Thou seest, O my God, how Thy loved ones have been encompassed
by the rebellious amongst Thy creatures and the wicked amidst Thy people.
No land remaineth but the lamentation of Thy lovers and the wailing of Thy chosen ones
were lifted up therein. I beseech Thee by Thy Most Great Name
to draw forth the hand of power from the bosom
of Thy might and to assist therewith all them that love Thee.
Thou beholdest, O my God, their eyes turned towards Thee,
their gaze fixed upon the Dayspring of Thy might and Thy loving providence.
Transmute, O my Lord, their abasement into glory,
their poverty into wealth, and their weakness into a strength born of Thee.
Powerful art Thou to do whatsoever Thou willest.
No God is there but Thee, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord my God!
Make manifest the rivers of Thy sovereign might,
that the waters of Thy Unity may flow through the inmost realities of all things,
in such wise that the banner of Thine unfailing guidance may be raised aloft in the kingdom
of Thy command and the stars of Thy divine splendor may shine brightly in the heaven of Thy majesty.
Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.
Thou, verily, art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
Suffer me not, O God, my God,
to be kept back from the heaven of Thy bounties and the daystar of Thy favors.
I beseech Thee by that Word through which Thou hast subdued all things
visible and invisible to assist me and to assist Thy chosen ones to accomplish
that which shall exalt Thy Cause amidst Thy servants and throughout Thy regions.
Do Thou ordain for me, then, every good thing which Thou hast sent down in Thy Book.
Verily Thou art the Almighty, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.
Glory be unto Thee, O Lord, Thou Who hast brought into being
all created things, through the power of Thy behest.
O Lord! Assist those who have renounced all else but Thee, and grant them a mighty victory.
Send down upon them, O Lord, the concourse of the angels in heaven and earth
and all that is between, to aid Thy servants, to succor and strengthen them,
to enable them to achieve success, to sustain them, to invest them with glory,
to confer upon them honor and exaltation,
to enrich them and to make them triumphant with a wondrous triumph.
Thou art their Lord, the Lord of the heavens and the earth, the Lord of all the worlds.
Strengthen this Faith, O Lord, through the power of these servants,
and cause them to prevail over all the peoples of the world;
for they, of a truth, are Thy servants who have detached themselves
from aught else but Thee, and Thou, verily, art the protector of true believers.
Grant Thou, O Lord, that their hearts may, through allegiance to this,
Thine inviolable Faith, grow stronger than anything else in the heavens and on earth
and in whatsoever is between them; and strengthen, O Lord,
their hands with the tokens of Thy wondrous power that they may manifest Thy power before the gaze of all mankind.
Lord! Provide for the speedy growth of the Tree of Thy divine Unity; water it then,
O Lord, with the flowing waters of Thy good-pleasure,
and cause it, before the revelations of Thy divine assurance,
to yield such fruits as Thou desirest for Thy glorification and exaltation,
Thy praise and thanksgiving, and to magnify Thy Name,
to laud the oneness of Thine Essence and to offer adoration unto Thee,
inasmuch as all this lieth within Thy grasp and in that of none other.
Great is the blessedness of those whose blood Thou hast chosen
wherewith to water the Tree of Thine affirmation,
and thus to exalt Thy holy and immutable Word.
O Lord! Render victorious Thy forbearing servants in Thy days by granting them a befitting victory,
inasmuch as they have sought martyrdom in Thy path.
Send down upon them that which will bring comfort to their minds,
will rejoice their inner beings, will impart assurance to their hearts
and tranquillity to their bodies and will enable their souls to ascend to the presence of God,
the Most Exalted, and to attain the supreme Paradise
and such retreats of glory as Thou hast destined for men of true knowledge and virtue.
Verily, Thou knowest all things, while we are but Thy servants, Thy thralls, Thy bondsmen
and Thy poor ones. No Lord but Thee do we invoke, O God our Lord,
nor do we implore blessings or grace from anyone but Thee,
O Thou Who art the God of mercy unto this world and the next.
We are but the embodiments of poverty, of nothingness, of helplessness
and of perdition, while Thy whole Being betokeneth wealth,
independence, glory, majesty and boundless grace.
Turn our recompense, O Lord, into that which well beseemeth Thee
of the good of this world and of the next,
and of the manifold bounties which extend from on high down to the earth below.
Verily, Thou art our Lord and the Lord of all things.
Into Thy hands do we surrender ourselves, yearning for the things that pertain unto Thee.
Lord! Enable all the peoples of the earth to gain admittance into the Paradise of Thy Faith,
so that no created being may remain beyond the bounds of Thy good-pleasure.
From time immemorial Thou hast been potent to do
what pleaseth thee and transcendent above whatsoever thou desirest.
O God, my God! Praise be unto Thee for kindling the fire of divine love
in the Holy Tree on the summit of the loftiest mount:
that Tree which is “neither of the East nor of the West,”¹ that fire which blazed out
till the flame of it soared upward to the Concourse on high,
and from it those realities caught the light of guidance, and cried out:
“Verily have we perceived a fire on the slope of Mount Sinai.”²
²cf. Qur’án 28:29
O God, my God! Increase Thou this fire, as day followeth day, till the blast of it setteth in motion all the earth.
O Thou, my Lord! Kindle the light of Thy love in every heart,
breathe into men's souls the spirit of Thy knowledge, gladden their breasts with the verses of Thy oneness.
Call Thou to life those who dwell in their tombs, warn Thou the prideful,
make happiness worldwide, send down Thy crystal waters,
and in the assemblage of manifest splendors,
pass round that cup which is “tempered at the camphor fountain.”³
Verily, Thou art the Giving, the Forgiving, the Ever-Bestowing.
Verily, Thou art the Merciful, the Compassionate.
He is God!
O Lord, my God, my Well-Beloved!
These are servants of Thine that have heard Thy Voice,
given ear to Thy Word and hearkened to Thy Call.
They have believed in Thee, witnessed Thy Wonders,
acknowledged Thy proof and testified to Thine evidence.
They have walked in Thy ways, followed Thy guidance,
discovered Thy mysteries, comprehended the secrets of Thy Book,
the verses of Thy Scrolls, and the tidings of Thy Epistles and Tablets.
They have clung to the hem of Thy garment and held fast unto the robe of Thy light and grandeur.
Their footsteps have been strengthened in Thy Covenant and their hearts made firm in Thy Testament.
Lord! Do Thou kindle in their hearts the flame of Thy divine attraction
and grant that the bird of love and understanding may sing within their hearts.
Grant that they may be even as potent signs,
resplendent standards, and perfect as Thy Word.
Exalt by them Thy Cause, unfurl Thy banners and publish far and wide Thy wonders.
Make by them Thy Word triumphant, and strengthen the loins of Thy loved ones.
Unloose their tongues to laud Thy Name, and inspire them to do Thy holy will and pleasure.
Illumine their faces in Thy kingdom of holiness,
and perfect their joy by aiding them to arise for the triumph of Thy Cause.
Lord! Feeble are we, strengthen us to diffuse the fragrances of Thy Holiness;
poor, enrich us from the treasures of Thy Divine Unity;
naked, clothe us with the robe of Thy bounty;
sinful, forgive us our sins by Thy grace, Thy favor and Thy pardon.
Thou art, verily, the Aider, the Helper, the Gracious, the Mighty, the Powerful.
The glory of glories rest upon them that are fast and firm.
Lauded be Thy name, O Lord my God! Darkness hath fallen upon every land,
and the forces of mischief have encompassed all the nations.
Through them, however, I perceive the splendors of Thy wisdom,
and discern the brightness of the light of Thy providence.
They that are shut out as by a veil from Thee
have imagined that they have the power to put out Thy light,
and to quench Thy fire, and to still the winds of Thy grace.
Nay, and to this Thy might beareth me witness!
Had not every tribulation been made the bearer of Thy wisdom,
and every ordeal the vehicle of Thy providence, no one would have dared oppose us,
though the powers of earth and heaven were to be leagued against us.
Were I to unravel the wondrous mysteries of Thy wisdom which are laid bare before me,
the reins of Thine enemies would be cleft asunder.
Glorified be Thou, then, O my God!
I beseech Thee by thy Most Great Name to assemble them that love Thee
around the Law that streameth from the good pleasure of Thy will,
and to send down upon them what will assure their hearts.
Potent art thou to do what pleaseth Thee.
Thou art, verily, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
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