The Báb's Tablet to Mullá á¸¤asan Gawhar:
A Provisional Translation and Notes
First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #132
Center for Bahá'í Studies: Acuto, Italy
July 2–5, 2015
(see list of papers from #132)
Among the Writings of The Báb there are epistles and letters addressed to prominent ShaykhÃs during His ministry, including the infamous á¸¤ájÃ KarÃm Khán KirmánÃ. When The Báb tasked one of His disciples, one of the Letters of the Living (á¸¥urÃºf-i-á¸¥ayy), Mullá 'AlÃ BastámÃ to Iráq in 1846, he was apprehended and a forum consisting of both ShÃ'ih and SunnÃ clergymen, charged the author of the new religions dispensation with apostasy and deserving of death for the claims contained in His Writings. One of those present in the forum was a certain ShaykhÃ from TabrÃz in Iranian Ãdhirbayján, Shaykh á¸¤asan Gawhar, who had been a student of Siyyid Kááº“im RashtÃ and had attempted to advance a claim of leadership among the ShaykhÃs after the former's death. In the late Abu'l Qásim Afnán's book, 'Ahd-i-'A'lá: ZindigánÃy-i á¸¤aá¸rat-i Báb, there can be found many reproductions of original tablets and letters of The Báb and of important figures from the BábÃ Dispensation in Iran, including passages from a letter addressed to Mullá á¸¤asan Gawhar. In this presentation, a provisional English translation of the Arabic tablet will be presented, in addition to offering some thoughts and comments on the content of the letter and the manner in which it fits into the context of The Báb's revelation.
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