
157 xx xx xx
158 Lawh-i Malik-i Paris Napoleon III Kitab al-haykal. Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh
159 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas
160 Lawh-i Shaykh Fani Shaykh Fani Ganj-i shayigan 177-79
161 Commentary on verse from Sa'di Shaykh Salman Prov. trans. Juan Cole, posted to internet
162 xx xx xx
163 xx Zaynu'l-Muqarrabin xx
164 xx xx xx
165 xx Sister of the Wife of the Bab xx
166 al-Kitab al-aqdas xx Kitab-i-Aqdas

MacEoin's notes:

1. Part of this tablet ['Centre your energies... dumbfounded] is quoted in Risala-yi rahnama-yi tabligh, p. 6, where the opening line is cited. It is stated there that the passage is taken from a collection of tablets transcribed in Shiraz, p. 349.

2. This item is not, as Raf'ati states, addressed to 'Andalib, but to Mirza Badi' Allah ('One of our sons').

3. The order in which the Gleanings text has been arranged does not follow the original.

4. There are long lacunae between the translated sections making up the Gleanings passage.

5. (To section 36): This passage comes from a reply to questions from a Christian priest. The Iqtidarat text quotes it as from a previous tablet.

6. There should be no lacunae between 'created things' and 'In like manner'.

7. (Section 43) There should be lacunae marks on p. 95, between 'holy Book' and 'O people of Justice!'

8. For a Persian trans. of part of this section ('Regard the world' to end], apparently by 'Abbas Effendi, see Amr wa khalq v. 3, pp. 219-221.

9. The passage 'We pray God... with him' has an analogue on p.243 and also in Iqtidarat p. 142.

Further remarks:

There are some variant translations by Shoghi Effendi (and, I'm sure, more than I have noted): p. 95 'It is not his to boast', cf. p. 249 and World Order of Bahá'u'lláh p. 41; p. 138 'Verily... angels', cf. Bahá'í Administration p. 16; pp. 215-16 cf. WOB p. 32; p. 217, cf. WOB p. 41; p. 249, cf. WOB p. 41; p. 243, cf. p.339 and p.345

I have Qur'anic sources for all but three of the analogues from sections XVII and XVIII, if anyone needs them.

Not all the above information may be correct: I'm using material I haven't really looked at closely in many years, so there's room for error. But I hope this brings us closer to a properly edited text. It is certainly of major importance to be able to compare Shoghi Effendi's often very free translations with the originals.

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