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COLLECTIONProvisional translations
TITLETablets of the Hair
AUTHOR 1 Bahá'u'lláh
ABSTRACTTranslation of five of total eleven Tablets titled "alváḥ-i-sha‘arát".
NOTES Note accompanying 1938 publication in Bahá'í News: "This is the Tablet read by Mrs. Thomas Collins in presenting at the Convention the Guardian's gift of locks of Bahá'u'lláh's Hair. The Tablet is shared with the believers with the Guardian's permission." Though the translation had been approved by Shoghi Effendi, it was more recently (2001) sent to the Bahá'í World Center to verify its authenticity. The translation given here is an authorized translation from the BWC, approved for distribution. Translator not identified.
CROSSREFprovisional translations of the remaining six Tablets of the Hair, by Adib Masumian (2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 - BH11210, BH06431, BH01730, BH11127, BH08601, and BH10844 - off-site)
TAGS* Bahá'u'lláh, Writings of; - Metaphors and allegories; Alvah-i-Shaarat (Tablets of the Hair); Beauty; Chicago, IL; Cord; Hair (general); Phoenix (metaphor); Serpent; United States (documents); Veils

My hair is my Messenger. It is calling aloud at all times upon the branch of fire within the hallowed and luminous Garden of Paradise, that perchance the inmates of the realm of creation may detach themselves from the world of dust and ascend unto the retreats of nearness — the Spot where the Fire seeketh illumination from the light of the countenance of God, the Glorious, the Powerful.

O ye that have consecrated yourselves to this Fire! Sing ye melodies, pour out sweet tones, rejoice with exceeding gladness and make haste to attain the presence of Him Who is the Object of adoration, bearing witness that no God is there besides God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise, the All-Compelling.


My hair is My Phoenix. Therefore hath it set itself upon the blazing fire of My Face and receiveth sustenance from the garden of My Countenance. This is the station wherein the Son of "Imran" (Moses) removed from the feet of selfish desire the coverings of the attachment to all else but Him and was illumined by the splendours of the Light of holiness in the undying Fire kindled by God, the Potent, the Gracious, the Ever-Forgiving.


A lock of My hair is My Cord. He who layeth fast hold on it shall never to all eternity go astray, for therein is his guidance to the splendours of the Light of His beauty.


My hair is My Veil whereby I conceal My beauty, that haply the eyes of the non-believers among My servants may not fall upon it. Thus do We conceal from the sight of the ungodly the glorious and sublime beauty of Our Countenance


My hair beareth witness for My beauty that verily I am God and that there is none other God but me. In My ancient eternity I have ever been God, the One, the Peerless, the Everlasting, the Ever-living, the Ever-Abiding, the Self-Subsistent.

O denizens of the everlasting Realm! Let your ears be attentive to the stirrings of this restless and agitated hair, as it moveth upon the Sinai of Fire, within the precincts of Light, this celestial Seat of divine Revelation. Indeed there is no God besides me. In My most ancient pre-existence I have ever been the King, the Sovereign, the Incomparable, the Eternal, the Single, the Everlasting, the Most Exalted.

O peoples of the heavens and of the earth! Were ye to sanctify your ears ye would hear My hair proclaim that there is none other God except Him, and that He is One in His Essence and in everything that beareth relationship unto Him. And yet how fiercely have you cavilled at this beauty; not withstanding that the outpourings of His grace have encompassed all that dwell in the billowing oceans of His Revelation and Creation. Be ye fair therefore in your judgement concerning His upright Religion, for the love of this Youth who is riding high upon the snow-white She-Camel betwixt earth and heaven; and be ye firm and steadfast in the path of Truth.

  1. La’áliyu’l-Hikmat Vol. 3 (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Bahá’í Brazil, 1991) p. 75. The Bahá’í Library gratefully acknowledges the aid of Khazeh Fananapazir in finding the references for all five Tablets and providing the Arabic transliteration of the title. (-M.W.]
    Tablet of the Hair No. 9. BH10832 [-A.B.].

  2. La’áliyu’l-Hikmat Vol. 3, p. 75 [-K.F.]
    Tablet of the Hair No. 10. BH11265 [-A.B.]

  3. La’áliyu’l-Hikmat Vol. 3, p. 75 [-K.F.]
    Tablet of the Hair No. 11. BH11483 [-A B.].

  4. La’áliyu’l-Hikmat Vol. 3, p. 68 [-K.F.]
    Tablet of the Hair No. 8. BH11496 [-A B.].

  5. La’áliyu’l-Hikmat Vol. 3, p. 76 [-K.F.].
    Tablet of the Hair No. 1. BH07147 [-A.B.].

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