Tablet of Ahmad

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Tablet of Ahmad

He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise!

Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise
singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity,
with holy and sweet melodies,
proclaiming to the sincere ones
the glad tidings of the nearness of God,
calling the believers in the Divine Unity
to the court of the Presence of the Generous One,
informing the severed ones
of the message which hath been revealed by God,
the King, the Glorious, the Peerless,
guiding the lovers to the seat of sanctity
and to this resplendent Beauty.

Verily this is that Most Great Beauty,
foretold in the Books of the Messengers,
through Whom truth shall be distinguished from error
and the wisdom of every command shall be tested.
Verily He is the Tree of Life that bringeth forth the fruits of God,
the Exalted, the Powerful, the Great.

O Ahmad! Bear thou witness
that verily He is God and there is no God but Him,
the King, the Protector, the Incomparable, the Omnipotent.
And that the One Whom He hath sent forth by the name of ‘Alí
was the true One from God, to Whose commands we are all conforming.

Say: O people be obedient to the ordinances of God,
which have been enjoined in the Bayán
by the Glorious, the Wise One.
Verily He is the King of the Messengers
and His book is the Mother Book did ye but know.

Thus doth the Nightingale utter His call unto you from this prison.
He hath but to deliver this clear message.
Whosoever desireth, let him turn aside from this counsel
and whosoever desireth let him choose the path to his Lord.
O people, if ye deny these verses,
by what proof have ye believed in God?
Produce it, O assemblage of false ones.

Nay, by the One in Whose hand is my soul,
they are not, and never shall be able to do this,
even should they combine to assist one another.

O Ahmad! Forget not My bounties while I am absent.
Remember My days during thy days,
and My distress and banishment in this remote prison.
And be thou so steadfast in My love that thy heart shall not waver,
even if the swords of the enemies rain blows upon thee
and all the heavens and the earth arise against thee.

Be thou as a flame of fire to My enemies
and a river of life eternal to My loved ones,
and be not of those who doubt.

And if thou art overtaken by affliction in My path,
or degradation for My sake, be not thou troubled thereby.

Rely upon God, thy God and the Lord of thy fathers.
For the people are wandering in the paths of delusion,
bereft of discernment to see God with their own eyes,
or hear His Melody with their own ears.
Thus have We found them,
as thou also dost witness.

Thus have their superstitions become veils
between them and their own hearts
and kept them from the path of God,
the Exalted, the Great.

Be thou assured in thyself that verily, he who turns away from this
Beauty hath also turned away from the Messengers of the past
and showeth pride towards God from all eternity to all eternity.

Learn well this Tablet, O Ahmad.
Chant it during thy days and withhold not thyself therefrom.
For verily, God hath ordained for the one who chants it,
the reward of a hundred martyrs and a service in both worlds.
These favors have We bestowed upon thee
as a bounty on Our part and a mercy from Our presence,
that thou mayest be of those who are grateful.

By God! Should one who is in affliction or grief
read this Tablet with absolute sincerity,
God will dispel his sadness,
solve his difficulties
and remove his afflictions.

Verily, He is the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds.

From Bahá’í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers
Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p.209

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from Gate of Heaven, track released May 23, 2019
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Words from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

Credits:

Produced and mixed by Kelly Snook and Luke Slott

Song composed by Luke Slott

Music composed and arranged by Luke Slott and Kelly Snook

Recorded and Engineered by Kelly Snook at:
It’s Not Rocket Science Studios, Portland, OR, USA; Lewes, Sussex, UK; Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Musicians:
(in order of appearance)

Anwar Marshall - Drums
Ian Rafalak - Upright Bass, Electric Bass
Luke Slott - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Trumpet
Cora Venus Lunny - Violin & Viola
Kelly Snook - Rhodes, Layering
Emily Alves - Cello
Diane Badie - Vocals
Jason Rafalak - Mandolin
Adam Siegel - Saxophone
Jasmine Olinga - Vocals
Eric Dozier - Organ

Additional Engineering by:
Jasmine Olinga at It’s Not Rocket Science Studios, Portland, OR, USA and the Phelps' home.
Ryan Moys at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Cora Venus Lunny in Wicklow, Ireland

Assistant Engineers:
Jax Savage at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Eli Wilson at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Mastered by Simon Heyworth
at Super Audio Mastering, Devon, UK.

Mastering Assistant Bill Sellar

Art by Shirin Sahba

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Luke Slott is a singer, songwriter and composer from Dublin, Ireland. He plays piano, guitar and trumpet, and collaborates with a variety of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

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