At this time of remembrance of the seven Bahá’í leaders unjustly imprisoned still after seven years this prayer seems a fitting response to the injustice of their predicament. I am therefore republishing it for the first time since my first post in 2009. At our Nineteen Day meeting in Hereford, at the close of the devotional, we played this moving chant. Seven candles were glowing as we listened, one for each of the imprisoned souls.
I know it is already posted on Bahá’í Views but this chanted prayer is so hauntingly beautiful that I feel it needs to be shared with as many people as possible.
The provisional translation into English is on Iran Press Watch who are sharing this authentic prayer of Bahá’u’lláh in Arabic for the protection and delivery of Bahá’í prisoners. This prayer is accompanied by special instructions revealed by Bahá’u’lláh pertaining to its use.
Bahá’u’lláh instructs that believers must detach themselves and recite this prayer nine times.
He is, in truth, the Omnipotent, the Unconstrained! O Lord of Names and Fashioner of the Heavens! Free Thy lovers from the prison of the enemy. Verily, Thou art the Sovereign Ordainer of Thine irrevocable decree. He who alone shineth resplendent on the horizon of creation. O Everlasting Root! By the life of the All-Glorious, deprive them not of hope, nay rather aid and assist them. Verily, Thou rulest as Thou pleasest and within Thy grasp lie the kingdoms of creation. The fangs of Thine enemies have been whetted, ready to bite into the flesh of Thy lovers. Protect these companions, O Thou Who rulest over all humankind and art the Judge on the Day of Judgement.