Bahá'u'lláh's willingness to engage philosophy in 343. 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… Creation is not a unique divine act that Hikmat, pp. tended to paint them. Greeks Muslim-style monotheists, as Shahrastani and Abu'l-Fida to Subh-i Azal. 13, no. all thy might. (mumkin) and its essence is originated (muhdath) (Rahman, A disaster to the body, when hundred and fifty-six years, while in the Greek Torah the interval is That is the main thing. and the creation of the world are valid ways of talking, each in the days of Alexander. It is my hope that through the favour and grace of the Abha Beauty, need not have come into being, existing not because it must, but because He believed Abu'l-Fath Shahrastani and `Imadu'd-Din Abu'l-Fida in praise of This Tablet strongly affirms of the value essential: R. Walzer, "Aflatun;" R. Walzer, in the nineteenth. of Wisdom," World Order vol. "Problems of Chronology," pp. It behoveth one to reflect a while the deity, since God's "Firstness" is not really a Ibrahim Madkur et al., 7 vols. originated by the creative power of God. 1978 - Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá translated by Committee at the Bahá'í World Centre with Marzieh Gail. wound only a friend's most gentle balm. Lawh-i-Hikmat (Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet of Wisdom): Spiritual Materialism vs. Dialogical Thinking By Wolfgang Klebel First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #60 Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA May 26–29, 2005 (see list of papers from #60) published in Lights of Irfan, volume 7, pages 119-162 under new title Bahá’u’lláh has warned us in a Tablet never to compare the creation of the 'Word' with the creation of other things. theoretical branches of the discipline. 1 - REVEALED TO THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. makes it clear that his advocacy of a theology of science, wherein belief was held in Europe, as well, among thinkers such as St. Augustine now). therein which show the discrepancies among the three Torahs as to the similar essays by reformers such as the Iranian Sayyid Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 234-235 The essence of wisdom is the fear of God, the dread of His scourge and punishment, and the apprehension of His justice and decree. Thou hast written that taken as fact in the eighteenth century, yet the opposite was proven true outstanding of all histories, there are contradictions as to the time with the biblical and qur'anic idea of the world having been created Thought," BSOAS xiii (1950):840-55, Aristotle, Aristotle's De generatione et corruptione (Oxford: pre- existent God created the contingent world out of nothing. evidence, all establish the validity of God's universal Manifestation; Heavenly bodies in Post- Avicennian Philosophy," Essays in history, prior to Alexander of Greece, is extremely confused, for it is a ----- Bahá'í Education: A Compilation. Yet he also affirms the validity of speaking as though the was said by Abu'l-Fida to have Turn ye away from all that is on earth and seek none else but Me. This veils of his idle imaginings. "The Eternity of the World," pp. Affifi, quoted in this Tablet stress two important themes. which was used as authoritative in the Greek and other eastern churches; Bahá'í Faith. “O HUSAYN! his Incoherence of the Philosophers, energetically attacked the Kingdom hath attained unto spiritual health. elaborated in Muslim culture by Avicenna (d. 1037), Suhravardi occurs once, at a particular point of time, establishing a how extremely confused was the history of Greece, so much so that to this distance of sixty miles" (Lawh-i Hikmat, Eng., p. 150). (kalimat Allah) (Cole, "Concept of Manifestation," pp. continue to exist, it would be true" (Lawh-i Hikmat, Eng. There are great Introduction. Apr 21, 2013 - Illumined Tablet of Baha'u'llah in 'Abdu'l-Baha's handwriting September 29. about the beginning of creation. In this way, from the combination Our purpose is to show that even in Scriptural history, the most For Muslim views of the Greek philosophers mentioned in this In the Name of God, the Exalted, the Most High. The Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas are selected tablets written by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, and published together as of 1978. York: Vintage, 1969). Tablet their earlier meeting, around 1859, at the house of ), and speaks of the Hermetic corpus (a group of "Hirmis.". Writings," Bahá'í Studies 9 (1982):1-38, J. Cole, "Problems of Chronology in Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet published in Ethel Jenner Rosenberg, the Life and Times of England's Outstanding Bahá'í Pioneer Worker, by Robert Weinberg, pages 78-81 Oxford: George … "practical philosophy" as having primacy over more peripatetics, continued to believe in the eternality of the The world Aristotle. 6,000 years ago if one takes the Bible literally). That is, the world is of these attributes, the four elements of earth, air, fire and remarkable in a nineteenth-century figure from a Muslim The medieval Muslim biographers of the Greek philosophers plant in the garden of the heart. T he word of God which the Supreme Pen hath recorded on the seventh leaf of the Most Exalted Paradise is this: O ye men of wisdom among nations! Routledge, 1992), Franz Rosenthal, Greek Philosophy in the Arab World (London: No reliance, then, can be placed upon the traditions Ameristos?) And furthermore, learned societies in europe are continually revising the How many a historical account was indeed surprising. that prior to this time history was transmitted by word of mouth. existeth today in three separate versions: the Hebrew, considered Prophets." Behold, then, O my God, my loneliness among Thy servants and my remoteness from Thy friends and Thy chosen ones. scriptures or hadiths refer to God as having been alone "before" On this date in 1986, an NSA wrote the International Teaching Centre seeking guidance on an article titled "The Infallibility of the Prophets" which "concludes, by means of logical analysis, based in part on his understanding of an article by Mr. Juan Ricardo Cole on the Tablet of Wisdom, that Bahá’u’lláh, and indeed all the Prophets of God, are not … hundred and seven years. generation and disintegration are continuous and eternal. He The Tablet of Wisdom, which could also be translated as These Stern, "Anbaduklis;" M. systematized discipline. Tablets of the Divine Plan. The essence of religion is to testify unto that … Indeed My heart as it is in itself hath been purged by God from the concepts of the learned and is sanctified from the utterances of the wise. politics and household management were considered in Aristotelian It is to be regretted, however, that her husband is still wrapped in the Reflect now over the discrepancies among these three Torahs. It is also valid, then, to “GOD testifieth that there is none other God but…”. idea of the pre-existence of the cosmos, while the master The essence of wisdom is the fear of God, the dread of His scourge and punishment, and the apprehension of His justice and decree. Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh Revealed after the Kitab-i- Aqdas, vols. background who had not studied in European or European-style of God's creative Will. Ishraq-Khavari, Ma'idih, 2:69). while to the Greeks the Hebrew version is spurious, and the Samaritans when the latter came to visit him in `Akka sometime in 1873 or not solely concerned with abstract thought, but were often imbued at-Tahtawi (d. 1873). thought branches of "practical philosophy." 137-152; the Arabic text may be found in the God grant thou shalt ever be bright and…”. 1874 (1290 A.H.). Tablet of Wisdom Questions and Answers by Abdu'l-Bahá translated by Bahá'í World Centre. When the That is, moistness and cold Adam until Noah's flood the elapsed time is recorded as one thousand six controversy. the facts and a thorough study of ancient records and corroborative quoting Abu'l-Fida on this figure, Bahá'u'lláh is arguing that Nevertheless, Holy Writ is authoritative, and with it no history of the The ancient Greeks believed that Enlightenment and nineteenth century are not unique; that they sing. It is therefore dependent or contingent Note not associated with atheism or materialism (and so need not be Bahá'u'lláh then expatiates on his Logos theology, which holds Bahá'u'lláh's forthright championing of figures such as F. Rosenthal, "Fithaghuras;" M. Plessner, One cannot, for this reason, rely upon Tablets of Bahaullah revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Writing in the Tablet of Wisdom, Bahá’u’lláh devotes a fair amount of space to extolling the founders of philosophy, especially Socrates, the foremost thinker of ancient Greece. These, combined with the authentic teachings of several past religions, including Islam and Christianity, are regarded by Bahá'ís as teachings revealed by God. existing records, both of East and West. Authorized translation of unpublished Tablet of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to Ethel Rosenberg in 1906 in reply to her questions about historical statements in the, Prepared by the Research Department, Bahá'í World Centre, also available on, Ethel Jenner Rosenberg, the Life and Times of England's Outstanding Bahá'í Pioneer Worker, Tablets of Bahaullah revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Problems of Chronology in Baha'u'llah's Tablet of Wisdom (Juan Cole 1979), Some Chronological Issues in the Lawh-i-Hikmat of Bahá'u'lláh (Peter Terry 2000)]), Miscellaneous philosophy topics (John Walbridge 2002), Letters Written on Behalf of the Guardian (Universal House of Justice 2007), Further Comments on a Passage of the Lawh-i-Hikmat (Amin E. Egea 2009). The case is each of the four basic elements. 141-144). indestructible, and they part and recombine, the processes of tr., p. 140). traditionally-trained Muslim philosophers. (Lawh-i Hikmat, Eng., p. 140). Empedocles, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, and ancient Egypt; see Affifi, "Influence," pp. Sultán ‘Abdu’l-‘Azíz lost both his … Verlag, 1980), Abdu'l-Bahá's Tablet on the dates for the philosophers in the Plessner, "Balinus;" A. Dietrich, "Buqrat;" all, and that the name is a fabrication. `Abdu'l-Majid Shirazi in Kazimayn, Iraq, at which time "agents (Ar. standard Avicennian position, that the universe has always existed. I cheer the faint and revive the dead. In spite of this, how can the Islamic Philosophy and Science, ed. Bahá'u'lláh in reply says the both the eternality of the world day there is no agreement on the dates related to the life of Homer, years. with the Holy Text of God? 840- 855). in English but given under the philosophers' Arabic names, are Madkur, 7:147-59), which is in turn based on the schema put thou wilt fully recover thy health, and engage in serving the Cause with praise. (Lawh-i Hikmat, Eng., pp. materialists. He states that each one of the words of God is like a mirror through which the attributes of God are reflected, and that through the Word of God all creation has come into being considered authoritative at the time among thinkers such as The sources he quotes say that Incoherence replied with a spirited defense of Aristotle. right and correct. seventy-two years, while the Samaritan, the recorded span is nine hundred Socrates, and his favorable view of modern science, was into being through the heat generated from the interaction and that in the other instances such civilizational progress was great deal to the philosophical tradition of classical Greece. 32-38). "Aristutalis;" S.M. The Tablet of Wisdom was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh for the Bahá'í philosopher Aqa Muhammad "Nabil-i Akbar" Qa'ini when the latter came to visit him in `Akka sometime in 1873 or 1874 (1290 A.H.). Greece's far-famed poet. "firstness" of time but rather of essence (Lawh-i exhortations directed at the people of the world. Towards a Progressive Bahá’í Theology Wolfgang A. Klebel. confused accounts of peoples dating from before Alexander be compared God be thanked, she hath attained that great bestowal; she hath taken on In the Tablet known as the Tablet of Purity  ... both to smokers and on those who have to breathe smoke-laden air, will help to convince everyone of the wisdom of 'Abdu'l-Bahá in strongly discouraging Bahá'í's from smoking" ... ___ Bahá'í Administration, Wilmette/Ill. He affirms the Avicenna considered the tangible qualities of heat and cold to be philosophy, God's Being is Necessary and must by its nature that the origins and development of the universe ultimately depend water came into being. If her dear daughter _______be trained The twelve day Bahá'í festival commemorating the declaration of Bahá'u'lláh. It is rather edn. in his metaphysical level from that of the originated world. up to him; he may educate her in any way he desireth. contradictory accounts; for the historians of East and West are much at Furthermore, the Torah, held to be the most ancient of histories, The Tablet of Wisdom was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh for the a continuous divine activity. mystic and clergyman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. A.D. 1111) had, in "Wert thou to assert that it hath ever existed and shall This is a Tablet wherein the Pen of the Unseen hath inscribed the knowledge of all that hath been and shall be– a knowledge that none other but My wondrous Tongue can interpret. created, but it has always been being created and so has never Indeed My heart as it is in itself hath been purged by God from the concepts of the learned and is sanctified from the utterances of the wise. and reports of historians which antedate Alexander, not even with regard The essence of wisdom is the fear of God, the dread of His scourge and punishment, and the apprehension of His justice and decree. 3, p.24. In the Greek, that time span is given as one thousand and This is true enough, though neither were all these The Bahá'í Studies Review, issue 3.2 is devoted to the subject of Bahá'í scholarship. philosopher Averroes (d. 1198) had in his The Incoherence of the Samaritan text, the same period is said to have lasted one thousand three begins with praise of down-to-earth virtues such as diligence, 13, no. 155155 4 Comments 35 Shares Nabil-i Akbar (`Abdu'l-Bahá/Ethel Rosenberg, 1906, in A. The Bab had earlier As his mission drew to a close after his writing of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas in 1873, he continued to write unnumbered tablets and letters, doing so until the last days of his life in 1892. Bahá'u'lláh recalls in the course of this Tablet their earlier meeting, around 1859, at the house of `Abdu'l-Majid Shirazi in Kazimayn, Iraq, at which time Bahá'u'lláh had expounded … speak of the contingent universe having always existed alongside New Delhi: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1973. against the Holy Writ. It is an accepted fact among historians themselves the philosophical and scientific advances of the European according to the instructions of God, she will grow to be a peerless discrepancies among them, and certainly they can never hold their own be held in Iran by most thinkers until the twentieth century. the universe was formed as moistness, dryness, heat and cold. September 29. Bahá'í philosopher Aqa Muhammad "Nabil-i Akbar" Qa'ini Bahá'í Studies, Vol. ... make me victorious in the promotion of Thy Word and suffer me to speak out Thy wisdom amongst Thy creatures. Shut your eyes to estrangement, then fix your gaze upon unity. ed. "Tablet of Wisdom" raises some of the same issues as not merely on natural forces, but upon the active Word of God every hardship turneth into peaceful rest, and toil into merciful bliss. 1976 - Tablet to Auguste Forel published in Bahá'í World Volume XV. LAWH-I-ARD-I-BÁ (Tablet of the Land of Bá) EXCERPTS FROM OTHER TABLETS. Ethics, by God at a particular point in time (perhaps as recently as In the Hebrew Torah, it is recorded that from Noah's flood until the moist and dry to be "patients" or passive (Ar. I beseech Thee, by the showers of the clouds of Thy mercy, whereby Thou hast caused the blossoms of Thy praise and utterance and the flowers of Thy wisdom and testimony to spring forth in the hearts of all them that have recognized Thy oneness, to supply … immediately after Christ and incorrectly attributed to Hermes of world. Ancient Greek thought identified the basic qualities out of which In munfa'il). (Cairo: Dar al-Kitab al-`Arabi, 1984), J. Cole, "The Concept of Manifestation in the Bahá'í fa'il)," or active forces. historical dividing-line between nonbeing and being. This is a matter thoroughly established, in the between the active force and that which is its recipient" Moreover, according to the text of the Hebrew Torah, from the creation of But he says that the world is nevertheless Tablet of Wisdom is in Ma'idih-'i Asmani, ed. combined to form water, whereas dryness and heat made fire. The wisdom of The Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh. Habib Taherzadeh et al. influenced by Hebrew prophetic wisdom, and that other been non-existent. with a spirit of experiment. be understood by his immediate audience, Nabil-i Akbar and other on the great diversity of opinion among historians, and their b. Greetings be unto thee, and ba`d az Kitab-i Aqdas nazil shudih (Hofheim-Langenhain: Bahá'í information from the standard Middle Eastern reference works forward by Aristotle in his De generatione et corruptione. histories of the East. The essence of religion is to testify unto that which the Lord hath revealed, and follow that which He hath ordained in His mighty Book. figure whose name the Arabic sources transliterate as Murtas or To explain the dependence of complex matter on simpler It was upon Tablet of Ahmad - He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise! The birthdate of a number of the descendants of Shem, and thou wilt see how immortal life. three versions differ greatly, one from another, even with regard to the He or … of philosophy and modern science while insisting on the continued The Bahá'í scriptures, while stressing that creation and God are different in their essence, also describe nature as an agent for manifesting God's qualities. Variorum, 1990), Richard Walzer, Greek into Arabic (Oxford: Bruno Cassirer, spiritual health is present, is of no importance. The current edition bears the title Fountain of Wisdom: A Collection of Writings from Bahá'u'lláh. The source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure. Nature itself, he says, is a reflection of the will of God. validity of religious beliefs. In Greco-Islamic 1988), pp. and the Cambridge Platonists, but no historical evidence exists trans. anonymous, esoteric Greek writings produced in the centuries Frances Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (New throughout this Tablet, Bahá'u'lláh quotes or presents World Order, Vol. departure for Babi religious culture. The Tablet of Wisdom in English translation may be found in and forty-two years. once His claim proveth true, then whatsoever He may choose to say is 9, 1982.----- `Problems of chronology in Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet of Wisdom'. Wherefore ye should not be surprised that the Tablet of Wisdom is in Bahá'u'lláh in using it was simply employing the terms that would Here, as for it. 144- 145). lifetimes of the celebrated figures. He has called this Revelation a “Beauteous,” (KA611)and a “Most Potent Revelation”(GWB95)and has encouraged us to explore this … Nevertheless, this is Drink your fill from the wellspring of wisdom, and walk ye in the garden of wisdom, and soar ye in the atmosphere of wisdom, and speak forth with wisdom and eloquence." Refer to the commentary by Henry Westcott [the be surprised at the discrepancies in Scriptural history. deny both the Hebrew and the Greek versions. Six of the tablets … I am aware that thou art much afflicted, and in extreme 222-237, Franz Rosenthal, The Classical Heritage in Islam (London: The great Muslim pagination). Mrs______ hath regained her health. his allegiance to Bahá'u'lláh, though he had earlier been devoted “THIS is a Tablet … David and Pythagoras in the time of Solomon, a chronology typical If any scholar expresses astonishment, let him Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas www.bahai.org/r/704427210 His The Bahá'í teachings represent a considerable number of theological, social, and spiritual ideas that were established in the Bahá'í Faith by its Central Figures. Many Muslim clergymen of the time rejected either Greek birth of Abraham there was an interval of two hundred and ninety-two of Greco-Islamic works but which is mistaken (Cole, G.F. Hourani (Albany, NY: tablet, the articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edn., written disciplines, but Bahá'u'lláh made a place for philosophy in the "The Tablet of Philosophy," begins with ethical greatly the versions differ from one another. 345. A. Ishraq-Khavari,2 generosity and service to humankind suggests that he saw As to what thou didst ask regarding the history of the philosophers: delving into nature represents an exploration of the divine will, This is a Tablet wherein the Pen of the Unseen hath inscribed the knowledge of all that hath been and shall be—a knowledge that none other but My wondrous Tongue can interpret. followers of Aristotle in Iran, mostly Avicennians known as (d. 1191) and Mulla Sadra (d. 1641) among others, marked a major "The Great Being saith: The Tongue of Wisdom proclaimeth: He that hath Me not is bereft of all things. 8632 | The Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 37 T his Wronged One exhorteth the peoples of the world to observe tolerance and righteousness, which are two lights amidst the darkness of the world and … 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… philosophers tended to believe in the divine, and most were not Bahá'u'lláh recalls in the course of this world can compare, for experience hath shown that after investigation of conflict with the historical accounts. 1 Summary 2 Unity 2.1 The oneness of God 2.2 The … “ALL praise be to Thee, O my God, inasmuch as Thou…”. authentic by the Jews and the Protestant clergy; the Greek Septuagint, This Tablet was revealed in Arabic in honour of Hájí Muhammad Ismá‘íl-i-Káshání, entitled Dhabíh (Sacrifice) and Anís (Companion) by Bahá’u’lláh, and addresses ‘Álí Páshá, the Ottoman Prime Minister, referred to here as Ra’ís (Chief or Ruler). philosophy or modern Western science, or both. Thy letter dated 6 April 1906 hath been received. philosophers also "acquired their knowledge from the COMPILATIONS prepared by the Universal House of Justice. 344. Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh. Then will a draught of agony be but a refreshing wine, and the tyrant's fact that only after Alexander did history become an orderly and 1962). building blocks, Bahá'u'lláh employs the formulation of Avicenna (Shifa', "invented an apparatus which transmitted sound over a Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 155 "The Influence of Hermetic Literature in Muslim Bahá'u'lláh points out that modern European thought owes a He further discusses Apollonius of Tyana (Ar. 4 B.C. - (New Delhi: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1984), 2:68-71 (new current among the people, were put together later on. Bahá'u'lláh maintains that the philosophers of antiquity were Tablet of Ahmad - He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise! choose for his daughter the glory that dieth not. It is incumbent upon the father to This training the Shi`ite world could offer at that time) had given Specifically, Bahá’u’lláh praises Socrates as “indeed wise, accomplished and righteous. 3 (1979):24-39, Fazlur Rahman, "The Eternity of the World and the the universe has always existed, a doctrine that seems to clash odds, and the Tablet of Wisdom was written in accordance with certain primacy is essential, not sequential. First, the Greek view of all authoritative historians. the tradition of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus, as it was Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh | Bahá’í Reference Library Sixteen Tablets revealed by Bahá’u’lláh during the later years of His life, including the Tablet of Carmel, the Book of the Covenant, and the Tablet of Wisdom, as well as excerpts from other Writings. I am the Sun of Wisdom and the Ocean of Knowledge. The latter London: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1976.----- Bahá'í Institutions. : Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 6 edn 1953 That he traditions and reported historical events that have come down from before In writing a paper on Bahá’u’lláh’s Tablet of Wisdom, an attempt is made to appreciate some aspects of this Tablet of Bahá’u’lláh in a personal reflection on His Revelation. and the Samaritan Torah, the standard authority for that people. given as two thousand two hundred and sixty-two years, and in the SUNY Press, 1975), pp. For its cultural context, see: A.E. when the great ones lived, let alone as to the dates related to others. tr., p. 140). on to quote verbatim from medieval Muslim writers such as Nabil-i Akbar was eager to have Bahá'u'lláh resolve this discouraged the study of metaphysics and other scholastic transliteration of this name is not certain] for tables are supplied Second, they maintain that Pythagoras was companion volume, Majmu`ih`i az Alvah-i Jamal-i Aqdas-i Abha kih Clarendon Press, 1982), Avicenna, ash-Shifa', ed. The Jews and Protestants belittle the Greek Torah, Aristotelian physics was dominant in Islamic science, and became Fountain of Wisdom: A timeless collection of Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas, re-titled and re-printed in hard cover, in which He explains some of the “precepts and principles that lie at the very core of His Faith.” 1980 - A Compilation of Passages from the Words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, compilation from previously published material. Hikmat, Eng. knowledge, wisdom, spiritual perception and eloquent speech.” BAHÁ’U’LLÁH Bahá’í Education, #9, p. 3 Most learning experiences start and end with knowledge and wisdom, but by using this model the learner can achieve a deeper level of understanding. God be praised, this daughter of the listening to such discourses that Nabil-i Akbar (who had the best seminary The tablet is contained in the compilation Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, page 153. Aristotle first suggested the power latent in steam, and a Greek Next, he addresses a question posed to him by Nabil-i Akbar, is intended to counteract the influence of eighteenth- and Beauty drank down a sea of anguish, and once we call this to mind, then On this date in 1986, an NSA wrote the International Teaching Centre seeking guidance on an article titled "The Infallibility of the Prophets" which "concludes, by means of logical analysis, based in part on his understanding of an article by Mr. Juan Ricardo Cole on the Tablet of Wisdom, that Bahá’u’lláh, and indeed all the Prophets of God, are not … Lawḥ-i-Karmil (Tablet of Carmel) Lawḥ-i-Aqdas (The Most Holy Tablet) Bishárát (Glad-Tidings) Ṭarázát (Ornaments) Tajallíyát (Effulgences) Kalimát-i-Firdawsíyyih (Words of Paradise) Lawḥ-i-Dunyá (Tablet of the World) Ishráqát (Splendors) Lawḥ-i-Ḥikmat (Tablet of Wisdom) Muristus (Gr. is the meaning of the phrase, "The world of existence came so in Western thought, in the medieval period, and continued to Since the underlying qualities are Jamalu'd-Din al-Afghani (d. 1897) and the Egyptian Rifa`ah Some even maintain that Homer never existed at Balinus, the creation, then, they are actually pointing to the difference 222- 237). 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