A Traveler's Narrative
said. During this period this Oppressed One was engaged in
good exhortations and efficacious and sufficient admonitions,
till it became established and obvious before all that this
Victim had made Himself a target for the arrows of calamity
unto the showing forth of the treasures deposited in [men's]
souls. Strife and contest were and are seemly in the beasts of
prey of the earth, [but] laudable actions are seemly in man.
"Blessed is the Merciful One: Who created man: and taught
him utterance. (23) After all these troubles, neither are the
ministers of state content, nor the doctors of the church. Not
one soul was found to utter a word for God before the court of
His Majesty the King (may God perpetuate his kingdom).
There shall not befall Us aught save that which God hath
decreed unto Us. They acted not kindly, nor was there any
shortcoming in the display of evil. Justice became like the
phoenix, and faithfulness like the philosopher's stone: none
spake for the right. It would seem that justice had become
hateful to men and cast forth from all lands like the people of
God. Glory be to God! In the episode of the land of Tá not one
spoke for that which God had commanded. Having regard to
the display of power and parade of service in the presence of
the King (may God perpetuate his kingdom) they have called
good evil and the reformer a sedition-monger. The like of
these persons would depict the drop as an ocean, and the mote
as a sun. They call the house at Kulayn `the strong fortress,'
and close their eyes to the perspicuous truth. They have
attacked a number of reformers of the world with the charge of
seditiousness. As God liveth, these persons had and have no
intent nor hope save the glory of the state and service to their
nation! For God they spoke and for God they speak, and in the
way of God do they journey.
"O friends, ask of Him Who is the Desire of the denizens of
earth that He will succor His Majesty the King (may God
23. Qur'án 55:3-4.
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