Tablet to The Hague

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The Tablet to The Hague is a letter which `Abdu'l-Bahá wrote to the Central Organisation for Durable Peace in The Hague, The Netherlands on 17 December 1919.

It was delivered in person by Ahmad Yazdání and Hand of the Cause Ibn-i-Asdaq in 1920.[1]

In the tablet, `Abdu'l-Bahá gives an overview of Bahá'í principles, which include the following:

  • Declaration of universal peace.
  • Independent investigation of reality.
  • Oneness of humanity.
  • Religion must be the cause of fellowship and love.
  • Religion must be in conformity with science and reason.
  • Abandonment of religious, racial, political, economic and patriotic prejudices.
  • One universal language.
  • Equality of women and men.
  • Voluntary sharing one's property.
  • Man's freedom from the captivity of the world of nature.
  • Religion is the ideal safeguard.
  • Material civilization should be combined with Divine civilization.
  • Promotion of education.
  • Justice and right.

He declares that the League of Nations is "incapable of establishing universal peace", and calls for the establishment of a Supreme Tribunal, representing all countries:

When the Supreme Tribunal gives a ruling on any international question, either unanimously or by majority rule, there will no longer be any pretext for the plaintiff or ground of objection for the defendant. In case any of the governments or nations, in the execution of the irrefutable decision of the Supreme Tribunal, be negligent or dilatory, the rest of the nations will rise up against it, because all the governments and nations of the world are the supporters of this Supreme Tribunal.

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  1. ^ Balyuzi, Eminent, p. 176.

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