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Lawh-i-maqsud (tablet Of Maqsud)






_Out of respect, the Baha'is, rather than addressing Baha'u'llah
directly, would write to His amanuensis, Mirza Aqa Jan, surnamed
'Servant of God' and 'Servant-in-Attendance'. The reply would be
in the form of a letter from Mirza Aqa Jan quoting words of
Baha'u'llah, but would, in fact, be dictated in its entirety by
Baha'u'llah. Thus all parts of the Tablet, even those which
ostensibly are the words of Mirza Aqa Jan himself, are Sacred
Scripture revealed by Baha'u'llah. The Tablet of Maqsud is in this
form. It was addressed to Mirza Maqsud, one of the early believers
living at that time in Damascus and Jerusalem._


He is God, exalted is He, the Lord of Majesty and Power

A PRAISE which is exalted above every mention or description beseemeth the
Adored One, the Possessor of all things visible and invisible, Who hath
enabled the Primal Point to reveal countless Books and Epistles and Who,
through the potency of His sublime Word, hath called into being the entire
creation, whether of the former or more recent generations. Moreover He
hath in every age and cycle, in conformity with His transcendent wisdom,
sent forth a divine Messenger to revive the dispirited and despondent
souls with the living waters of His utterance, One Who is indeed the
Expounder, the true Interpreter, inasmuch as man is unable to comprehend
that which hath streamed forth from the Pen of Glory and is recorded in
His heavenly Books. Men at all times and under all conditions stand in
need of one to exhort them, guide them and to instruct and teach them.
Therefore He hath sent forth His Messengers, His Prophets and chosen ones
that they might acquaint the people with the divine purpose underlying the
revelation of Books and the raising up of Messengers, and that everyone
may become aware of the trust of God which is latent in the reality of
every soul.

Man is the supreme Talisman. Lack of a proper education hath, however,
deprived him of that which he doth inherently possess. Through a word
proceeding out of the mouth of God he was called into being; by one word
more he was guided to recognize the Source of his education; by yet
another word his station and destiny were safeguarded. The Great Being
saith: Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education
can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to
benefit therefrom. If any man were to meditate on that which the
Scriptures, sent down from the heaven of God's holy Will, have revealed,
he would readily recognize that their purpose is that all men shall be
regarded as one soul, so that the seal bearing the words 'The Kingdom
shall be God's' may be stamped on every heart, and the light of Divine
bounty, of grace, and mercy may envelop all mankind. The One true God,
exalted be His glory, hath wished nothing for Himself. The allegiance of
mankind profiteth Him not, neither doth its perversity harm Him. The Bird
of the Realm of Utterance voiceth continually this call: 'All things have
I willed for thee, and thee, too, for thine own sake.' If the learned and
worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance
of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the
meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and
absolute composure. Were the earth to attain this station and be illumined
with its light it could then be truly said of it: 'Thou shall see in it no
hollows or rising hills.'(55)

Blessing and peace be upon Him(56) through Whose advent Batha(57) is
wreathed in smiles, and the sweet savours of Whose raiment have shed
fragrance upon all mankind--He Who came to protect men from that which
would harm them in the world below. Exalted, immensely exalted is His
station above the glorification of all beings and sanctified from the
praise of the entire creation. Through His advent the tabernacle of
stability and order was raised throughout the world and the ensign of
knowledge hoisted among the nations. May blessings rest also upon His
kindred and His companions through whom the standard of the unity of God
and of His singleness was uplifted and the banners of celestial triumph
were unfurled. Through them the religion of God was firmly established
among His creatures and His Name magnified amidst His servants. I entreat
Him--exalted is He--to shield His Faith from the mischief of His enemies who
tore away the veils, rent them asunder and finally caused the banner of
Islam to be reversed amongst all peoples.

Thy letter from which the fragrance of reunion was inhaled hath been
received. Praised be God that following the firm decree of separation, the
breeze of nearness and communion hath been stirred and the soil of the
heart is refreshed with the waters of joy and gladness. We offer
thanksgiving unto God in all circumstances and cherish the hope that
He--exalted be His glory--may through His gracious providence guide all who
dwell on earth towards that which is acceptable and pleasing unto Him.

Behold the disturbances which, for many a long year, have afflicted the
earth, and the perturbation that hath seized its peoples. It hath either
been ravaged by war, or tormented by sudden and unforeseen calamities.
Though the world is encompassed with misery and distress, yet no man hath
paused to reflect what the cause or source of that may be. Whenever the
True Counsellor uttered a word in admonishment, lo, they all denounced Him
as a mover of mischief and rejected His claim. How bewildering, how
confusing is such behaviour! No two men can be found who may be said to be
outwardly and inwardly united. The evidences of discord and malice are
apparent everywhere, though all were made for harmony and union. The Great
Being saith: O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been
raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one
tree, and the leaves of one branch. We cherish the hope that the light of
justice may shine upon the world and sanctify it from tyranny. If the
rulers and kings of the earth, the symbols of the power of God, exalted be
His glory, arise and resolve to dedicate themselves to whatever will
promote the highest interests of the whole of humanity, the reign of
justice will assuredly be established amongst the children of men, and the
effulgence of its light will envelop the whole earth. The Great Being
saith: The structure of world stability and order hath been reared upon,
and will continue to be sustained by, the twin pillars of reward and
punishment. And in another connection He hath uttered the following in the
eloquent tongue:(58) Justice hath a mighty force at its command. It is
none other than reward and punishment for the deeds of men. By the power
of this force the tabernacle of order is established throughout the world,
causing the wicked to restrain their natures for fear of punishment.

In another passage He hath written: Take heed, O concourse of the rulers
of the world! There is no force on earth that can equal in its conquering
power the force of justice and wisdom. I, verily, affirm that there is
not, and hath never been, a host more mighty than that of justice and
wisdom. Blessed is the king who marcheth with the ensign of wisdom
unfurled before him, and the battalions of justice massed in his rear. He
verily is the ornament that adorneth the brow of peace and the countenance
of security. There can be no doubt whatever that if the day-star of
justice, which the clouds of tyranny have obscured, were to shed its light
upon men, the face of the earth would be completely transformed.

The Great Being, wishing to reveal the prerequisites of the peace and
tranquillity of the world and the advancement of its peoples, hath
written: The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding
of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally
realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and,
participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as
will lay the foundations of the world's Great Peace amongst men. Such a
peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the
tranquillity of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among
themselves. Should any king take up arms against another, all should
unitedly arise and prevent him. If this be done, the nations of the world
will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving
the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within
their territories. This will ensure the peace and composure of every
people, government and nation. We fain would hope that the kings and
rulers of the earth, the mirrors of the gracious and almighty name of God,
may attain unto this station, and shield mankind from the onslaught of
tyranny.

Likewise He saith: Among the things which are conducive to unity and
concord and will cause the whole earth to be regarded as one country is
that the divers languages be reduced to one language and in like manner
the scripts used in the world be confined to a single script. It is
incumbent upon all nations to appoint some men of understanding and
erudition to convene a gathering and through joint consultation choose one
language from among the varied existing languages, or create a new one, to
be taught to the children in all the schools of the world.

The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted
one universal language and one common script. When this is achieved, to
whatsoever city a man may journey, it shall be as if he were entering his
own home. These things are obligatory and absolutely essential. It is
incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to
translate that which hath been written into reality and action.

In these days the tabernacle of justice hath fallen into the clutches of
tyranny and oppression. Beseech ye the One true God--exalted be His
glory--not to deprive mankind of the ocean of true understanding, for were
men but to take heed they would readily appreciate that whatever hath
streamed from and is set down by the Pen of Glory is even as the sun for
the whole world and that therein lie the welfare, security and true
interests of all men; otherwise the earth will be tormented by a fresh
calamity every day and unprecedented commotions will break out. God grant
that the people of the world may be graciously aided to preserve the light
of His loving counsels within the globe of wisdom. We cherish the hope
that everyone may be adorned with the vesture of true wisdom, the basis of
the government of the world.

The Great Being saith: The heaven of statesmanship is made luminous and
resplendent by the brightness of the light of these blessed words which
hath dawned from the dayspring of the Will of God: It behoveth every ruler
to weigh his own being every day in the balance of equity and justice and
then to judge between men and counsel them to do that which would direct
their steps unto the path of wisdom and understanding. This is the
cornerstone of statesmanship and the essence thereof. From these words
every enlightened man of wisdom will readily perceive that which will
foster such aims as the welfare, security and protection of mankind and
the safety of human lives. Were men of insight to quaff their fill from
the ocean of inner meanings which lie enshrined in these words and become
acquainted therewith, they would bear witness to the sublimity and the
excellence of this utterance. If this lowly one were to set forth that
which he perceiveth, all would testify unto God's consummate wisdom. The
secrets of statesmanship and that of which the people are in need lie
enfolded within these words. This lowly servant earnestly entreateth the
One true God--exalted be His glory--to illumine the eyes of the people of
the world with the splendour of the light of wisdom that they, one and
all, may recognize that which is indispensable in this day.

That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of
the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that
ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the
earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride
himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the
whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.

Such exhortations to union and concord as are inscribed in the Books of
the Prophets by the Pen of the Most High bear reference unto specific
matters; not a union that would lead to disunity or a concord which would
create discord. This is the station where measures are set unto
everything, a station where every deserving soul shall be given his due.
Well is it with them that appreciate the meaning and grasp the intent of
these words, and woe betide the heedless. Unto this all the evidences of
nature, in their very essences, bear ample testimony. Every discerning man
of wisdom is well acquainted with that which We have mentioned, but not
those who have strayed far from the living fountain of fairmindedness and
are roving distraught in the wilderness of ignorance and blind fanaticism.

The Great Being saith: O ye children of men! The fundamental purpose
animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests
and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love
and fellowship amongst men. Suffer it not to become a source of dissension
and discord, of hate and enmity. This is the straight Path, the fixed and
immovable foundation. Whatsoever is raised on this foundation, the changes
and chances of the world can never impair its strength, nor will the
revolution of countless centuries undermine its structure. Our hope is
that the world's religious leaders and the rulers thereof will unitedly
arise for the reformation of this age and the rehabilitation of its
fortunes. Let them, after meditating on its needs, take counsel together
and, through anxious and full deliberation, administer to a diseased and
sorely-afflicted world the remedy it requireth.

The Great Being saith: The heaven of divine wisdom is illumined with the
two luminaries of consultation and compassion. Take ye counsel together in
all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which
leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding.

At the outset of every endeavour, it is incumbent to look to the end of
it. Of all the arts and sciences, set the children to studying those which
will result in advantage to man, will ensure his progress and elevate his
rank. Thus the noisome odours of lawlessness will be dispelled, and thus
through the high endeavours of the nation's leaders, all will live
cradled, secure and in peace.

The Great Being saith: The learned of the day must direct the people to
acquire those branches of knowledge which are of use, that both the
learned themselves and the generality of mankind may derive benefits
therefrom. Such academic pursuits as begin and end in words alone have
never been and will never be of any worth. The majority of Persia's
learned doctors devote all their lives to the study of a philosophy the
ultimate yield of which is nothing but words.

It is incumbent upon them who are in authority to exercise moderation in
all things. Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease
to exert a beneficial influence. Consider for instance such things as
liberty, civilization and the like. However much men of understanding may
favourably regard them, they will, if carried to excess, exercise a
pernicious influence upon men.

If this point were to be expounded an elaborate explanation would be
required which, it is feared, might become tedious. It is the ardent hope
of this lowly one that God--exalted be His glory--may grant all men that
which is good. For he who is endowed therewith is the possessor of all
things. The Great Being saith: The Tongue of Wisdom proclaimeth: He that
hath Me not is bereft of all things. Turn ye away from all that is on
earth and seek none else but Me. I am the Sun of Wisdom and the Ocean of
Knowledge. I cheer the faint and revive the dead. I am the guiding Light
that illumineth the way. I am the royal Falcon on the arm of the Almighty.
I unfold the drooping wings of every broken bird and start it on its
flight.

And likewise He saith: The heaven of true understanding shineth
resplendent with the light of two luminaries: tolerance and righteousness.

O my friend! Vast oceans lie enshrined within this brief saying. Blessed
are they who appreciate its value, drink deep therefrom and grasp its
meaning, and woe betide the heedless. This lowly one entreateth the people
of the world to observe fairness, that their tender, their delicate and
precious hearing which hath been created to hearken unto the words of
wisdom may be freed from impediments and from such allusions, idle fancies
or vain imaginings as 'cannot fatten nor appease the hunger', so that the
true Counsellor may be graciously inclined to set forth that which is the
source of blessing for mankind and of the highest good for all nations.

At present the light of reconciliation is dimmed in most countries and its
radiance extinguished while the fire of strife and disorder hath been
kindled and is blazing fiercely. Two great powers who regard themselves as
the founders and leaders of civilization and the framers of constitutions
have risen up against the followers of the Faith associated with Him Who
conversed with God.(59) Be ye warned, O men of understanding. It ill
beseemeth the station of man to commit tyranny; rather it behoveth him to
observe equity and be attired with the raiment of justice under all
conditions. Beseech ye the One true God that He may, through the power of
the hand of loving-kindness and spiritual education, purge and purify
certain souls from the defilement of evil passions and corrupt desires,
that they may arise and unloose their tongues for the sake of God, that
perchance the evidences of injustice may be blotted out and the splendour
of the light of justice may shed its radiance upon the whole world. The
people are ignorant, and they stand in need of those who will expound the
truth.

The Great Being saith: The man of consummate learning and the sage endowed
with penetrating wisdom are the two eyes to the body of mankind. God
willing, the earth shall never be deprived of these two greatest gifts.
That which hath been set forth and will be revealed in the future is but a
token of this Servant's ardent desire to dedicate Himself to the service
of all the kindreds of the earth.

O my friend! In all circumstances one should seize upon every means which
will promote security and tranquillity among the peoples of the world. The
Great Being saith: In this glorious Day whatever will purge you from
corruption and will lead you towards peace and composure, is indeed the
Straight Path.

Please God, the peoples of the world may be led, as the result of the high
endeavours exerted by their rulers and the wise and learned amongst men,
to recognize their best interests. How long will humanity persist in its
waywardness? How long will injustice continue? How long is chaos and
confusion to reign amongst men? How long will discord agitate the face of
society?

This humble servant is filled with wonder, inasmuch as all men are endowed
with the capacity to see and hear, yet we find them deprived of the
privilege of using these faculties. This servant hath been prompted to pen
these lines by virtue of the tender love he cherisheth for thee. The winds
of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that
divideth and afflicteth the human race is daily increasing. The signs of
impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the
prevailing order appeareth to be lamentably defective. I beseech God,
exalted be His glory, that He may graciously awaken the peoples of the
earth, may grant that the end of their conduct may be profitable unto
them, and aid them to accomplish that which beseemeth their station.


Were man to appreciate the greatness of his station and the loftiness of
his destiny he would manifest naught save goodly character, pure deeds,
and a seemly and praiseworthy conduct. If the learned and wise men of
goodwill were to impart guidance unto the people, the whole earth would be
regarded as one country. Verily this is the undoubted truth. This servant
appealeth to every diligent and enterprising soul to exert his utmost
endeavour and arise to rehabilitate the conditions in all regions and to
quicken the dead with the living waters of wisdom and utterance, by virtue
of the love he cherisheth for God, the One, the Peerless, the Almighty,
the Beneficent.

No man of wisdom can demonstrate his knowledge save by means of words.
This showeth the significance of the Word as is affirmed in all the
Scriptures, whether of former times or more recently. For it is through
its potency and animating spirit that the people of the world have
attained so eminent a position. Moreover words and utterances should be
both impressive and penetrating. However, no word will be infused with
these two qualities unless it be uttered wholly for the sake of God and
with due regard unto the exigencies of the occasion and the people.

The Great Being saith: Human utterance is an essence which aspireth to
exert its influence and needeth moderation. As to its influence, this is
conditional upon refinement which in turn is dependent upon hearts which
are detached and pure. As to its moderation, this hath to be combined with
tact and wisdom as prescribed in the Holy Scriptures and Tablets.

Every word is endowed with a spirit, therefore the speaker or expounder
should carefully deliver his words at the appropriate time and place, for
the impression which each word maketh is clearly evident and perceptible.
The Great Being saith: One word may be likened unto fire, another unto
light, and the influence which both exert is manifest in the world.
Therefore an enlightened man of wisdom should primarily speak with words
as mild as milk, that the children of men may be nurtured and edified
thereby and may attain the ultimate goal of human existence which is the
station of true understanding and nobility. And likewise He saith: One
word is like unto springtime causing the tender saplings of the
rose-garden of knowledge to become verdant and flourishing, while another
word is even as a deadly poison. It behoveth a prudent man of wisdom to
speak with utmost leniency and forbearance so that the sweetness of his
words may induce everyone to attain that which befitteth man's station.

O friend of mine! The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive
influence is incalculable. It hath ever dominated and will continue to
dominate the realm of being. The Great Being saith: The Word is the master
key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the
hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked. No
sooner had but a glimmer of its effulgent splendour shone forth upon the
mirror of love than the blessed word 'I am the Best-Beloved' was reflected
therein. It is an ocean inexhaustible in riches, comprehending all things.
Every thing which can be perceived is but an emanation therefrom. High,
immeasurably high is this sublime station, in whose shadow moveth the
essence of loftiness and splendour, wrapt in praise and adoration.

Methinks people's sense of taste hath, alas, been sorely affected by the
fever of negligence and folly, for they are found to be wholly unconscious
and deprived of the sweetness of His utterance. How regrettable indeed
that man should debar himself from the fruits of the tree of wisdom while
his days and hours pass swiftly away. Please God, the hand of divine power
may safeguard all mankind and direct their steps towards the horizon of
true understanding.

Verily our Lord of Mercy is the Helper, the Knowing, the Wise.

I would like to add that thy second letter which had been sent from
Jerusalem hath been received and that which thou hadst written and set
forth therein was perused and read in His presence. He bade me write as
follows:

O Maqsud! We have heard thy voice and perceived the sighing and
lamentation thou didst raise in thy longing and eagerness. Praised be God!
The sweet savours of love could be inhaled from every word thereof. Please
God, this bounty may last for ever. The Servant-in-Attendance recited the
verses thou hast composed. Thy name is often mentioned in the presence of
this Wronged One and the glances of Our loving-kindness and compassion are
directed towards thee.

Great is the station of man. Great must also be his endeavours for the
rehabilitation of the world and the well-being of nations. I beseech the
One true God to graciously confirm thee in that which beseemeth man's
station.

Be thou guided by wisdom under all conditions, inasmuch as persons who
harbour evil motives have been and are still diligently engaged in
intriguing. Gracious God! Unto that immeasurably exalted Being Who seeketh
naught but to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men, and to
revive the world and ennoble its life, they have imputed such charges as
the tongue and the pen are ashamed to recount.

We have remembered thee and make mention of thee now. We entreat
Him--exalted is His glory--to protect thee with the hands of might and power
and enable thee to recognize that which will serve thy best interests both
in this world and in the next. He is the Lord of Mankind, the Possessor of
the Throne on High and of the world below. No God is there besides Him,
the Omnipotent, the Powerful. God grant that this Wronged One may observe
fidelity. He hath not forgotten nor will He ever forget thee.

Thou hast mentioned thine intention to stay in Damascus until spring, then
to proceed to Mosul, should the means be forthcoming. This lowly servant
entreateth God--exalted is His glory--to provide such means as is deemed
expedient, and to aid thee. He is Potent and Powerful.

Although all the inhabitants of this region have been treated with the
utmost kindness, yet no evidence of fellowship can be discerned from them.
Thou shouldst observe much tact and wisdom, for they seek at all times to
cavil at and deny the Cause. May the One true God grant them equity.

Concerning thine own affairs, if thou wouldst content thyself with
whatever might come to pass it would be praiseworthy. To engage in some
profession is highly commendable, for when occupied with work one is less
likely to dwell on the unpleasant aspects of life. God willing thou mayest
experience joy and radiance, gladness and exultation in any city or land
where thou mayest happen to sojourn. This lowly servant will never forget
that distinguished and kind friend. He hath remembered and will continue
to remember thee. The decree lieth with God, the Lord of all worlds. I
fain would hope He may vouchsafe divine assistance and grant confirmation
in that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Him.

Every word of thy poetry is indeed like unto a mirror in which the
evidences of the devotion and love thou cherishest for God and His chosen
ones are reflected. Well is it with thee who hast quaffed the choice wine
of utterance and partaken of the soft flowing stream of true knowledge.
Happy is he who hath drunk his fill and attained unto Him and woe betide
the heedless. Its perusal hath truly proved highly impressive, for it was
indicative of both the light of reunion and the fire of separation.

Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favours of
God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed
into a sun and a single drop into an ocean. He unlocketh thousands of
doors, while man is incapable of conceiving even a single one.

So heedless is this servant that with words such as these he seeketh to
vindicate the supreme power of God--exalted be His glory. I implore pardon
of God, the Most Great, for these assertions and affirm that this servant
at all times recognizeth his grievous trespasses and misdeeds. He
entreateth remission of his sins from the ocean of the forgiveness of his
Lord, the Most Exalted, and beggeth for that which will make him wholly
devoted to God and enable him to utter His praise, turn himself toward Him
and to put his whole trust in Him. Verily He is the Potent, the Forgiving,
the Merciful. Praised be God, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.

This lowly one hath read the descriptions of the dialogue with the
traveller which thou hast recounted in thy letter to my Lord, may my life
be offered up for His sake. The explanations which were set forth awaken
the people from the slumber of heedlessness. Indeed the actions of man
himself breed a profusion of satanic power. For were men to abide by and
observe the divine teachings, every trace of evil would be banished from
the face of the earth. However, the widespread differences that exist
among mankind and the prevalence of sedition, contention, conflict and the
like are the primary factors which provoke the appearance of the satanic
spirit. Yet the Holy Spirit hath ever shunned such matters. A world in
which naught can be perceived save strife, quarrels and corruption is
bound to become the seat of the throne, the very metropolis, of Satan.

How vast the number of the loved and chosen ones of God who have lamented
and moaned by day and by night that haply a sweet and fragrant breeze
might blow from the court of His good-pleasure and dispel altogether the
loathsome and foul-smelling odours from the world. However, this ultimate
goal could not be attained, and men were deprived thereof by virtue of
their evil deeds, which brought upon them the retribution of God, in
accordance with the basic principles of His divine rule. Ours is the duty
to remain patient in these circumstances until relief be forthcoming from
God, the Forgiving, the Bountiful.

Magnified be Thy Name, O Lord of all beings and Desire of all created
things! I beseech Thee, by the Word which hath caused the Burning Bush to
lift up its Voice and the Rock to cry out, whereby the well-favoured have
hastened to attain the court of Thy presence and the pure in heart the
dayspring of the light of Thy countenance, and by the sighing of Thy true
lovers in their separation from Thy chosen ones and by the lamentation of
them that long to behold Thy face before the dawning splendour of the
light of Thy Revelation, to graciously enable Thy servants to recognize
what Thou hast ordained for them by Thy bounty and Thy grace. Prescribe
for them then through Thy Pen of Glory that which will direct their steps
to the ocean of Thy generosity and will lead them unto the living waters
of Thy heavenly reunion.

O Lord! Look not at the things they have wrought, rather look unto the
loftiness of Thy celestial bounty which hath preceded all created things,
visible and invisible. O Lord! Illumine their hearts with the effulgent
light of Thy knowledge and brighten their eyes with the shining splendour
of the day-star of Thy favours.

I entreat Thee, O Lord of Names and Creator of the heavens, by the blood
spilt in Thy Path, and by the heads carried aloft on spears for the sake
of Thy love, and by the souls that have melted in their separation from
Thy loved ones, and by the hearts broken for the exaltation of Thy Word,
to grant that the dwellers of Thy realm may unite together in their
allegiance to Thine incomparable Word so that they may all acknowledge Thy
unity and Thy oneness. There is no God but Thee, the Omnipotent, the Most
Exalted, the Knowing, the Wise.

I fain would hope that He Who is the All-Sufficing, the Inaccessible, may
heed the solicitation of this lowly servant, may attire the people of the
world with the raiment of goodly deeds and purge them from evil
inclinations. He is the Mighty, the Powerful, the All-Wise, the
All-Perceiving. He heareth and seeth; He is the All-Hearing, the
All-Seeing.





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