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The Tablet of Baha'-Allah perhaps written for Mullā Shaykh AIī Turshīzī, `Aẓīm (d. 1852).

 

 

 

 

 

The early 1850s Tablet of Baha-Allah associated with Mullā Shaykh AIī Turshīzī (d. 1852) entitled `Aẓīm (Mighty), text introduction and translation.

Stephen Lambden, UC Merced 2020.

In Progress,

Last updated April. 18 2021.

The text of this Arabic and Persian Tablet of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha-Allah (d. Acre, Ottoman Palestine,1892) is known through its citation by Mirza Asad-Allah Fadil-i Mazandarani (b. Babol. c. 1880 -d.  Khurramshahr, 1957), the prolific Baha'i author best known for his 9 volume Persian and Arabic historical and primary and secondary source scriptural compilation, Kitab-i Zuhur al-Haqq (The Book of the Theophany of the True One) which exists in a number of largely unpublished manuscripts. To date only vols, III [3] (2 editions, Tehran, c.1940s and Germany. Hofheim,165 BE/2008), IV [4] (2nd ed. Moojan Momen, as `Zuhuru'l-Haqq volume IV, History of the Baha'i Faith 1851-1867. Baha'i Verlag, Germany. Hofheim,176 BE/2019) and VIII parts I-II (XXXX) have been published. It is in volume IV [4] ms pages  15-17, commencing with the Arabic heading, al-Hayy al-Qadim (The Living One, the Ancient / Pre-Existent) - and in the printed text (2nd ed.) vol. IV ( pp. 25- 28) that this  largely Persian text of this scriptural lawh (pl. alwah) can be found. It concludes with an Arabic glorification which reads,

"So Glorified art Thou! I am indeed the "I" before Thee amongst those culpable (al-mudhnibin), the first of the penitent (al-ta'ibin) and the foremost among those given to servitude (al-`abidin)." [sealed] 152 [= b-h-a].

The ms. I refer to here is one presented to me (in photocopy) 20 or more years back from the family archives of  Fadil-i Mazandarani himself also with reference to the aforementioned 2019 2nd ed. A provisional translation of this (for some) `Tablet to Turshizi,`Azim' with some useful introductory notes was presented by Adib and Bijan Masumian on Date     in a Zoom event (hosted by    ). 

 

al-Hayy al-Qadim

The Living One, the Ancient of Days [Pre-Existent].

Praised be the