Siyah Chal

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Posted by Jonah on April 23, 2101 at 23:09:38:

In Reply to: Quote: Siyah Chal posted by Ivy Zenna Labrant on April 23, 2101 at 16:00:47:

I've searched my entire archive for the phrase 'trusting trust', and found only one citation. it's from Dawnbreakers, pages 632-33. Here's the excerpt:

I now proceed to relate what befell the remaining companions
of the Bab, those who had been privileged to share
the horrors of the confinement with Baha'u'llah. From His
own lips I have often heard the following account: "All those
who were struck down by the storm that raged during that
memorable year in Tihran were Our fellow-prisoners in the
Siyah-Chal, where We were confined. We were all huddled
together in one cell, our feet in stocks, and around our necks
fastened the most galling of chains. The air we breathed was
laden with the foulest impurities, while the floor on which
we sat was covered with filth and infested with vermin. No
ray of light was allowed to penetrate that pestilential dungeon
or to warm its icy-coldness. We were placed in two rows,
each facing the other. We had taught them to repeat certain
verses which, every night, they chanted with extreme fervour.
`God is sufficient unto me; He verily is the All-sufficing!'
one row would intone, while the other would reply: `In Him
let the trusting trust.' The chorus of these gladsome voices
would continue to peal out until the early hours of the morning.
Their reverberation would fill the dungeon, and, piercing
its massive walls, would reach the ears of Nasiri'd-Din Shah,
whose palace was not far distant from the place where we
were imprisoned. `What means this sound?' he was reported
to have exclaimed. `It is the anthem the Babis are intoning
in their prison,' they replied. The Shah made no further
remarks, nor did he attempt to restrain the enthusiasm his
prisoners, despite the horrors of their confinement, continued
to display.

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