making every effort to improve their condition; we are
trapped in our desires and self-indulgences, and at
every step we stumble into a new snare.
God is Our witness that We have no ulterior motive
in developing this theme. We seek neither to curry
favor with any one nor to attract any one to Ourselves
nor to derive any material benefit therefrom. We
speak only as one earnestly desiring the good pleasure
of God, for We have turned Our gaze away from the
world and its peoples and have sought refuge in the
sheltering care of the Lord. "No pay do I ask of you for
this... My reward is of God alone." (8)
Those who maintain that these modern concepts apply
only to other countries and are irrelevant in Írán,
that they do not satisfy her requirements or suit her
way of life, disregard the fact that other nations were
once as we are now. Did not these new systems and
procedures, these progressive enterprises, contribute to
the advancement of those countries? Were the people
of Europe harmed by the adoption of such measures?
Or did they rather by these means reach the highest
degree of material development? Is it not true that for
centuries, the people of Persia have lived as we see
them living today, carrying out the pattern of the past?
Have any discernible benefits resulted, has any progress
been made? If these things had not been tested by
experience, some in whose minds the light of native
intelligence is clouded, might idly question them. On
8. Qur'án 6:90; 11:31.