For me, the beauty of the Bahá'í faith is their unequivocal and absolute
recognition of the fundamental equality of men and women. To a greater
or lesser extent, all other paths are "gender biased", emphasizing the
male over the female. Of all these paths, Bahá'í is the only path that
I was not able to follow for a lifetime, so these remarks come just from
reading about this faith now. Yet the beauty of Bahá'u'lláh's prayers
is extraordinary and their emphasis on the equality of all beings is
O God and the God of all Names, and the Maker of the heavens!
I entreat Thee by Thy Name through which He Who is the Dayspring of
Thy might and the Dawning-Place of Thy power hath been manifested,
through which every solid thing hath been made to flow, and every
corpse hath been quickened, and every spirit confirmed.
I entreat Thee to enable me to rid myself of all attachment to any
one but Thee, to serve Thy Cause, and to wish what Thou didst wish
through the power of Thy sovereignty, and to perform the good pleasure
of Thy will.
I beseech Thee, O my God, to ordain for me what will make me rich
enough to dispense with any one save Thee. Thou seest me, O my God,
with my face turned towards Thee, and my hands clinging to the cord
of Thy grace.
Send down upon me Thy mercy, and write down for me what Thou hast
written down for Thy chosen ones. Powerful art Thou to do what
pleaseth Thee. No God is there but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving.
O God my God! I beg of Thee by the ocean of Thy healing, and by the
splendors of the Daystar of Thy grace, and by Thy Name through which
Thou didst subdue Thy servants, and by the pervasive power of Thy most
exalted Word and the potency of Thy most august Pen, and by Thy mercy
that hath preceded the creation of all who are in heaven and on earth,
to purge me with the waters of Thy bounty from every affliction and
disorder, and from all weakness and feebleness.
Thou seest, O my Lord, Thy suppliant waiting at the door of Thy bounty,
and him who hath set his hopes on Thee clinging to the cord of Thy
generosity. Deny him not, I beseech Thee, the things he seeketh from
the ocean of Thy grace and the Daystar of Thy loving-kindness. Powerful
art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee.
There is none other God save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most
Thou Whose face is the object of my adoration, Whose beauty is my
sanctuary, Whose habitation is my goal, Whose praise is my hope, Whose
providence is my companion, Whose love is the cause of my being, Whose
mention is my solace,
Whose nearness is my desire, Whose presence is my dearest wish and
highest aspiration, I entreat Thee not to withhold from me the things
Thou didst ordain for the chosen ones among Thy servants.
Supply me, then, with the good of this world and of the next. Thou,
truly, art the King of all men. There is no God but Thee, the
Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous. Bahá'u'lláh
Thou beholdest, O my God, how Thy loved ones have their eyes turned
towards Thee, their gaze fixed upon the Dayspring of Thy might and
Thy loving providence.
I beseech Thee by Thy Most Great Name to draw forth the hand of power
from the bosom of Thy might and to assist therewith all them that love
Transmute, O my Lord, their abasement into glory, their poverty into
wealth, and their weakness into a strength born of Thee. Powerful art
Thou to do whatsoever Thou willest. No God is there but Thee, the