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God Hath Through His Tongue That Uttereth

God hath, through His tongue that uttereth the truth, testified in all His
Tablets to these words: "I am He that liveth in the Abha Realm of Glory."

By the righteousness of God! He, from the heights of this sublime, this
holy, this mighty, and transcendent station, seeth all things, heareth all
things, and is, at this hour, proclaiming: Blessed art thou, O Javad,
inasmuch as thou hast attained unto that which no man before thee hath
attained. I swear by Him Who is the Eternal Truth! Through thee the eyes
of the inmates of the Exalted Paradise have been gladdened. The people,
however, are utterly heedless. Were We to reveal thy station, the hearts
of men would be sorely agitated, their footsteps would slip, the
embodiments of vain-glory would be dumbfounded, would fall down upon the
ground, and would thrust the fingers of heedlessness into their ears, for
fear of hearing.

Grieve thou not over those that have busied themselves with the things of
this world, and have forgotten the remembrance of God, the Most Great. By
Him Who is the Eternal Truth! The day is approaching when the wrathful
anger of the Almighty will have taken hold of them. He, verily, is the
Omnipotent, the All-Subduing, the Most Powerful. He shall cleanse the
earth from the defilement of their corruption, and shall give it for an
heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.

Say: O people! Dust fill your mouths, and ashes blind your eyes, for
having bartered away the Divine Joseph for the most paltry of prices. Oh,
the misery that resteth upon you, ye that are far astray! Have ye imagined
in your hearts that ye possess the power to outstrip Him and His Cause?
Far from it! To this He, Himself, the All-Powerful, the Most Exalted, the
Most Great, doth testify.

Soon shall the blasts of His chastisement beat upon you, and the dust of
hell enshroud you. Those men who, having amassed the vanities and
ornaments of the earth, have turned away disdainfully from God--these have
lost both this world and the world to come. Ere long, will God, with the
Hand of Power, strip them of their possessions, and divest them of the
robe of His bounty. To this they themselves shall soon witness. Thou, too,
shalt testify.

Say: O people! Let not this life and its deceits deceive you, for the
world and all that is therein is held firmly in the grasp of His Will. He
bestoweth His favor on whom He willeth, and from whom He willeth He taketh
it away. He doth whatsoever He chooseth. Had the world been of any worth
in His sight, He surely would never have allowed His enemies to possess
it, even to the extent of a grain of mustard seed. He hath, however,
caused you to be entangled with its affairs, in return for what your hands
have wrought in His Cause. This, indeed, is a chastisement which ye, of
your own will, have inflicted upon yourselves, could ye but perceive it.
Are ye rejoicing in the things which, according to the estimate of God,
are contemptible and worthless, things wherewith He proveth the hearts of
the doubtful?

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