confusing my thought and understanding, which is a mark of divine favour and a dominical bestowal.
Yes, most of my brothers and all the friends who are with me and the scribes know that the five parts of the Nineteenth Letter were written referring to no book at all in several days working for two or three hours each day making a total of twelve hours; and the Fourth Part, which is the most important and displays a clear seal of prophethood in the phrase “God’s Noble Messenger, Upon whom be blessings and peace,” was written from memory in three or four hours in the rain in the mountains; and that the important and profound treatise of the Thirtieth Word was written in six hours in an orchard; and that as with the Twenty-Eighth Word, which was written finally in two hours in Süleyman’s garden, most of them were written in such conditions; my close friends know also that for many years, when I suffer difficulties and my mind is contracted, I cannot explain even the plainest facts, indeed, I do not even know them. Then especially when illness aggravates the distress, It prevents me from teaching and writing even more. Yet despite this, the most important of the Words and their treatises were written when I was suffering most difficulty and illness, and with the most speed. If this was not a direct divine favour and dominical bounty and wonder of the Qur’an, what was it?
Furthermore, whatever book it may be, if it discusses the divine truths and realities of faith, it will certainly be harmful for some people, and for this reason all the matters it contains should not be taught to everyone. However, although I have asked many people, up to the present time these treatises have caused no harm to anyone; they have caused no ill effects or unfavourable reaction, nor have they disturbed anyone’s mind. It absolutely certain in my opinion that this is a direct sign of the Unseen and dominical favour.
It has now become absolutely clear in my view that most of my life has been directed in such a way, outside my own will, ability, comprehension, and foresight, that it might produce these treatises to serve the All-Wise Qur’an. It is as if all my life as a scholar had been spent in preparation and preliminaries, the result of which was the exposition of the Qur’an’s miraculousness through the Words. I have no doubt even that these seven years of exile, and the situation imposed on me whereby I have been isolated for no reason and against my wish, living a solitary life in a village in a way opposed to my temperament, and my feeling disgust at and abandoning many of the ties and rules of social life to which I had long grown accus