Bahá'í­ World Centre,
P.O. Box 155. 31 001
Haifa, Israel

Dear Bahá'í Friend,
Your email has been received at the Bahá'í World Centre and forwarded to our Department for response.  The prayer that you quote is authentic. nbsp;It was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh in Arabic for Jináb-i-Samandar (Shaykh Kázim Samandar), the father of the Hand of the Cause of God Tarázu'lláh Samandarí­, to assist him in making a difficult decision.  The Research Department has no information about the date of its revelation.

As you may be aware, until now only provisional translations of this prayer were available.  Recently, however, an authorized English translation of the prayer and its context has become available at the World Centre, and it follows below:

Sín Mím [Samandar], upon him rest My glory, hath ever been the recipient of divine favours, and there hath befallen him in the path of God that which His knowledge alone can encompass.  In regard to his affairs, let him repeat nineteen times:

"Thou seest me, O my God, detached from all save Thee and cleaving unto Thee.  Guide me, then, in all mine affairs unto that which profiteth me for the glory of Thy Cause and the loftiness of the station of thy loved ones."
Let him then reflect upon the matter and undertake whatever cometh to mind.  This vehement opposition of the enemies will indeed give way to supreme prosperity.

With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Department of the Secretariat

Making Difficult Decisions

a prayer to help making difficult decisions