Lawḥ-i milād-i ism-i a`ẓam (1)
(A Tablet for the Birthday of the Greatest Name).
Lawḥ-i milād-i ism-i a`ẓam
The Tablet of the Birthday of the Greatest Name, Bahā'-Allāh.
Trans. Stephen N. Lambden
Translated from Mā'ida-yi āsmānī 4:342.
He is the Most Holy, the Most Great
 This is the month in which the Greatest Name (al-ism al-a`ẓam) was born, the one through whom the limbs of all mankind (farā’iṣ al-`alam) were made to quake, through whose footsteps the Supreme Concourse (al-malā’ al-a`lā) and the denizens of the Cities of Names (madā’in al-asmā) were blessed.  At this did such [elevated beings] shout with joy, magnified exceedingly and gave praise with their very soul and spirit (al-rūḥ wa’l-rīḥān).  They exclaimed, ‘By God! This is indeed the month through which all other months were made resplendent, through which the Hidden Treasure (al-kanz al-makhzūn) and the Concealed Secret (al-ghayb al-maknūn) were made manifest.’  They did indeed cry out with the most elevated Call (al-nidā’) amongst the denizens of the kingdom (bayn al-warā al-mulk), exclaiming,  ‘This assuredly is the Day of the birth (al-mawlūd) [Bahā’u’llāh] through which the Countenance of all Existence (thaghr al-imkān) beamed with joy,  when trees were weighed down [with fruit,]  oceans were made to surge,  every mountain rejoiced,  Paradise did cry out,  the Rock (al-sakhra) did shout
Then did all things exclaim,
‘O concourse of created existence!
Speed ye unto the Dawning-Place of the Countenance of thy Lord, the Merciful, Compassionate.’  This is the month whose Paradises attained unto the Lights of the Countenance (anwār wajh) of their Lord, the All-Merciful and the Nightingale (Dove, al-warqā’) warbled upon the Lote-Tree beyond which there is no passing (sidrat al-muntahā).  Thereat were the hearts of those nigh unto God enraptured, though most of the people remain among the heedless.  Blessed be unto whomsoever hath realized the [identity of the messianic person] of the One Promised in the Books of God, the Mighty, the Praised One.  And woe unto whosoever hath turned aside from he who hath been approached by the Supreme Concourse (malā’ al-a`lā) and caused every wayward unbeliever to be thunderstruck.
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