Prayer's authenticity

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Prayer's authenticity

Postby jarmbruster » Sun May 16, 2004 10:03 pm

Greetings!

There is a prayer attributed to 'Abdu'l-Baha which begins "O Lord! Open Thou the door, provide the means, prepare the way, make safe the path, that we may be guided to those whose hearts are prepared..." Is there any source that authenticates this prayer as one authored by 'Abdu'l-Baha?

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Postby brettz9 » Mon May 17, 2004 1:15 am

Hi there...

A search of this site turned up the following letters on behalf of the Universal House of Justice:

""O Lord! Open Thou the door, provide the means...." This is a free translation of part of a prayer revealed by 'Abdu'l-Bahá to the friends in Tehran, incomplete, and unfortunately, even erroneous." ( http://bahai-library.com/?file=uhj_auth ... blets.html )

and

"12. 'O Lord! Open Thou the door....'

"An English translation of the first sentence of the prayer submitted by Mr. ... is published in the United States Bahá'í News, May 1973, no. 506, p. 14. As to its authenticity, the opening phrases of this prayer are found in a very long prayer, revealed in Arabic, which is published in Min Makátíb 'Abdu'l-Bahá (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Bahá'í Brasil, 1982), vol. 1, pp. 9-12. However, the remainder of the English translation, starting with 'that we may be guided', is not contained in that prayer, and the Research Department has not been able to locate an original text which could have been used for that translation. Therefore, aside from the opening phrases, the validity of this prayer is questionable."

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"O Lord, open Thou the door, provide the means, prepare the way, make safe the path, [that we may be guided to those souls, whose hearts are prepared for Thy Cause, and that they may be guided to us. Verily, Thou art the Merciful, the Most Bountiful, the All-Powerful.]

"'Abdu'l-Bahá"

(at http://bahai-library.com/?file=uhj_aspe ... l#opendoor )


So it looks like only the part "O Lord, open Thou the door, provide the means, prepare the way, make safe the path" can be considered authentic.

best wishes,
Brett


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