‘Abdu’l-Bahá on the signs of His coming – Part I

Praise be to Him Who hath made the world of being, and hath fashioned all that is, Him Who hath raised up the sincere to a station of honour [1] and hath made the invisible world to appear on the plane of the visible — yet still, in their drunken stupor,[2] do men wander and stray.
[1 Qur’án 17:81]
[2 Qur’án 15:72]

He hath laid down the foundations of the lofty Citadel, He hath inaugurated the Cycle of Glory, He hath brought forth a new creation on this day that is clearly Judgement Day — and still do the heedless stay fast in their drunken sleep.

The Bugle [1] hath sounded, the Trumpet [2] hath been blown, the Crier hath raised his call, and all upon the earth have swooned away — but still do the dead, in the tombs of their bodies, sleep on.
[1 Qur’án 39:68; Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 133]
[2 Qur’án 74:8]

And the second clarion [1] hath sounded, there hath followed the second blast after the first,[2] and the dread woe hath come, and every nursing mother hath forgot the infant at her breast [3] — yet still the people, confused and distracted, heed it not.
[1 Qur’án 39:68]
[2 Qur’án 79:6]
[3 Qur’án 22:2]

And the Resurrection hath dawned, and the Hour hath struck, and the Path hath been drawn straight, and the Balance hath been set up, and all upon the earth have been gathered together [1] — but still the people see no sign of the way.
[1 Qur’án 34:39]

The light hath shone forth, and radiance floodeth Mount Sinai, and a gentle wind bloweth from over the gardens of the Ever-Forgiving Lord; the sweet breaths of the spirit are passing by, and those who lay buried in the grave are rising up — and still do the heedless slumber on in their tombs.

The flames of hell have been made to blaze, and heaven hath been brought nigh; the celestial gardens are in flower, and fresh pools are brimming over, and paradise gleameth in beauty — but the unaware are still mired down in their empty dreams.

The veil hath fallen away, the curtain is lifted, the clouds have parted, the Lord of Lords is in plain sight — yet all hath passed the sinners by.


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