Tablet 123: From 'Abdu'l-Bahá to the Bahá'ís of Nayríz

Provisional Translation

  • HE IS GOD
  • O ye faithful friends of the Blessed Beauty!
  • Although the affliction suffered by the friends in Nayriz was actually their resurrection,
  • it appeared as though it was their destruction like in an ancient legend.
  • The banquet table of affliction was embellished to the utmost.
  • The music of their sacrifice reached the pinnacle and filled the valley!
  • On one hand, the cup of the greatest martyrdom went round,
  • On the other hand plunder and pillaging took place,
  • Still on the other hand destruction appeared
  • until finally the homelessness of the beloved refugees was evident.
  • It cannot be described!
  • Every sacrificial food was present on this table of devotion.
  • This altar of sacrifice was both the image
  • and the embodiment of the field of calamity,
  • like the battlefield of Karbala.
  • No matter how much ‘Abdu’l-Bahá cries, laments or wails,
  • still, He finds no consolation
  • since the eyes of the Celestial Concourse are filled with tears
  • and the hearts of the people of the Abha Kingdom are burning.
  • In the Courts of Oneness
  • which are free from sadness and sorrow,
  • there is also great mourning.
  • The birds of the shade trees in the Holy Gardens
  • are sighing,
  • moaning
  • and expressing grief through their sad melodies
  • because of this greatest of calamities.
  • Consequently, this pen is unable to write
  • and this tongue is unable to recount.
  • What should I write ?
  • What should I say
  • to describe these afflictions and sorrows?
  • If I should cry for years and ages,
  • nothing can give me consolation!
  • However,
  • because this sacrificial death,
  • this martyrdom,
  • this calamity,
  • this self-sacrifice,
  • was suffered in the Path of the Divine Beloved,
  • mourning becomes a feast of joy.
  • The field of martyrdom becomes the banquet of victory.
  • Pillaging and plundering becomes lasting treasure and endless wealth.
  • Captivity and distress becomes sovereignty and success.
  • Wandering becomes freedom.
  • Homelessness becomes a divine gift.
  • Regret becomes joy.
  • Poverty becomes affluence.
  • Difficulty becomes blessing.
  • Despair becomes hope,
  • Destruction becomes construction.
  • Our days are passing.
  • This life shall come to an end.
  • Poverty and prosperity shall disappear.
  • There shall be no joy, nor sorrow.
  • Gladness and grief shall go away.
  • Palaces shall turn to graves.
  • Respect.
  • Rejection.
  • Both will end!
  • There shall be no success nor failure.
  • The wronged ones and the wrong doers,
  • both in the end
  • shall be covered by layers of dust.
  • But the difference is this:
  • Those who used to drink nectar
  • shall finally taste bitterness.
  • Those who were honored in this world
  • shall become wretched in the next.
  • Those who used to sleep on soft beds
  • in the end
  • shall be buried beneath the dust.
  • High palaces
  • shall turn into lowly graveyards.
  • Secure fortresses
  • shall turn into imprisoning cemeteries.
  • Hopeless people and the injured in this world
  • shall reside in layers of dust.
  • But the Divine Friends -
  • those who have partaken of the cup of afflictions
  • in the Path of God,
  • those who have spent their life in unexpected calamities and distress
  • and calamities bearing immense hardships
  • shall become cheerful and ecstatic
  • as the result of their having suffered disappointments.
  • They realized an opportunity to seek out the ultimate gift.
  • They rushed from prison to palace to have their souls united with the Beloved.
  • Devotees of the Glorious Beauty,
  • they were accepted at the Divine Threshold.
  • They desired to be sacrificed in the Field of Afflictions
  • and hastened therefore to the World Above.
  • So myriad gratitude should be offered with every breath
  • as the Hand of Generosity
  • presented this cup and filled it with such wine
  • that this particular goal was attained
  • and this specific victory was achieved.
  • Verily in truth,
  • to everyone who is most favored at this feast,
  • is given a greater measure from the Cup of Afflictions.
  • When Bahá’u’lláh was in Iraq,
  • Mirza Mohit, a famous sheikh,
  • sent prince Keivan Mirza, the grandson of Farmanfarma,
  • to act as an intermediary, to ask Him for a visit
  • to take place in secret in the middle of the night
  • under one particular condition:
  • that none but the mentioned prince knew of it.
  • Bahá’u’lláh replied:
  • When I was in Kurdistan,
  • I composed a poem, including these verses:
  • If you are concerned about your life,
  • do not come here!
  • If you want to sacrifice your heart and soul,
  • come and bring them!
  • This is the path if you seek the Presence of Baha.
  • And if thou art not man enough
  • And ready for this journey,
  • then go away and don’t bother!
  • When the unfortunate man received this reply, because he was afraid,
  • he did not go to visit Bahá’u’lláh instead Mirza Mohit returned to Karbala
  • immediately, and as soon as he arrived, he was afflicted by a severe fever and died.
  • The time between His blessed reply and the unblessed death was only seven days.
  • I want to say that what is worthy of the love of God
  • is sacrificing and giving up of one’s life.
  • The Friends should consider an example from the first centuries of Islam:
  • Know that as the feasting of Yazid and the suffering of the pious Imam Hussein,
  • both came to an end, so too, the mourning of the Master, of His Excellency,
  • the martyr Hussein ended.
  • That seeker of self-gratification lost his sovereignty and suffered everlasting misery.
  • And this stainless soul enjoyed the pure and choice wine.
  • One left with an everlasting curse and the other achieved permanent glory.
  • One rushed to the divine feast and the other burned like copper
  • in the battle of carnal desire.
  • One raised his banner on the summit of the heavens
  • and the other remained in the abyss of this world.
  • One shone from the horizon of everlasting life
  • and the other was ensnared in the depth of everlasting death.
  • Behold how different is one path from another.
  • In short, O ye radiant friends!
  • Rejoice in your homelessness!
  • You are astounded by His abode,
  • agitated and discomforted due to His Beauty.
  • This is the greatest aspiration of the favored ones!
  • This is the ultimate wish of the pure ones!
  • As the Arab poet has said:
  • “The decree of God materializes when my death appears.
  • And this is the least of my wishes.”
  • It means that Divine Beloved has decreed sacrifice for me
  • because that is my wish.
  • Now I swear by that Heavenly Beauty:
  • you cannot befittingly thank Him for this bounty of homelessness,
  • if you were to thank him a thousand times.
  • Consider that the Ultimate Wish of The Diving Being
  • The Spiritual Truth,
  • The Sun of The Divine Horizon
  • The Radiant Sun of The Divine Truth,
  • The Primal Point,
  • His Holiness The Supreme Lord,
  • May my life be given up for Him,
  • was to drink from the Cup of Sacrifice
  • He addressed the Blessed Beauty and said:
  • O My Greatest Lord!
  • I sacrificed Myself completely for Thee
  • and desire naught but being martyred in Thy Path
  • and being insulted for Thy sake.
  • That Secret of Being, That Lord of The Visible and The Invisible
  • made such a wish!
  • What he wished for was realized.
  • His body became the target of one thousand leaden bullets.
  • Now how should we who are particles of dust at His Threshold,
  • dust before the feet of Its guard,
  • make a heartfelt and a conscious wish?
  • The Friends of Nayriz drank the Wine of Loyalty,
  • hastened to the Field of Fidelity,
  • wrote the Verses of Contentment
  • with their blood in the Presence of the One God,
  • willingly presented their lives,
  • their hearts,
  • their land,
  • their water,
  • their homes
  • and their furnishings
  • to be looted and plundered.
  • They were the champions in this field
  • and they opened this door to this blessing.
  • They showed true devotion at the Threshold
  • and proved their claim.
  • We are deprived!
  • They are cherished!
  • We are hopeless!
  • They are hopeful!
  • May they enjoy this overflowing cup of divine bounty and generosity.
  • Blessed are they, who attain such a station,
  • which is radiating with the Light of Divine Love.
  • I give them the Glad Tidings of this purifying grace and favor
  • whose light illuminates every dark corner.
  • Upon them be the Glory of Glories!
  • 'Abdu’l-Bahá

During the same time, ‘Abdu’l-bahá also revealed a special prayer of pilgrimage for the friends to recite on His behalf in the resting place of the martyrs.

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