Fear God Ye Inhabitants Of The City (constantinople)
Fear God, ye inhabitants of the City (Constantinople), and sow not the
seeds of dissension amongst men. Walk not in the paths of the Evil One.
Walk ye, during the few remaining days of your life, in the ways of the
one true God. Your days shall pass away as have the days of them who were
before you. To dust shall ye return, even as your fathers of old did
Know ye that I am afraid of none except God. In none but Him have I placed
My trust; to none will I cleave but Him, and wish for naught except the
thing He hath wished for Me. This, indeed, is My heart's desire, did ye
but know it. I have offered up My soul and My body as a sacrifice for God,
the Lord of all worlds. Whoso hath known God shall know none but Him, and
he that feareth God shall be afraid of no one except Him, though the
powers of the whole earth rise up and be arrayed against him. I speak
naught except at His bidding, and follow not, through the power of God and
His might, except His truth. He, verily, shall recompense the truthful.
Narrate, O Servant, the things Thou didst behold at the time of Thine
arrival in the City, that Thy testimony may endure amongst men, and serve
as a warning unto them that believe. We found, upon Our arrival in the
City, its governors and elders as children gathered about and disporting
themselves with clay. We perceived no one sufficiently mature to acquire
from Us the truths which God hath taught Us, nor ripe for Our wondrous
words of wisdom. Our inner eye wept sore over them, and over their
transgressions and their total disregard of the thing for which they were
created. This is what We observed in that City, and which We have chosen
to note down in Our Book, that it may serve as a warning unto them, and
unto the rest of mankind.
Say: If ye be seekers after this life and the vanities thereof, ye should
have sought them while ye were still enclosed in your mothers' wombs, for
at that time ye were continually approaching them, could ye but perceive
it. Ye have, on the other hand, ever since ye were born and attained
maturity, been all the while receding from the world and drawing closer to
dust. Why, then, exhibit such greed in amassing the treasures of the
earth, when your days are numbered and your chance is well-nigh lost? Will
ye not, then, O heedless ones, shake off your slumber?
Incline your ears to the counsels which this Servant giveth you for the
sake of God. He, verily, asketh no recompense from you and is resigned to
what God hath ordained for Him, and is entirely submissive to God's Will.
The days of your life are far spent, O people, and your end is fast
approaching. Put away, therefore, the things ye have devised and to which
ye cleave, and take firm hold on the precepts of God, that haply ye may
attain that which He hath purposed for you, and be of them that pursue a
right course. Delight not yourselves in the things of the world and its
vain ornaments, neither set your hopes on them. Let your reliance be on
the remembrance of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Great. He will,
erelong, bring to naught all the things ye possess. Let Him be your fear,
and forget not His covenant with you, and be not of them that are shut out
as by a veil from Him.
Beware that ye swell not with pride before God, and disdainfully reject
His loved ones. Defer ye humbly to the faithful, they that have believed
in God and in His signs, whose hearts witness to His unity, whose tongues
proclaim His oneness, and who speak not except by His leave. Thus do We
exhort you with justice, and warn you with truth, that perchance ye may be
Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you,
and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves.
This is My best counsel unto you, did ye but observe it.
Respect ye the divines and learned amongst you, they whose conduct accords
with their professions, who transgress not the bounds which God hath
fixed, whose judgments are in conformity with His behests as revealed in
His Book. Know ye that they are the lamps of guidance unto them that are
in the heavens and on the earth. They who disregard and neglect the
divines and learned that live amongst them--these have truly changed the
favor with which God hath favored them.
Say: Await ye till God will have changed His favor unto you. Nothing
whatsoever escapeth Him. He knoweth the secrets both of the heavens and of
the earth. His knowledge embraceth all things. Rejoice not in what ye have
done, or will do in the future, nor delight in the tribulation with which
ye have afflicted Us, for ye are unable by such means as these to exalt
your stations, were ye to examine your works with acute discernment.
Neither will ye be capable of detracting from the loftiness of Our state.
Nay, God will add unto the recompense with which He shall reward Us, for
having sustained with persevering patience the tribulations We have
suffered. He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with
Know ye that trials and tribulations have, from time immemorial, been the
lot of the chosen Ones of God and His beloved, and such of His servants as
are detached from all else but Him, they whom neither merchandise nor
traffic beguile from the remembrance of the Almighty, they that speak not
till He hath spoken, and act according to His commandment. Such is God's
method carried into effect of old, and such will it remain in the future.
Blessed are the steadfastly enduring, they that are patient under ills and
hardships, who lament not over anything that befalleth them, and who tread
the path of resignation....
The day is approaching when God will have raised up a people who will call
to remembrance Our days, who will tell the tale of Our trials, who will
demand the restitution of Our rights from them that, without a tittle of
evidence, have treated Us with manifest injustice. God, assuredly,
dominateth the lives of them that wronged Us, and is well aware of their
doings. He will, most certainly, lay hold on them for their sins. He,
verily, is the fiercest of avengers.
Thus have We recounted unto you the tales of the one true God, and sent
down unto you the things He had preordained, that haply ye may ask
forgiveness of Him, may return unto Him, may truly repent, may realize
your misdeeds, may shake off your slumber, may be roused from your
heedlessness, may atone for the things that have escaped you, and be of
them that do good. Let him who will, acknowledge the truth of My words;
and as to him that willeth not, let him turn aside. My sole duty is to
remind you of your failure in duty towards the Cause of God, if perchance
ye may be of them that heed My warning. Wherefore, hearken ye unto My
speech, and return ye to God and repent, that He, through His grace, may
have mercy upon you, may wash away your sins, and forgive your trespasses.
The greatness of His mercy surpasseth the fury of His wrath, and His grace
encompasseth all who have been called into being and been clothed with the
robe of life, be they of the past or of the future.
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