or a perspicuous Book. How numerous the oppressors
before thee who have arisen to quench the light of
God, and how many the impious who murdered and pillaged
until the hearts and souls of men groaned by reason
of their cruelty! The sun of justice hath been
obscured, inasmuch as the embodiment of tyranny hath
been stablished upon the throne of hatred, and yet
the people understand not. The children of the
Apostle have been slain and their possessions pillaged.
Say: Was it, in thine estimation, their possessions
or themselves that denied God? Judge fairly,
O ignorant one that hath been shut out as by a veil
from God. Thou hast clung to tyranny and cast
away justice; whereupon all created things have lamented,
and still thou art among the wayward. Thou hast
put to death the aged, and plundered the young.
Thinkest thou that thou wilt consume that which thine
iniquity hath amassed? Nay, by Myself! Thus
informeth thee He Who is cognizant of all. By
God! The things thou possessest shall profit thee
not, nor what thou hast laid up through thy cruelty.
Unto this beareth witness Thy Lord, the All-Knowing.
Thou hast arisen to put out the light of this Cause;
ere long will thine own fire be quenched, at His behest.
He, verily, is the Lord of strength and of might.
The changes and chances of the world, and the powers
of the nations, cannot frustrate Him. He doeth
what He pleaseth, and ordaineth what He willeth through
the power of His sovereignty. Consider the she-camel.
Though but a beast, yet hath the All-Merciful exalted
her to so high a station that the tongues of the earth
made mention of her and celebrated her praise.
He, verily, overshadoweth all that is in the heavens
and on earth. No God is there but Him, the Almighty,
the Great. Thus have We adorned the heaven of
Our Tablet with the suns of Our words. Blessed
the man that hath attained thereunto and been illumined
with their light, and woe betide such as have turned
aside, and denied Him, and strayed far from Him.
Praised be God, the Lord of the worlds!
KITAB-I-’AHD (BOOK OF THE COVENANT)
ALTHOUGH the Realm of Glory hath none of the vanities
of the world, yet within the treasury of trust and
resignation We have bequeathed to Our heirs an excellent
and priceless heritage. Earthly treasures We have
not bequeathed, nor have We added such cares as they
entail. By God! In earthly riches fear is
hidden and peril is concealed. Consider ye and
call to mind that which the All-Merciful hath revealed
in the Qur’an: ’Woe betide every
slanderer and defamer, him that layeth up riches and
counteth them.’(85) Fleeting are the riches
of the world; all that perisheth and changeth is not,
and hath never been, worthy of attention, except to
a recognized measure.