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Suriy-i-haykal






_This is the Surih of the Temple which God hath ordained to be the Mirror
of His Names between the heavens and the earth, and the Sign of His
Remembrance amidst the peoples of the world._

He is the Most Wondrous, the All-Glorious!

1 Glorified is He Who hath revealed His verses to those who understand.
Glorified is He Who sendeth down His verses to those who perceive.
Glorified is He Who guideth whomsoever He pleaseth unto His path. Say: I,
verily, am the Path of God unto all who are in the heavens and all who are
on the earth; well is it with them that hasten thereunto!

2 Glorified is He Who sendeth down His verses to those who comprehend.
Glorified is He Who speaketh forth from the Kingdom of His Revelation, and
Who remaineth unknown to all save His honoured servants. Glorified is He
Who quickeneth whomsoever He willeth by virtue of His word Be, and it
is! Glorified is He Who causeth whomsoever He willeth to ascend unto the
heaven of grace, and sendeth down therefrom whatsoever He desireth
according to a prescribed measure.

3 Blessed is He Who doeth as He willeth by a word of His command. He,
verily, is the True One, the Knower of things unseen. Blessed is He Who
inspireth whomsoever He willeth with whatsoever He desireth, through His
irresistible and inscrutable command. Blessed is He Who aideth whomsoever
He desireth with the hosts of the unseen. His might is, in truth, equal to
His purpose, and He, verily, is the All-Glorious, the Self-Subsisting.
Blessed is He Who exalteth whomsoever He willeth by the power of His
sovereign might, and confirmeth whomsoever He chooseth in accordance with
His good pleasure; well is it with them that understand!

4 Blessed is He Who, in a well-guarded Tablet, hath prescribed a fixed
measure unto all things. Blessed is He Who hath revealed unto His Servant
that which shall illumine the hearts and minds of men. Blessed is He Who
hath sent down upon His Servant such tribulations as have melted the
hearts of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of eternity and the souls
of those who have drawn nigh unto their Lord. Blessed is He Who hath
showered upon His Servant, from the clouds of His decree, the darts of
affliction, and Who beholdeth Me enduring them with patience and
fortitude. Blessed is He Who hath ordained for His Servant that which He
hath destined for no other soul. He, verily, is the One, the Incomparable,
the Self-Subsisting.

5 Blessed is He Who hath caused to rain down upon His Servant from the
clouds of enmity, and at the hands of the people of denial, the shafts of
tribulation and trial; and yet seeth Our heart filled with gratitude.
Blessed is He Who hath laid upon the shoulders of His Servant the burden
of the heavens and of the earth--a burden for which We yield Him every
praise, though none may grasp this save them that are endued with
understanding. Glorified is He Who hath surrendered the embodiment of His
Beauty to the clutches of the envious and the wicked--a fate unto which We
are fully resigned, though none may perceive this save those who are
endued with insight. Glorified is He Who hath left Husayn to make His
dwelling amidst the hosts of His enemies, and exposed His body with every
breath to the spears of hatred and anger; yet do We yield Him thanks for
all that He hath destined to befall His Servant Who repaireth unto Him in
His affliction and grief.

6 While engulfed in tribulations I heard a most wondrous, a most sweet
voice, calling above My head. Turning My face, I beheld a Maiden--the
embodiment of the remembrance of the name of My Lord--suspended in the air
before Me. So rejoiced was she in her very soul that her countenance shone
with the ornament of the good pleasure of God, and her cheeks glowed with
the brightness of the All-Merciful. Betwixt earth and heaven she was
raising a call which captivated the hearts and minds of men. She was
imparting to both My inward and outer being tidings which rejoiced My
soul, and the souls of God's honoured servants.

7 Pointing with her finger unto My head, she addressed all who are in
heaven and all who are on earth, saying: By God! This is the Best-Beloved
of the worlds, and yet ye comprehend not. This is the Beauty of God
amongst you, and the power of His sovereignty within you, could ye but
understand. This is the Mystery of God and His Treasure, the Cause of God
and His glory unto all who are in the kingdoms of Revelation and of
creation, if ye be of them that perceive. This is He Whose Presence is the
ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity, and of them that
dwell within the Tabernacle of glory, and yet from His Beauty do ye turn
aside.

8 O people of the Bayan! If ye aid Him not, God will assuredly assist Him
with the powers of earth and heaven, and sustain Him with the hosts of the
unseen through His command Be, and it is! The day is approaching when
God will have, by an act of His Will, raised up a race of men the nature
of which is inscrutable to all save God, the All-Powerful, the
Self-Subsisting. He shall purify them from the defilement of idle fancies
and corrupt desires, shall lift them up to the heights of holiness, and
shall cause them to manifest the signs of His sovereignty and might upon
earth. Thus hath it been ordained by God, the All-Glorious, the
All-Loving.

9 O people of the Bayan! Would ye deny Him Whose presence is the very
object of your creation, while ye rejoice idly upon your couches? Would ye
laugh to scorn and contend with Him, a single hair of Whose head
excelleth, in the sight of God, all that are in the heavens and all that
are on the earth? O people of the Bayan! Produce, then, that which ye
possess, that I may know by what proof ye believed aforetime in the
Manifestations of His Cause, and by what reason ye now wax so disdainful!

10 I swear by Him Who hath fashioned Me from the light of His own Beauty!
None have I ever seen that surpasseth you in heedlessness or exceedeth you
in ignorance. Ye seek to prove your faith in God through such holy Tablets
as ye possess, yet when the verses of God were revealed and His Lamp was
lighted, ye disbelieved in Him Whose very Pen hath fixed the destinies of
all things in the Preserved Tablet. Ye recite the sacred verses and yet
repudiate Him Who is their Source and Revealer. Thus hath God blinded your
eyes in requital for your deeds, would ye but understand. Day and night ye
transcribe the verses of God, and yet ye remain shut out, as by a veil,
from Him Who hath revealed them.

11 In this Day the Concourse on high beholdeth you in your evil doings and
shunneth your company, and yet ye perceive it not. They ask of one
another: What words do these fools utter, and in what valley are they
wont to graze? Do they deny that whereunto their very souls testify, and
shut their eyes to that which they plainly behold? I swear by God, O
people! They that inhabit the Cities of the Names of God are bewildered at
your actions, while ye roam, aimless and unconscious, in a parched and
barren land.

12 O Pen of the Most High! Hearken unto the Call of Thy Lord, raised from
the Divine Lote-Tree in the holy and luminous Spot, that the sweet accents
of Thy Lord, the All-Merciful, may fill Thy soul with joy and fervour, and
that the breezes that waft from My name, the Ever-Forgiving, may dispel
Thy cares and sorrows. Raise up, then, from this Temple, the temples of
the Oneness of God, that they may tell out, in the kingdom of creation,
the tidings of their Lord, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, and be of
them that are illumined by His light.

13 We, verily, have ordained this Temple to be the source of all existence
in the new creation, that all may know of a certainty My power to
accomplish that which I have purposed through My word Be, and it is!
Beneath the shadow of every letter of this Temple We shall raise up a
people whose number none can reckon save God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. Erelong shall God bring forth from His Temple such souls
as will remain unswayed by the insinuations of the rebellious, and who
will quaff at all times of the cup that is life indeed. These, truly, are
of the blissful.

14 These are servants who abide beneath the shelter of the tender mercy of
their Lord, and who remain undeterred by those who seek to obstruct their
path. Upon their faces may be seen the brightness of the light of the
All-Merciful, and from their hearts may be heard the remembrance of Mine
all-glorious and inaccessible Name. Were they to unloose their tongues to
extol their Lord, the denizens of earth and heaven would join in their
anthems of praise--yet how few are they who hear! And were they to glorify
their Lord, all created things would join in their hymns of glory. Thus
hath God exalted them above the rest of His creation, and yet the people
remain unaware!

15 These are they who circle round the Cause of God even as the shadow
doth revolve around the sun. Open, then, your eyes, O people of the Bayan,
that haply ye may behold them! It is by virtue of their movement that all
things are set in motion, and by reason of their stillness all things are
brought to rest, would that ye might be assured thereof! Through them the
believers in the Divine Unity have turned towards Him Who is the Object of
the adoration of the entire creation, and by them the hearts of the
righteous have found rest and composure, could ye but know it! Through
them the earth hath been established, the clouds have rained down their
bounty, and the bread of knowledge hath descended from the heaven of
grace, could ye but perceive it!

16 These souls are the protectors of the Cause of God on earth, who shall
preserve its beauty from the obscuring dust of idle fancies and vain
imaginings. In the path of their Lord they shall not fear for their lives;
rather will they sacrifice their all in their eagerness to behold the face
of their Well-Beloved when once He hath appeared in this Name, the
Almighty, the All-Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Most Holy.

17 O Living Temple! Arise by the power of Thy Self in such wise that all
created things will be moved to arise with Thee. Aid, then, Thy Lord
through such ascendancy and might as We have bestowed upon Thee. Take heed
lest Thou falter on that Day when all created things are filled with
dismay; rather be Thou the revealer of My name, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. Assist Thy Lord to the utmost of Thine ability, and pay
no heed to the peoples of the world, for that which their mouths utter is
like unto the droning of a gnat in an endless valley. Quaff the water of
life in My name, the All-Merciful, and proffer unto the near ones amongst
the inmates of this lofty station that which shall cause them to become
detached from all names and enter beneath this blessed and
all-encompassing shadow.

18 O Living Temple! Through Thee have We gathered together all created
things, whether in the heavens or on the earth, and called them to account
for that which We had covenanted with them before the foundation of the
world. And lo, but for a few radiant faces and eloquent tongues, We found
most of the people dumbfounded, their eyes staring up in fear. From the
former We brought forth the creation of all that hath been and all that
shall be. These are they whose countenances God hath graciously turned
away from the face of the unbelievers, and whom He hath sheltered beneath
the shadow of the Tree of His own Being; they upon whose hearts He hath
bestowed the gift of peace and tranquillity, and whom He hath strengthened
and assisted through the hosts of the seen and the unseen.

19 O Eyes of this Temple! Look not upon the heavens and that which they
contain, nor upon the earth and them that dwell thereon, for We have
created you to behold Our own Beauty: See it now before you! Withhold not
your gaze therefrom, and deprive not yourselves of the Beauty of your
Lord, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved. Erelong shall We bring into
being through you keen and penetrating eyes that will contemplate the
manifold signs of their Creator and turn away from all that is perceived
by the people of the world. Through you shall We bestow the power of
vision upon whomsoever We desire, and lay hold upon those who have
deprived themselves of this gracious bounty. These, verily, have drunk
from the cup of delusion, though they perceive it not.

20 O Ears of this Temple! Purge yourselves from all idle clamour and
hearken unto the voice of your Lord. He, verily, revealeth unto you, from
the Throne of glory, that there is none other God save Me, the
All-Glorious, the Almighty, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
Erelong shall We bring into being through you pure and undefiled ears
which will heed the Word of God and that which hath appeared from the
Dayspring of the Utterance of your Lord, the All-Merciful. They shall
assuredly perceive the sweet accents of Divine Revelation that proceed
from these most blessed and hallowed precincts.

21 O Tongue of this Temple! We, verily, have created thee through Our
name, the All-Merciful, have taught thee whatsoever had remained concealed
in the Bayan, and have bestowed upon thee the power of utterance, that
thou mayest make mention of Mine exalted Self amidst My creatures.
Proclaim, then, this wondrous and mighty Remembrance, and fear not the
manifestations of the Evil One. Thou wert called into being for this very
purpose by virtue of My transcendent and all-compelling command. Through
thee have We unloosed the Tongue of Utterance to expound all that hath
been, and We shall again, by My sovereign power, unloose it to speak of
that which is yet to come. Erelong shall We bring into being through thee
eloquent tongues that will praise and extol Me amongst the Concourse on
high and amidst the peoples of the world. Thus have the verses of God been
revealed, and thus hath it been decreed by the Lord of all names and
attributes. Thy Lord, verily, is the True One, the Knower of things
unseen. Nothing whatsoever shall prevent these tongues from magnifying
their Creator. Through them, all created things shall arise to glorify the
Lord of names and to bear witness that there is none other God save Me,
the All-Powerful, the Most-Glorious, the Best-Beloved. Nor shall those who
make mention of Me speak aught unless they be inspired by this Tongue from
its lofty station. Few, however, are they who understand! No tongue is
there that speaketh not the praises of its Lord and maketh not mention of
His Name. Amongst the people, however, are those who understand and utter
praises, and those who utter praises, yet understand not.

22 O Maid of inner meanings! Step out of the chamber of utterance by the
leave of God, the Lord of the heavens and the earth. Reveal, then, thyself
adorned with the raiment of the celestial Realm, and proffer with thy ruby
fingers the wine of the heavenly Dominion, that haply the denizens of this
world may perceive the light that shone forth from the Kingdom of God when
the Daystar of eternity appeared above the horizon of glory. Perchance
they may arise before the dwellers of earth and heaven to extol and
magnify this Youth Who hath established Himself in the midmost heart of
Paradise upon the throne of His name, the All-Sufficing Helper--He upon
Whose countenance shineth the brightness of the All-Merciful, from Whose
gaze appear the glances of the All-Glorious, and in Whose ways are
revealed the tokens and evidences of God, the omnipotent Protector, the
Almighty, the All-Loving.

23 Grieve not if none be found to accept the crimson wine proffered by Thy
snow-white hand and to seize it in the name of Thy Lord, the Most Exalted,
the Most High--He Who hath appeared again in His name, the Most Glorious.
Leave this people unto themselves, and repair unto the Tabernacle of
majesty and glory, wherein Thou shalt encounter a people whose faces shine
as brightly as the sun in its noontide splendour, and who praise and extol
their Lord in this Name that hath arisen, in the plenitude of might and
power, to assume the throne of independent sovereignty. From their lips
Thou shalt hear naught but the strains of My glorification and praise;
unto this Thy Lord beareth Me witness. The existence of these people,
however, hath remained concealed from the eyes of all who, from
everlasting, have been created through the Word of God. Thus have We made
plain Our meaning and set forth Our verses, that perchance men may reflect
upon the signs and tokens of their Lord.

24 These are they who, in truth, were not enjoined to prostrate themselves
before Adam.(1) They have never turned away from the countenance of Thy
Lord, and partake at every moment of the gifts and delights of holiness.
Thus hath the Pen of the All-Merciful set forth the secrets of all things,
be they of the past or of the future. Would that the world might
understand! Erelong shall God make manifest this people upon the earth,
and through them shall exalt His name, diffuse His signs, uphold His
words, and proclaim His verses, in spite of those that have repudiated His
truth, gainsaid His sovereignty, and cavilled at His signs.

25 O Beauty of the All-Glorious! Shouldst Thou chance upon this people and
enter their presence, recount unto them that which this Youth hath related
unto Thee concerning Himself and the things that have befallen Him, that
they may come to know what hath been inscribed upon the Preserved Tablet.
Acquaint them with the tidings of this Youth, and with the trials and
tribulations He hath suffered, that they may become mindful of Mine
afflictions, and be of them that understand. Recount, then, unto them how
We singled out for Our favour one of Our brothers,(2) how We imparted unto
him a dewdrop from the fathomless ocean of knowledge, clothed him with the
garment of one of Our Names, and exalted him to such a station that all
were moved to extol him, and how We so protected him from the harm of the
malevolent as to disarm even the mightiest amongst them.

26 We arose before the peoples of earth and heaven at a time when all had
determined to slay us. While dwelling in their midst, We continually made
mention of the Lord, celebrated His praise, and stood firm in His Cause,
until at last the Word of God was vindicated amongst His creatures, His
signs were spread abroad, His power exalted, and His sovereignty revealed
in its full splendour. To this bear witness all His honoured servants. Yet
when My brother beheld the rising fame of the Cause, he became filled with
arrogance and pride. Thereupon he emerged from behind the veil of
concealment, rose up against Me, disputed My verses, denied My testimony,
and repudiated My signs. Nor would his hunger be appeased unless he were
to devour My flesh and drink My blood. To this testify such of God's
servants as have accompanied Him in His exile, and they that enjoy near
access unto Him.

27 To this end he conferred with one of My servants(3) and sought to win
him over to his own designs; whereupon the Lord despatched unto Mine
assistance the hosts of the seen and the unseen, protected Me by the power
of truth, and sent down upon Me that which thwarted his purpose. Thus were
foiled the plots of those who disbelieve in the verses of the
All-Merciful. They, truly, are a rejected people. When news spread of that
which the promptings of self had impelled My brother to attempt, and Our
companions in exile learned of his nefarious design, the voice of their
indignation and grief was lifted up and threatened to spread throughout
the city. We forbade, however, such recriminations, and enjoined upon them
patience, that they might be of those that endure steadfastly.

28 By God, besides Whom is none other God! We withstood all these trials
with forbearance, and enjoined upon God's servants to show forth patience
and fortitude. Removing Ourself from their midst, We took up residence in
another house, that perchance the flame of envy might be quenched in Our
brother's breast, and that he might be guided aright. We neither opposed
him, nor saw him again thereafter, but remained in Our home, placing Our
hopes in the bounty of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. When,
however, he realized that his deed had been exposed, he seized the pen of
calumny and wrote unto the servants of God, attributing what he had
himself committed unto Mine own peerless and wronged Beauty. His purpose
was none other than to inspire mischief amongst God's servants, and to
instil hatred into the hearts of those who had believed in God, the
All-Glorious, the All-Loving.

29 By the One in Whose hand is My soul! We were dismayed by his
deceitfulness--nay, bewildered were all things visible and invisible. Nor
did he find respite from what he harboured in his bosom until he had
committed that which no pen dare describe, and by which he disgraced the
dignity of My station and profaned the sanctity of God, the Almighty, the
All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Were God to turn all the oceans of the
earth into ink and all created things into pens, they would not suffice Me
to exhaust the record of his wrongdoings. Thus do We recount that which
befell Us, that haply ye may be of them that understand.

30 O Pen of Eternity! Grieve not at the things that have befallen Thee,
for erelong shall God raise up a people who will see with their own eyes
and will recall Thy tribulations. Withhold Thy pen from the mention of
Thine enemies, and bestir it in the praise of the Eternal King. Renounce
all created things, and quaff the sealed wine of My remembrance. Beware
lest Thou become occupied with the mention of those from whom naught save
the noisome savours of enmity can be perceived, those who are so enslaved
by their lust for leadership that they would not hesitate to destroy
themselves in their desire to emblazon their fame and perpetuate their
names. God hath recorded such souls in the Preserved Tablet as mere
worshippers of names. Recount then that which Thou hast purposed for this
Temple, that its signs and tokens may be made manifest upon earth, and
that the brightness of this Light may illumine the horizons of the world
and cleanse the earth from the defilement of those who have disbelieved in
God. Thus have We set down the verses of God and made plain the matter
unto those who understand.

31 O Living Temple! Stretch forth Thy hand over all who are in heaven and
on earth, and seize within the grasp of Thy Will the reins of command. We
have, verily, placed in Thy right hand the empire of all things. Do as
Thou willest, and fear not the ignorant. Reach out to the Tablet that hath
dawned above the horizon of the pen of Thy Lord, and take hold of it with
such strength that, through Thee, the hands of all who inhabit the earth
may be enabled to lay fast hold upon it. This, in truth, is that which
becometh Thee, if Thou be of those who understand. Through the upraising
of Thy hand to the heaven of My grace, the hands of all created things
shall be lifted up to their Lord, the Mighty, the Powerful, the Gracious.
Erelong shall We raise up, through the aid of Thy hand, other hands endued
with power, with strength and might, and shall establish through them Our
dominion over all that dwell in the realms of revelation and creation.
Thus will the servants of God recognize the truth that there is none other
God beside Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. With these hands,
moreover, We shall both bestow and withhold, though none can understand
this save those who see with the eye of the spirit.

32 Say: O people! Can ye ever hope to escape the sovereign power of your
Lord? By the righteousness of God! No refuge will ye find in this day, and
no one to protect you, save those upon whom God hath bestowed the favour
of His mercy. He, verily, is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.
Say: O people! Forsake all that ye possess, and enter beneath the shadow
of your Lord, the All-Merciful. Better is this for you than all your works
of the past and of the future. Fear ye God, and deprive not yourselves of
the sweet savours of the days of the Lord of all names and attributes.
Take heed lest ye alter or pervert the text of the Word of God. Walk ye in
the fear of God, and be numbered with the righteous.

33 Say: O people! This is the Hand of God, which hath ever been above your
own hands, could ye but understand. Within its grasp We have ordained all
the good of the heavens and the earth, such that no good shall be made
manifest but that it proceedeth therefrom. Thus have We made it the source
and treasury of all good both aforetime and hereafter. Say: The rivers of
divine wisdom and utterance which flowed through the Tablets of God are
joined to this Most Great Ocean, could ye but perceive it, and whatever
hath been set forth in His Books hath attained its final consummation in
this most exalted Word--a Word shining above the horizon of the Will of the
All-Glorious in this Revelation which hath filled with delight all things
seen and unseen.

34 Erelong shall God draw forth, out of the bosom of power, the hands of
ascendancy and might, and shall raise up a people who will arise to win
victory for this Youth and who will purge mankind from the defilement of
the outcast and the ungodly. These hands will gird up their loins to
champion the Faith of God, and will, in My name the Self-Subsistent, the
Mighty, subdue the peoples and kindreds of the earth. They will enter the
cities and will inspire with fear the hearts of all their inhabitants.
Such are the evidences of the might of God; how fearful, how vehement is
His might, and how justly doth He wield it! He, verily, ruleth and
transcendeth all who are in the heavens and on the earth, and revealeth
what He desireth according to a prescribed measure.

35 Should any one of them be called upon to confront all the hosts of
creation, he would assuredly prevail through the ascendancy of My Will.
This, verily, is a proof of My power, though My creatures comprehend it
not. This, verily, is a sign of My sovereignty, though My subjects
understand it not. This, verily, is a token of My command, though My
servants perceive it not. This, verily, is an evidence of Mine ascendancy,
though none amongst the people is truly thankful for it, save those whose
eyes God hath illumined with the light of His knowledge, whose hearts He
hath made the repository of His Revelation, and upon whose shoulders He
hath placed the weight of His Cause. These shall inhale the fragrances of
the All-Merciful from the garment of His Name, and shall rejoice at all
times in the signs and verses of their Lord. As for those who disbelieve
in God, and join partners with Him, they shall indeed incur His wrath,
shall be cast into the Fire, and shall be made to dwell, fearful and
dismayed, in its depths. Thus do We expound Our verses, and make plain the
truth with clear proofs, that perchance the people may reflect upon the
signs of their Lord.

36 O Living Temple! We have, in very truth, appointed Thee to be the sign
of My majesty amidst all that hath been and all that shall be, and have
ordained Thee to be the emblem of My Cause betwixt the heavens and the
earth, through My word Be, and it is!

37 O First Letter of this Temple, betokening the Essence of Divinity!(4)
We have made thee the treasury of My Will and the repository of My Purpose
unto all who are in the kingdoms of revelation and creation. This is but a
token of the grace of Him Who is the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

38 O Second Letter of this Temple, betokening My name, the Almighty! We
have made thee the manifestation of Our sovereignty and the dayspring of
Our Names. Potent am I to fulfil that which My tongue speaketh.

39 O Third Letter of this Temple, betokening My name, the All-Bountiful!
We have made thee the dawning-place of Our bounty amidst Our creatures and
the fountainhead of Our generosity amidst Our people. Powerful am I in My
dominion. Nothing whatsoever of all that hath been created in the heavens
or on the earth can escape My knowledge, and I am the True One, the Knower
of things unseen.

40 O Pen! Send down out of the clouds of Thy generosity that which shall
enrich all created things, and withhold not Thy favours from the world of
being. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful in the heaven of Thine
eternity, and the Lord of infinite grace unto all who inhabit the kingdom
of names. Look not upon the people and the things they possess; look
rather upon the wonders of Thy gifts and favours. Gather then Thy servants
beneath Thy shade that shadoweth all mankind. Stretch forth the hand of
bounty over all creation, and the fingers of bestowal over all existence.
This, verily, is that which beseemeth Thee, though the people understand
it not. Whosoever turneth his face towards Thee doeth so by Thy grace, and
as to him who turneth away, Thy Lord, in truth, is independent of all
created things. Unto this bear witness His true and devoted servants.

41 Erelong shall God raise up, through Thee, those with hands of
indomitable strength and arms of invincible might, who will come forth
from behind the veils, will render the All-Merciful victorious amongst the
peoples of the world, and will raise so mighty a cry as to cause all
hearts to tremble with fear. Thus hath it been decreed in a Written
Tablet. Such shall be the ascendancy which these souls will evince that
consternation and dismay will seize all the dwellers of the earth.

42 Beware lest ye shed the blood of anyone. Unsheathe the sword of your
tongue from the scabbard of utterance, for therewith ye can conquer the
citadels of men's hearts. We have abolished the law to wage holy war
against each other. God's mercy, hath, verily, encompassed all created
things, if ye do but understand. Aid ye your Lord, the God of Mercy, with
the sword of understanding. Keener indeed is it, and more finely tempered,
than the sword of utterance, were ye but to reflect upon the words of your
Lord. Thus have the hosts of Divine Revelation been sent down by God, the
Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting, and thus have the armies of divine
inspiration been made manifest from the Source of command, as bidden by
God, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved.

43 Say: The measure of all created things hath been appointed in this
concealed and manifest Temple, wherein lie enshrined the knowledge of the
heavens and the earth, and of all things past and future. The finger of
God's handiwork hath inscribed upon this Tablet that which the wisest and
most learned of men are powerless to fathom, and hath created therein
temples inscrutable to all save His own Self, could ye but apprehend this
truth. Blessed be the one who readeth it, who pondereth its contents, and
who is numbered with them that comprehend!

44 Say: Naught is seen in My temple but the Temple of God, and in My
beauty but His Beauty, and in My being but His Being, and in My self but
His Self, and in My movement but His Movement, and in My acquiescence but
His Acquiescence, and in My pen but His Pen, the Mighty, the All-Praised.
There hath not been in My soul but the Truth, and in Myself naught could
be seen but God.

45 Beware lest ye speak of duality in regard to My Self, for all the atoms
of the earth proclaim that there is none other God but Him, the One, the
Single, the Mighty, the Loving. From the beginning that hath no beginning
I have proclaimed, from the realm of eternity, that I am God, none other
God is there save Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting; and unto the
end that hath no end I shall proclaim, amidst the kingdom of names, that I
am God, none other God is there beside Me, the All-Glorious, the
Best-Beloved. Say: Lordship is My Name, whereof I have created
manifestations in the world of being, while We Ourself remain sanctified
above them, would ye but ponder this truth. And Godhead is My Name,
whereof We have created exponents whose power shall encompass the people
of the earth and make them true worshippers of God, could ye but recognize
it. Thus should ye regard all Our Names, if ye be endued with insight.

46 O Fourth Letter of this Temple, betokening the attribute of Grace! We
have made thee the manifestation of grace betwixt earth and heaven. From
thee have We generated all grace in the contingent world, and unto thee
shall We cause it to return. And from thee shall We manifest it again,
through a word of Our command. Potent am I to accomplish whatsoever I
desire through My word Be, and it is! Every grace that appeareth in the
world of being hath originated from thee, and unto thee shall it return.
This, verily, is what hath been ordained in a Tablet which We have
preserved behind the veil of glory and concealed from mortal eyes. Well is
it with them that deprive themselves not of this manifest and unfailing
grace.

47 Say: In this day, the fertilizing winds of the grace of God have passed
over all things. Every creature hath been endowed with all the
potentialities it can carry. And yet the peoples of the world have denied
this grace! Every tree hath been endowed with the choicest fruits, every
ocean enriched with the most luminous gems. Man, himself, hath been
invested with the gifts of understanding and knowledge. The whole creation
hath been made the recipient of the revelation of the All-Merciful, and
the earth the repository of things inscrutable to all except God, the
Truth, the Knower of things unseen. The time is approaching when every
created thing will have cast its burden. Glorified be God Who hath
vouchsafed this grace that encompasseth all things, whether seen or
unseen! Thus have We created the whole earth anew in this day, yet most of
the people have failed to perceive it. Say: The grace of God can never be
adequately understood; how much less can His own Self, the Help in Peril,
the Self-Subsisting, be comprehended!

48 O Temple of the Cause! Grieve not if Thou findest none ready to receive
Thy gifts. Thou wast created for My sake; occupy Thyself therefore with My
praise amidst My servants. This is that which hath been ordained for Thee
in the Preserved Tablet. Having found upon the earth many a soiled hand,
We sanctified the hem of Thy garment from the profanity of their touch and
placed it beyond the reach of the ungodly. Be patient in the Cause of Thy
Lord, for erelong shall He raise up souls endowed with sanctified hearts
and illumined eyes who shall flee from every quarter unto Thine
all-encompassing and boundless grace.

49 O Temple of God! No sooner had the hosts of Divine Revelation been sent
down by the Lord of all names and attributes bearing the banners of His
signs, than the exponents of doubt and fancy were put to flight. They
disbelieved in the clear tokens of God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting, and rose up against Him in enmity and opposition. Amongst
them were those who claimed: These are not clear verses from God, nor do
they proceed from an innate and untaught nature. Thus do the unbelievers
seek to remedy the sickness of their hearts, utterly heedless that they
thus render themselves accursed of all who dwell in heaven and on earth.

50 Say: The Holy Spirit Itself hath been generated through the agency of a
single letter revealed by this Most Great Spirit, if ye be of them that
comprehend. And that innate and untaught nature in its essence is called
into being by the verses of God, the Help in Peril, the All-Glorious, the
Best-Beloved. Say: This nature prideth itself in its relation to Our
transcendent Truth, whilst We, for Our part, glory neither in it nor in
aught else, for all beside Myself hath been created through the potency of
My word, could ye but understand.

51 Say: We have revealed Our verses in nine different modes. Each one of
them bespeaketh the sovereignty of God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. A single one of them sufficeth for a proof unto all who
are in the heavens and on the earth; yet the people, for the most part,
persist in their heedlessness. Should it be Our wish, We would reveal them
in countless other modes.

52 Say: O people! Fear ye God, and allow not your tongues to utter, in
their deceitfulness, that which displeaseth Him. Stand abashed before the
One Who, as ye well know, hath created you out of a drop of water.(5) Say:
We have created all that are in heaven and on earth in the nature made by
God. Whosoever turneth unto this blessed Countenance shall manifest the
potentialities of that inborn nature, and whosoever remaineth veiled
therefrom shall be deprived of this invisible and all-encompassing grace.
Verily, there is naught from which Our favour hath been withheld, inasmuch
as We have dealt equitably in the fashioning of each and all, and by a
word of Our mouth presented unto them the trust of Our love. They that
have accepted it are indeed safe and secure, and are numbered among those
who are immune from the terrors of this Day. Those, however, who have
rejected it have, in truth, disbelieved in God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. Thus do We distinguish between the people and pronounce
judgement upon them. We, of a certainty, have the power to discern.

53 Say: The Word of God can never be confounded with the words of His
creatures. It is, in truth, the King of words, even as He is Himself the
sovereign Lord of all, and His Cause transcendeth all that was and all
that shall be. Enter, O people, the City of Certitude wherein the throne
of your Lord, the All-Merciful, hath been established. Thus biddeth you
the Pen of the All-Glorious, as a token of His unfailing grace. Haply ye
may not make His Revelation a cause of dissension amongst you.

54 Among the infidels are those who have repudiated His Self and risen up
against His Cause, and who claim that these divine verses are contrived.
Such also were the objections of the deniers of old, who now implore
deliverance from the Fire. Say: Woe betide you for the idle words that
proceed from your mouths! If these verses be indeed contrived, then by
what proof have ye believed in God? Produce it, if ye be men of
understanding! Whensoever We revealed Our clear verses unto such men, they
rejected them, and whensoever they beheld that which the combined forces
of the earth are powerless to produce, they pronounced it sorcery.

55 What aileth this people that they speak of that which they understand
not? They raise the same objections as did the followers of the Qur'an
when their Lord came unto them with His Cause. They, verily, are a
rejected people. They hindered others from appearing before Him Who is the
Ancient Beauty, and from sharing the bread of His loved ones. Approach
them not, one was even heard to say, for they cast a spell upon the
people and lead them astray from the path of God, the Help in Peril, the
Self-Subsisting. By the righteousness of the one true God! He who is
incapable of speaking in Our presence hath uttered such words as none
among the former generations hath ever spoken, and hath committed such
acts as none of the unbelievers of bygone ages hath ever committed.

56 The very words and deeds of these men bear eloquent testimony to the
truth of My words, if ye be of them that judge with fairness. Whosoever
attributeth the verses of God to sorcery hath not believed in any of His
Messengers, hath lived and laboured in vain, and is accounted of those who
speak that of which they have no knowledge. Say: O servant! Fear God, thy
Creator and thy Fashioner, and transgress not against Him, but judge with
fairness and act with justice. Those whom the Lord hath endued with
knowledge shall find, in the very objections raised by the unbelievers,
conclusive proofs to invalidate their claims and vindicate the truth of
this manifest Light. Say: Would ye repeat that which the unbelievers
uttered when a Message came unto them from their Lord? Woe betide you, O
assemblage of foolish ones, and blighted be your works!

57 O Ancient Beauty! Turn aside from the unbelievers and that which they
possess, and waft over all created things the sweet savours of the
remembrance of Thy Beloved, the Exalted, the Great. This remembrance
quickeneth the world of being and reneweth the temples of all created
things. Say: He, verily, hath established Himself upon the Throne of might
and glory. Whosoever desireth to gaze upon His countenance, lo, behold Him
standing before thee! Blessed be the Lord Who hath revealed Himself in
this shining and luminous Beauty. Whosoever desireth to hearken unto His
melodies, lo, hear them rising from His resplendent and wondrous lips! And
unto whosoever desireth to be illumined by the splendours of His light,
say: Seek the court of His presence, for God hath verily granted you leave
to approach it, as a token of His grace unto all mankind.

58 Say: O people! We shall put to you a question in all truthfulness,
taking God for a witness between you and Us. He, verily, is the Defender
of the righteous. Appear, then, before His Throne of glory and make reply
with justice and fair-mindedness. Is it God Who is potent to achieve His
purpose, or is it ye who enjoy such authority? Is it He Who is truly
unconstrained, as ye imply when ye say that He doeth what He pleaseth and
shall not be asked of His doings, or is it ye who wield such power, and
who merely make such assertions out of blind imitation, as did your
forebears at the appearance of every other Messenger of God?

59 If He be truly unconstrained, behold then how He hath sent down the
Manifestation of His Cause with verses which naught in the heavens or on
the earth can withstand! Such hath been the manner of their revelation
that they have neither peer nor likeness in the world of being, as ye
yourselves beheld and heard when once the Daystar of the world shone forth
above the horizon of 'Iraq with manifest dominion. All things attain their
consummation in the divine verses, and these indeed are the verses of God,
the Sovereign Lord, the Help in Peril, the All-Glorious, the Almighty.
Beyond this, He hath been made manifest as the Bearer of a Cause whose
sovereign might is acknowledged by all created things, and this none can
deny save the sinners and the ungodly.

60 Say: O people! Is it your wish to conceal the beauty of the Sun behind
the veils of your own selfish desires, or to prevent the Spirit from
raising its melodies within this sanctified and luminous breast? Fear ye
God, and contend not with Him Who representeth the Godhead. Dispute not
with the One at Whose bidding the letter B was created and joined with
its mighty foundation.(6) Believe in the Messengers of God and His
sovereign might, and in the Self of God and His majesty. Follow not those
who have repudiated what they had once believed, and who have sought for
themselves a station after their own fancy; these, truly, are of the
ungodly. Bear ye witness unto that whereunto God Himself hath borne
witness, that the company of His favoured ones may be illumined by the
words that issue from your lips. Say: We, verily, believe in that which
was revealed unto the Apostles of old, in that which hath been revealed,
by the power of truth, unto 'Ali,(7) and in that which is now being
revealed from His Throne of glory. Thus doth your Lord instruct you, as a
sign of His favour and as a token of His grace that encompasseth all the
worlds.

61 O Feet of this Temple! We, verily, have wrought you of iron. Stand firm
with such constancy in the Cause of your Lord as to cause the feet of
every severed soul to be strengthened in the path of God, the Almighty,
the All-Wise. Beware lest the storms of enmity and hatred, or the blasts
of the workers of iniquity, cause you to stumble. Be immovable in the
Faith of God, and waver not. We, verily, have called you forth by virtue
of that Name which is the source of all steadfastness, and by the grace of
each one of Our most excellent Names as revealed unto all who are in
heaven and on earth. Erelong shall We bring into being through you other
feet, firm and steadfast, which shall walk unwaveringly in Our path, even
should they be assailed by hosts as formidable as the combined forces of
the former and latter generations. In truth, We hold all grace in the
hollow of Our hand, and bestow it as We please upon Our favoured servants.
Time and again have We vouchsafed unto you Our favours, that ye may offer
such thanks unto your Lord as to cause the tongues of all created things
to speak forth in praise of Me, the All-Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

62 O Living Temple! Arise to serve this Cause through a might and a power
born of Us. Disclose, then, unto the servants of God all that the Spirit
of God, the sovereign Lord, the Incomparable, the All-Glorious, the
All-Wise, hath imparted unto Thee. Say: O people! Will ye turn away from
Him Who is the Eternal Truth, and choose instead him whom We have created
out of a mere handful of clay? To do so is to inflict a grievous injustice
upon yourselves, if ye be of them that reflect upon the verses of your
Lord. Say: O people! Cleanse your hearts and your eyes, that ye may
recognize your Maker in this holy and luminous attire. Say: The celestial
Youth hath ascended the Throne of glory, made manifest His independent
sovereignty, and now voiceth, in the most sweet and wondrous accents, this
call betwixt earth and heaven: O peoples of the earth! Wherefore have ye
disbelieved in your Lord, the All-Merciful, and turned aside from Him Who
is the Beauty of the All-Glorious? By the righteousness of God! This is
His Hidden Secret, Who hath risen from the dayspring of creation; and this
is His cherished Beauty, Who hath shone forth above the horizon of this
exalted Station, invested with the sovereignty of God, the Help in Peril,
the All-Glorious, the All-Subduing, the Almighty.

63 O Temple of Holiness! We, verily, have cleansed Thy breast from the
whisperings of the people and sanctified it from earthly allusions, that
the light of My beauty may appear therein and be reflected in the mirrors
of all the worlds. Thus have We singled Thee out above all that hath been
created in the heavens and the earth, and above all that hath been decreed
in the realms of revelation and creation, and chosen Thee for Our own
Self. This is but an evidence of the bounty which God hath vouchsafed unto
Thee, a bounty which shall last until the Day that hath no end in this
contingent world. It shall endure so long as God, the Supreme King, the
Help in Peril, the Mighty, the Wise, shall endure. For the Day of God is
none other but His own Self, Who hath appeared with the power of truth.
This is the Day that shall not be followed by night, nor shall it be
bounded by any praise, would that ye might understand!

64 O Breast of this Temple! We, verily, have caused all things to mirror
forth thy reality, and made thee as a mirror of Our own Self. Shed, then,
upon the breasts of all created beings the splendours of the light of thy
Lord, that they may be freed from all allusions and limitations. Thus hath
the Daystar of wisdom shone forth above the horizon of the Pen of the
Eternal King. Blessed are those who perceive it! Through thee have We
created other sanctified breasts, and unto thee shall We cause them to
return, as a token of Our grace unto thee and unto Our favoured servants.
Erelong shall We bring into being through thee men with sanctified and
illumined breasts, who will testify to naught save My beauty and show
forth naught but the resplendent light of My countenance. These shall in
truth be the mirrors of My Names amidst all created things.

65 O Temple of Holiness! We, verily, have made Thine inmost heart the
treasury of all the knowledge of past and future ages, and the
dawning-place of Our own knowledge which We have ordained for the dwellers
of earth and heaven, that all creation may partake of the outpourings of
Thy grace and may attain, through the wonders of Thy knowledge, unto the
recognition of God, the Exalted, the Powerful, the Great. In truth, that
knowledge which belongeth unto Mine own Essence is such as none hath ever
attained or will ever grasp, nor shall any heart be capable of bearing its
weight. Were We to disclose but a single word of this knowledge, the
hearts of all men would be filled with consternation, the foundations of
all things would crumble into ruin, and the feet of even the wisest among
men would be made to slip.

66 Within the treasury of Our Wisdom there lieth unrevealed a knowledge,
one word of which, if we chose to divulge it to mankind, would cause every
human being to recognize the Manifestation of God and to acknowledge His
omniscience, would enable every one to discover the secrets of all the
sciences, and to attain so high a station as to find himself wholly
independent of all past and future learning. Other knowledges We do as
well possess, not a single letter of which We can disclose, nor do We find
humanity able to hear even the barest reference to their meaning. Thus
have We informed you of the knowledge of God, the All-Knowing, the
All-Wise. Were We to find worthy vessels, We would deposit within them the
treasures of hidden meanings and impart unto them a knowledge, one letter
of which would encompass all created things.

67 O Inmost Heart of this Temple! We have made thee the dawning-place of
Our knowledge and the dayspring of Our wisdom unto all who are in heaven
and on earth. From thee have We caused all sciences to appear, and unto
thee shall We cause them to return. And from thee shall We bring them
forth a second time. Such, indeed, is Our promise, and potent are We to
effect Our purpose. Erelong shall We bring into being through thee
exponents of new and wondrous sciences, of potent and effective crafts,
and shall make manifest through them that which the heart of none of Our
servants hath yet conceived. Thus do We bestow upon whom We will
whatsoever We desire, and thus do We withdraw from whom We will what We
had once bestowed. Even so do We ordain whatsoever We please through Our
behest.

68 Say: Should We choose, at one time, to shed the radiance of Our loving
providence upon the mirrors of all things, and, at another, to withhold
from them the splendours of Our light, this verily lieth within Our power,
and none hath the right to ask why or wherefore. For We are potent
indeed to achieve Our purpose, and render no account for that which We
bring to pass; and none can dispute this save those who join partners with
God and doubt His Truth. Say: Nothing can withstand the power of Our might
or interrupt the course of Our command. We exalt whomsoever We please unto
the Realm of supernal might and glory, and, should We so desire, cause the
same to sink into the lowest abyss of degradation.

69 O dwellers of the earth! Would ye contend that if We raise up a soul
unto the Sadratu'l-Muntaha,(8) it shall then cease to be subject to the
power of Our sovereignty and dominion? Nay, by Mine own Self! Should it be
Our wish, We would return it to the dust in less than the twinkling of an
eye. Consider a tree: Behold how We plant it in a garden, and nourish it
with the waters of Our loving care; and how, when it hath grown tall and
mature, and brought forth verdant leaves and goodly fruits, We send forth
the tempestuous gales of Our decree, tear it up by its roots, and lay it
prostrate upon the face of the earth. So hath it been Our way with all
things, and so shall it be in this day. Such, in truth, are the matchless
wonders of Our immutable method--a method which hath ever governed, and
shall continue to govern, all things, if ye be of them that perceive.
None, however, knoweth the wisdom thereof save God, the All-Powerful, the
Almighty, the All-Wise.

70 Would ye gainsay, O people, the very thing that your eyes behold? Woe
unto you, O assemblage of deniers! That which alone is exempt from change
is His own Self, the All-Merciful, the Most Compassionate, were ye to gaze
with the eye of insight, while all else beside Him can be altered by an
act of His Will. He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the Almighty, the
All-Wise.

71 O people! Dispute not concerning My Cause, for ye shall never fathom
the manifold wisdom of your Lord, nor shall ye ever gauge the knowledge of
Him Who is the All-Glorious, the All-Pervading. Whosoever layeth claim to
have known His Essence is without doubt among the most ignorant of all
people. Every atom in the universe would charge such a man with imposture,
and to this beareth witness My tongue which speaketh naught but the truth.
Magnify My Cause and promulgate My teachings and commandments, for none
other course beside this shall beseem you, and no other path shall ever
lead unto Him. Would that ye might heed Our counsel!

72 O Living Temple! We have made Thee the Dayspring of each one of Our
most excellent titles, the Dawning-Place of each one of Our most august
attributes, and the Fountainhead of each one of Our manifold virtues unto
the denizens of earth and heaven. Thereafter have We raised Thee up in Our
own image betwixt the heavens and the earth, and ordained Thee to be the
sign of Our glory unto all who are in the realms of revelation and
creation, that My servants may follow in Thy footsteps, and be of them who
are guided aright. We have appointed Thee the Tree of grace and bounty
unto the dwellers of both the heavens and the earth. Well is it with them
who seek the shelter of Thy shade and who draw nigh unto Thy Self, the
omnipotent Protector of the worlds.

73 Say: We have made each one of Our Names a wellspring from which We have
caused the streams of divine wisdom and understanding to gush forth and
flow in the garden of Our Cause--streams whose number none can reckon save
Thy Lord, the Most Holy, the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the All-Wise.
Say: We have generated all Letters from the Point and have caused them to
return unto It, and We have sent It down again in the form of a human
temple. All glory be unto the Author of this incomparable and wondrous
handiwork! Erelong shall We unfold and expound It again, in Our name, the
All-Glorious. This is indeed a token of Our grace, and I, truly, am the
Most Bountiful, the Ancient of Days.

74 We have brought forth all Lights from the Orb of Our name, the True
One, have caused them to return unto It, and have again made them manifest
in the form of a human temple. All glory be unto the Lord of strength,
might, and power! None can withstand the operation of My will or the
exercise of My might. I am He Who hath raised up all creatures through a
word of My mouth, and My power is, in truth, equal to My purpose.

75 Say: It is in Our power, should We wish it, to cause all created things
to expire in an instant, and, with the next, to endue them again with
life. The knowledge thereof, however, is with God alone, the All-Knowing,
the All-Informed. It is in Our power, should We wish it, to enable a speck
of floating dust to generate, in less than the twinkling of an eye, suns
of infinite, of unimaginable splendour, to cause a dewdrop to develop into
vast and numberless oceans, to infuse into every letter such a force as to
empower it to unfold all the knowledge of past and future ages. This, in
truth, is a matter simple of accomplishment. Such have been the evidences
of My power from the beginning that hath no beginning until the end that
hath no end. My creatures, however, have been oblivious of My power, have
repudiated My sovereignty, and contended with Mine own Self, the
All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

76 Say: Of all that lieth between heaven and earth, naught can stir except
by My leave, and unto My Kingdom none can ascend save at My behest. My
creatures, however, have remained veiled from My might and My sovereignty,
and are numbered with the heedless. Say: Naught is seen in My revelation
but the Revelation of God, and in My might but His Might, could ye but
know it. Say: My creatures are even as the leaves of a tree. They proceed
from the tree, and depend upon it for their existence, yet remain
oblivious of their root and origin. We draw such similitudes for the sake
of Our discerning servants that perchance they may transcend a mere
plant-like level of existence and attain unto true maturity in this
resistless and immovable Cause. Say: My creatures are even as the fish of
the deep. Their life dependeth upon the water, and yet they remain unaware
of that which, by the grace of an omniscient and omnipotent Lord,
sustaineth their very existence. Indeed, their heedlessness is such that
were they asked concerning the water and its properties, they would prove
entirely ignorant. Thus do We set forth comparisons and similitudes, that
perchance the people may turn unto Him Who is the Object of the adoration
of the entire creation.

77 O people! Fear God, and disbelieve not in Him Whose grace hath
surrounded all things, Whose mercy hath pervaded the contingent world, and
the sovereign potency of Whose Cause hath encompassed both your inner and
your outer beings, both your beginning and your end. Stand ye in awe of
the Lord, and be of them that act uprightly. Beware lest ye be accounted
among those who allow the verses of their Lord to pass them by unheard and
unrecognized; these, truly, are of the wayward.

78 Say: Would ye worship him who neither heareth nor seeth, and who is of
a truth the most abject and wretched of all God's servants? Wherefore have
ye failed to follow the One Who hath come unto you from the Source of
Divine Command bearing the tidings of God, the Most Exalted, the Most
Great? O people! Be not like unto those who presented themselves before
Our throne, and yet failed to perceive or comprehend; these are indeed a
contemptible people. We recited unto them verses that would enrapture the
dwellers of the heavenly Dominion and the inmates of the Kingdom on high,
and yet they departed veiled therefrom, and hearkened rather unto the
voice of him who is but a servant of God and a mere creation of His Will.
Thus do We impart unto you that which shall guide you towards the path of
God's favoured ones.

79 How many those who entered within the Abode of Paradise, the Seat
wherein the throne of God had been established, and stood before their
Lord, the Most Exalted, the Most Great, only to inquire about the four
Gates or of some Imam of the Islamic Faith!(9) Such was the state of these
souls, if ye be of them that comprehend. It is even as ye witness in the
present day: those who have disbelieved in God and joined partners with
Him cling to a single one of Our Names, and are debarred from recognizing
Him Who is the Creator of all Names. We testify that such men are of a
truth amongst the people of the Fire. They ask the sun to expound the
words of the shadow, and the True One to explain the utterances of His
creatures, could ye but perceive it! Say: O people! The sun offereth
naught save the effulgence of its own light and that which appeareth
therefrom, whilst all else seek illumination from its rays. Fear God, and
be not of the ignorant! Among them also were those who inquired of the
darkness about the light. Say: Open thine eyes, that thou mayest behold
the brightness which hath visibly enveloped the earth! This, verily, is a
light which hath risen and shone forth above the horizon of the Dayspring
of divine knowledge with manifest radiance. Would ye ask the Jews whether
Jesus was the True One from God, or the idols if Muhammad was an Apostle
of His Lord, or inquire from the people of the Qur'an as to Him Who was
the Remembrance of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Great?

80 Say: O people! Cast away, before the splendours of this Revelation, the
things that ye possess, and cleave to that which God hath bidden you
observe. Such is His command unto you, and He, verily, is best able to
command. By My Beauty! My purpose in revealing these words is to cause all
men to draw nigh unto God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Beware lest
ye deal with Me as ye dealt with My Herald. Do not object, when the verses
of God are sent down unto you from the Court of My favour, saying, these
do not proceed from an innate and untaught nature, for that nature itself
hath been created by My word and circleth round Me, if ye be of them that
apprehend this truth. Inhale from the utterances of your Lord, the
All-Merciful, the sweet smell of the garment of inner meanings, which hath
been diffused throughout the entire creation and hath shed its fragrance
over all created things. Happy are those who perceive it and hasten unto
God with radiant hearts.

81 O Living Temple! We, verily, have made Thee a mirror unto the kingdom
of names, that Thou mayest be, amidst all mankind, a sign of My
sovereignty, a herald unto My presence, a summoner unto My beauty, and a
guide unto My straight and perspicuous Path. We have exalted Thy Name
among Our servants as a bounty from Our presence. I, verily, am the
All-Bountiful, the Ancient of Days. We have, moreover, adorned Thee with
the ornament of Our own Self, and have imparted unto Thee Our Word, that
Thou mayest ordain in this contingent world whatsoever Thou willest and
accomplish whatsoever Thou pleasest. We have destined for Thee all the
good of the heavens and of the earth, and decreed that none may attain
unto a portion thereof unless he entereth beneath Thy shadow, as bidden by
Thy Lord, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed. We have conferred upon Thee
the Staff of authority and the Writ of judgement, that Thou mayest test
the wisdom of every command. We have caused the oceans of inner meaning
and explanation to surge from Thy heart in remembrance of Thy Lord, the
God of mercy, that Thou mayest render thanks and praise unto Him and be of
those who are truly thankful. We have singled Thee out from amongst all
Our creatures, and have appointed Thee as the Manifestation of Our own
Self unto all who are in the heavens and on the earth.

82 Bring then into being, by Our leave, resplendent mirrors and exalted
letters that shall testify to Thy sovereignty and dominion, bear witness
to Thy might and glory, and be the manifestations of Thy Names amidst
mankind. We have caused Thee again to be the Origin and the Creator of all
mirrors, even as We brought them forth from Thee aforetime. And We shall
cause Thee to return unto Mine own Self, even as We called Thee forth in
the beginning. Thy Lord, verily, is the Unconstrained, the All-Powerful,
the All-Compelling. Warn, then, these mirrors, once they have been made
manifest, lest they swell with pride before their Creator and Fashioner
when He appeareth amongst them, or let the trappings of leadership delude
and debar them from bowing in submission before God, the Almighty, the
All-Beauteous.

83 Say: O concourse of mirrors! Ye are but a creation of My will and have
come to exist by virtue of My command. Beware lest ye deny the verses of
My Lord, and be of them who have wrought injustice and are numbered with
the lost. Beware lest ye cling unto that which ye possess, or take pride
in your fame and renown. That which behoveth you is to wholly detach
yourselves from all that is in the heavens and on the earth. Thus hath it
been ordained by Him Who is the All-Powerful, the Almighty.

84 O Temple of My Cause! Say: Should I wish to transform, in a single
moment, all things into mirrors of My Names, this undoubtedly is in My
power, how much more in the power of My Lord, Who hath called Me into
being through His all-compelling and inscrutable command. And should I
choose to revolutionize the entire creation in the twinkling of an eye,
this assuredly is possible unto Me, how much more unto that sovereign
Purpose enshrined in the Will of God, My Lord and the Lord of all the
worlds.

85 Say: O ye manifestations of My Names! Should ye offer up all that ye
possess, nay your very lives, in the path of God, and invoke Him to the
number of the grains of sand, the drops of rain, and the waves of the sea,
and yet oppose the Manifestation of His Cause at the time of His
appearance, your works shall in no wise be mentioned before God. Should
ye, however, neglect all righteous works and yet choose to believe in Him
in these days, God perchance will put away your sins. He, verily, is the
All-Glorious, the Most Bountiful. Thus doth the Lord inform you of His
purpose, that haply ye may not wax proud before the One through Whom
whatsoever hath been revealed from all eternity hath been confirmed. Happy
is he who approacheth this Most Sublime Vision, and woe to them that turn
aside!

86 How numerous those who expend all their w





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