By Him Who Is The Great Announcement!
By Him Who is the Great Announcement! The All-Merciful is come invested
with undoubted sovereignty. The Balance hath been appointed, and all them
that dwell on earth have been gathered together. The Trumpet hath been
blown, and lo, all eyes have stared up with terror, and the hearts of all
who are in the heavens and on the earth have trembled, except them whom
the breath of the verses of God hath quickened, and who have detached
themselves from all things.
This is the Day whereon the earth shall tell out her tidings. The workers
of iniquity are her burdens, could ye but perceive it. The moon of idle
fancy hath been cleft, and the heaven hath given out a palpable smoke. We
see the people laid low, awed with the dread of thy Lord, the Almighty,
the Most Powerful. The Crier hath cried out, and men have been torn away,
so great hath been the fury of His wrath. The people of the left hand sigh
and bemoan. The people of the right abide in noble habitations: they quaff
the Wine that is life indeed, from the hands of the All-Merciful, and are,
verily, the blissful.
The earth hath been shaken, and the mountains have passed away, and the
angels have appeared, rank on rank, before Us. Most of the people are
bewildered in their drunkenness and wear on their faces the evidences of
anger. Thus have We gathered together the workers of iniquity. We see them
rushing on towards their idol. Say: None shall be secure this Day from the
decree of God. This indeed is a grievous Day. We point out to them those
that led them astray. They see them, and yet recognize them not. Their
eyes are drunken; they are indeed a blind people. Their proofs are the
calumnies they uttered; condemned are their calumnies by God, the Help in
Peril, the Self-Subsisting. The Evil One hath stirred up mischief in their
hearts, and they are afflicted with a torment that none can avert. They
hasten to the wicked, bearing the register of the workers of iniquity.
Such are their doings.
Say: The heavens have been folded together, and the earth is held within
His grasp, and the corrupt doers have been held by their forelock, and
still they understand not. They drink of the tainted water, and know it
not. Say: The shout hath been raised, and the people have come forth from
their graves, and arising, are gazing around them. Some have made haste to
attain the court of the God of Mercy, others have fallen down on their
faces in the fire of Hell, while still others are lost in bewilderment.
The verses of God have been revealed, and yet they have turned away from
them. His proof hath been manifested, and yet they are unaware of it. And
when they behold the face of the All-Merciful, their own faces are
saddened, while they are disporting themselves. They hasten forward to
Hell Fire, and mistake it for light. Far from God be what they fondly
imagine! Say: Whether ye rejoice or whether ye burst for fury, the heavens
are cleft asunder, and God hath come down, invested with radiant
sovereignty. All created things are heard exclaiming: "The Kingdom is
God's, the Almighty, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."
Know thou, moreover, that We have been cast into an afflictive Prison, and
are encompassed with the hosts of tyranny, as a result of what the hands
of the infidels have wrought. Such is the gladness, however, which the
Youth hath tasted that no earthly joy can compare unto it. By God! The
harm He suffereth at the hands of the oppressor can never grieve His
heart, nor can He be saddened by the ascendancy of such as have repudiated
Say: Tribulation is a horizon unto My Revelation. The day star of grace
shineth above it, and sheddeth a light which neither the clouds of men's
idle fancy nor the vain imaginations of the aggressor can obscure.
Follow thou the footsteps of thy Lord, and remember His servants even as
He doth remember thee, undeterred by either the clamor of the heedless
ones or the sword of the enemy.... Spread abroad the sweet savors of thy
Lord, and hesitate not, though it be for less than a moment, in the
service of His Cause. The day is approaching when the victory of thy Lord,
the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Bountiful, will be proclaimed.
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