TB-Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds Introduction+

The Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds [1]

(The Tablet of the Sacred Night). c. 1865-6?) of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha'-Allah

Introduction

Stephen N. Lambden 

In progress, last updated : 30-08-2015>

There are a number of Arabic and Persian scriptural Tablets of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha'-Allah associated with a `Laylat al-quds', a `Night of Holiness'  or a `Sacred Night'. One such Persian-Arabic text of Baha'-Allah known as the Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds (I) or `The Tablet of the Sacred Night', was written in Edirne-Adrianople around 1865-6. In the printed edition in the hand of Mishkin Qalam entitled Iqtidarat, it spans  some five and a half pages.

The text of the  The Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds [1] has been printed a number of times, including, for example :

  • Iqtidarat va chand lawh-i digar, pp. 213-218. 
  • Majmu`a-yi Mubaraka-i Hadrat-i Baha'-Allah, pp. 227-232.
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As printed in Iqtidarat this scriptural Tablet opens with the following Arabic basmala declaring that the Name of God might enlivened the hearts of the Supreme Concourse ( al-mala' al-a`la) followed by an Arabic devotional passage.

"In the Name of He through whose remembrance Life bestowed upon the hearts of the Supreme Concourse (al-mala' al-a`la)"

Unto Thee be Glorification, O my God! Thou witnesseth and Thou seeth ...

 

It ends in Arabic as follows:

"... His is the Creation and the Command (al-khalq wa'l-amr) for He doeth whatsoever He willeth and ordaineth whatsoever He pleaseth. He, verily, He indeed the Powerful Ordainer (al- muqtadar), the Mighty (al-aziz), the  Omnipotent (al-qadir)."

 

Among the translations of the text are those of :

  • A
  • B
  • C