Monday, July 6, 2015

"Surah of Blood" (Surat ad-Dam or Súrih-i-Damm)

Provisional trans. by Juan R.I. Cole, History, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI  48105-1045; revised Jan. 27-28, 1996.  Supplied for
personal, private study only.  Not Reviewed.
 
We have caused this Surah of Blood to surge forth from the
Ocean of the Unseen, that it might be a sign of My Manifestation
among all created things.

 He is eternally seated upon the Throne!  In My Name, the
Glorious, the All-Glorious:
 Hearken, O Muhammad, to the voice of thy Lord from this
station, which is exalted above the reach of all contingent beings.  It
can never be attained by the hearts of His creatures nor by the inmost
realities of those who have, for a single instant, been heedless of this
sanctified, mighty and concealed Cause.
 Say: O people, hasten unto the sanctuary of God and His
essence, unto the House of God and His Selfhood, unto the
Manifestation of God and His sovereignty.  Be not of them that make
mention of God with their lips and yet show forth opposition to His
signs.  Say: O people, this is a station around which circles the
Concourse on High, then the denizens of the canopy of eternity and
those who dwell beyond the depths of grandeur, if ye be of them that
comprehend.  Say: This is the Shrine, the Presence, the Countenance
and the Greatness of God Himself.
 Arise and issue forth from your homes, O people of the
concourse of Divinity, and ye of the grades of divine Dominion, then
the people of might in the stations both of this earthly world and the
Kingdom of Heaven.  Thus may ye attain unto this station, which none
have reached save those who detached themselves from all in heaven
and on earth, and from all that is characterized by name, description,
direction or allusion, did ye but understand.  Say: O people, this is the
station of God, this is His Court, Garden and Paradise, and this is His
Tabernacle and Pavilion.  Beware, O people, lest ye turn your faces
toward anyone but Him.  Hasten then unto Him, that mayhap ye will
be given to eat of the fruits of the Spirit.  This is a station wherein the
righteous, and they that circle round the Throne on High, have halted,
as ye also bear witness.
 As for thee, O Muhammad, perform what the tongue of thy
Lord doth counsel thee at this time, and accomplish all that which thou
art bidden by God, the Protector, the Almighty, the Beloved.  First of
all, tear the veils of vain imagination from about thy heart by My
mighty, powerful and unquestioned Sovereignty.  Then enter the
fortress of the All-Merciful in My Name, the Mighty, the Glorified,
and pay no heed to all that hath been and shall be.  If thou shouldst
behold Satan seated at its gate, forbidding thee to enter therein, close
thine eyes to him and take refuge in My Beauty, the Blessed, the Help
in Peril, the Adored.  Beware lest ye sit with those in whom thou
perceivest the evidences of malice, as heat is evident in summer or cold
in poison.  Flee from them and their ilk, and look not upon them nor
that which they possess.  Turn thy gaze rather to My Cause, and that
which surpasseth in excellence all else, did ye but perceive it.
 If thou dost wish to travel in various lands, then do thou spread
the dawning lights of thy Lord throughout those realms.  Think thou
upon the handiwork of thy Lord which thou seest, that thou mayest be
of those who consider.  Adorn thyself with My character, in such wise
that should anyone treat thee unjustly thou wouldst take no heed of
him, nor oppose him.  Leave him to the judgment of thy Lord, the
Powerful, Omnipotent and Self-Subsisting.  Be at all times a wronged
one, for this is one of My attributes, though none but the sincere are
aware of it.  Verily, the sighs of patience uttered by one wronged are
more precious to God than any other deed, did ye but know.
Therefore, be patient in the face of whatever befalleth thee, and set thy
trust in thy Lord God in all thine affairs.  He, verily, doth suffice thee
against all the harm which any created thing can wreak toward thee,
and preserveth thee in the shelter of His Cause and the mighty fortress
of His guardianship.  There is no God but Him.  His are the worlds of
creation and command, and all seek His aid.
 Should anyone slander thee, thou must not retaliate against him
in kind lest thou become as he is.  Turn aside from him, and set thy
face toward the holy tabernacle in this exalted and sacred canopy.  Be
among men as a sweet-scented knoll, that the fragrance of sanctity
may be wafted among them.  In such wise, thou mightest succeed in
attracting them to the court of the holy and Beloved One.  Shouldst
thou find a helper among the friends of God, seek his company at
eventide and dawn, throughout the months and years.  In all matters,
emulate God, thy Succorer.  Walk among men with His dignity and
peace, and teach them the Cause of their Lord to the extent that they
are able to hear it.
 O hoopoe of Sheba, go thou with My book to the cities of
God.  Should the other birds ask thee concerning the dove of holiness,
say:  "When I left her, she was sore-pressed in the talons of denial and
the beaks of wickedness.  She had no helper save God, Who created
her, formed her and made her the lamp of His beauty between the
heavens of the earth, if ye be possessed of certainty."
 Shouldst thou find one of My lovers, if he asks about Me say:
"By God, I went up out of the Prison City (Adrianople) at a time when
Husayn was lying upon the ground, while Disgrace knelt upon His
breast and desired to behead Him.  The spears were standing before
His head, and He expected it to be raised aloft upon them.  Such was
the situation in inmost secrecy, if ye be of them that perceive.  I then
saw Him move His lips, and gaze toward the heavens with a look such
as would rend every heart, and beyond them the heart of God, the
Protector, the Mighty, the Self-Subsisting.  I moved My head close to
His lips, and heard that He was beneath the sword, saying `O people!
By God, I have not spoken to you out of selfish desire!  Nay, rather I
have given voice to that which the Speaker on Sinai uttered in My
most pure and sanctified breast.  The verses of God leave no doubt as
to what hath been foreordained in the realm of the divine Decree, or as
to that which is in this world and the next.  O ye who have joined
partners with God, inhale the scent of these verses that have descended
from the realm of the divine Essence, from the King of names and
attributes.  Should ye perceive therein the fragrance of the coat of the
beloved Joseph, then show mercy toward Him and put Him not to
death with the blades of malice, if ye see with the eyes of  justice and
are equitable in yourselves.
 "`O people!  I bolted up the gates of paradise for twenty years,
lest anything issue from My lips which might cause the fire of hatred to
blaze forth in your breasts.  To this beareth witness the Tongue of
Grandeur, then the Pen of Command upon the holy and guarded
Tablets.  O people, I verily am `Ali (the Bab), and this is but another
Return after the first.  I have demonstrated to ye at this time the
greatest of the things I manifested aforetime.  I have come from the
fountainhead of grandeur and glory, and the treasure hold of exaltation
and majesty, with verses of which not a single letter hath heretofore
been revealed in this world.  This Tablet is My proof among ye, to ye
and against ye, if ye be of them that comprehend.
 "'O people, God is My witness that I remained silent in My
house, and gave voice to no melody.  However, the Spirit set my limbs
quaking, and caused Me to speak forth with the Truth.  Its features
then appeared in My face, if ye descry My beauty.  I barred the doors
of utterance for lo, these many years, but the tongue of God hath
loosened My tongue, did ye but know.  Will ye slay Him by whose
Command the heavens were raised aloft, the seas surged forth, the
trees gave fruit, the mysteries were revealed and the beauty of the
Chosen One shone forth from behind the veil?  Fear God, O people of
the Bayan, and be not of those who repudiate the verses of God.  I
shall never deny these verses, even should ye slay Me and all the
swords and spears rain down upon Me at every moment.  I shall speak
forth in the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and shall never fear
anyone.  This is My religion, if ye be of them that perceive.  This is the
religion of all the Messengers, and is that which was revealed to `Ali
(the Bab) in every Tablet.  I know not, however, to which religion ye
adhere!'
 "When the melodies of that Holy One reached this point, He
suddenly fell silent by reason of the weakness which had overtaken
Him.  He remained in this state for some time, and when He regained
consciousness He opened His eyes and turned in the sacred direction
with a gaze of deep affection, saying, 
 `Praise be to Thee, O Lord My God, for the wondrous
revelations of Thy inscrutable decree and the manifold woes and trials
Thou hast destined for Myself.  At one time Thou didst deliver Me
into the hands of Nimrod; at another Thou hast allowed Pharaoh's rod
to persecute Me.  Thou, alone, canst estimate, through Thine all-
encompassing knowledge and the operation of Thy Will, the
incalculable afflictions I have suffered at their hands.  Again Thou
didst cast Me into the prison-cell of the ungodly, for no reason except
that I was moved to whisper into the ears of the well-favored denizens
of Thy Kingdom an intimation of the vision with which Thou hadst,
through Thy knowledge, inspired Me, and revealed to Me its meaning
through the potency of Thy might.  And again Thou didst decree that I
be beheaded by the sword of the infidel.  Again I was crucified for
having unveiled to men's eyes the hidden gems of Thy glorious unity,
for having revealed to them the wondrous signs of Thy sovereign and
everlasting power.  How bitter the humiliations heaped upon Me, in a
subsequent age, on the plain of Karbila!  How lonely did I feel amidst
Thy people!  To what a state of helplessness was I reduced in that
land!  Unsatisfied with such indignities, My persecutors decapitated
Me, and, carrying aloft My head from land to land paraded it before
the gaze of the unbelieving multitude, and deposited it on the seats of
the perverse and faithless.  In a later age, I was suspended, and My
breast was made a target to the darts of the malicious cruelty of My
foes.  My limbs were riddled with bullets, and My body was torn
asunder.  Finally, behold how, in this Day, My treacherous enemies
have leagued themselves against Me, and are continually plotting to
instill the venom of hate and malice into the souls of Thy servants.
with all their might they are scheming to accomplish their purpose.
 "`It is Thou, My God and My adored One, Who hast delivered
Me into the hands of the infidels.  Behold Me, then, in the dust,
beneath the swords of thine enemies.
Yet, grievous as is My plight, O God, My well-Beloved, I render
thanks unto Thee, and My Spirit is grateful for whatsoever hath
befallen Me in the path of Thy good-pleasure.  I am well pleased with
that which Thou didst ordain for Me, and welcome, however
calamitous, the pains and sorrows I am made to suffer.
 "`I plead with Thee, O My God, by Thy hidden names and Thy
Beauty, Who, both manifest and concealed, lieth in the dust of
degradation, to inculcate Thy love in the hearts of Thy servants, and to
seat them upon the carpet of Thy mercy.  Give them shade, O My
God, beneath the tree of Thy sanctity, and deny them not the breezes
of Thy holiness, which waft from the paradise of Thy beauty and from
the direction of Thy favors.  Thou art, verily, able to accomplish Thy
will, and Thou art the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.'"
 O Muhammad, estimate well the number of gem-like mysteries
We have bestowed upon thee, and think upon the wondrous
knowledge We have taught thee, knowledge which lay concealed
behind veils of light.  Thus mayest thou become aware of that which
hath befallen Us, and be of those well-acquainted with the mysteries of
this Cause.  Then say with the tongue of thy spirit in thine inmost soul,
"Is there any helper who will come to the aid of the Primal Beauty (the
Bab) in His new guise, or any supporter who will arise to serve the
Ultimate Point (Quddus) in His Radiance, the Glorious, the Most
Glorious?"  Mayhap thereby God will be persuaded to dispatch
someone to succor this Youth in these days, wherein the denizens of
heaven and earth are drunk with heedlessness, save those who have
gazed from nigh upon this Beauty.
 But O Muhammad, thou wilt encounter the opposition and
haughtiness of the perverse, and wilt find them engaged in acts of
hatred against this Youth on all sides, except those for whom it hath
been decreed otherwise by thy Lord God, the Mighty, the Self-
Subsisting.  Give ear to that which thou art commanded by the Pen of
the Most High in the kingdom of decree, in these heavens that have
been sanctified by God from the incarnations of rancor, from the touch
of the infidels and from the recognition of the malicious.  Rend
asunder the veils, then rise up from the dawning-point of this Cause
with manifest sovereignty.  Call out to the people, telling them of this
resplendent, mighty and illumined Beauty.   Go to the Name of  Ha',
and deliver to him that which hath been bestowed upon thee by the
Spirit of God, the Powerful, the Mighty, the Generous.  Perhaps he
will feel admonished within himself, will detach himself from all save
his Lord and enter the ranks of them that are rightly guided.
 Say:  "O My servant, We have revealed for thee Tablets and
Writings which are known only to God, and therein is that which
would enable thee to dispense with all creation, and all that is in the
heavens and on the earth.  However, we did not send them to thee,
because we failed to perceive from thee the fragrance of the exalted
ones in this Arab Youth.  By God, all that thou dost possess will pass
away, and nothing will remain save what is with thy Lord, behind the
pavilions of the Powerful, the Inaccessible.  Leave the world and its
people, and detach thyself from all that was created therein.  Then turn
thy face toward the Countenance of God, the Generous, the
Uncreated."
 Say:  "This is `Ali (the Bab) in very truth, Who hath appeared
once more in this most pure, manifest and glorious Beauty.  He doth
speak forth with the truth in the realm of eternity, and the exalted
kingdom, if ye have ears to hear.  O people of the Bayan, the spirit of
true understanding will never speak in your hearts until after My love
hath entered them.  This is a fundamental principle of religion, if ye be
of those with certitude."
 O people of the Qur'an, the Eternal Truth is come unto ye, and
that whereby the religions shall be differentiated and truth
distinguished from falsehood.  Fear God, and be not of those who
oppose Him.
 O people of the Churches, cease from ringing the bells, for the
Most Great Bell hath appeared.  It is, verily, this Trump that hath been
sent down in the form of these holy verses between the heavens and
the earth.  He crieth out in truth in this resplendent, manifest and
brilliant Name.  Say: He it is by Whose command the verses were
revealed, and by Whose permission all the scriptures were brought into
being.  To this attesteth the fragrance that issueth from the Camphor
Fountain through this most Ancient and pre-existent Pen.  He speaketh
forth at all times, uttering verses beyond the comprehension of the
minds of the wise, the knowledge of the mystic knowers, and the
hearts of them that have attained.  This is what ye were promised in
the Books of God, did ye but know, and this is that whereby the truth
was realized from all eternity and shall be realized to all eternity.
 O Muhammad, avert thy gaze from all who are in heaven and
on earth, so that thou canst enter into the mighty fortress of thy Lord,
the Bestower, the Almighty.  Set the trees of existence ablaze with this
Fire, that all may speak forth as It did, in the form of light, upon the
Sinai of Theophany.  Thus doth the Ancient Beauty shower His bounty
upon thee, and command thee in this Cause, that thou mayest detach
thyself from all things and hold fast to the cord of the Omnipotent, the
Unattainable.
 Spirit, praises and glory be upon thee, and upon whosoever
heareth thy tidings of this Great Announcement.