HE incident of Niyala occurred in the middle of
the month of Sha'ban, in the year 1264 A.H.(1)
Towards the end of that same month, the Bab
was brought to Tabriz, where He suffered at the
hands of His oppressors a severe and humiliating injury.
That deliberate affront to His dignity almost synchronised
with the attack which the inhabitants of Niyala directed
against Baha'u'llah and His companions. The one was
pelted with stones by an ignorant and pugnacious people;
the other was afflicted with stripes by a cruel and treacherous
I shall now relate the circumstances that led to that
odious indignity which the persecutors of the Bab chose to
inflict upon Him. He had, in pursuance of the orders issued
by Haji Mirza Aqasi, been transferred to the castle of
Chihriq(2) and consigned to the keeping of Yahya Khan-i-Kurd,
whose sister was the wife of Muhammad Shah, the mother
of the Nayibu's-Saltanih. Strict and explicit instructions
and shall fall a victim to the fire of the enemy. I shall choose
no one except you to share with Me the cup of martyrdom.
Rest assured that this promise which I give you shall be
fulfilled." I was entranced by the beauty of that vision.
When I recovered, I found myself immersed in an ocean of
joy, a joy the radiance of which all the sorrows of the world
could never obscure. That voice keeps ringing in my ears.
That vision haunts me both in the daytime and in the night-season.
The memory of that ineffable smile has dissipated
the loneliness of my confinement. I am firmly convinced
that the hour at which His pledge is to be fulfilled can no
longer be delayed.' I exhorted him to be patient and to
conceal his emotions. He promised me not to divulge that
secret, and undertook to exercise the utmost forbearance
towards Siyyid Ali. I hastened to assure the father of his
determination, and succeeded in obtaining his release from
his confinement. That youth continued until the day of his
martyrdom to associate, in a state of complete serenity and
joy, with his parents and kinsmen. Such was his behaviour
towards his friends and relatives that, on the day he laid
down his life for his Beloved, the people of Tabriz all wept
and bewailed him."