Tablet 202: From 'Abdu'l-Bahá for the 18 Martyrs of the Third Nayriz Upheaval

Provisional Translation

  • He is God!
  • Exalted art Thou, O Lord My God.
  • Praise and thanksgiving be unto Thee
  • for what thou hast bestowed:
  • Thy Bounty, Thy Kindness and Thy Munificence.
  • Thou hast chosen from amongst all the peoples
  • of the world for Thy sincere servants those
  • who have remained steadfast in Thy faith.
  • Thou hast ordained for them to receive Thy Manifest Light,
  • to be attracted to Thy Luminous Beauty
  • and to follow Thy Straight Path.
  • O my Lord, the people are negligent in Thy praise.
  • Their hearts are deprived of Thy Love.
  • Their eyes are veiled
  • from beholding the Kingdom of Thy Beauty.
  • Their souls are bereft of discernment
  • of the Essence of Thy Glory,
  • except such as for those who remain steadfast
  • in Thy Covenant,
  • who abandoned discord,
  • who adopted the Light of Thy Revelation,
  • who were deaf to the clamour,
  • who rose to serve Thy Cause in this world
  • and who became intoxicated with Thy Overflowing Cup.
  • Theirs is the greatest fortune
  • as they share in Thy Bounty
  • and Thy Outpouring Grace
  • like gushing clouds pouring forth waters
  • from the Divine Spring of Thy of Generosity.
  • O Lord, make them
  • the Signs of Guidance,
  • Exalted Standards,
  • Words of Virtue,
  • Armies of the Concourse on High,
  • and Angles of Heaven,
  • so that through them
  • the East and the West of the earth may be illuminated
  • and Thy Remembrance will be diffused
  • throughout the North and the South
  • and all the peoples of this world
  • may be nurtured through the effulgences of God’s
  • Most August Names and His Most Exalted Example.
  • O My Lord,
  • raise through these souls the banner of unity amongst mankind.
  • Make them the symbols of love amongst the peoples,
  • so that the differences
  • may be merge into the original reality of oneness,
  • so that verses used as the veils of hatred may be torn asunder
  • and antagonism may be destroyed
  • and conflict and enmity may be eliminated amongst mankind
  • and people may turn to concord instead of discord
  • and may change their hatred into friendship
  • and put and end to hopelessness and tyranny
  • and may bring salvation and deliverance
  • and they may seek Thy grace and salvation
  • and may invoke Thee openly or in the privacy of their chambers
  • and they may hasten to do righteous deeds
  • that will secure their eternal reward.
  • O Lord! Strengthen their loins to serve Thee.
  • Assist them in their worship of Thee.
  • Make them happy by the Light of Thy Knowledge.
  • Illumine their eyes by beholding Thy Countenance.
  • Comfort their souls through the knowledge of Thy evident Bounties.
  • Purify their hearts through Thy manifest Loving Kindness.
  • Verily, Thou art the Most Generous,
  • the Most Merciful,
  • the All-Mighty,
  • the Bestower
  • the All-Bountiful.
  • There is none other God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving,
  • the All-Pardoning,
  • the Most-Compassionate,
  • the One Whose Favors are concealed.
  • O Ye Friends of God!
  • The joy of the loyal ones is none other
  • than in serving at the Exalted Threshold
  • and in turning toward the Abha Kingdom.
  • The only desire of the ardent lovers is self-sacrifice.
  • The only hope of the enthusiasts
  • is to happily offer their lives in martyrdom.
  • Verily the cost of true love is the shedding of blood.
  • The great mirror that reflects the Love of God is martyrdom.
  • Therefore, the Holy Ones and the Manifestations of God
  • yearned for death and attaining the station of martyrdom.
  • They gave their lives and suffered exile and homelessness.
  • They bore severe injuries, were captives, bound in chains,
  • the target of arrows and exposed to swords.
  • Yet they were neither saddened nor were they weary.
  • They drank from the Cup of Sacrifice
  • proffered by the Cupbearer of Bounty.
  • Then with the utmost joy and the greatest happiness,
  • they tasted the Nectar of Death.
  • They were not tranquil for a moment
  • nor were they comfortable for even an instant.
  • They were exposed to the censure of the enemies
  • and the reproach of foes.
  • They lost their houses and they became homeless.
  • They were not secure, not even for a minute.
  • Nor did they seek the desire of their hearts
  • or the comfort of themselves for even an hour.
  • This is the evidence of True Love.
  • This is the proof of the Sympathetic Friend.
  • If it were not as such,
  • every stranger would be considered a friend
  • every deprived one would be considered an intimate
  • every distant one would be considered a confidant
  • and every veiled one would be considered a beloved.
  • Thus, the greatest wisdom requires
  • that the fire of tests would ignite
  • and the flood of examination would overflow
  • so that the truthful could be distinguished from the dishonest
  • and the sincere would be separated from the hypocrite
  • and the humble would be severed from the arrogant
  • and the pure fruit would be recognizable from the rotten ones
  • so that the signs of light would be visible
  • and the black darkness would be vanquished
  • the nightingale of loyalty would sing
  • and the crow of unkindness would show its true self
  • and the fertile land would be cultivated
  • and the salty marsh would remain lifeless and barren,
  • so that the one who was attracted to The Most Glorious Beauty
  • would become firm in the Covenant
  • and the one who was a follower of self and desire
  • would become a breaker of the Covenant.
  • This is the rationale for calamities.
  • This is the reason for disasters.
  • O heavenly Friends!
  • Nayriz became the place of bloodshed in these days;
  • Holy Ones from amongst the celestial friends gave up their lives
  • and went to the Altar of Love in the Path of the Lucid Light.
  • Consequently, eyes are crying and hearts are burning.
  • Sighs and moans are reaching the Pinnacle of Heaven.
  • The severe sorrow began a renewed time of mourning.
  • The greatest wish of Abdu’l-Bahá
  • is to quaff from this Cup of Faithfulness,
  • to become inebriated with the Wine of Sacrifice
  • so that the end of life
  • may become the beginning of Eternal Bounty.
  • O My Lord!
  • Confer upon me from that overflowing cup
  • of immense bestowals by Thy grace.
  • Intoxicate me with the wine of Thy abundant honor.
  • Feed me from the table which none have tasted
  • except such as Thy repenting servants.
  • Adorn my head with that glorious crown.
  • May my blood be shed on earth!
  • May my body be crucified in heaven!
  • May my corpse be disintegrated upon the dust!
  • May my bones be shattered by the arrows of Thy decree!
  • Thou art verily The Most Generous.
  • Thou art verily The Most Great.
  • Thou art verily The All Merciful, The Compassionate.
  • O Friends of ‘Abdu’l-Baha!
  • In These days, through good fortune
  • and the confirmations of the Lord of the Exalted Heavens
  • and the success granted from the Invisible Kingdom,
  • the Sacred Body of His Holiness, The Bab, The Exalted One
  • was placed on Mount Carmel in that Hallowed Spot.
  • Therefore, sacrifice was required
  • and so, the giving up of life was needed.
  • Intoxicated by this brimming cup, the friends of Nayriz
  • won the competition in this field with the bat of resolution.
  • May all blessings be unto them!
  • May all pleasure be theirs!
  • May this overflowing Cup of the Wine of the Love of God
  • be delicious to them!
  • May the Glory of the Glories of God rest upon them!
  • It is possible that the covenant breakers
  • and the hypocrites will clamour and lie afterwards
  • and say that the Noble Temple “ the Body of the Bab”
  • hath a different resting place
  • or that a part of it is in another place.
  • The friends should know these are mere vilifications,
  • heresies, and cunning meant to cause discord.
  • That Blessed and executed body of the Bab
  • was put in its entirety to rest on Mount Carmel.
  • However the villains will not be silent.
  • They surely will lie and claim that they
  • have possessed the Blessed Body, or transmitted it,
  • or found a part of it,
  • or that sprites have stolen it from the sincere believers!
  • Know that all of these are lies and vilifications.
  • The truth is what is said.
  • The Glory of Glories rests upon you!
  • 'Abdu’l-Bahá


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