Behold, the "mystery of the Great Reversal in the
Sign of the Sovereign" hath now been made manifest.
Well is it with him whom God hath aided to recognize
the "Six" raised up by virtue of this "Upright Alif";
he, verily, is of those whose faith is true. How many
the outwardly pious who have turned away, and how
many the wayward who have drawn nigh, exclaiming:
"All praise be to Thee, O Thou the Desire of the
worlds!" In truth, it is in the hand of God to give what
He willeth to whomsoever He willeth, and to withhold
what He pleaseth from whomsoever He may wish. He
knoweth the inner secrets of the hearts and the meaning
hidden in a mocker's wink. How many an embodiment
of heedlessness who came unto Us with purity of heart
have We established upon the seat of Our acceptance;
and how many an exponent of wisdom have We in all
justice consigned to the fire. We are, in truth, the One
to judge. He it is Who is the manifestation of "God
doeth whatsoever He pleaseth", and abideth upon the
throne of "He ordaineth whatsoever He chooseth".
Blessed is the one who discovereth the fragrance of
inner meanings from the traces of this Pen through
whose movement the breezes of God are wafted over the
entire creation, and through whose stillness the very
essence of tranquillity appeareth in the realm of being.
Glorified be the All-Merciful, the Revealer of so
inestimable a bounty. Say: Because He bore injustice,
justice hath appeared on earth, and because He
accepted abasement, the majesty of God hath shone
forth amidst mankind.
It hath been forbidden you to carry arms unless
essential, and permitted you to attire yourselves in silk.
The Lord hath relieved you, as a bounty on His part, of
the restrictions that formerly applied to clothing and to
the trim of the beard. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the
Omniscient. Let there be naught in your demeanour of
which sound and upright minds would disapprove, and
make not yourselves the playthings of the ignorant.
Well is it with him who hath adorned himself with the
vesture of seemly conduct and a praiseworthy character.
He is assuredly reckoned with those who aid their Lord
through distinctive and outstanding deeds.
Promote ye the development of the cities of God
and His countries, and glorify Him therein in the
joyous accents of His well-favoured ones. In truth, the
hearts of men are edified through the power of the
tongue, even as houses and cities are built up by the
hand and other means. We have assigned to every end a
means for its accomplishment; avail yourselves thereof,
and place your trust and confidence in God, the
Omniscient, the All-Wise.
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