Thursday, August 04, 2005

The New Crescent Moon

O obedient creature,
speedy and untiring,
frequenter of the mansions of determination,
moving about in the sphere of governance!

I have faith in Him who
lights up darknesses through you,
illuminates jet-black shadows by you,
appointed you one of the signs of His kingdom
and one of the marks of His authority,
and humbled you through increase and decrease,
rising and setting,
illumination and eclipse.
In all of this you are obedient to Him,
prompt toward His will.

Glory be to Him!
How wonderful is what He has arranged in your situation!
How subtle what He has made for your task!
He has made you the key
to a new month
for a new situation.

(Sahifa al-Kamilah -
Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn)

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