The Cord of God
Assist ye, O My people, My chosen servants who have arisen to make mention
of Me among My creatures and to exalt My Word throughout My realm. These,
truly, are the stars of the heaven of My loving providence and the lamps of
My guidance unto all mankind. But he whose words conflict with that which
hath been sent down in My Holy Tablets is not of Me. Beware lest ye follow
any impious pretender. These Tablets are embellished with the seal of Him
Who causeth the dawn to appear, Who lifteth up His voice between the
heavens and the earth. Lay hold on this Sure Handle and on the Cord of My
mighty and unassailable Cause.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 61
Say: Fear ye God and commit not such deeds as would cause My loved ones on
earth to lament. Thus biddeth you this Pen which hath set the Pen of Glory
in motion within the arena of wisdom and true understanding.
Convey My greetings unto those whose faces mirror forth the radiance of
Bahá, then mention to them this utterance which cheereth the eyes of the
righteous. The glory of God rest upon thee and upon such as have firmly
clung to the Cord of God, the Revealer of verses....
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 198
3:102 O ye who believe! Fear God as He should be feared, and die not except
in a state of Islám.
3:103 And hold fast, all together, by the rope [cord] which God (stretches out
for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with
gratitude God's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined
your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and
ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it.
Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.
3:104 Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is
good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They
are the ones to attain felicity.
3:105 Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into
disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful
3:106 On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some
faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will
be black, (will be said): "Did ye reject Faith after accepting it?
Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith."
3:107 But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in
(the light of) God's mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).
3:108 These are the Signs of God: We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And
God means no injustice to any of His creatures.
-- The Qur'an: 3 - AL-I-IMRAN,
The truth is Mine and certitude is at My side. Leadership is Mine and the
righteous shall follow Me. I am the first to acknowledge faith, the Cord of God
that shall not be broken, the One who will raise the world to justice even as it
hath been brought low by oppression. I am the companion of Gabriel and the
archangel Michael is beside Me. I am the tree of guidance, and the essence of
righteousness. I shall gather together the world of creation through the Word of
God that gathers together all things. I give life unto humanity and I am the
treasury of all divine commands. To Me hath been given the Luminous Pen and
the Crimson Camel.
-- Imam Ali, Khutbat'ul-Iftikhár (The Sermon of Glorification)
The glory that hath shone forth from the horizon of eternity rest upon thee
and upon such as have taken fast hold of the Cord of God that no man can
He Who leadeth to true victory is come. By the righteousness of God! He is
fully capable of revolutionizing the world through the power of a single
Word. Having enjoined upon all men to observe wisdom, He Himself hath
adhered to the cord of patience and resignation.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 259-260