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Title given by translator: Lawḥ-i ta`ziya

This letter, or tablet, was composed by Bahá’u’lláh following the death of the father of one of the believers. In it, Bahá’u’lláh consoles the deceased’s son by assuring him that his father has ascended to God and attained “a station that the pen of the worlds is powerless to describe”. He commiserates with the son’s loss, by relating the death of His own father when Bahá’u’lláh was at a young age. Bahá’u’lláh admonishes the son not to grieve, but to take solace in God and to be heartened by the divine consolation found in the tablet.

The central message here is that death is not to be a cause of grief but, rather, should be recognized as a transition in the journey of drawing ever nearer to God. Baha’u’llah also says that God is above all limitation and therefore the true source of comfort and solace.

Joshua Hall (translator)

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