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O ye blessed souls!1 The letter ye had written to
Praised be the Lord, the Cause of God hath been proclaimed and promoted throughout the East and the West in such wise that no mind had ever conceived that the sweet savours of the Lord would so rapidly perfume all regions. This, verily, is only through the consummate bounties of the ever-blessed Beauty, Whose grace and Whose triumphing power are time and again abundantly received.
One of the wondrous events that has of late come to
pass is this, that the edifice of the
Having no portion of goods and earthly riches, she
sheared off with her own hands the fine, long and precious
tresses that adorned her head so gracefully, and offered them
for sale, that the price thereof might promote the cause of
Consider ye, that though in the eyes of women nothing is more precious than rich and flowing locks, yet notwithstanding this, that highly-honoured lady hath evinced so rare and beautiful a spirit of self-sacrifice.
And though this was uncalled for, and
It is related that once in the days of the Apostle of God2 He signified His desire that an army should advance in a certain direction, and leave was granted unto the faithful to raise contributions for the holy war. Among many was one man who gave a thousand camels, each laden with corn, another who gave half his substance, and still another who offered all that he had. But a woman stricken in years, whose sole possession was a handful of dates, came to the Apostle and laid at His feet her humble contribution. Thereupon the Prophet of God--may my life be offered up as a sacrifice unto Him--bade that this handful of dates be placed over and above all the contributions that had been gathered, thus asserting the merit and superiority thereof over all the rest. This was done because that elderly woman had no other earthly possessions but these.
And in like manner this esteemed lady had nothing else
to contribute but her precious locks, and these she gloriously
sacrificed in the cause of the
Ponder and reflect how mighty and potent hath the
Cause of God become! A woman of the west hath given
her hair for the glory of the
Nay, this is but a lesson unto them that perceive.
In conclusion I am greatly pleased with the loved ones in
The Lord be praised that the prayers of this gracious soul have been answered, for the effects thereof are everywhere manifest.