In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
John, We are your ‘bone and flesh,’ and Allah, Who gives ‘speech’ to all things, has made Us to speak! Reach hither your finger and look! I have sworn by Allah to cut it, and have fulfilled it with‘your hand’ as it is today! Put your hand under my thigh. Who has broken your forehead? Who has wounds without cause? For the sake of Allah, We let our bodily members be mutilated. These are splendid favors, that you grant Us against your will! Faithful are the wounds of a friend! And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder. Since to this end We were born and bred, and equally bound also to die!
Noble is the contest to which you are called, ‘to bear witness’ for the Nation! Let Us not fear him, who thinks he is killing Us. Bear up nobly, and remember whence you came. Because through these noble sufferings you give Us the opportunity to show Our endurance for the Law. The ancestor of Our Nation, he didn’t cower! You too, must have the same faith in Allah and not be grieved. Therefore you ought to endure any suffering for the sake of Allah. And for the same cause, ‘the flame’ shall not consume you!