Praise belongs to Allah, the First,
without a first before Him, the Last, without a last behind Him.
he walks toward it through the days of his span, he overtakes it through the years of his time.
Then, when he takes his final step and embraces the reckoning of his span,
Allah seizes him to the abundant reward or the feared punishment to which He has called him,
That He may repay those who do evil for what they have done and repay those who do good with goodness,
as justice from Him (holy are His names, and manifest His boons).
He shall not be questioned as to what He does, but they shall be questioned.
Praise belongs to God, for, had He withheld from His servants the
knowledge to praise Him for the uninterrupted kindnesses
They are but as the cattleŚnay, but they are further astray from the way!.
Praise belongs to God, for the true knowledge of Himself He has given
to us, the thanksgiving He has inspired us to offer Him,
A praise through which He will illuminate for us the shadows of the inner world, ease for us the path of the Resurrection,
and raise up our stations at the standing places of the Witnesses on the day when every soul will be repaid for what it has earned - they shall not be wronged;
the day a master shall avail nothing a client, and they shall not be helped;
A praise which will rise up from us to the highest of the 'Illiyun in
a book inscribed, witnessed by those brought nigh,
who chose for us the good qualities of creation, granted us the agreeable things of provision,
and appointed for us excellence through domination over all creation;
every one of His creatures submits to us through His power and comes to obey us through His might.
Praise belongs to Allah,
who placed within us the organs of expansion, assigned for us the agents of contraction, gave us to enjoy the spirits of life,
fixed within us the limbs of works, nourished us with the agreeable things of provision, freed us from need through His bounty,
and gave us possessions through His kindness.
Then He commanded us that He might test our obedience and prohibited
us that He might try our thanksgiving.
who showed us the way to repentance, which we would not have won save through His bounty.
Had we nothing to count as His bounty but this, His trial of us would have been good, His beneficence toward us great,
His bounty upon us immense. For such was not His wont in repentance with those who went before us.
He has lifted up from us what we have not the strength to bear, charged us only to our capacity, imposed upon us nothing but ease, and left none of us with an argument or excuse. So the perisher among us is he who perishes in spite of Him
and the felicitous among us he who beseeches Him.
And praise belongs to Allah,
A praise which will become a link to His obedience and pardon, a tie
to His good pleasure, a means to His forgiveness,
A praise that will make us felicitous among His felicitous friends, and bring us into the ranks of those martyred by the swords of His enemies. He is a Friend, Praiseworthy!
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