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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 38

"Stars" as a reference to prophets

XXI. O Salmán! The door of the knowledge of the Ancient Being hath ever been,
and will continue for ever to be, closed in the face of men. No man's
understanding shall ever gain access unto His holy court. As a token of His
mercy, however, and as a proof of His loving-kindness, He hath manifested unto
men the Day Stars of His divine guidance, the Symbols of His divine unity, and
hath ordained the knowledge of these sanctified Beings to be identical with the
knowledge of His own Self. Whoso recognizeth them hath recognized God. Whoso
hearkeneth to their call, hath hearkened to the Voice of God, and whoso
testifieth to the truth of their Revelation, hath testified to the truth of
God Himself. Whoso turneth away from them, hath turned away from God, and
whoso disbelieveth in them, hath disbelieved in God. Every one of them is the
Way of God that connecteth this world with the realms above, and the Standard
of His Truth unto every one in the kingdoms of earth and heaven. They are the
Manifestations of God amidst men, the evidences of His Truth, and the signs of
His glory.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 49

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

And now, to resume Our argument concerning the question: Why is it that the
sovereignty of the Qá'im, affirmed in the text of recorded traditions, and
handed down by the shining stars of the Muhammadan Dispensation [the Imams],
hath not in the least been made manifest?
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 106

12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with
the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of
twelve stars:
-- Bible: Revelation

The Law of God is also compared to an adorned bride who appears with
most beautiful ornaments, as it has been said in chapter 21 of the
Revelation of St. John: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
her husband." And in chapter 12, verse 1, it is said: "And there
appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and
the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."
This woman is that bride, the Law of God that descended upon Muhammad.
The sun with which she was clothed, and the moon which was under her
feet, are the two nations which are under the shadow of that Law, the
Persian and Ottoman kingdoms; for the emblem of Persia is the sun, and
that of the Ottoman Empire is the crescent moon. Thus the sun and moon
are the emblems of two kingdoms which are under the power of the Law
of God. Afterward it is said: "upon her head is a crown of twelve stars."
These twelve stars are the twelve Imáms, who were the promoters of the
Law of Muhammad and the educators of the people, shining like stars in
the heaven of guidance.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 68

If we ponder a while over the Qur'ánic verses and proofs, and the traditional
accounts which have come down to us from those stars of the heaven of Divine
Unity, the Holy Imáms, we shall be convinced of the fact that if a soul is
endowed with the attributes of true faith and characterized with spiritual
qualities he will become to all mankind an emblem of the outstretched mercies
of God.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 55

Ages rolled away, until they attained their consummation in this, the Lord of
days, the Day whereon the Day Star of the Bayán manifested itself above the
horizon of mercy, the Day in which the Beauty of the All-Glorious shone forth
in the exalted person of `Alí-Muhammad, the Báb.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 145

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