Sūrat al-Qamis (The Surah of the Robe).
of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha'-Allah (1817-1892 CE).
Stephen N. Lambden, 2006.
Being updated, corrected and completed 2015.
The Sūrat al-Qamis (The Surah of the Robe) dates from the early-mid. Edirne-Adrianople period (c. 1864-5) and is wholly in Arabic spanning around twenty-five pages in the original. It exists in numerous mss. and has several times been published. It contains section addressed to Radi al-Ruh (AQA IV:49>) and other individals. The Arabic word qamits meaning robe or garment is several times used and is suggestive of the eschatological enrobement of Baha'-Allah with the magnificent garment of the Israelite prophet Yusuf or Joseph, the paragon of divine beauty (jamal).
"We sent unto thee this qamis ("Garment= Robe") which hath been sprinkled (marshush an) [perfumed] a blood (damm) which is authentic-veracious-true (sadiq) perchance thou might thereby rise up... (AQA IV: xx).
Among the printings of this Arabic scriptural Tablet we may note :
- Athar-i Qalam-i a`la IV : 34-59
As printed in AQA IV: 34ff., the text opens with the following prescript and neo-Babi basmala :
This is the Sūrat al-qamīṣ (The Surah of the Garment).
We, in very truth, sent it down as a Manifestation of My Temple [Persona] (maẓhar haykalī) betwixt all the worlds!
In the Name of God, the Most Holy, the Most Holy and
In His Name of the One Resplendent, the All-Glorious (al-abhā).
 O denizens of subsistent eternity (ahl al-baqā’) amidst the Supreme Concourse (malā’ al-a`lā)!
 Hearken ye unto the Call of God from this vibrant Breeze which reverberates in this redolent atmosphere beneath this intimate, gracious Heaven.  He who voices these words is indeed the Muezzin, the One Who invites the people to prayer (mu`adhdhin), to the Most Great Pilgrimage (al-hujjaj al-a`ẓam).  This through this Greatest Word (al-kalimat al-akbar) which stands up above the Temple of the cosmic Script (haykal al-siṭr) in this Book (al-kitāb).  This on account of the Pen of Might (qalam al-`izz wa’l-faḍl) and by virtue of that Divine Grace which is hidden away.  Say: He indeed is the Most Great Book (al-kitāb al-a`ẓam) which was sealed up with the Seal of God (khatm Allāh), hidden beyond the veils of the Unseen and treasured up in the Treasuries of Might.  He, in very truth, was made manifest through the Divine Grace in the form of the Divine Justice (al-`adl) during those days which were, in very truth, foreordained." (trans. Lambden).
It concludes as follows :
Some exegetical Notes