The kashkul (alms bowl) of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh used this kashkul (alms bowl) as a dervish during His two years sojourn in the mountains of Sulaymaniyyih, 1854 to 1856

First page of a Tablet from Baha'u'llah

The first page of the Javahiru'l-Asrar (Gems of Divine Mysteries), with an added note in Baha'u'llah's own hand.

Some relics of the Greatest Holy Leaf

Some relics of the Greatest Holy Leaf preserved in the International Baha'i Archives

Impressions of the hands of 'Abdu'l-Baha

Impressions of the hands of 'Abdu'l-Baha reproduced in the German magazine Sonne de Wahrheit some years ago (The Baha'i World 1932-1934)

Facsimile of Letter from Shoghi Effendi concerning his temporary absence from the Holy Land

Facsimile of Letter from Shoghi Effendi, written by his own hand, and Envelope (above) addressed to the Star of the West

Photograph of the original letter written by Shoghi, Effenili and, translation of same, sent to the Star of the West by his honor Mirza Hadi Shirazi, the noble father of Shoghi, Effendi, through Dr. Zia M. Baghdadi.

“He Is God!

This servant, after that grievous event and great calamity -- the ascension of His Holiness ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Abha Kingdom -- has been so stricken with grief and pain and so entangled in the troubles (created) by the enemies of the Cause of God that I consider my presence here, at such a time and in such an atmosphere, is not in accordance with the fulfillment of my important and sacred duties.

For this reason, unable to do otherwise, I have left for a time the affairs of the Cause, both at home and abroad, under the supervision of the Holy Family and the headship of the Greatest Holy Leaf -- may my soul be a sacrifice to her – until, by the Grace of God, having gained health, strength, self-confidence and spiritual energy, and having taken into my hands, in accordance with my aim and desire, entirely and regularly the work of service, I shall attain to my utmost spiritual hope and aspiration.

The servant of His Threshold,

(signed) SHOGHI.”
(April 1922)
(Star of the West, vol. 13, no. 4, May 17, 1922)

The robes of Bahá’u’lláh

Three of the robes worn by Bahá’u’lláh displayed in the Bahá'í International Archives

Facsimile of handwriting of the Greatest Holy Leaf

Facsimile of Bahiyyih Khanum's handwriting
Translation:
O Leaf of Paradise!

Loose your tongue at all times in gratitude for the blessings of the Beloved of the Worlds, for you are always mentioned in His Glorious and Sanctified Presence, and you are ever in the hearts of His maidservants. The pen is unable to describe the depths of our longing, nor can the tongue recount the love concealed within our hearts. Should you look into the mirror of your own heart, which is free from the defilements of this world of dust, you would clearly see the truth of what has been set forth.

From the time of your departure no day passes without mention being made of your name. Please God you may in your days and nights hold fast to the sure handle of detachment, and be occupied in the remembrance of God, the Wondrous, the All-Glorious.

There is no blessing greater than attainment unto His Holy Presence. Thank God you attained this bounty.

May the spiritually-minded son, Mirza Badi'u'llah, God willing, be always safe in the stronghold of God's care and protection. (Bahiyyih Khanum, ‘Bahiyyih Khanum The Greatest Holy Leaf’, p. 93)

Baha'u'llah's Tablet to Bahiyyih Khanum, the Greatest Holy Leaf


Photograph of Baha'u'llah's Tablet, in His Own handwriting, to Bahiyyih Khanum. The text of this Tablet is carved and gilded around the pediment of her monument.

Translation:

He is the Eternal! This is My testimony for her who hath heard My voice and drawn nigh unto Me. Verily, she is a leaf that hath sprung from this preexistent Root. She hath revealed herself in My name and tasted of the sweet savours of My holy, My wondrous pleasure. At one time We gave her to drink from My honeyed Mouth, at another caused her to partake of My mighty, My luminous Kawthar. Upon her rest the glory of My name and the fragrance of My shining robe. ( Baha’u’llah, Bahiyyih Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf, p. 2)

One sheet of "Revelation Writing' by Mirza Aqa Jan


One sheet of "Revelation Writing' by Mirza Aqa Jan, Baha'u'llah's secretary (reduced from the original size of 35x22 cm). Baha'u'llah would dictate so rapidly that in order to keep up, His secretary developed a special shorthand script.

A Tablet to the friends in America in 'Abdu'l-Baha's handwriting


Facsimile of Tablet from 'Abdu'l-Baha, in His handwriting, to the friends in America, concerning Dr. Zia Baghdadi, his wife and her sister, 1920