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Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

  • Author:
  • ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

  • Source:
  • Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909 edition
  • Pages:
  • 730
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Pages 56-57

“O thou maid-servant of God!…”

O thou maid-servant of God!
Thy writing was considered. I ask God that thy mind 1 may be illumined with the light of knowledge and faith to the extent that thy face will radiate its glory, even as a light, when set aglow in the lamp, will cast its rays to the surrounding regions.
I hope that the darkness of evil suggestions shall be dispersed and that the veil of uncertainty shall be torn asunder; that the beauty of truth may become manifest with glory and the light of mercy become radiant. Thus mayest thou, O maid-servant of God, with thy honorable husband and revered son, become free from the 57 severe trials and appear with grace in the gatherings of the people of God.
The nineteen-day fast 2 is a duty to be observed by all. All should abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. This fast is conducive to the spiritual development of the individual. The Greatest Name should be read every day.
1. The word “mind” (Persian, “dale”) is also translated “heart”; here it is mind.   [ Back To Reference]
2. From March 2d to March 20th, inclusive. The fast is kept by refraining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.   [ Back To Reference]