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Say: O People! Withhold Not From Yourselves






Say: O people! Withhold not from yourselves the grace of God and His
mercy. Whoso withholdeth himself therefrom is indeed in grievous loss.
What, O people! Do ye worship the dust, and turn away from your Lord, the
Gracious, the All-Bountiful? Fear ye God, and be not of those who perish.
Say: The Book of God hath been sent down in the form of this Youth.
Hallowed, therefore, be God, the most excellent of makers! Take ye good
heed, O peoples of the world, lest ye flee from His face. Nay, make haste
to attain His presence, and be of them that have returned unto Him. Pray
to be forgiven, O people, for having failed in your duty towards God, and
for having trespassed against His Cause, and be not of the foolish. He it
is Who hath created you; He it is Who hath nourished your souls through
His Cause, and enabled you to recognize Him Who is the Almighty, the Most
Exalted, the All-Knowing. He it is Who hath unveiled to your eyes the
treasures of His knowledge, and caused you to ascend unto the heaven of
certitude--the certitude of His resistless, His irrefutable, and most
exalted Faith. Beware that ye do not deprive yourselves of the grace of
God, that ye do not bring to naught your works, and do not repudiate the
truth of this most manifest, this lofty, this shining, and glorious
Revelation. Judge ye fairly the Cause of God, your Creator, and behold
that which hath been sent down from the Throne on high, and meditate
thereon with innocent and sanctified hearts. Then will the truth of this
Cause appear unto you as manifest as the sun in its noon-tide glory. Then
will ye be of them that have believed in Him.

Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own
Self. Next to this testimony is His Revelation. For whoso faileth to
recognize either the one or the other He hath established the words He
hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. This is, verily, an
evidence of His tender mercy unto men. He hath endowed every soul with the
capacity to recognize the signs of God. How could He, otherwise, have
fulfilled His testimony unto men, if ye be of them that ponder His Cause
in their hearts. He will never deal unjustly with any one, neither will He
task a soul beyond its power. He, verily, is the Compassionate, the
All-Merciful.

Say: So great is the glory of the Cause of God that even the blind can
perceive it, how much more they whose sight is sharp, whose vision is
pure. The blind, though unable to perceive the light of the sun, are,
nevertheless, capable of experiencing its continual heat. The blind in
heart, however, among the people of the Bayan--and to this God is My
witness--are impotent, no matter how long the Sun may shine upon them,
either to perceive the radiance of its glory, or to appreciate the warmth
of its rays.

Say: O people of the Bayan! We have chosen you out of the world to know
and recognize Our Self. We have caused you to draw nigh unto the right
side of Paradise--the Spot out of which the undying Fire crieth in manifold
accents: "There is none other God besides Me, the All-Powerful, the Most
High!" Take heed lest ye allow yourselves to be shut out as by a veil from
this Day Star that shineth above the dayspring of the Will of your Lord,
the All-Merciful, and whose light hath encompassed both the small and the
great. Purge your sight, that ye may perceive its glory with your own
eyes, and depend not on the sight of any one except your self, for God
hath never burdened any soul beyond its power. Thus hath it been sent down
unto the Prophets and Messengers of old, and been recorded in all the
Scriptures.

Strive, O people, to gain admittance into this vast Immensity for which
God ordained neither beginning nor end, in which His voice hath been
raised, and over which have been wafted the sweet savors of holiness and
glory. Divest not yourselves of the Robe of grandeur, neither suffer your
hearts to be deprived of remembering your Lord, nor your ears of
hearkening unto the sweet melodies of His wondrous, His sublime, His
all-compelling, His clear, and most eloquent voice.





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