Tabernacle of Unity

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The Tabernacle of Unity is a small book, first published in July 2006, containing Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet, from the early `Akká period, to Mánikchí Ṣáḥib, a prominent Zoroastrian, and a companion Tablet addressed to Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl, the secretary to Mánikchí Ṣáḥib at that time.

These, together with three shorter inspirational Tablets, offer a glimpse of Bahá'u'lláh’s relationship with the followers of Zoroastrianism.

The title of this work is taken from the following passage:


Tablet to Mánikchí Ṣáḥib (Lawh-i-Mánikchí Ṣáḥib)[edit]

This Tablet, revealed at the request of Mánikchí Ṣáḥib in pure Persian, consists of 19 paragraphs. It emphasizes the universality of Bahá'u'lláh's prophetic claim, and includes some of the central teachings of the Bahá'í Faith.

Responses to questions of Mánikchí Ṣáḥib from a Tablet to Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl[edit]

This is a lengthy Tablet revealed on 1 July 1882. Among the subjects discussed are:

  • The nature of creation.
  • The connection between faith and reason.
  • The reconciliation of the differences that exist among the laws and ordinances of various religions (Hinduism, the Mahabad Faith, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam).
  • Their respective claims to exclusivity.
  • Their differing degrees of eagerness to welcome others into their fold.

Tablet of the Seven Questions (Lawh-i-Haft Pursish)[edit]

This Tablet is Bahá'u'lláh's reply to questions asked by Ustád Javán-Mard, an early Bahá'í of Zoroastrian background and ex-student of Mánikchí Ṣáḥib.

The questions are relating to the following subjects:

Two other tablets[edit]

These two short Tablets, each addressed to a believer of Zoroastrian background, are inspirational in nature, calling the believers for deeds, not words.

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References[edit]

  • Bahá'u'lláh (2006). Tabernacle of Unity. Haifa, Israel: Bahá'í World Centre. ISBN 0-85398-969-9. 
  • Hatcher, J.S. (1997). The Ocean of His Words: A Reader's Guide to the Art of Bahá'u'lláh. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-87743-259-7. 
  • Taherzadeh, A. (1984). The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, Volume 3: `Akka, The Early Years 1868–77. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-144-2. 

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