Tablet to Varqá Regarding the Prince and King of Martyrs (Lawh-i-Varqá dar barih-yi-Mahbubu wa Sultánu'sh-Shuhada)
by Bahá'u'lláhtranslated by Hasan M. Balyuzi
published in Eminent Bahá'ís in the Time of Bahá'u'lláh with some Historical Background, pages 49-51
George Ronald, 1985
About: Of this Tablet, Taherzadeh writes in The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Vol. 4, p. 89:[1,In a Tablet to Varqá, Bahá’u’lláh pays glowing tribute to the King and Beloved of the Martyrs for their exalted qualities. He affirms that God vouchsafed unto them special favours, and they appeared among people as embodiments of honour and glory. To their goodly virtues both friends and foes had testified. Earlier on they had expressed to Bahá’u’lláh their longing to lay down their lives in His path. In order to describe their exalted station, Bahá’u’lláh states that people would be dumbfounded if the station of even those who worked for them as servants were to be disclosed.
O Varqá! The Servant in Attendance attained My presence and mentioned what thou hadst written and We found thy letter a mirror reflecting thy love for the Beloved of the world and thy turning towards Him. Great is thy blessedness for having drawn nigh, for having drunk thy fill, and for having been caused to attain. Verily, thy Lord is the Resplendent Expounder. Verily, We witness the fire that hath encompassed thee in thy love for thy Lord. We see its flaring up and hear the crackling of its flames. Exalted be He Who hath ignited it, He Who hath made its flames leap high, He Who hath revealed it to all men. He is that Almighty Lord before the evidence of Whose might the essence of power acknowledgeth its helplessness. Verily, thy Lord is He who heareth and seeth, and is the All-Knowing. Rejoice, for this Wronged One maketh mention of thee as He hath in the past, and even in this instant, as He paceth, He giveth utterance to these words: ’Verily, We have sensed the sweet scent of thy love, and have witnessed thy sincerity and thy humility, as thy heart was occupied with the mention of Me and thy tongue with My wondrous praise.’ Thus hat the Sea of life sprinkled its waters upon thee, that thou mayest rejoice in the days of thy glorious, incomparable Lord.
 Source Text: Ishráq-Khávarí. Kitáb-i-Núrayn-i-Nayyirayn [Book of the Twin Shinning Lights], pp 184-7. (The editor thanks Dr. Mehran Ghasempour for correcting this and all other transliterations on this page.) According to the Leiden List of the Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, This Tablet was revealed during the ’Ákká period (Balyuzí’s note, expanded by MF).
 Varqá (Dove, Nightengale) was the title given by Bahá’u’lláh to Mírzá ’Alí-Muhammad, named as a Hand of the Cause of God by ’Abdu’l-Bahá’ and an Apostle of Bahá’u’lláh by Shoghi Effendi. See The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Vol. 4, Chap. 4 (MF’s note).
 Mírzá Áqá Ján (Balyuzí’s note).
 Isfahán; For a discussion of the events Bahá’u’lláh refers to, see ’Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, Vol. 4, pp. 73-80. (Balyuzí’s note, expanded by MF).