“This precious soul hath ascended unto the Kingdom where all things are visible…”

What follows is my provisional translation (in other words, not official or authorized; see here for more) of a prayer from ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The original text can be found in Bishárat al-Núr, p. 491.

March 2021 update: An authorized translation of this prayer is now available here.

He is God, Exalted is He

O Thou Provider, O Thou Forgiver! This precious soul hath ascended unto the Kingdom where all things are visible, and hath hastened from this ephemeral dust-heap unto the everlasting realm. He is a guest, newly arrived; treat him as one of Thy dear ones. He is Thy veteran servant; attire him with a new and wondrous robe.

O Thou Who art independent of all things! Grant him Thy pardon, confer upon him Thy gentle care, guide him unto the sanctum of Thy mysteries, and make him Thy companion in the concourse of dazzling lights.

Thou, verily, art the Giver, the Bestower, the Ever-Loving, and Thou art the Ever-Forgiving, the Tender One, the Most Powerful.

A typed version of the complete Persian text of this prayer appears below.

هوالله تعالی

پروردگارا، آمرزگارا! نفس نفيسی به ملكوت شهود صعود نمود و از خاكدان فانی به جهان جاودانی شتافت. ميهمان جديد است، عزيز فرما. بندۀ قديم است، خلعت بديع عطا كن. ای بی‌نياز! بيامرز و بنواز و به خلوتگاهِ راز راه ده و در محفلِ تجلّی همدم و دمساز نما. توئی دهنده و بخشنده و مهربان و توئی آمرزنده و نوازنده و توانا