Should anyone acquire one hundred &mithqals of
gold, nineteen &mithqals thereof are God's and to be
rendered unto Him, the Fashioner of earth and heaven.
Take heed, O people, lest ye deprive yourselves of so
great a bounty. This We have commanded you, though
We are well able to dispense with you and with all who
are in the heavens and on earth; in it there are benefits
and wisdoms beyond the ken of anyone but God, the
Omniscient, the All-Informed. Say: By this means He
hath desired to purify what ye possess and to enable you
to draw nigh unto such stations as none can comprehend
save those whom God hath willed. He, in truth,
is the Beneficent, the Gracious, the Bountiful. O
people! Deal not faithlessly with the Right of God,
nor, without His leave, make free with its disposal.
Thus hath His commandment been established in the
holy Tablets, and in this exalted Book. He who dealeth
faithlessly with God shall in justice meet with
faithlessness himself; he, however, who acteth in
accordance with God's bidding shall receive a blessing
from the heaven of the bounty of his Lord, the
Gracious, the Bestower, the Generous, the Ancient of
Days. He, verily, hath willed for you that which is yet
beyond your knowledge, but which shall be known to
you when, after this fleeting life, your souls soar
heavenwards and the trappings of your earthly joys are
folded up. Thus admonisheth you He in Whose
possession is the Guarded Tablet.
Various petitions have come before Our throne
from the believers, concerning laws from God, the Lord
of the seen and the unseen, the Lord of all worlds. We
have, in consequence, revealed this Holy Tablet and
arrayed it with the mantle of His Law that haply the
people may keep the commandments of their Lord.
Similar requests had been made of Us over several
previous years but We had, in Our wisdom, withheld
Our Pen until, in recent days, letters arrived from a
number of the friends, and We have therefore
responded, through the power of truth, with that
which shall quicken the hearts of men.
Say: O leaders of religion! Weigh not the Book of
God with such standards and sciences as are current
amongst you, for the Book itself is the unerring
Balance established amongst men. In this most perfect
Balance whatsoever the peoples and kindreds of the
earth possess must be weighed, while the measure of its
weight should be tested according to its own standard,
did ye but know it.
The eye of My loving-kindness weepeth sore over
you, inasmuch as ye have failed to recognize the One
upon Whom ye have been calling in the daytime and in
the night season, at even and at morn. Advance, O
people, with snow-white faces and radiant hearts, unto
the blest and crimson Spot, wherein the &Sadratu'l-Muntaha
is calling: "Verily, there is none other God
beside Me, the Omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting!"
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