The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
89O people of Constantinople! Lo, from your midst We hear the baleful hooting of the owl. Hath the drunkeness of passion laid hold upon you, or is it that ye are sunk in heedlessnes? O Spot that art situate on the shores of the two seas! The throne of tyranny hath, verily, been stablished upon thee, and the flame of hatred been kindled within thy bosom, in such wise that the Concourse on high and they who circle around the Exalted Throne have wailed and lamented. We behold in thee the foolish ruling over the wise, and darkness vaunting itself against the light. Thou art indeed filled with manifest pride. Hath thine outward splendor made thee vainglorious? By Him Who is the Lord of mankind! It shall soon perish, and thy daughters and thy widows and all the kindreds that dwell within thee shall lament. Thus informeth thee the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.
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Cross-References
Caliphate,   n120
Constantinople (Istanbul),   16, 163, n107, n119-n120
Spot, in reference to Constantinople,   n120
Study Guide
Who have wailed and lamented?
(See Note 120)
Constantinople is now called what?
In what year was the Caliphate abolished?