A Short Tablet of Abdu’l-Baha on the Strength of Steadfast Women

What follows is my provisional translation (in other words, not official or authorized; see here for more) of a Tablet of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the original text of which appears in Muntakhabátí az Makátíb-i-Ḥaḍrat-i-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, vol. 5, p. 191 (selection no. 241). 

O blazing leaf! It is said that—in terms of their constitution, their nature, and their station—women are weaker than men and more fervent in their hopes. This servant is certain that not every man is strong nor every woman weak. Women who are firm in the divine Covenant are the strongest of people, and they are aided by the hosts of the Kingdom, whereas wavering men are weaker than gnats and spiders.

A typescript of the original Persian text of the Tablet appears below. 

ای ورقه مبتهله، گويند که نساء در خلقت و طينت و منقبت اضعف از رجالند و اشدّ آمال. اين عبد چنين يقين دارد که نه هر رجالی قوی و نه هر نسائی ضعيف. نسائی که ثابت بر عهد و ميثاق الهی هستند قوی‌ترين نفوس و مؤيّد به جنود ملکوت هستند، و رجال متزلزل اضعف از بعوضه و عنکبوت. ع ع