Full letter from House + scan of Arabic tablet

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Posted by Jonah ( on July 24, 2003 at 20:16:26:

In Reply to: Assistance with a provisional translation posted by David Thompson on June 28, 2003 at 11:27:21:

David mailed me a photocopy of the letter he received from the House, which I scanned and OCRed. Here are the two images: cover page and Arabic page. And here is my NOT proofread OCR of the cover page. A translation will probably appear shortly. -Jonah


Mr. xxxx

Dear Baha'i Friend,

7 April 2003

The Universal House of Justice has received your email of 23 February 2003 requesting a copy of the Tablet revealed by Baha'u'llah for Shah-Muhammad-Amin, which is mentioned in the following passage appearing on page 47 in "Memorials of the Faithful" (Wilmette: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1971).

When news of his martyrdom reached the Prison, all the captives grieved, and they shed tears for him, resigned to God and undefended as he was in his last hour. Even on the countenance of Baha'u'llah, there were visible tokens of grief. A Tablet, infinitely tender, was revealed by the Supreme Pen, commemorating the man who died on that calamitous plain, and many other Tablets were sent down concerning him.

Your request was referred to the Research Department for comments, and it has stated that to the best of its knowledge, the Tablet in question was revealed in Arabic in honour of Jinab-i-Vargha, and is dated I" of Sha'ban 1298 (28 June 188 1). It has indicated that the Tablet is quite lengthy and covers many subjects. A portion of it, however, is devoted to the martyrs of Miyandu'da, and Shah-Muhammad-Amin is commemorated in words that are, indeed, "infinitely tender". While this Tablet has not yet been translated into English, an original language copy of it can be found in the publication titled "Iran National Baha'i Archives", number 8, pages 512 to 549. Given your interest, the Research Department has provided the enclosed transcription of the relevant text from the Tablet. You may wish to seek the assistance of one of the friends in your area with a knowledge of Arabic to provide you with a provisional translation.

With loving Baha'i greetings,

Department of the Secretariat


Baha'i World Centre - P.O. Box 155 - 31 001 Haifa, Israel
Tel: 972 (4) 835 8358 - Fax: 972 (4) 835 8280 - Email: secretariat@bwc.org

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