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  • 1. Tablet to Mánikchí Ṣáḥib

    • 1 Iraq. 

    • 2 From the Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd; cf. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd, paragraph beginning “O my friend! In all circumstances one should seize…”. 

    • 3 From the Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd; cf. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Lawḥ-i-Maqṣúd, paragraph beginning “If this point were to be expounded…”. 

  • 2. From a Tablet to Mírzá Abu’l-Faḍl

    • 4 Qur’án 3:1. 

    • 5 Qur’án 2:285. 

    • 6 Qur’án 2:253. 

    • 7 See 1.4. 

    • 8 The “Necessary Being” (vájibu’l-vujúd) refers to God; this term was used by Muslim philosophers such as al-Farabi and can be traced to Aristotle. 

    • 9 Taqvá, translated here as “righteousness”, has further connotations of piety, fear of God, and right conduct that cannot all be conveyed with a single word in English. 

    • 10 In Islamic law, religious principles (uṣúl; lit. “roots”), concern the sources of the law that can be explicitly derived from the Qur’án and the Ḥadíth, whereas secondary laws and ordinances (furú‘ ; lit. “branches”) are deduced from the former through the discipline of jurisprudence (fiqh). 

    • 11 Possible reference to Qur’án 2:187, which contains instructions regarding the Fast: “Eat and drink until ye can discern a white thread from a black thread by the daybreak.” (Rodwell trans.) 

    • 12 Qur’án 6:91. 

    • 13 Among the rites performed by Muslim pilgrims during the Hajj. 

    • 14 See 1.14. 

    • 15 Muḥammad. 

    • 16 Qur’án 2:143. 

    • 17 See 1.18. 

    • 18 See 1.15. 

    • 19 The “realm of subtle entities” (‘álam-i-dharr) is an allusion to the Covenant between God and Adam mentioned in Qur’án 7:172. In a Tablet ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá has written: “The realm of subtle entities that is alluded to referreth to the realities, specifications, individuations, capacities and potentialities of man in the mirror of the divine knowledge. As these potentialities and capacities differ, they each have their own particular exigency. That exigency consisteth in acquiescence and supplication.” (Má’idiy-i-Ásmání, vol. 2, (New Delhi: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1984), p. 30) 

    • 20 Qur’án 2:156. 

    • 21 Qur’án 6:91. 

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