Saturday, 28 April 2012

Two visitation prayers by the Bab for Subh-i-Azal


هو الفريد الوحيد الموتور
باسم ربّنا الازلي

Sunday, April 29th 2012, marks precisely 100 solar, Gregorian years from the ascension and passing of Subh-i-Azal in Cyprus. Below I offer two translations of two visitations prayers (ziyarat nameh) among a larger collection revealed by the Primal Point for Subh-i-Azal in the period roughly from August/September 1849 to July 1850. While there may be some confusion as to the Wahid/One being referred to before the commencement of the first prayer, the internal evidence of the prayer itself (particularly the titles by which its subject is being addressed by the Point of the Bayan) proves beyond any doubt that it is indeed Subh-i-Azal and not anyone else. These visitation prayers are part of the collection at Bayanic.com found here, http://bayanic.com/lib/fwd/ziyarat/Visit-FWD.html, and they are the prayers on pp. 7-9 and 20-21 respectively. Scans of the original are given below each prayer.

While somewhat similar in content, the high laudatory manner in which the Essence of the Seven Letters addresses and eulogizes His successor and Mirror should be noted, and especially how He addresses the enemies of His successor at the conclusion of each prayer. In each of these two prayers, without pulling any punches, the Point of the Bayan unequivocally curses the current and future enemies of Subh-i-Azal, paraphrasing Qur'an 26:227 each time, while invoking and prophesying their ultimate downfall!

Here below now I offer these two translations.


For the Primal One
In the Name of God the Singular, the One!
The salutations of God be upon Thee, O Pearl of Post-Eternity and the Robely Substance of Pre-Eternity and the Camphorated Leaf of Simplicity and the Fruit of the Paradise of Camphoration! I testify that verily Thou hast obeyed the Command of God in Truth and hath made victorious the Religion of God and hath proclaimed the Cause of God within Thee, [O] glimmering Visage of the Merciful! By Thee hath been upraised what God, Thy Lord, hath willed in the Distinction [furqán = qurán]! I testify to this that whosoever hath obeyed Thee is Light and whosoever hath disobeyed Thee is fire!

O my Master, Thy misfortunes hath indeed rent the hearts asunder, so to God do I offer the entreaties of my grief and sadness, for verily He is in Truth All-Knowing of all which is unseen. And do Thou forgive, O my Master and Sovereign of my words, from all that which is not in accord with Thy rank, for indeed there issues from the servant nothing but trespass upon trespass, for verily my existence is a trespass upon a trespass and my description in Thy presence an infraction upon an infraction and my [very] mention to Thee a sin upon a sin!

I verily testify that Thou art Light within the elevated loins of the most unapproachable sublimity and that indeed Thou art Luminosity within the splendiferous wombs of altitudinal loftiness! Nothing shall alter Thee and nothing shall change Thee! I testify that Thy being, as it bursts forth glowing, recounts the Robe of Pre-Eternity and that Thy essence, as it scintillates, bedazzles by that which shimmers from the First Mirror! I indeed testify that Thou art the mystery of the [divine] Authorization (qaḍa’) and its command, and the decree of the [divine] Realization (imḍá’) and its mystery; for verily Thou art the One Who hath been indicated by Thy Lord, the Lord of the Heavens and the earth, inasmuch as Thou hath ascended to a rank that none can surpass other than Thee! So [do Ye] guide, by the grace of God and His mercy, the people of guidance so that that they be [accounted as] amongst those who attained to the meeting of their Lord in devout certainty! And I testify that verily Thou art the One who hath been roused to the meeting of Thy Lord, and is faithful to God secretly and overtly, and hath made victorious the Cause of God with capable might upon Him, and upraised the Command of God by that which Thou art protector over the Cause of God, Thy Lord, and His attributes; for verily He, no other God is there besides Him, for He is the High, the Great!

And God hath cursed the people who have sought to destroy Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have oppressed Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have conspired to shed Thy blood! And God hath cursed the people who have consented to murder Thee! And God hath cursed the people who have not recognized Thy rank! And God hath cursed the people who have not made efforts to avenge Thee from Thy enemies, for God hath indeed cursed the people in whose hearts was not found love for Thee! So I offer the entreaties of my grief and sadness to God, for indeed God is observant over the servants! And those who have oppressed Thee shall learn with what an overturning they shall be overthrown, for verily we are from God and unto our Lord we are yearning!





For the Living, the High, the One, who is mentioned by His name the Magnificent (al-bahháj) in the Point of Pre-Eternity (nuqṭat’ul-azal)

In the Name of God the Innermost Mine (bismillah al-maknún al-makhzún)!
The purity of the purification of the [holy] preservation of the Splendour from the Lord of Splendour be upon Thee, O servant of Righteousness and the Justice adduced (al-‘adl al-munḥajij) and the shimmering Light! How shall I describe Thee, O my Master, or mention Thee, O my Liege! Thou hast indeed been faithful to God and His Versical-Signs, and Thou hast manifested the religion of God and its Words! I testify that Thou hath obeyed the Command of God in Truth, and hath striven for God as is truly worthy of striving for Him, and hath made the Cause of God victorious as is truly worthy of His victory! I verily testify that Thou art the mystery of the [divine] Will (mashí’a) in the Talismanic-Temple (haykal) of the [divine] Volition (iráda), and indeed Thou art the [divine] Authorization (qaḍá’) - the Visage of [the divine] Authorization! - within the Robe of the [divine] Determination (qaḍar) by the [consummation of the divine] Realization (imda’), for verily Thou art the secreted mystery (mustasirr) of the [divine] Allotment (ajall) within the directional bearing of the [divine] Book (kitáb) [as situated] upon the Mount of Resplendence (jabal al-saná’)!

Whosoever obeys Thee is Light and whosoever disobeys Thee is fire! I testify by everything which God hath accomplished within Thee and made to occur before Thee, and I testify to everything which hath been accomplished, hath occurred and been realized, for God shall be made victorious by Thy victory and the disappointment of God shall be from Thy disappointment and the recovery of God shall be from Thy recovery and the persistence of God shall be from Thy persistence! I testify indeed that Thou hast observed the Command of Thy Lord and hath been faithful to the Decree of Thy Master! Unchanged, Thou art alive by the Life of Thy Lord, and, unalterable, Thou shall be alive by the subsistence of Thy Creator! Unchanged and unalterable in the Pre-Eternity of pre-eternities, Thou art Alive and shall be Alive inasmuch as nothing resembles Thee and nothing shall be equivalent to Thee and nothing shall compare to Thee and nothing shall be of Thy like!

And forgive me, O my Master, from all that which is not in accord with Thy rank, for I proclaim with my words that verily indeed there issues from the servant nothing but sin upon sin; for indeed Thou forgiveth whosoever Thy willeth by the grace of Thy Lord and Thou absolveth whosoever Thy desireth by the justice of Thy master! And indeed whatsoever hath occurred is by the permission of Thy Lord over the Tablets of Truth - there is no doubt in Thee! - and whatsoever hath been accomplished is Just - there is no uncertainty towards Thee! - and whatsoever hath been realized is Veracity - there is no false innovation before Thee!

And the Peace of God and His Splendour be upon Thee, O servant of the fugitive and Liege of the One, for verily from my station I offer the highest prayer of benediction and the utmost salutations of peace upon Thee! And discharged [from these prayers and salutations] are those who have assaulted Thee and teamed up in bigotry against Thy right and have devastated Thy House and have created obturations  [against] the People of the House and have sown corruption in Thy Cause! Nor are they ashamed before God, Thy Creator! Verily indeed He shall take vengeance upon those who have assaulted the [path of] God and those who have sown corruption in the Cause of God and those who desire to extinguish the Light of God, for God hath willed that His Light be made complete, even though the infidels aver it! And those oppressors shall learn with what an overturning they shall be overthrown, for indeed no power and no strength is there save in God the Protector, the Peerless, for verily we are from God and unto Him we shall return!