Lawh al-mahw and ithbât - لوح المحو والإثبات
Lawh expresses a visible state that gives an example or warning. Mahw expresses the sudden disappearance and destruction of that situation.
For example, While the sky is a lawh covered with clouds, lightning flashes and rain falls, suddenly, the weather clears, and we see that the previous landscape disappears as if nothing had happened. This state is called mahw. The state of weather returning to its previous rainy and cloudy landscape with lightning through the qoudrah of Allah is called ithbât — which literally means proving — since such a state proves that creatures will be resurrected by Allah after they die and disappear. Allah writes the meanings that He wants to demonstrate on the pages of the universe, and when they express their meanings, He erases them.
Yes, the lifeless, unconscious cloud sending the rain, which is the water of life, to help the needy living beings is only through Your rahmah and hikmah. Confused coincidence cannot interfere. As for the lighting, which is the most powerful of electricity and encourages man to benefit from it by indicating its benefits of illumining, it illumines beautifully Your Qoudrah in the sky. The thunder, too, which gives the good tiding of the coming of rain, causes the huge sky to speak and makes the skies ring out with the sound of its tasbîhât, offers You taqdîs1 by speaking with its verbal language and testifies to Your rubûbiyyah. The winds, too, which are charged with numerous duties like providing the breath, which is the most necessary rizq for the life of living beings and easiest to benefit from, and comforting people, indicate the activity of Your Qoudrah and testify to Your existence by turning the sky into the form of a lawh al-mahw and ithbât and a board for writing, expressing and then erasing in consequence of a hikmah. The rahmah, too, which is milked through Your mercy from the clouds and sent to living beings, testifies to the abundance of Your rahmah and vast compassion through the words of its balanced, orderly drops.
The Third Ray
Thus, by means of the spelling of Al-Imâm Al-Mubîn, that is, through the decree and principle of Qadar, on the mithâlî page2 of time called Al-Lahw Al-Mahw Wa’l-Ithbât, the qoudrah of Allah creates and writes the chain of beings each of which is an âyah concerning the creation of things, and causes particles to move. It means that the movement of the particles is a vibration and movement arising from that writing and copying while beings pass from al-‘âlam al-ghayb to al-‘âlam ash-shahâdah and from ‘Ilm to Qoudrah. As for Lahw Al-Mahw Wa’l-Ithbât, it is a slate for writing and erasing and a changing notebook of the fixed and constant Supreme Lawh Al-Mahfûdh, in the sphere of contingency3 , that is, in the things which are continuously the place of manifestations for life and death, existence and transience; this is the haqiqah of time. Yes, just as everything has a haqiqah, so too, the haqiqah of an immense river flowing in the universe — what we call time — is the ink and the page of the writing of Qoudrah in Lahw Al-Mahw Wa’l-Ithbât.
The Thirtieth Word- Second Aim-Introduction
1 (To proclaim Allah, Who is Quddûs, is purified and free from all faults and exalted above any deficiency.)
2 (The page in which the copies and records of everything and every event in the world are preserved.) (Tr.)