O kind God! Hearken to the cry of these helpless nations! O
pure Lord, show Thy pity to these orphaned children! O incomparable Almighty,
stop this destructive torrent! O Creator of the world and the inhabitants
thereof, cause the extinction of this burning fire! O Listener to our cries,
come to the rescue of the orphans! O Ideal Comforter, console the mothers whose
hearts are torn and whose souls are filled with the blood of irremediable loss!
O Clement and Merciful, grant the blessing of Thy grace to the weeping eyes and
burning hearts of the fathers. Restore calmness to this surging tempest and
change this world encircling war into Peace and Conciliation.
Verily, Thou art the Omnipotent and the Powerful and,
verily, Thou art the Seer and the Hearer!
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Star of the West, vol. 5, no. 16, December 31, 1914)
O God, O Thou Who hast cast Thy splendour over the luminous
realities of men, shedding upon them the resplendent lights of knowledge and
guidance, and hast chosen them out of all created things for this supernal
grace, and hast caused them to encompass all things, to understand their inmost
essence, and to disclose their mysteries, bringing them forth out of darkness
into the visible world! "He verily showeth His special mercy to whomsoever
He will." O Lord, help Thou Thy loved ones to acquire knowledge and the
sciences and arts, and to unravel the secrets that are treasured up in the
inmost reality of all created beings. Make them to hear the hidden truths that
are written and embedded in the heart of all that is. Make them to be ensigns
of guidance amongst all creatures, and piercing rays of the mind shedding forth
their light in this, the "first life". Make them to be leaders
unto Thee, guides unto Thy path, runners urging men on to Thy Kingdom.
Thou verily art the Powerful, the Protector, the Potent, the
Defender, the Mighty, the Most Generous. - ‘Abdu’l-Baha (The Compilation of
Compilations, vol. I, Baha’i Education)
O my God, my God! I am a servant attracted to Thee, humbly
coming to the door of Thy Oneness and addressing the kingdom of Thy mercy.
Yes, my God, permit that I should be entirely Thine,
occupied in thinking of Thee, inflamed by the fire of Thy love and separated
from all except Thee, so that I may work in Thy Cause, spread Thy wisdom,
transmit Thy knowledge and the joy of knowing Thee.
Yes, my God, I am a flame lighted by the hand of Thy power.
Do not permit that it be extinguished by the winds of trials. Increase my love
for Thee, my ardor for the Beauty of Thy Oneness, the fire that burneth in me
in the Sinai of Thy Singleness, and the eternal life in me, through Thy bounty
and grace; for Thou art the Protector, the Watcher, the Pitiful and the
O Thou Forgiving Lord!Although certain souls finished the days of life in ignorance, were
estranged and selfish, yet the ocean of Thy forgiveness is, verily, able to
redeem and make free the sinners by one of its waves. Thou redeemest whomsoever
Thou willest and deprivest whomsoever Thou willest not ! Shouldst Thou treat
justly, we all are sinners and deserve to be deprived; and shouldst Thou
observe mercy, every sinner shall be made pure and every stranger shall become
a friend. Therefore, forgive and pardon and grant Thy mercy unto all. Thou art
the Forgiver, the Light-giver and the Compassionate!
Praised be Thou O Lord, My God! This is My mother who hath
acknowledged Thy oneness, confessed Thy unity, attained the honour of meeting
Thy Manifestations in Thy days, reached the station of recognition and entered
the tabernacle of Heaven, for she loved Thyself and Thy Servant and held fast
to the cord of Thy love through the sanctified Temples of Thy Sovereignty.
I beseech Thee, therefore, O My God, to grant her the honour
of beholding Thy Beauty, and vouchsafe unto her the gift of Thy Presence. Give
her to drink then from the ocean of Thy mercy and the chalice of Thy
forgiveness. Make her to dwell, O My God, in the precincts of Thy mercy in the
Heaven of eternity. Grant her to hear Thy holy melodies that she may cast the
veil from her head in her eagerness to meet Thee and speed through the domains
of Thy nearness and union.
Thou art verily powerful over all that Thou desirest, and
Thou art verily the Mighty, the Most Luminous.
translation approved by the Baha’i World Center for inclusion in the book: ‘Leaves
of the Twin Divine Trees’, by Baharieh Rouhani-Ma’ani)
God testifieth to the unity of His Godhood and to the
singleness of His own Being. On the throne of eternity, from the inaccessible
heights of His station, His tongue proclaimeth that there is none other God but
Him. He Himself, independently of all else, hath ever been a witness unto His
own oneness, the revealer of His own nature, the glorifier of His own essence.
He, verily, is the All-Powerful, the Almighty, the Beauteous.
He is supreme over His servants, and standeth over His
creatures. In His hand is the source of authority and truth. He maketh men
alive by His signs, and causeth them to die through His wrath. He shall not be
asked of His doings and His might is equal unto all things. He is the Potent,
the All-Subduing. He holdeth within His grasp the empire of all things, and on
His right hand is fixed the Kingdom of His Revelation. His power, verily,
embraceth the whole of creation. Victory and overlordship are His; all might
and dominion are His; all glory and greatness are His. He, of a truth, is the
All-Glorious, the Most Powerful, the Unconditioned.
- Baha’u’llah (‘Prayers and
Meditations by Baha’u’llah’)
O God, my aim, my hope! With hearts full of longing and
breasts full of yearning, we beg of Thee and we supplicate at the threshold of
Thy might to raise the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar in Chicago, in the most speedy manner.
Make its basis firm and its structure enduring, suffer its pillars to remain
unshakable and make its columns of the steel and iron of firmness. Glorify its
servants, beautify the characters and make the worshippers beloved. Suffer its
nightingales to sing “Ya-Baha’u’l-Abha” and warble the praises of our Lord, the
Most Supreme. Make its men the standards unfolded on the mountains of the
world, and its women the sanctified angels of the tabernacle of the world!
Bestow upon us new blessings. Give to us the freshness of
the spring. We are saplings which have been planted by the fingers of Thy
bounty and have been formed out of the water and clay of Thy tender affection.
We thirst for the living waters of Thy favours and are dependent upon the
outpourings of the clouds of Thy generosity. Abandon not to itself this grove
wherein our hopes aspire, nor withhold therefrom the showers of Thy
loving-kindness. Grant that from the clouds of Thy mercy may fall copious rain
so that the trees of our lives may bring forth fruit and we may attain the most
cherished desire of our hearts.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (‘Baha’i Prayers and Tablets for
Children’, prepared by the Research Department of the Universal House of
Glory be unto Thee, O God! for Thou hast opened the Doors of
the Kingdom of Grandeur and Majesty before the faces of Thy beloved ones;
overshadowed them with the wide spreading Tree of Thy Mercifulness; stirred
them into cheerfulness by the Breezes of Acceptance from the Garden of Thy
Singleness and caused the downpour of pure Waters from the heaven of Thy
Generosity, through which Thou didst cleanse the hearts of Thy friends.
Thou didst resuscitate the spirit of those who have arisen
in Thy service with the Breaths of the Holy Spirit and reinforced them with the
angels of Thy Sanctification and the unseen Cohorts from the Supreme Concourse.
Verily, this was no other but a reinforcement from Thee and a fresh
Confirmation on Thy part; in order that they might arise in the proclamation of
Thy Word, the diffusion of Thy Fragrances, the perusal of Thy Verses, the
promulgation of Thy Religion, the propagation of Thy Teachings, the
universalization of Thy Grace and the strengthening of Thy Covenant. Verily,
they have pitched on the apex of the world, the Tabernacle of Thy Oneness,
whose cords are unbreakable, under whose shade nations and peoples shall dwell
and which is glorified with the Bestowal of Thy Effulgence.
O Lord! We are weak, fortify us with Thy Power; we are
prisoners, shine upon us the Light of Thy Freedom!
O God! This captive has no other protector save Thee; this
afflicted one has no other guardian except Thee, and this weak soul has no
other support beside Thee!
Glory be unto Thee, O Thou whose Seas of Bestowals are
waving and whose Breezes of Providence are wafting over all those who have arisen
to promote Thy Word amongst mankind and are hastening towards the city of
self-sacrifice with a heart overflowing with love and fidelity and a tongue
eloquent with the praise of Thy Abha Beauty!
O Lord! Confirm whoever opens his mouth in the explanation
of Thy Cause; arises in the diffusion of Thy Fragrances, from whose lips flows
the irresistible torrents of evidence in the elucidation of Thy Religion; waves
like unto the surging of the mighty ocean; sings like unto the singing of the
golden tongued nightingale in the Garden of Thy Knowledge, and roars like unto
the roaring of the lion in the Forest of Thy Favor.
O Lord! Cause them to quaff from the goblet which is filled
with the Wine of Thy Guidance, exhilarate them with the intoxication of Thy
Elixir, suffer them to speak of Thy most incontrovertible proofs, inspire them
with irrefragable evidences and demonstrations and teach them the essences of
wisdom and understanding.
Verily, thou art the Clement, Thou art the Confirmer, the
Powerful, the Mighty and the Omnipotent, and verily there is no God beside the
Lord of Grace and Mercy!
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Star of the West, vol. 5, no. 14, November 23, 1914)
Bring them together again, O Lord, by the power of Thy
Covenant, and gather their dispersion by the might of Thy Promise, and unite
their hearts by the dominion of Thy Love; and make them love each other so that
they may sacrifice their spirits, expend their money, and scatter themselves
for the love of one another. O Lord, cause to descend upon them quietness and
Shower upon them the Clouds of Thy Mercy in great abundance,
and make them to characterize themselves with the characteristics of the
Spiritual! O Lord, make us firm in Thy noble command, and bestow upon us Thy
Gifts through Thy Bounty, Grace and Munificence.
Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Merciful and Benevolent.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Star of the West, vol. 5, no. 14, November 23,
Praise and glory be to Thee, O Lord my God! This is a choice
sapling which Thou hast planted in the meads of Thy love and hast nurtured with
the fingers of Thy Lordship. Thou hast watered it from the wellspring of
everlasting life which streameth forth from the gardens of Thy oneness and Thou
hast caused the clouds of Thy tender mercy to shower Thy favors upon it. It
hath now grown and developed beneath the shelter of Thy blessings which are
manifest from the Dayspring of Thy divine essence. It hath burst forth into
leaves and blossoms, is laden with fruit through the providence of Thy wondrous
gifts and bounties and is stirred by the fragrant breeze wafting from the
direction of Thy loving-kindness.
O Lord! Cause this sapling to become verdant, fresh and
flourishing by the outpourings of Thy special bounty and favor, wherewith Thou
hast endued the tabernacles of holiness in Thy eternal Kingdom and hast adorned
the essences of unity in the arena of reunion.
O Divine Providence! As I am abstaining from bodily desires
and not occupied with eating and drinking, even so purify and sanctify my heart
from the love of anyone save Thyself and shield and protect my soul from
corrupt desires and satanic qualities so that my spirit may commune with the
breaths of holiness and fast from the mention of all else besides Thee.
- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (From a table talk in Akka, ‘Table Talks by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, by
Corrine, booklet published by Baha’i Publishing Society, Chicago 1907; revised
translation by the Baha’i World Centre; ‘Fasting a Baha’i Handbook, by Duane
Praised be Thou, O God, my God! These are the days whereon
Thou hast enjoined Thy chosen ones, Thy loved ones and Thy servants to observe
the Fast, which Thou hast made a light unto the people of Thy kingdom, even as
Thou didst make obligatory prayer a ladder of ascent unto those who acknowledge
Thy unity. I beg of Thee, O my God, by these two mighty pillars, which Thou
hast ordained as a glory and honor for all mankind, to keep Thy religion safe
from the mischief of the ungodly and the plotting of every wicked doer. O Lord,
conceal not the light which Thou hast revealed through Thy strength and Thine
omnipotence. Assist, then, those who truly believe in Thee with the hosts of
the seen and the unseen by Thy command and Thy sovereignty. No God is there but
Thee, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.
Say: God is indeed the Maker of all things. He giveth
sustenance in plenty to whomsoever He willeth. He is the Creator, the Source of
all beings, the Fashioner, the Almighty, the Maker, the All-Wise. He is the
Bearer of the most excellent titles throughout the heavens and the earth and
whatever lieth between them. All do His bidding, and all the dwellers of earth
and heaven celebrate His praise, and unto Him shall all return.
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
O God! Recompense those who endure patiently in Thy days,
and strengthen their hearts to walk undeviatingly in the path of Truth. Grant
then, O Lord, such goodly gifts as would enable them to gain admittance into
Thy blissful Paradise. Exalted art Thou, O Lord God. Let Thy heavenly blessings
descend upon homes whose inmates have believed in Thee. Verily, unsurpassed art
Thou in sending down divine blessings. Send forth, O God, such hosts as would
render Thy faithful servants victorious. Thou dost fashion the created things
through the power of Thy decree as Thou pleasest. Thou art in truth the
Sovereign, the Creator, the All-Wise.
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings
of the Báb)
All praise be unto Thee, O Lord! We shall seek Thy grace on
the appointed Day and shall put our whole reliance in Thee, Who art our Lord.
Glorified art Thou, O God! Grant us that which is good and seemly that we may
be able to dispense with everything but Thee. Verily, Thou art the Lord of all
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
Lauded be Thy Name, O Lord our God! Thou art in truth the
Knower of things unseen. Ordain for us such good as Thine all-embracing
knowledge can measure. Thou art the sovereign Lord, the Almighty, the
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings of the Báb)
Grant, O my God, that I may not be reckoned among those
whose ears are deaf, whose eyes are blind, whose tongues are speechless and
whose hearts have failed to comprehend. Deliver me, O Lord, from the fire of
ignorance and of selfish desire, suffer me to be admitted into the precincts of
Thy transcendent mercy and send down upon me that which Thou hast ordained for
Thy chosen ones. Potent art Thou to do what Thou willest. Verily Thou art the
Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings of
Praise be to Thee, O Lord, my Best Beloved! Make me
steadfast in Thy Cause and grant that I may be reckoned among those who have
not violated Thy Covenant nor followed the gods of their own idle fancy. Enable
me, then, to obtain a seat of truth in Thy presence, bestow upon me a token of
Thy mercy and let me join with such of Thy servants as shall have no fear nor
shall they be put to grief. Abandon me not to myself, O my Lord, nor deprive me
of recognizing Him Who is the Manifestation of Thine Own Self, nor account me
with such as have turned away from Thy holy presence. Number me, O my God, with
those who are privileged to fix their gaze upon Thy Beauty and who take such
delight therein that they would not exchange a single moment thereof with the
sovereignty of the kingdom of heavens and earth or with the entire realm of
creation. Have mercy on me, O Lord, in these days when the peoples of Thine
earth have erred grievously; supply me then, O my God, with that which is good
and seemly in Thine estimation. Thou art verily the All-Powerful, the Gracious,
the Bountiful, the Ever-Forgiving.
- The Báb (‘Selections from the Writings of
A visiting Tablet for the Maidservant of God, Frau Babette Ruoff.
Upon her be Baha’u’l-Abha!
He is God!
O Almighty! Endear thou this maidservant of Thy Threshold, Frau Ruoff, in
the Kingdom of Thy Holiness, and submerge her in the Ocean of Sight. Overlook
her shortcomings; confer upon her Thy Grace! Vouchsafe her Thy Purity in the Court
of the Paradise of Abha! Bestow upon her Eternal Life and suffer her to become
the manifestor of infinite bestowals in the meeting of transfiguration.
Verily Thou art the Generous, the Pardoner, and the Compassionate.
(Signed) 'Abdu’l-Baha Abbas
(Star of the West, vol. 5, no. 13, November 4, 1914)
Praised be Thou, O my God! I beseech Thee by them who have
circled round the throne of Thy will, and soared in the atmosphere of Thy
good-pleasure, and turned with all their affections towards the Horizon of Thy
Revelation and the Day-Spring of Thine inspiration, and the Dawning-Place of
Thy names, to aid Thy servants to observe what Thou hast commanded them in Thy
days—commandments through which the sacredness of Thy Cause will be
demonstrated unto Thy servants and the affairs of Thy creatures and of Thy
realm will be set aright.
I testify, O my God, that this is the Day whereon Thy
testimony hath been fulfilled, and Thy clear tokens have been manifested, and
Thine utterances have been revealed, and Thy signs have been demonstrated, and
the radiance of Thy countenance hath been diffused, and Thy proof hath been
perfected, and Thine ascendancy hath been established, and Thy mercy hath
overflowed, and the Day-Star of Thy grace hath shone forth with such brilliance
that Thou didst manifest Him Who is the Revealer of Thyself and the Treasury of
Thy wisdom and the Dawning-Place of Thy majesty and power. Thou didst establish
His covenant with every one who hath been created in the kingdoms of earth and
heaven and in the realms of revelation and of creation. Thou didst raise Him up
to such heights that the wrongs inflicted by the oppressors have been powerless
to deter Him from revealing Thy sovereignty, and the ascendancy of the wayward
hath failed to prevent Him from demonstrating Thy power and from exalting Thy
I pray Thee, O Thou Who causest the dawn to appear, by Thy
Name through Which Thou hast subjected the winds, and sent down Thy Tablets,
that Thou wilt grant that we may draw near unto what Thou didst destine for us
by Thy favor and bounty, and to be far removed from whatsoever may be repugnant
unto Thee. Give us, then, to drink from the hands of Thy grace every day and
every moment of our lives of the waters that are life indeed, O Thou Who art
the Most Merciful! Make us, then, to be of them who helped Thee when fallen
into the hands of those Thine enemies who are numbered with the rebellious
among Thy creatures and the wicked amidst Thy people. Write down, then, for us
the recompense ordained for him that hath attained Thy presence, and gazed on
Thy beauty, and supply us with every good thing ordained in Thy Book for such
of Thy creatures as enjoy near access to Thee.
Brighten our hearts, O my Lord, with the splendor of Thy
knowledge, and illumine our sight with the light of such eyes as are fixed upon
the horizon of Thy grace and the Day-Spring of Thy glory. Preserve us, then, by
Thy Most Great Name, Which Thou didst cause to overshadow such nations as lay
claim to what Thou hast forbidden in Thy Book. This, verily, is what Thou didst
announce unto us in Thy Scriptures and Thy Tablets.
Many a chilled heart, O my God, hath been set ablaze with
the fire of Thy Cause, and many a slumberer hath been wakened by the sweetness
of Thy voice. How many are the strangers who have sought shelter beneath the
shadow of the tree of Thy oneness, and how numerous the thirsty ones who have
panted after the fountain of Thy living waters in Thy days!
Blessed is he that hath set himself towards Thee, and hasted
to attain the Day-Spring of the lights of Thy face. Blessed is he who with all
his affections hath turned to the Dawning-Place of Thy Revelation and the
Fountain-Head of Thine inspiration. Blessed is he that hath expended in Thy
path what Thou didst bestow upon him through Thy bounty and favor. Blessed is
he who, in his sore longing after Thee, hath cast away all else except Thyself.
Blessed is he who hath enjoyed intimate communion with Thee, and rid himself of
all attachment to any one save Thee.
I beseech Thee, O my Lord, by Him Who is Thy Name, Who,
through the power of Thy sovereignty and might, hath risen above the horizon of
His prison, to ordain for every one what becometh Thee and beseemeth Thine
Thy might, in truth, is equal to all things.
- Baha’u’llah (‘Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah’)
Praised be Thou, O Lord my God! I bear witness that from
eternity Thou wert exalted in Thy transcendent majesty and might, and wilt to
eternity abide in Thy surpassing power and glory. None in the kingdoms of earth
and heaven can frustrate Thy purpose; none throughout the realms of revelation
and of creation can prevail against Thee. At Thy command Thou doest what Thou
willest, and by the power of Thy sovereignty Thou rulest as Thou pleasest.
I implore Thee, O Thou Who causest the dawn to appear, by
Thy Lamp which Thou didst light with the fire of Thy love before all that are
in heaven and on earth, and whose flame Thou feedest with the fuel of Thy
wisdom in the kingdom of Thy creation, to make me to be of those who have
soared in Thine atmosphere, and surrendered their will to Thy decree.
I am all wretchedness, O my Lord, and Thou art the Most
Powerful, the Almighty. Have pity upon me by Thy grace and bountiful favor, and
graciously aid me to serve Thee and them that are dear to Thee. Potent art Thou
to do as Thou willest. No God is there but Thee, the God of strength, of glory
- Baha’u’llah (‘Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah)