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by Mark Towfiq
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Pages 49-51

"THE angels and the spirits, arrayed rank upon rank, ..."

THE angels and the spirits, arrayed rank upon rank, descend, by the leave of God, upon this Gate [1] and circle round this Focal Point in a far-stretching line. Greet them with salutations, O Qurratu'l-`Ayn, for the dawn hath indeed broken; then proclaim unto the concourse of the faithful: `Is not the rising of the Morn, foreshadowed in the Mother Book, to be near at hand? [2] ...'


O Qurratu'l-`Ayn! Turn Thou eagerly unto God in Thy Cause, for the peoples of the world have risen in iniquity, and but for the outpouring of the grace of God and Thy mercy unto them, no one could purge even a single soul for evermore. [3] O Qurratu'l-`Ayn! The life to come is indeed far more advantageous unto Thee and unto such as follow Thy Cause than this earthly life and its pleasures. This is what hath been foreordained according to the dispensations of Providence...


O Qurratu'l-`Ayn! Say: Verily I am the `Gate of God' and I give you to drink, by the leave of God, the sovereign Truth, of the crystal-pure waters of His Revelation which are gushing out from the incorruptible Fountain situate upon the Holy Mount. And those who earnestly strive after the One True God, let them then strive to attain this Gate. [4] Verily God is potent over all things...


O peoples of the earth! Give ear unto God's holy Voice proclaimed by this Arabian Youth Whom the Almighty hath graciously chosen for His Own Self. He is indeed none other than the True One, Whom God hath entrusted with this Mission from the midst of the Burning Bush. O Qurratu'l-`Ayn! Unravel what Thou pleasest from the secrets of the All-Glorious, for the ocean is surging high [5] at the behest of the incomparable Lord. Chapter XXIV.


Are ye wickedly scheming, according to your selfish fancies, an evil plot against Him Who is the Most Great Remembrance of God? By the righteousness of God, all who are in the heaven and on earth and whatsoever lieth between them are regarded in My sight even as a spider's web, [6] and verily God beareth witness unto all things. Indeed they will not lay plots but against themselves. God hath caused this Remembrance to be, in very truth, independent of all the dwellers of earth and heaven. Chapter XXV.



1. [cf. Qur'án 78:38]

2. [cf. Qur'án 11:83]

3. [cf. Qur'án 24:21]

4. [cf. Qur'án 83:25-26]

5. [Qur'án 52:6]

6. [cf. Qur'án 29:40]