straight pathway of Christ, the Spirit of God." Nu'mán
said, "Let me inhale these sweet aromas of the Spirit."
So it was that Hanzalá drew out the white hand of
guidance from the bosom of the love of God, (27) and illumined
the sight and the insight of the beholders with
the Gospel light. After he had in bell-like accents recited
some of the divine verses out of the Evangel,
Nu'mán and all his ministers sickened of their idols
and their idol-worship and were confirmed in the Faith
of God. And they said, "Alas, a thousand times alas,
that up to now we were careless of this infinite mercy
and veiled away therefrom, and were bereft of this rain
from the clouds of the grace of God." Then straightway
the king tore down the two monuments called
the Smeared-With-Blood, and he repented of his
tyranny and established justice in the land.
27. Cf. Qur'án 27:12, referring to Moses: "Put now thy hand into thy bosom: it shall come forth white ... one of nine to Pharaoh and his people...." Also Qur'án 7:105; 20:23; and 28:32. Also Exodus 4:6. See too Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: Now the New Year reviving old Desires, The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires, Where the White Hand of Moses on the Bough Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires. The metaphors here refer to white blossoms and the perfumes of spring.