O ye leaders of religion! Who is the man amongst
you that can rival Me in vision or insight? Where is he
to be found that dareth to claim to be My equal in
utterance or wisdom? No, by My Lord, the All-Merciful!
All on the earth shall pass away; and this is
the face of your Lord, the Almighty, the Well-Beloved.
We have decreed, O people, that the highest and
last end of all learning be the recognition of Him Who
is the Object of all knowledge; and yet, behold how ye
have allowed your learning to shut you out, as by a veil,
from Him Who is the Dayspring of this Light, through
Whom every hidden thing hath been revealed. Could
ye but discover the source whence the splendour of this
utterance is diffused, ye would cast away the peoples of
the world and all that they possess, and would draw
nigh unto this most blessed Seat of glory.
Say: This, verily, is the heaven in which the
Mother Book is treasured, could ye but comprehend it.
He it is Who hath caused the Rock to shout, and the
Burning Bush to lift up its voice, upon the Mount
rising above the Holy Land, and proclaim: "The
Kingdom is God's, the sovereign Lord of all, the All-Powerful,
We have not entered any school, nor read any of
your dissertations. Incline your ears to the words of this
unlettered One, wherewith He summoneth you unto
God, the Ever-Abiding. Better is this for you than all
the treasures of the earth, could ye but comprehend it.
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