TB Masjid al-Aqsa
BAHĀ’-ALLĀH THE MASJID AL-AQṢĀ,
(“THE FURTHERMOST MOSQUE”): AN UNTITLED PROCLAMATORY TABLET OF THE WEST GALILEAN (ACRE) PERIOD.
Stephen N Lambden UCMerced.
Last updated November 12 2004.
The Arabic Tablet of Baha'-Allah translated below is from from the text printed in :
- Kitāb-i mubīn.... Athar-i qalam-i a'lā, vol 1, 1st ed. Bombay 1308/1898, pp. 245-249. 2nd ed. BPT., Iran 120 BE/1964. 3rd ed. 153 BE/1996. Dundas, Ontario [Canada]: Persian Institute for Baha'i Studies,
During the West-Galilean or Acre (`Akka') period of his religious ministry Baha'-Allah (d. 1892) claimed to be a personification of the Masjid al-Aqsa, the "Furthermost Mosque" referred to in Qur'an 17:1 as well as the Meccan Ka`bah (bayt al-haram) and the Jerusalem Temple. That these edifices would be rebuilt or re-established in eschatological times in predicted in various Biblical texts and Islamic traditions. See, for example, the Lawh-i Hirtik ....
He is the Exalted, the Mighty.
The Call of God has assuredly been raised up from the right-hand side of the Divine Throne [uttering the words]:
“I, verily, am God, the Unique (al-wāḥid), the Peerless (al-fard), the One (al-aḥad).
You shall in no wise inhibit your ears from hearkening unto the pure intimates (aṣfiyā’) [?] of the Word of God (kalimat Allāh).  Then be among such as turn unto Him with a purified heart. Such are assuredly of those who have sanctified their ears for hearkening unto the Divine Call from the Luminous Tree (al-shararat al-nūrā’) raised up upon the Blessed, Crimson Spot (al-buq`at al-mubāraka al-ḥamrā’).  By God! The Promised One (al-maw`ūd) has indeed appeared in His Name the Loving (al-wadūd) on the part of One Mighty, the One Deliberate.  Emerge ye then from the cities of idle fancy for the monarch of Certitude (sulṭān al-īqān) has come with the Light of the All-Merciful (nūr al-raḥmān).  Wherefore has the matter been decreed on the part of God the Peerless, the All-Enduring (al-ṣamad).  Necks hath been humbly leveled before the theophany (ẓuhūr) of the brightness of the Horizons (nayyīr al-āfāq) for the people hath been enveloped in veils of hypocricy (al-nifāq)  Under such circumstances did the Tongue of Divine Inspiration (lisān al-waḥy) cry out ever- voicing the words:  This is the Day whereon every atom (kull al-dharrāt) utters the cry, `The King of Names and Attributes hath indeed come, He who took for himself neither a Partner (sharīk an) nor a Son (walad).'
Say: mystical gnosis (al-`ifrān) is assuredly the gnosis of My Logos-Self (ifrān nafsī).  Whoso has attained thereto has assuredly attained unto God. And whoso turns away there from is among such as hath disbelieved in the verses of the All-Merciful.  Of such account does the Tongue of Grandeur cry out and bears witness, [saying], `We have indeed ornamented the Kingdom with Our Name and the Empyrean with Our verses So Fear ye God! O People and follow ye not all such as have disbelieved ...
I am indeed the Masjid al-Aqṣā ("Furthermost Mosque") among you and the [Meccan] Sanctuary of God (ḥaram Allah) before your faces, the Sanctified House (al-bayt al-ḥaram) before all humankind (al-anām).  Beware lest ye withold thine own selves from hath been ordained for thee...