The Will And Testament of `Abdu'l-Bahá
He Is the Witness, the All-Sufficing
O MY GOD! my Beloved, my heart's Desire! Thou knowest,
Thou seest that which hath befallen this servant of Thine,
that hath humbled himself at Thy Door, and Thou knowest the
sins committed against him by the people of malice, they that
have broken Thy Covenant and turned their backs on Thy Testament.
In the day-time they afflicted me with the arrows of hate
and in the night-season they privily conspired to hurt me. At dawn
they committed that which the Celestial Concourse did lament
and at eventide they unsheathed against me the sword of
tyranny and hurled in the presence of the ungodly their darts
of calumny upon me. Notwithstanding their misdeeds, this
lowly servant of Thine was patient and did endure every
affliction and trial at their hands, though by Thy power and
might he could have destroyed their words, quenched their fire
and stayed the flame of their rebelliousness.
Thou seest, O my God! how my long-suffering, my forbearance
and silence have increased their cruelty, their arrogance
and their pride. By Thy Glory, O Beloved One! They have
misbelieved in Thee and rebelled against Thee in such wise that
they left me not a moment of rest and quiet, that I might arise
as it is meet and seemly, to exalt Thy Word amidst mankind,
and might serve at Thy Threshold of Holiness with a heart that
overfloweth with the joy of the dwellers of the Abhá Kingdom.
Lord! My cup of woe runneth over, and from all sides
blows are fiercely raging upon me. The darts of affliction have
compassed me round and the arrows of distress have rained
upon me. Thus tribulation overwhelmed me and my strength,
because of the onslaught of the foemen, became weakness within
me, while I stood alone and forsaken in the midst of my woes.
Lord! Have mercy upon me, lift me up unto Thyself and make
me to drink from the Chalice of Martyrdom, for the wide world
with all its vastness can no longer contain me.
Thou art, verily, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the
Gracious, the All-Bountiful!
O ye the true, the sincere, the faithful friends of this
wronged one! Everyone knoweth and believeth what calamities
and afflictions have befallen this wronged one, this prisoner, at
the hands of those who have broken the Covenant at the time
when, after the setting of the Day-Star of the world, his heart
was consumed with the flame of His bereavement.
When, in all parts of the earth, the enemies of God profiting
by the passing away of the Sun of Truth, suddenly and with
all their might launched their attack; at such a time and in the
midst of so great a calamity, the Covenant-breakers arose with
the utmost cruelty, intent upon harm and the stirring up of the
spirit of enmity. At every moment a misdeed they did commit
and bestirred themselves to sow the seeds of grievous sedition,
and to ruin the edifice of the Covenant. But this wronged one,
this prisoner, did his utmost to hide and veil their doings, that
haply they might regret and repent. His long-suffering and
forbearance of these evil deeds, however, made the rebellious
ones still more arrogant and daring; until, through leaflets
written with their own hands, they sowed the seeds of doubt,
printing these leaflets and scattering them broadcast throughout
the world, believing that such foolish doings would bring to
naught the Covenant and the Testament.
Thereupon the loved ones of the Lord arose, inspired with
the greatest confidence and constancy and aided by the power
of the Kingdom, by Divine Strength, by heavenly Grace, by the
unfailing help and Celestial Bounty, they withstood the enemies
of the Covenant in well-nigh three score and ten treatises and
supported by conclusive proofs, unmistakable evidences and clear
texts from the Holy Writ, they refuted their scrolls of doubt
and mischief-kindling leaflets. The Center of Sedition was thus
confounded in his craftiness, afflicted by the wrath of God, sunk
into a degradation and infamy that shall be lasting until the
Day of Doom. Base and wretched is the plight of the people
of evil deeds, they that are in grievous loss!
And as they lost their cause, grew hopeless in their efforts
against the loved ones of God, saw the Standard of His Testament
waving throughout all regions and witnessed the power
of the Covenant of the Merciful One, the flame of envy so
blazed within them as to be beyond recounting. With the utmost
vigor, exertion, rancor and enmity, they followed another
path, walked in another way, devised another plan: that of
kindling the flame of sedition in the heart of the very government
itself, and thus cause this wronged one, this prisoner to
appear as a mover of strife, inimical to the government and a
hater and opponent of the Crown. Perchance `Abdu'l-Bahá may
be put to death and his name be made to perish whereby an
arena may be opened unto the enemies of the Covenant wherein
they may advance and spur on their charger, inflict a grievous
loss upon everyone and subvert the very foundations of the
edifice of the Cause of God. For so grievous is the conduct
and behavior of this false people that they are become even
as an axe striking at the very root of the Blessed Tree. Should
they be suffered to continue they would, in but a few days' time,
exterminate the Cause of God, His Word, and themselves.
Hence, the beloved of the Lord must entirely shun them,
avoid them, foil their machinations and evil whisperings, guard
the Law of God and His religion, engage one and all in diffusing
widely the sweet savors of God and to the best of their
endeavor proclaim His Teachings.
Whosoever and whatsoever meeting becometh a hindrance
to the diffusion of the Light of Faith, let the loved ones give
them counsel and say: "Of all the gifts of God the greatest is
the gift of Teaching. It draweth unto us the Grace of God and
is our first obligation. Of such a gift how can we deprive ourselves?
Nay, our lives, our goods, our comforts, our rest, we
offer them all as a sacrifice for the Abhá Beauty and teach the
Cause of God." Caution and prudence, however, must be observed
even as recorded in the Book. The veil must in no wise
be suddenly rent asunder. The Glory of Glories rest upon you.
O ye the faithful loved ones of `Abdu'l-Bahá! It is incumbent
upon you to take the greatest care of Shoghi Effendi, the
twig that hath branched from and the fruit given forth by the
two hallowed and Divine Lote-Trees, that no dust of despondency
and sorrow may stain his radiant nature, that day by day
he may wax greater in happiness, in joy and spirituality, and
may grow to become even as a fruitful tree.
For he is, after `Abdu'l-Bahá, the Guardian of the Cause
of God, the Afnán, the Hands (pillars) of the Cause and the
beloved of the Lord must obey him and turn unto him. He
that obeyeth him not, hath not obeyed God; he that turneth
away from him, hath turned away from God and he that denieth
him, hath denied the True One. Beware lest anyone falsely interpret
these words, and like unto them that have broken the
Covenant after the Day of Ascension (of Bahá'u'lláh) advance
a pretext, raise the standard of revolt, wax stubborn and open
wide the door of false interpretation. To none is given the right
to put forth his own opinion or express his particular conviction.
All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause
and the House of Justice. And he that turneth unto whatsoever
else is indeed in grievous error.
The Glory of Glories rest upon you!