Read: 1996 Apr 02, Date of Revelation of Tablet of Ishraqat


M E M O R A N D U M

From: Research Department

To: The Universal House of Justice

Date: 2 April 1996

Date of Revelation of Tablet of Ishraqat

In an email message of 9 February 1996, Mr. Sen McGlinn asks about the date on which the Tablet of Ishraqat, specifically the Eighth Ishraq, was revealed. He observes that none of the sources available to him in English provide a date, and that unless the date was recorded by the amanuenses, it is his assumption that "a dating would have to be based on correlating internal indications with historical events". To this end, Mr. McGlinn cites a number of passages from the Tablet of Ishraqat containing allusions to historical events and he requests the assistance of the Research Department in investi- gating this matter.1 We offer the following information based on our study of the resources available at the Baha'i World Centre:


The Date of Revelation of Tablet of Ishraqat

2 April 1996

In the course of trying to determine the date of the revelation of the Tablet of Ishraqat, we gleaned the following information which may be of interest to Mr. McGlinn concerning the structure of this Tablet:


1. See "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas" (Wilmette: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1995), p. 122, p. 123, p. 125, p. 131.

2. This Tablet is published in "Athar-i-Qalam-i-A'la" (Tihran: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 132 B.E.), vol. 6, pp. 51-59. It has not, as yet, been translated into English.

3. "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas", p. 125.

4. See "God Passes By" (Wilmette: Baha'i Publishing Trust, 1987), p. 232.

5. H. M. Balyuzi, "Baha'u'llah: The King of Glory" (Oxford: George Ronald, 1991). See pp. 366-371.

6. "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas", pp. 117-119.

7. ibid., pp. 119-20.

8. For a discussion, see Adib Taherzadeh, "The Revelation of Baha'u'llah" (Oxford: George Ronald, 1987), vol. 4, pp. 153-54, p. 405.

9. "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas", pp. 121-22.

10. See "The Revelation of Baha'u'llah", vol. 4, pp. 16-17.

11. "Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas", pp. 132-33.

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