This is someone called Hâfız Ahmed (May God have mercy on him). For two or three years he wrote out the treatises in encouraging fashion and he benefited from them. Then ‘the worldly’ took advantage of a weak trait in his character. His enthusiam was dampened. He had relations with ‘the worldly,’ perhaps so that he would avoid being harmed by them and have some say with them, and win some sort of position, and make his scant livelihood more plentiful. But in return for the slackness and harm that was thus caused to his service of the Qur’an, he received two blows. One was that he had to support five more people with his scant means, and his situation became truly wretched. The second slap: as someone who was sensitive in regard to honour and self-respect and could not brook anyone’s criticism or objections, he was unknowingly used as a shield by some cunning people in such a way that his honour was sullied. Ninety per cent of his honour was destroyed and ninety per cent of people were turned against him. May God forgive him! God willing, he will come to his senses and return in part to his duty.
This was not written since perhaps he would not agree.
This is the teacher, Galib (May God have mercy on him). Yes, he performed great services loyally and appreciatively in writing out final drafts of the treatises, displaying no weakness in the face of any difficulties. Most days he would come, and listening eagerly, copy them down. Then in return for a fee of thirty liras he had the whole of The Words and Letters written out. His aim was to distribute them in his native region and to enlighten the people there. But due to certain ideas, he did not distribute the treatises as he had envisaged and left them in their box. Suddenly a grievous event occurred due to which he suffered distress for a year. He gained numerous unjust, tyrannical enemies in place of a handful of official enemies who would have been inimical just because he had distributed the treatises, and lost some of his friends.
This is Hâfız Halid1 (May God grant him mercy). He said:
A teacher by profession, Hafız Halid Tekin was a native of Barla. He was one of Bediuzzaman’s close students there, also acting as his scribe. (Tr.)