TABLET OF AHMAD



    He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise!

    Lo,
    the Nightingale of Paradise

      singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity,
        with holy and sweet melodies,
      proclaiming to the sincere ones
        the glad tidings of the nearness of God,
      calling the believers in the Divine Unity
        to the court of the Presence of the Generous One,
      informing the severed ones
        of the message which hath been revealed by God,
          the King, the Glorious, the Peerless,
      guiding the lovers to the seat of sanctity
        and to this resplendent Beauty.

    Verily this is that Most Great Beauty,
      foretold in the Books of the Messengers,
        through Whom truth shall be distinguished from error
          and the wisdom of every command shall be tested.

    Verily He is the Tree of Life
      that bringeth forth the fruits of God,
        the Exalted, the Powerful, the Great.

    O Ahmad!
      Bear thou witness
        that verily He is God
          and there is no God but Him,
            the King,
            the Protector,
            the Incomparable,
            the Omnipotent.
        And that the One Whom He hath sent forth
            by the name of Ali
        was the true One from God,
            to Whose commands we are all conforming.

    Say:
      O people be obedient to the ordinances of God,
        which have been enjoined in the Bayan
          by the Glorious,
          the Wise One.
      Verily He is the King of the Messengers
        and His Book is the Mother Book
          did ye but know.

    Thus doth the Nightingale utter His call
      unto you from this prison.
        He hath but to deliver this clear message.
        Whosoever desireth,
          let him turn aside from this counsel
        and whosoever desireth
          let him choose the path to his Lord.

    O people,
      if ye deny these verses,
        by what proof have ye believed in God?
      Produce it,
        O assemblage of false ones.

    Nay,
      by the One in Whose hand is my soul,
        they are not,
        and never shall be able to do this,
          even should they combine to assist one another.

    O Ahmad!
      Forget not My bounties while I am absent.
      Remember My days during thy days,
        and My distress and banishment in this remote prison.
      And be thou so steadfast in My love
        that thy heart shall not waver,
          even if the swords of the enemies rain blows upon thee
          and all the heavens and the earth arise against thee.

      Be thou as a flame of fire to My enemies
        and a river of life eternal to My loved ones,
        and be not of those who doubt.

      And if thou art overtaken by affliction in My path,
        or degradation for My sake,
        be not thou troubled thereby.

    Rely upon God,
    thy God and the Lord of thy fathers.
      For the people are wandering in the paths of delusion,
        bereft of discernment to see God with their own eyes,
        or hear His Melody with their own ears.
      Thus have We found them,
        as thou also dost witness.

      Thus have their superstitions become veils
        between them and their own hearts
        and kept them from the path of God,
          the Exalted, the Great.

      Be thou assured in thyself that verily,
        he who turns away from this Beauty
        hath also turned away from the Messengers of the past
        and showeth pride towards God
          from all eternity to all eternity.

    Learn well this Tablet, O Ahmad.
      Chant it during thy days
      and withhold not thyself therefrom.
        For verily,
          God hath ordained for the one who chants it,
            the reward of a hundred martyrs
            and a service in both worlds.
        These favors have We bestowed upon thee
          as a bounty on Our part
          and a mercy from Our presence,
            that thou mayest be of those who are grateful.

    By God!
      Should one who is in affliction or grief
        read this Tablet with absolute sincerity,
      God will dispel his sadness,
        solve his difficulties
        and remove his afflictions.

    Verily,
      He is the Merciful,
        the Compassionate.

    Praise be to God,
      the Lord of all the worlds.

- Bahá'u'lláh