Some Have Regarded It As Lawful To Infringe

Some have regarded it as lawful to infringe on the integrity of the

substance of their neighbor, and have made light of the injunction of God

as prescribed in His Book. Evil fall upon them, and the chastisement of

God, the All-Powerful, the Almighty, afflict them! By Him Who shineth

above the Day Spring of sanctity! If the whole earth were to be converted

into silver and gold, no man who can be said to have truly ascended into

the heaven of faith and certitude would deign to regard it, much less to

seize and keep it. We have formerly referred to this subject in passages

revealed in the Arabic tongue, in a language of exquisite beauty. God is

Our witness! Whoever hath tasted the sweetness of those words will never

consent to transgress the bounds which God hath fixed, neither will he

turn his gaze towards any one except his Well-Beloved. Such a man will,

with his inner eye, readily recognize how altogether vain and fleeting are

the things of this world, and will set his affections on things above.

Say: Be ashamed, O ye that call yourselves the lovers of the Ancient

Beauty! Be ye admonished by the tribulation He hath suffered, by the

burden of anguish He hath carried for the sake of God. Let your eyes be

opened. To what purpose hath He labored, if the manifold trials He hath

endured are, in the end, to result in such contemptible professions, and

such wretched conduct? Every robber, every worker of iniquity, hath, in

the days prior to My Revelation, uttered these same words, and performed

these same deeds.

Verily I say: Incline your ears to My sweet voice, and sanctify yourselves

from the defilement of your evil passions and corrupt desires. They who

dwell within the tabernacle of God, and are established upon the seats of

everlasting glory, will refuse, though they be dying of hunger, to stretch

their hands and seize unlawfully the property of their neighbor, however

vile and worthless he may be.

The purpose of the one true God in manifesting Himself is to summon all

mankind to truthfulness and sincerity, to piety and trustworthiness, to

resignation and submissiveness to the Will of God, to forbearance and

kindliness, to uprightness and wisdom. His object is to array every man

with the mantle of a saintly character, and to adorn him with the ornament

of holy and goodly deeds.

Say: Have mercy on yourselves and on your fellowmen, and suffer not the

Cause of God--a Cause which is immeasurably exalted above the inmost

essence of sanctity--to be sullied with the stain of your idle fancies,

your unseemly and corrupt imaginations.

Since Thou Hast, O My God, Established Thyself Some Of The Experiences Of His Forty Years Imprisonment facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail