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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 25

Joining partners with God.

We eventually succeeded in manifesting the Cause of God, and exalted it to
so eminent a position that all the people, except those who cherished
ill-will in their hearts against this Youth and joined partners with the
Almighty, acknowledged the sovereignty of God and His mighty dominion. And
yet, notwithstanding this Revelation whose influence hath pervaded all
created things, and despite the brightness of this Light, the like of which
none of them hath ever beheld, witness how the people of the Bayan have
denied and contended with Me. Some have turned away from the Path of God,
rejected the authority of Him in Whom they had believed, and acted
insolently towards God, the Most Powerful, the Supreme Protector, the Most
Exalted, the Most Great. Others hesitated and halted in His Path, and
regarded the Cause of the Creator, in its inmost truth, as invalid unless
substantiated by the approval of him who was created through the operation
of My Will. Thus have their works come to naught, and yet they failed to
perceive it. Among them is he who sought to measure God with the measure of
his own self, and was so misled by the names of God as to rise up against
Me, who condemned Me as one that deserved to be put to death, and who
imputed to Me the very offenses of which he himself was guilty.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 273

Beware, beware lest thou behave like unto the people of the Bayan. For
indeed they erred grievously, misguided the people, ignored the Covenant of
God and His Testament and joined partners with Him, the One, the
Incomparable, the All-Knowing. Verily they failed to recognize the Point of
the Bayan, for had they recognized Him they would not have rejected His
manifestation in this luminous and resplendent Being. And since they fixed
their eyes on names, therefore when He replaced His Name 'the Most Exalted'
by 'the Most Glorious' their eyes were dimmed. They have failed to
recognize Him in these days and are reckoned with those that perish.
Indeed, had they known Him through His own Self or by virtue of that which
He hath revealed, they would not have repudiated Him when He appeared in
this glorious and incomparable Name, which God hath ordained to be the
Sword of His Revelation between heaven and earth, and through which truth
is separated from error, even from now until the Day when mankind shall
stand before the Lord of the worlds.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 185

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."' [1] 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! [1 Qur'an 4:96.]
--Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 207

The Commander of the Faithful (Imam Ali) hath said: "I am He Who can
neither be named, nor described." And likewise He hath said: "Outwardly I
am an Imam; inwardly I am the Unseen, the Unknowable." Abu-Ja'far-i-Tusi
hath said: "I said to Abi Abdi'llah: '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
God.'" Jabir hath said that Abu-Ja'far -- peace be upon him -- spoke to him
as follows: "O Jabir! Give heed unto the Bayan (Exposition) and the Ma'ani
(Significances)." He -- peace be upon him -- added: "As to the Bayan, it
consisteth in thy recognition of God -- glorified be He -- as the One Who
hath no equal, and in thy adoration of Him, and in thy refusal to join
partners with Him. As to the Ma'ani, We are its meaning, and its side, and
its hand, and its tongue, and its cause, and its command, and its
knowledge, and its right. If We wish for something, it is God Who wisheth
it, and He desireth that which We desire." Moreover, the Commander of the
Faithful (Imam Ali) -- peace be upon him -- hath said: "How can I worship a
Lord Whom I have not seen?" And, in another connection, he saith: "Nothing
have I perceived except that I perceived God before it, God after it, or
God with it."
--Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 111

There lay concealed within the Holy Veil, and prepared for the service of
God, a company of His chosen ones who shall be manifested unto men, who
shall aid His Cause, who shall be afraid of no one, though the entire human
race rise up and war against them. These are the ones who, before the gaze
of the dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise and,
shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children
of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Walk thou in
their way, and let no one dismay thee. Be of them whom the tumult of the
world, however much it may agitate them in the path of their Creator, can
never sadden, whose purpose the blame of the blamer will never defeat.

Go forth with the Tablet of God and His signs, and rejoin them that have
believed in Me, and announce unto them tidings of Our most holy Paradise.
Warn, then, those that have joined partners with Him. Say: I am come to
you, O people, from the Throne of glory, and bear you an announcement from
God, the Most Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Most Great. In mine hand I
carry the testimony of God, your Lord and the Lord of your sires of old.
Weigh it with the just Balance that ye possess, the Balance of the
testimony of the Prophets and Messengers of God. If ye find it to be
established in truth, if ye believe it to be of God, beware, then, lest ye
cavil at it, and render your works vain, and be numbered with the infidels.
It is indeed the sign of God that hath been sent down through the power of
truth, through which the validity of His Cause hath been demonstrated unto
His creatures, and the ensigns of purity lifted up betwixt earth and
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 280

Among others, these perspicuous verses have, in answer to certain
individuals, been sent down from the Kingdom of Divine knowledge: "O thou
who hast set thy face towards the splendors of My Countenance! Vague
fancies have encompassed the dwellers of the earth and debarred them from
turning towards the Horizon of Certitude, and its brightness, and its
manifestations and its lights. Vain imaginings have withheld them from Him
Who is the Self-Subsisting. They speak as prompted by their own caprices,
and understand not. Among them are those who have said: 'Have the verses
been sent down?' Say: 'Yea, by Him Who is the Lord of the heavens!' 'Hath
the Hour come?' 'Nay, more; it hath passed, by Him Who is the Revealer of
clear tokens! Verily, the Inevitable is come, and He, the True One, hath
appeared with proof and testimony. The Plain is disclosed, and mankind is
sore vexed and fearful. Earthquakes have broken loose, and the tribes have
lamented, for fear of God, the Lord of Strength, the All-Compelling.' Say:
'The stunning trumpet blast hath been loudly raised, and the Day is God's,
the One, the Unconstrained.' 'Hath the Catastrophe come to pass?' Say:
'Yea, by the Lord of Lords!' 'Is the Resurrection come?' 'Nay, more; He Who
is the Self-Subsisting hath appeared with the Kingdom of His signs.' 'Seest
thou men laid low?' 'Yea, by my Lord, the Exalted, the Most High!' 'Have
the tree-stumps been uprooted?' 'Yea, more; the mountains have been
scattered in dust; by Him the Lord of attributes!' They say: 'Where is
Paradise, and where is Hell?' Say: 'The one is reunion with Me; the other
thine own self, O thou who dost associate a partner with God and doubtest.'
They say: 'We see not the Balance.' Say: 'Surely, by my Lord, the God of
Mercy! None can see it except such as are endued with insight.' 'Have the
stars fallen?' Say: 'Yea, when He Who is the Self-Subsisting dwelt in the
Land of Mystery (Adrianople). Take heed, ye who are endued with
discernment!' All the signs appeared when We drew forth the Hand of Power
from the bosom of majesty and might.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 131

XV. The Pen of Revelation exclaimeth: "On this Day the Kingdom is God's!"
The Tongue of Power is calling: "On this Day all sovereignty is, in very
deed, with God!" The Phoenix of the realms above crieth out from the
immortal Branch: "The glory of all greatness belongeth to God, the
Incomparable, the All-Compelling!" The Mystic Dove proclaimeth from its
blissful bower, in the everlasting Paradise: "The source of all bounty is
derived, in this Day, from God, the One, the Forgiving!" The Bird of the
Throne warbleth its melody in its retreats of holiness: "Supreme ascendancy
is to be attributed, this Day, to none except God, Him Who hath no peer nor
equal, Who is the Most Powerful, the All-Subduing!" The inmost essence of
all things voiceth in all things the testimony: "All forgiveness floweth,
in this Day, from God, Him to Whom none can compare, with Whom no partners
can be joined, the Sovereign Protector of all men, and the Concealer of
their sins!" The Quintessence of Glory hath lifted up its voice above My
head, and crieth from such heights as neither pen nor tongue can in any
degree describe: "God is my witness! He, the Ancient of everlasting days is
come, girded with majesty and power. There is none other God but Him, the
All-Glorious, the Almighty, the All-Highest, the All-Wise, the
All-Pervading, the All-Seeing, the All-Informed, the Sovereign Protector,
the Source of eternal light!"
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 35

XXVIII. Happy is the man who will arise to serve My Cause, and glorify My
beauteous Name. Take hold of My Book with the power of My might, and cleave
tenaciously to whatsoever commandment thy Lord, the Ordainer, the All-Wise,
hath prescribed therein. Behold, O Muhammad, how the sayings and doings of
the followers of Shi'ih Islam have dulled the joy and fervor of its early
days, and tarnished the pristine brilliancy of its light. In its primitive
days, whilst they still adhered to the precepts associated with the name of
their Prophet, the Lord of mankind, their career was marked by an unbroken
chain of victories and triumphs. As they gradually strayed from the path of
their Ideal Leader and Master, as they turned away from the Light of God
and corrupted the principle of His Divine unity, and as they increasingly
centered their attention upon them who were only the revealers of the
potency of His Word, their power was turned into weakness, their glory into
shame, their courage into fear. Thou dost witness to what a pass they have
come. Behold, how they have joined partners with Him Who is the Focal-Point
of Divine unity. Behold how their evil doings have hindered them from
recognizing, in the Day of Resurrection, the Word of Truth, exalted be His
glory. We cherish the hope that this people will henceforth shield
themselves from vain hopes and idle fancies, and will attain to a true
understanding of the meaning of Divine unity.

The Person of the Manifestation hath ever been the representative and
mouthpiece of God. He, in truth, is the Day Spring of God's most excellent
Titles, and the Dawning-Place of His exalted Attributes. If any be set up
by His side as peers, if they be regarded as identical with His Person, how
can it, then, be maintained that the Divine Being is One and Incomparable,
that His Essence is indivisible and peerless? Meditate on that which We
have, through the power of truth, revealed unto thee, and be thou of them
that comprehend its meaning.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 69

Consider, in like manner, the revelation of the light of the Name of God,
the Incomparable. Behold, how this light hath enveloped the entire
creation, how each and every thing manifesteth the sign of His Unity,
testifieth to the reality of Him Who is the Eternal Truth, proclaimeth His
sovereignty, His oneness, and His power. This revelation is a token of His
mercy that hath encompassed all created things. They that have joined
partners with Him, however, are unaware of such a revelation, and are
deprived of the Faith through which they can draw near unto, and be united
with, Him. Witness how the divers peoples and kindreds of the earth bear
witness to His unity, and recognize His oneness. But for the sign of the
Unity of God within them, they would have never acknowledged the truth of
the words, "There is none other God but God." And yet, consider how
grievously they have erred, and strayed from His path. Inasmuch as they
have failed to recognize the Sovereign Revealer, they have ceased to be
reckoned among those who may be regarded as true believers in the Unity of

This sign of the revelation of the Divine Being in them that have joined
partners with Him may, in a sense, be regarded as a reflection of the glory
with which the faithful are illumined. None, however, can comprehend this
truth save men endued with understanding. They that have truly recognized
the Unity of God should be regarded as the primary manifestations of this
Name. It is they who have quaffed the wine of Divine Unity from the cup
which the hand of God hath proffered unto them, and who have turned their
faces towards Him. How vast the distance that separateth these sanctified
beings from those men that are so far away from God!...
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 190

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