[Sec. Shoghi Effendi/Jináb-i-Áqá Mírzá Bádí`ulláh Khán of Abadih. 23 April 1941, in hand of Núru'd-Dín Zayn.]
he letter put forward by that spiritual and dear friend dated 9 Bahman 1319
has come to the attention of the Guardian of the Cause of God, may our
spirits be his sacrifice. The four questions concerning which you asked the
favor of a reply from the most holy court were accepted and honored with a
With regard to the crimson scroll mentioned in the unapproachable Tablets,
he said, "Write that Abdul-Bahá said that the original intent of the
`Crimson Scroll' is the Tablet of the Covenant, that is, the Book of the
As for the Sacred Night, the recitation of blessed prayers and Tablets
revealed for that night every year, and the inclusion of that night in the
Baháí calendar, he said: "Write that it is permitted, but including it on
the Baháí calendar is not required at the present time."
As concerns the blessed Tablet of the Bell, and the story of how it was
revealed, he said: "Write that this Tablet was revealed in Istanbul at the
request of Áqá Muh
ammad `Alí Is
fahání as conveyed by Abdul-Bahá. This
Tablet was written out by the Blessed Beauty
in His Own hand on the night of 5 Jumada al-Ulá, the night the Báb received His mission.
Reciting this Tablet on that very blessed night is beloved and acceptable."
With regard to the last question, about a situation in which the means of
consultation is absent and one has trouble making up one's mind about an
important matter, you asked, "How should one consult the Most Holy Book for
the purpose of soothsaying?"
He said, "In such a situation it is necessary and requisite that one turn
with complete attention, in the spirit of seeking help, to the source of
grace and inspiration, and to no one else. If it is possible to delay a bit
in making one's decision until such time as consultation can be undertaken,
this is better and more appropriate."
Written at his blessed behest.
15 Jalál 98
23 April 1941
Seen: Shoghi Effendi
 Maidih-yi-Asmaní, 3:1 (JCs note).
 i.e. The Crimson Book. See Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 32; Tablets of Baháulláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 89, 90, 242 (MFs note).
 See Directives from the Guardian, #46 (MFs note).
 Baháulláh (JCs note).