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Mirrored with permission from home.wanadoo.nl/arjen.nandita (defunct), preserved at archive.org.

The Dawn-Breakers:
A Summary

by Martijn Kersten

2002
Indeed the chief motive actuating me to undertake the task of editing and translating Nabíl's immortal
Narrative has been to enable every follower of the Faith in the West to better understand and more
readily grasp the tremendous implications of His exalted station and to more ardently admire and love Him.
    (Shoghi Effendi, Dispensation of Bahá'u'lláh, page 123)
Contents:      
Introduction and Preface
Chapter I. The Mission of Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i
Chapter II: The Mission of Siyyid Kázim-i-Rashti
Chapter III: The Declaration of the Báb's Mission
Chapter IV: Mullá Husayn's journey to Tihrán
Chapter V: Bahá'u'lláh's journey to Mazindaran
Chapter VI: Mullá Husayn's journey to Khurasan
Chapter VII: The Báb's Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina
Chapter VIII: The Báb's stay in Shiraz after the pilgrimage
Chapter IX: The Báb's stay in Shiraz after the pilgrimage
Chapter X: The Báb's sojourn in Isfahan
Chapter XI: The Báb's stay in Kashan
Chapter XII: The Báb's journey from Kashan to Tabriz
Chapter XIII: The Báb's journey from Kashan to Tabriz
Chapter XIV: Mullá Husayn's journey to Mazindaran
Chapter XV: Táhirih's journey from Karbila to Khurasan
Chapter XVI: The Conference of Badasht
Chapter XVII: The Báb's incarceration in the castle of Chihríq
Chapter XVIII: Examination of the Báb at Tabriz
Chapter XIX: The Mazindaran Upheaval
Chapter XX: The Mazindaran Upheaval (continued)
Chapter XXI: The Seven Martyrs of Tihrán
Chapter XXII: The Nayriz Upheaval
Chapter XXIII: The martyrdom of the Báb
Chapter XXIV: The Zanján Upheaval
Chapter XXV: Bahá'u'lláh's journey to Karbila
Chapter XXVI: Attempt on the Sháh's life, and its consequences
Epilogue

Introduction and Preface (p. xxiii-lxiii)

  1. The chronicle gives not only great historical value, but also high moral power.
  2. Nabil is the author of the Dawnbreakers.
  3. His purpose is to rehearse the beginnings of the Bahá'í Revelation.
  4. Mean features:
    1. The saintly heroic figure of the Báb.
    2. The devotion of His followers.
    3. The rage of a jealous priesthood

Knowledge of the condition of church/state in Persia and customs and mental outlook of the people and their masters is necessary to appreciate the history.

  1. Some literature available in English.
  2. Description of Persia in 19 century: backward nation, corruption and moral decay.
  3. Abdu'l-Bahá's observation of the degradation of the Persian nation.
  4. Also other writers agree.
  5. Description by Lord Curzon about the government of the country and the power of the Sháh.
  6. Family of the Sháh maintained important positions.
  7. Corruption
  8. Description by Lord Curzon regarding the corruption practices in Persia.
  9. Explanation of Madakhil, so prevalent in Persian society.
  10. Those are difficulties for the Báb's mission, but there are also dangers He faced.
  11. Description of cruelty and torture in Persia.
  12. No confidence in government, no personal sense of duty, pride or honour, no mutual trust and co-operation.
  13. Despite these conditions, the Báb proclaimed to be the Qá'im and the coming of a greater Manifestation then Himself.
  14. Doctrines of Shi'ah Islam.
  15. Doctrines of Sunni Islam.
  16. Both sects expect twofold Manifestation and explanation of mission of the Báb as the gate.
  17. Rejection of divines of the mission of the Báb, since He did not endorse correct system, but gave new laws.
  18. Comparison with persecution of Jesus Christ. And even if He would confirm and remained laws of Moses, this would still threaten the divines! And He would have been put to death.
  19. Opposition to the Cause of the Báb by the dominant Church, yet no plausible reason could be given to destroy the enemy.
  20. Record of Dr. Cormick about his meetings with the Báb.
  21. Only European record available.
  22. Description of personalíty of the Báb and His power.
  23. The Báb's followers.
  24. Followers could be easily persecuted in Persia that time.
  25. Followers that time defending their lives in forts.
  26. Abdu'l-Bahá explains moral action of their defending.
  27. Bábís arouse to defend themselves in accordance with their former beliefs and no communication or guidance was possible from the Báb to His followers.
  28. Bahá'u'lláh abolished this practice.
  29. The Báb and His chief disciples were all killed except Bahá'u'lláh.
  30. Fire still smothered in their hearts and was not quenched by physical violence.
  31. Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed His mission as the Promised One of the Báb.
  32. Growth of the Faith through Abdu'l-Bahá.
  33. Nabil's work has unique value, he was present that time and closely associated with the two Leaders.
  34. Life and service of Nabil.
  35. Started writing in 1888 for 1,5 years.
  36. Complete work goes to 1892.
  37. First half is the Dawnbreakers. Importance of narrative.

Persia's state of decadence in the middle of the 19 century

A. The Qájár Sovereigns

  1. The station of the king – Centre of administration and wealth.
  2. Divinity of the king.
  3. Language used towards the kind and corruption.
  4. Cruelty of system.
  5. Huge number of male descendants of the kings and filling important positions throughout the country.
  6. Bad administration through continually new policies.
  7. Murder of highest officers because of jealousy.

B. The Government

  1. Government is ruled by the fear from the Sháh.
  2. The corrupt and deceit character of the ministers.

C. The People

  1. Corruption and interchange of presents.
  2. Explanation of Madkhil, taking money for services.
  3. Enormous number of attendants that swarm around a minister, to plunder funds.

D. The Ecclesiastical Order

  1. Islam is not only religion, but also government, philosophy and science as well.
  2. Siyyid's unique rights.
  3. Bad condition of the Persian Jews.
  4. Gigantic system of prostitution under the sanction of the Church prevails in Mashhad.

Conclusion

  1. Record of savage punishments and abominable tortures.
  2. System in Persia is build up by all the most selfish instincts in human nature, that is oppressed to progressive ideas.

Bahá'u'lláh's tribute to the Báb and His chief disciples.

  1. The Báb revealed His Cause which was contrary to the desire of all the people, and could only achieve this by the permission of God.
  2. The Báb's prophesy of His own Martyrdom.
  3. Detachment of the Báb and follows the path of God.
  4. Steadfastness of the Báb.
  5. Potency and transmuting influence of the Báb over His followers.
  6. Absolute resignation of the followers of the Báb.
  7. Apprehend the greatness of this Revelation.

Distinguishing features of Shi-ah Islam.

  1. Explanation of Imámate and list of Imans.
  2. Explanation of 12th Imam, "gates" and Minor and Major Occultation.

Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammad.

Theory and Administration of law in Persia in the middle of the 19 century.

  1. Explanation of "Shar", law administered by ecclesiastical.
  2. Explanation of "Urf", the Common Law.

Preface.

  1. Intention of Nabil to write the Dawnbreakers.
  2. List of trustworthy informants.
  3. Gratitude of Nabil to have been able to write the Dawnbreakers.

Chapter 1:

The Mission of Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i (pp. 1-18)

  1. Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsa'i arose to awaken the people out of their slumber and to prepare the coming of a new Manifestation.
  2. He moved from Bahrayn to Najaf and Karbila, studied, became mujtahid and famous and had many admirers, but refused to get involved into honours, etc.
  3. Shaykh Ahmad went to Persia, first to Mashad, and then to Shiraz, which he praised often.
  4. Then he went to Yazd. Answered inquires from the Sháh and politely postponed the invitation.
  5. In Yazd, Abdu'l-Vahhab was a close companion of Shaykh Ahmad with whom he shared the message of fast approaching Revelation. He later died and his friend Hájí Hasan-i-Nayini continued announcing it to every receptive soul.
  6. Story of Mirzá Mahmud-i-Qamsari, about Hájí Hasan-i-Nayini telling him of the day of birth Bahá'u'lláh .
  7. Evidence of Shaykh Ahmad influence upon his disciples.
  8. Meeting of Shaykh Ahmad with Siyyid Kazim in Yazd.
  9. Character and learning of Siyyid Kázim
  10. Only after few weeks, Shaykh Ahmad tells Siyyid Kázim not to attend his classes anymore, but to instruct his disciples.
  11. Pilgrimage of Shaykh Ahmad to Khurasan, Mashad.
  12. Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kázim and other disciples went to Tihrán and were entertained by the Sháh. Birth of Bahá'u'lláh that time in Nur.
  13. Prince Muhammad-Alí-Mirzá invited Shaykh Ahmad to Kirmanshah. Shaykh Ahmad had to leave Tihrán, but says prayer for protection for Bahá'u'lláh.
  14. Teaching and writing of Shaykh Ahmad about coming of Promised One. His son Alí died, in same year as the Báb was born, as sacrifice for other Alí!
  15. Reference to the Báb's birth, name and mission.
  16. Affectionate relationship between Siyyid Kázim and Prince Muhammad-Alí-Mirzá. Siyyid Kázim is the only one who understands fully the utterance of Shaykh Ahmad and Shaykh Ahmad singled him out as his successor.
  17. Prince died and Shaykh Ahmad went to Karbila. Then to Mecca and Medina, where he passed away.
  18. Before leaving to Karbila, Shaykh Ahmad appoints Siyyid Kázim as his successor.
  19. Siyyid Kázim teaches in Karbila. Writes epistle to Shaykh Ahmad concerning the opposition and fanaticism. Shaykh Ahmad prophesized the Cause to be made manifest after him.
  20. Answer of Shaykh Ahmad to Siyyid Kázim which strengthened Siyyid Kázim.
  21. Passing of Shaykh Ahmad in Medina.

Chapter II:

The Mission of Siyyid Kázim-i-Rashti (pp. 19-46)

  1. Opponents of Siyyid Kázim grew leaded by Siyyid Ibrahim and determined to destroy him. He sent a messenger to find support of Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir-i-Rashti in Isfahan and Mirzá Askari in Mashhad. Mirzá Huhit-i-Kirmani volunteered, but Siyyid Kázim choose Mullá Husayn for this mission.
  2. Meeting of Mullá Husayn with Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir and explaining those passages which Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir disapproved.
  3. Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir wrote declaration of support to Siyyid Kázim's teachings and gave to Mullá Husayn.
  4. Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir inquired through a messenger where Mullá Husayn was staying, and finding out that it was very simple, he offered money to apologize, but Mullá Husayn refused. Passing of Hájí Siyyid Muhammad Baqir.
  5. Mullá Husayn sends testimony to Siyyid Kázim who replies affectionately and praise.
  6. Siyyid Kázim, feeling the approaching hour of the Promised One, removed some veils from his disciples and gave signs of the Manifestation.
  7. Story of Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi meeting the Báb and Siyyid Kázim in Karbila, drinking out silver cup, reverence of Siyyid Kázim towards that Youth, reference to the Promised One during his class as light on that lap.
  8. Story of Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi describing the Báb while praying at Shrine of Iman Husayn and his attraction to Him.
  9. Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi met the Báb on return of His pilgrimage and stayed close association. Reference to the Báb revealíng commentaries in Máh-Kú on the Qu'rán.
  10. Bab's question to Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi concerning two commentaries.
  11. During fight in Shaykh Tabarsí, the Báb sent Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi to Karbila on mission to wait and see the promised Husayn.
  12. Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi moved to Karbila, married and worked as a scribe and suffered from the inflictions of the Shaykhis. The Báb was martyred after two years.
  13. On 5 October 1851, Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi met Bahá'u'lláh in Karbila. Description of Bahá'u'lláh and joy of Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi.
  14. Reference of name of Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb in Siyyid Kázim's writings.
  15. Siyyid Kázim suffered much from enemies. Karbila was because of this mischief besieged and communicate to Siyyid Kázim to bring peace or other wise calamity.
  16. Siyyid Kázim convinced the people to surrender and have Siyyid Kázim intervened on their behalf. However, the ulamas, full of envy, frustrated this plan, by persuading a number of people to attack the besiegers.
  17. Siyyid Kázim, aware of plan communicated this to commander who considered only safe place Siyyid Kázim's house. "Verily, that with which they are threatened is for the morning. Is not the morning near?"
  18. When city was attacked, citizens flee to Shrine Iman Husayn or Abbas or house of Siyyid Kázim which was very full.
  19. 10 January 1843, many people were killed except those in house of Siyyid Kázim Wrath of God on those who belittle Siyyid Kázim.
  20. Temporary ascendancy of evildoers until Faith proclaimed.
  21. Siyyid Kázim refers to true followers and false ones in his midst.
  22. Shaykh Abu-Turab mentions about bodily deficiencies of 3 persons of their fellow disciples of Siyyid Kázim who would be vain and faithless people. These are:
    - Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan (one-eyed and sparsely bearded)
    - Mirzá Hasan-i-Gawhar (corpulent)
    - Mirzá Muhit-i-Sha-ir-i-Kirmani
  23. Story of Siyyid Kázim about Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan's book and motives and states that he is the anti-christ of the promised Revelation.
  24. Instructions of Siyyid Kázim and reference to coming of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh.
  25. Siyyid Kázim left to Kazimayn, where he met an Arab who told him of his coming death when back in Karbila and the coming of Manifestation.
  26. Back in Karbila, Siyyid Kázim passed away, buried within precincts of Shrine of Iman Husayn.

Chapter III:

The Declaration of the Báb's Mission (pp. 47-96)

  1. Death of Siyyid Kázim made some believers rise for leadership, until Mullá Husayn returned.
  2. Mullá Husayn inquired about the last wishes of Siyyid Kázim. The followers told him that Siyyid Kázim instructed them to scatter far and wide for the search for the Promised One. But no one had done this, all having an excuse.
  3. Reference to traditions about the year '60 and the coming of the Qá'im.
  4. Mullá Husayn went to Masjid-i-Kufih and prepared himself for the search by fasting and praying. His brother and nephew joined him.
  5. Arrival of Mullá Alíy-i-Bastami, who followed the example of Mullá Husayn, together with 12 other disciples.
  6. After 40 days, Mullá Husayn directly went via Najaf to Bushihr.
  7. Mullá Husayn was attracted to Shiraz. Arriving at that city, he instructed his brother and nephew to go to Masjid-i-Ilkhani, waiting for him.
  8. Walking outside the gate, a young man greeted him affectionately. Mullá Husayn thought he was a disciple of Siyyid Kázim.
  9. Youth invited him to His house.
  10. Impressions of Mullá Husayn while entering the House.
  11. Evening prayer together with Youth.
  12. Declaration of the Báb to Mullá Husayn as the Promised One.
  13. The Báb answered the questions which Mullá Husayn concerning a treatise he himself made. And the Báb started unasked to reveal a commentary of Surih of Joseph. 23 May 1844.
  14. Impressions of the hospitalíty of the Báb.
  15. Call for prayer awaked Mullá Husayn from his ecstasy of the words of the Báb.
  16. Mullá Husayn was enthralled by the music of the voice of the Báb.
  17. The Báb declared himself as the Báb and Mullá Husayn as Bábu'l-Báb. The Báb gives instruction to Mullá Husayn not to divulge this until 18 other souls have uninvited recognized the Báb.
  18. Impressions of Mullá Husayn about his state after the declaration of the Báb.
  19. Mullá Husayn started with classes and devotions in Shiraz.
  20. In those days, Mullá Husayn visited the Báb on several occasions during the night, listening to His Words. The Báb prophesized coming of 13 disciples next day.
  21. Mullá ‘Alíy-i-Bastámí and his companions arrived. Mullá ‘Alí, as their spokesman spoke with Mullá Husayn about their quest for the Promised One.
  22. Companions individually then prayed to God asking Him to remove the veils.
  23. Mullá ‘Alí recognizes the Báb.
  24. Mullá Husayn and Mullá ‘Alí went to the House of the Báb early in morning where his servant was expecting them.
  25. Description of first meeting of Mullá ‘Alí with the Báb.
  26. Other 12 companions also recognized the Báb in sleep, meditation, etc. They all were called letters of the Living, chosen Apostles of the Báb.
  27. Arrival of Quddús in Shiraz and his immediate recognition of the Báb.
  28. Explanation of communication of certain souls with others in the realm of the spirit.
  29. Rank of Quddús and his life.
  30. Story of the birth of the Báb and as a child.
  31. Story of Shaykh ‘Abid, the teacher of the Báb, when He attended class as a child.
  32. The Báb married with sister of Mirzá Siyyid Hasan and Mirzá Abu'l-Qasim (when He was 22) and got one son Ahmad, who died in 1843.
  33. Devotion of the Báb's worship in the heat.
  34. Impressions of the Báb's character, His charm, His manners, self-effacement, integrity and extreme devotion to God.
  35. Impressions of the Báb concerning Iman Husayn.
  36. Names of the letters of the living.
  37. Recognition of Táhirih
  38. Story about life of Táhirih, the Pure One, entitled by Siyyid Kázim as Qurratu'l-Ayn.
  39. Explanation of Bálá-Sarí.
  40. Address of the Báb to Mullá Husayn, instructing him to go to Isfahan, Kashan, Qum, Tihrán, Khurasan, Najaf and Karbila. Hidden Treasure in Tihrán. Arise to diffuse My Cause.
  41. Address to Mullá ‘Alí, first one to suffer for His sake. Go to Najaf and Karbila and let your faith be immovable.
  42. Story of Mullá ‘Alí when met youth Abdu'l-Vahhad and telling to him his dream.
  43. Mullá ‘Alí tried to persuade Abdu'l-Vahhad to return to Shiraz, but without success.
  44. Anger of Hájí Abdu'l-Majid, the father of Abdu'l-Vahhad, that his son left the city.
  45. Beating up of Mullá ‘Alí by that father.
  46. Story of Hájí Abdu'l-Majid becoming Bahá'í later through Bahá'u'lláh.
  47. Story of Mullá ‘Alí about his journey to Najaf and promulgation the Faith to Shaykh Muhammad Hassan and finally being escorted to Baghdad and cast into prison.
  48. Interrogation of Mullá ‘Alí by the Mufti of Baghdad and being sent to Constantinople. Mullá ‘Alí was first martyr of the Faith.
  49. Tablet addressed to the Letters of the Living by the Báb.
  50. The Báb instructed each Letter to go to their native provinces to proclaim the new Faith, but not to disclose the name or identity of the Báb. Mullá Husayn and Quddús staying in Shiraz.
  51. Farewell address to Mullá Husayn.

Chapter IV:

Mullá Husayn's journey to Tihrán (pp. 96-108)

  1. Mullá Husayn arrives in Isfahan, where the followers of the Hájí Siyyid Muhammad-Baqir, who passed away, complained to his son, without success.
  2. They then turned to Hájí-Muhammad-Ibrahim-i-Kalbasi, who told them to investigate the matter, not denouncing Mullá Husayn.
  3. They then turned to the governor of Isfahan, Manuchihr Khan, who refused to listen.
  4. First to accept the Cause in Isfahan was a sifter of wheat. Story of his devotion and reference in Persian Bayan.
  5. Names of early converts in Isfahan. Story of vision of Mullá Sadiq-i-Khuransani, surnamed "Ismu'llahu'l-Asdag", recognizing the Báb. Mullá Husayn send him to Kirman and then to Shiraz.
  6. Mullá Husayn then went to Kashan, where Hájí Mirzá Jani enrolled. Rejection of Siyyid Abdu'l-Baqi (member of Shaykhi community)
  7. Mullá Husayn went to Qum, where no one was ready. Seeds did not germinate until time Bahá'u'lláh was in Baghdad.
  8. Mullá Husayn to Tihrán, lived in room of madrisih of Mirzá Salíh. Leader of Shaykhi community (Hájí Mirzá Muhammad) was not responding to Mullá Husayn's call.
  9. Story of meeting between Mullá-Muhammad-i-Mu'allim, disciple of Hájí Mirzá Muhammad, and Mullá Husayn inquires about a person from family Mirzá Burzurg.
  10. Mullá-Muhammad-i-Mu'allim went with scroll which Mullá Husayn gave to Bahá'u'lláh. Bahá'u'lláh accept message of the Báb and gives gift for Mullá Husayn.
  11. Mullá Husayn emotionally accepted the gift from the hands of Mullá-Muhammad-i-Mu'allim, who is puzzled about this mystery.
  12. Farewell of Mullá Husayn and he left to Khurasan.

Chapter V:

Bahá'u'lláh's journey to Mazindaran (pp. 109-122)

  1. First journey of Bahá'u'lláh to the province of Mazindaran. Village of Takur. Bahá'u'lláh tells story about His father, his wealth and adversities.
  2. Story about Bahá'u'lláh before declaration of the Báb explaining certain passages in the Qu'rán during a class of mujtahid Mirzá Muhammad-Taqiy-i-Nuri.
  3. Story of dream of mujtahid concerning Promised One who was talking with the Báb.
  4. Second dream of mujtahid concerning coffers full of books, set with jewels, which belonged to Bahá'u'lláh.
  5. Bahá'u'lláh, in year 60, arrived in Nur and began to teach the Cause eloquently and convincible.
  6. No one dared to oppose Bahá'u'lláh except His uncle Aziz. He went to the mujtahid complaining about Bahá'u'lláh that "He was a sorcerer and perhaps mixes his tea with substance that everyone falls victim of its charm." Mujtahid, Mullá Muhammad made written statement with errors.
  7. Disciples of Mullá Muhammad urged him to go to Takur and investigate the Cause. He sent Mullá Abbas and Mirzá Abu'l-Qasim, sons in laws of Mirzá Muhammad Taqi, to investigate and he will adopt their conclusions.
  8. Both men became immediately devoted to Bahá'u'lláh and refused to go back to Mullá Muhammad.
  9. Because of these conversions, many people came to Bahá'u'lláh in admiration. Bahá'u'lláh intends to go to Mullá Muhammad and deliver the message of God.
  10. Story of mujtahid refusing message which Bahá'u'lláh brought. He wanted to consult the Qu'rán, opened the Book, closed it, didn't say what is it was and refused to accept message.
  11. Story of dervish, Mustafa, meeting Bahá'u'lláh while cooking "God".
  12. Bahá'u'lláh taught the Faith in Nur, which was the first district in Persia embracing the Divine message.
  13. Dream of Vazir, father of Bahá'u'lláh, when Bahá'u'lláh was still a child, about Bahá'u'lláh swimming in a sea and fish attached to his hear.
  14. Soothsayer interpreting the dream.
  15. Soothsayer was taken to Bahá'u'lláh and looked upon his face. The soothsayer was full of admiration and praise.
  16. Hájí Mirzá Aqasi showed consideration and favour upon Bahá'u'lláh while a child. Jealousy of Mirzá Aqa Khan-i-Nuri, successor of Hájí Mirzá Aqasi.
  17. Story about Hájí Mirzá Aqasi wanting to purchase village from Bahá'u'lláh, but didn't work out. Anger of Hájí Mirzá Aqasi towards Bahá'u'lláh, who defeated him in every argument.
  18. Bahá'u'lláh's ascendancy over His opponent of the highest dignitaries.

Chapter VI:

Mullá Husayn's journey to Khurasan (pp. 123-128)

  1. Instruction of the Báb to the letters of the living to make list of believers to be recorded in the Tablet of God.
  2. He instructed Mullá Husayn to make written report of activities, who accepted and who rejected His Cause.
  3. Conversion of outstanding ecclesiastical leaders of Khurasan.
  4. Reference to Mirzá Muhammad Baqir, his devoted efforts, martyr in Shaykh Tabarsí and his house, Bábíyyih.
  5. Mullá Husayn reports the activities to the Báb.
  6. Joy of the Báb and Quddús after receiving the report and reading about Tihrán.
  7. Brief explanation of Mullá Husayn to Mirzá Ahmad about happiness of Bahá'u'lláh and Quddús .
  8. Reference to Bahá'u'lláh's leadership and the Báb's joy. The Cause would be safe, even if the Báb fell a victim of tyranny.

Chapter VII:

The Báb's Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina (pp. 129-141)

  1. The Báb, Quddús and the Ethiopian servant went to Bushihr, from where they embarked on a difficult journey by sea to Mecca.
  2. The Báb was dictating to Quddús verses, despite the bad conditions of sea travel.
  3. The Báb prays that means of ocean travel may soon be speedily improved.
  4. People of the West have not recognized the source of power which enables the great industrial revolution.
  5. Arrival in Jaddith, Quddús provides the Báb in every comfort and protection.
  6. Saddlebag of the Báb got stolen which contained Writings and prayers. Calming and comforting words of the Báb and joyous submission to God's will.
  7. During the Feast days, the Báb sacrificed 19 lambs and distributed food to the poor.
  8. Despite the heat, the Báb performed all prescribed rites in usual garments.
  9. Challenge of the Báb to Mirzá Muhit-i-Kirmani to recognize Him.
  10. Answer of Mirzá Muhit to the Báb.
  11. Invitation of the Báb to Mirzá Muhit to ask Him anything whatsoever perplexes his mind.
  12. Mirzá Muhit submitted his questions, which the Báb will give the answers to in Medina.
  13. Despite his pledge, Mirzá Muhit left Medina before the Báb arrived.
  14. Mirzá Muhit was concealed and persistent opponent of the Faith. Bahá'u'lláh refused to meet him later in secret.
  15. Story of how the Báb proclaimed His mission to the Sherif of Mecca and how he was busy with other things.
  16. Vision of the Báb in Medina, conversing with holy men, pioneers and martyrs of the Faith, weeping about His future sacrifice.

Chapter VIII:

The Báb's stay in Shiraz after the pilgrimage (pp. 142-169)

  1. The Báb returned to Bushihr and bade Quddús farewell and instructed him to go to Shiraz.
  2. Quddús meets Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí, who embraces the Cause.
  3. Quddús meets Mullá Sadiq who immediately proclaimed in the congregation prayer, the tablet from the Báb which Quddús had given him.
  4. Husayn Khan, governor of province Fars, was informed of the commotion.
  5. Arrest of Quddús and Mullá Sadiq and interview with Husayn Khan.
  6. Husayn Khan ordered that Quddús and Mullá Sadiq beards to be burnt, a cord pierced in their noses and passed through the streets. They are the first ones to suffer in Persia.
  7. Story of eyewitness concerning torture of Mullá Sadiq.
  8. Story of arrest of the Báb between Bushihr and Shiraz.
  9. Interview of the Báb with Husayn Khan and others in Shiraz.
  10. The Báb confined to the House of His uncle in relatively peace.
  11. Publicly denial of the Báb's claim at pulpit.
  12. The Báb celebrates Naw-Ruz at home.
  13. Several people became attracted to the Báb during his performance on pulpit. One of them was Shaykh Alí Mirzá.
  14. Muhammad-Karim also.
  15. Mirzá Aqay-i-Rikab-Saz.
  16. Mirzá Rahim-i-Rhabbaz.
  17. Hájí Abu'l-Hasan-i-Bazzaz.
  18. Hájí Muhammad-Bisat.
  19. Letter of the Báb to Bábís in Karbila, directing them to Isfahan.
  20. Letter of the Báb tested loyalty of followers. Some discontent because breaking promise, other strength faith and went to Isfahan.
  21. Believers on their way to Isfahan, meet Mullá Husayn who stayed with them for a while, invoking the envy of some believers.
  22. Experience of Mullá Abdu'l-Karim with believers discrediting Mullá Husayn.
  23. Mullá Husayn travels with group to Isfahan but always before them. Shows great example to others.
  24. Arrival of groups in Isfahan. Mullá Husayn set forth to Shiraz secretly and meets the Báb several times.
  25. Other believers met with the Báb in Shiraz, some of them jealous and envious of Mullá Husayn and where later expelled from Shiraz by civil authorities.
  26. The Báb asks Mullá'Abdu'l-Karim-i-Qazvini: "Abdu'l-Karim, are you seeking the Manifestation?"
  27. Story of Abdu'l-Karim about his own state of learning
  28. During meditation he received a vision about Siyyid Kázim.
  29. Declines invitation of Mullá Abdu'l-Karim to see him
  30. He sets out to Karbila
  31. Meeting with Siyyid Kázim together with his brother
  32. Classes of Siyyid Kázim were always about the Promised One
  33. He left Karbila after promise of Siyyid Kázim.
  34. He returned to Qazvin, every night praying to attain the presence of the Promised One.
  35. Vision of a bird "Are you seeking the Manifestation, O Abdu'l-Karim?"
  36. He set out to Karbila when heard that the Báb from Shiraz will be there. And then went to Shiraz and the Báb said the same as his vision.
  37. Personal note from Nabil concerning Mullá Abdu'l-Karim.

Chapter IX:

The Báb's stay in Shiraz after the pilgrimage (pp. 170-198)

  1. Protest grew in Shiraz because of presence of Mullá Husayn. The Báb sent him to Khurasan and others to Isfahan. Mullá Abdu'l Karim stayed.
  2. Teaching activities got impulse and many high officials got informed of the Cause.
  3. Muhammad Sháh sends Siyyid Yahyay to investigate the truth of the Báb's Revelation. Siyyid Yahyay was the most learned and influential in the country.
  4. Muhammad Sháh gives instructions to Siyyid Yahyay to go to Shiraz and inform him of the results.
  5. Siyyid Yahyay already had the desire to investigate the new revelation and left immediately to Shiraz.
  6. A friend from Siyyid Yahyay, Azim, gave him advice to exercise the utmost consideration in his conversation with the Báb.
  7. First interview, Siyyid Yahyay asked questions and the Báb gave short but pervasive answers. Siyyid Yahyay asked to be excused.
  8. Siyyid Yahyay in second interview forgot all his questions and the Báb answered them simple during the conversation. Azim told Siyyid Yahyay to be humble in order to recognize Him.
  9. In the third interview, Siyyid Yahyay wanted that the Báb unasked revealed a commentary on Surih of Kawthar. When he entered he became full of fear. The Báb revealed the commentary.
  10. He wrote it in several hours and then read it out loud. Almost 3 times Siyyid Yahyay fainted.
  11. Together with Mullá Abdu'l-Karim, he transcribed the work for 3 days and nights. He became certain in the Cause.
  12. Siyyid Yahyay was guest at Husayn Khan's house. Husayn Khan writes to Muhammad Sháh that Siyyid Yahyay has become Bábí.
  13. Muhammad Sháh writes back to Husayn Khan, stating that he can in no wise belittle Siyyid Yahyay.
  14. Husayn Khan couldn't harm Siyyid Yahyay, but was full of hate.
  15. The Báb instructed Siyyid Yahyay to teach his father, who wanted to be left alone.
  16. Other dignitary was Hujjat, who was against the whole hierarchy of the ecclesiastical leaders of his country.
  17. Hujjat sent one of his disciples to Shiraz to investigate the Cause of the Báb.
  18. Messenger returned to Zanján, where Hujjat had a meeting with the ulamas of the city. He accepted the Cause directly after reading a page from Qayyumu'l-Asma.
  19. After expelled from Shiraz, Quddús went to Kirman and Mullá Sadiq to Yazd. Quddús stayed at the House of Hájí Siyyid Javad and occupied the seat of honour. Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan asked the governor to stop Hájí Siyyid Javad interacting with Quddús. He became furious with Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan and governor would rebuke him.
  20. All hopes for leadership of Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan were gone.
  21. Hájí Siyyid Javad became Bábí, but concealed his belief to help the new community.
  22. He resisted the actions of Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan to harm the Faith.
  23. Quddús left Kirman to Tihrán. Aqay-i-Kalím, brother of Bahá'u'lláh, describes Quddús.
  24. Quddús entered presence of Bahá'u'lláh, and then went to native town Bárfurúsh. Prophesy of his own martyrdom. He later joins Mullá Husayn to Khurasan.
  25. Mullá Sadiq went to Yazd and inquired about Mirzá Ahmad.
  26. Mirzá Ahmad made compilation of Islamic traditions and prophecies, to use by the believers.
  27. The uncle of Mullá Ahmad, Siyyid Husayn, asked him to stay in Yazd and help him to fight Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan.
  28. Mulláh Ahmad showed him the book and also to all the other ulamas, who were impressed.
  29. One of them was Mirzá Taqi, who asked to borrow the book, and destroyed it.
  30. Siyyid Husayn was angry, but Mullá Ahmad withheld him from revenge.
  31. Mullá Sadiq went to masjid of Siyyid Husayn and climbed the pulpit.
  32. Mullá Sadiq proclaims the revelation of the Báb.
  33. Mullá Sadiq was beaten by the crowd, but Siyyid Husayn intervenes and calms the crowd.
  34. Mullá Sadiq is taken to the house of Siyyid Husayn.
  35. Mullá Yusuf also persecuted, but Siyyid Husayn and Mullá Ahmad protected him.
  36. Mullá Sadiq and Mullá Yusuf arrived in Kirman, and suffered torture from Hájí Mirzá Karim Khan. Because of Hájí Siyyid Javad they were able to go to Khurasan.
  37. Despite these sufferings, the disciples of the Báb showed the ennobling influence of the Faith.
  38. Vahid = Siyyid Yahyah, who was still in Shiraz, and Hájí Siyyid Javad-i-Karbila'i met the Báb in Shiraz.
  39. Story of Hájí Siyyid Javad when he met the Sháh.
  40. Hájí Siyyid Javad spent last days in Kirman as a staunch supporter.
  41. Shaykh Sultan-i-Karbila'i met the Báb in Shiraz. He was too ill to meet the Báb upon arrival.
  42. Shaykh Sultan begging to be a martyr to the Báb. The Báb gives gift to Shaykh Sultan on his sickbed.
  43. Shaykh Sultan wondered about the Báb's Best Beloved. When he met Bahá'u'lláh, he knew.
  44. 1846, celebrated Naw-Ruz in own House and transfer his house and furniture to His mother and wife.
  45. Mother of the Báb didn't recognize Mission of her son. Bahá'u'lláh sent Hájí Siyyid Javad-i-Karbila'i and other who instructed her in the principles.
  46. Wife of the Báb from begin recognized Him. The Báb reveals prayer for her.
  47. The Báb moved to the house of Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí, awaiting His future suffering. He instructed His disciples to go to Isfahan.
  48. Husayn Khan secretly obtained accurate information concerning the Báb and believers.
  49. One of his agents informed him about the recent situation of people crowding to see the Báb.
  50. Husayn Khan ordered the chief constable, Abdu'l-Hamid-Khan, to arrest the Báb and he wanted to execute Him the very night.
  51. Chief constable broke in the house and arrested the Báb and Siyyid Kázim-i-Zanjáni. The Báb stated: "That with which they are threatened is for the morning. Is not the morning near?"
  52. Reaching the market place, they discovered that a plague broke out.
  53. Husayn Khan had left the city.
  54. Abdu'l-Hamid-Khan confined the Báb to his house and realízed that his son had the plague. He begged the Báb to heal his son.
  55. He instructed that the boy should drink the water he used for ablutions.
  56. Abdu'l-Hamid-Khan wrote to Husayn Khan and begged him to release the Báb. Husayn Khan released the Báb and asked Him to leave the city.
  57. Husayn Khan was dismissed from his position and sunk in misery until his death.
  58. The Báb said farewell to his uncle and prophesized that they will meet again and their martyrdom.

Chapter X:

The Báb's sojourn in Isfahan (pp. 199-216)

  1. Summer 1846, the Báb left Shiraz to Isfahan. Wrote letter to Manuchihr Khan, governor of the city (=Mu'tamid), requesting where He could stay. Governor instructed the Iman-Jumih of Isfahan to welcome Him.
  2. Many honours to the Báb, also from Iman-Jumih.
  3. On request of Iman-Jumih, the Báb revealed commentary on Surih of Va'l-Asr.
  4. Stream of visitors to the house of Iman-Jumih. Mu'tamid requested the Báb to expound on Muhammad Specific Mission.
  5. The Báb began to write. Mu'tamid testified to truth of Islam and superhuman power of the Báb.
  6. Ecclesiastical authorities of Isfanhan were afraid of their position. Wrote to Grand Vizier Hájí Mirzá Aqasi, who rebuked the Iman-Jumih and encouraged the clergy.
  7. Mu'tamid invites the Báb, Iman-Jumih and some others to his house, some of who refused the invitation, afraid of the truth.
  8. The Báb answered all questions with ease. Mu'tamid ordered his guest to leave and consulted with Iman-Jumih to let the Báb stay at his house.
  9. One of the believers translated one of His works into Persian, but eventually sever his connection with his fellow-believers.
  10. Mirzá Ibrahim gave a big banquet for the Báb. He ask the Báb to give his brother a child and the Báb gave instructions to give piece of bread to man and wife. Soon girl who will be the wife of ‘Abdu'l-Bahá.
  11. ‘Ulamás of Isfahan issued death warrant of the Báb. Iman-Jumih is coward and wrote that the Báb is devoid of reason and judgment.
  12. When Mu'tamid knew about this, he instructed that the Báb be brought to Tihrán and secretly returned to Isfahan in his private residence.
  13. Only Mullá Abdu'l-Karim, Siyyid Husayn-i-Yazdi and Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi were allowed to see Him.
  14. Conversation between Mu'tamid and the Báb concerning plans and future.
  15. Concerns of Mu'tamid concerning the Báb's safety. Death of Mu'tamid.
  16. The Báb told Siyyid-Hassan and Mullá Abdu'l-Karim of promise and instructed believers to scatter throughout Kashan, Qum and Tihrán.
  17. When Mu'tamid passed away, his successor Gurgin Khan, informed Muhammad Sháh about the Báb, and asked for guidance.
  18. Sháh ordered to bring the Báb to Tihrán in disguise escorted by Muhammad Big.
  19. Gurgin Khan instructed Muhammad Big to prepare for journey and maintain secrecy.

Chapter XI:

The Báb's stay in Kashan (pp. 217-222)

  1. Dream of Hájí Mirzá Jani about the visit of the Báb in his house.
  2. Arrival of the Báb in Kashan and His stay in the house of Hájí Mirzá Jani.
  3. Celebration of Naw-Ruz 1847. Siyyid Husayn arrived, and the Báb dictated a Tablet for His host, and prayer from the Báb to His host.
  4. Friend of Hájí Mirzá Jani, Siyyid Abdu'l-Baqi was not affected by the presence of the Báb because of his own idle fancies, and later felt remorse and lived a live of unrelieved seclusion.
  5. Meeting of Mihdi with the Báb. Farewell by Hájí Mirzá Jani to the Báb.

Chapter XII:

The Báb's journey from Kashan to Tabriz (pp. 223-241)

  1. Guards became attracted to the Báb. They offered to go to Qum to visit Shrine of Iman Rida's sister, but the Báb refused.
  2. Visit to Qumrud for one night. The Báb was touched by warmth of this simple fold.
  3. Reaching almost Tihrán, Hájí Mirzá Aqasi ordered that the Báb go to Kulayn, and a tent should be pitched for Him. Nice environment, the Báb received gifts from Bahá'u'lláh through Mullá Muhammad-Mihdiy-i-Kandi
  4. Gift brought great joy to the heart of the Báb.
  5. Story from Mullá Abdu'l-Karim about that the Báb left his tent. Nobody knew where He was. After some time returned with much confidence and power.
  6. The Báb received letter from Muhammad Sháh, telling Him that he can't go to Tihrán, but go to Máh-Kú.
  7. This order was actually from Hájí Mirzá Aqasi. Story about Hájí Mirzá Aqasi.
  8. The Báb went to Tabriz together with Siyyid Husayn and Siyyid Hasan. Funds for travel were given to the poor. Believers met Him underway.
  9. To Mullá Iskander (also messenger of Hujjat) the Báb gave a message to Sulayman Khan-i-Afshar asking him to free Him. But he did not respond.
  10. Hujjat heard from the Báb's appeal and made arrangements to free the Báb but the Báb refused.
  11. Farewell of the Báb to guards and His blessings. Muhammad Big reluctantly delivered the Báb into the hands of the Governor of Tabriz.
  12. Officials in Tabriz refused to let believers be near to the Báb. Youth ran outside Tabriz to meet the Báb and He put His arms around him.
  13. The Báb was confined in one of the chief houses. Only Siyyid Husayn and his brother could see the Báb. Many would like to see the Báb and was praised and glorified.
  14. Story of Hájí Muhammad Taqiy-i-Milani and Hájí Alí-Askar, able to get in presence of the Báb.
  15. Promise of Mullá Husayn to Hájí Alí Askar to meet the Báb 7 times in Tabriz.

Chapter XIII:

The Báb's journey from Kashan to Tabriz (pp. 242-260)

  1. The Báb foresees future imprisonment in Máh-Kú and Chihríq.
  2. Description of the castle of Máh-Kú, the warden and the city.
  3. Intention of Hájí Mirzá Aqásí to send the Báb to so remote a place, to let the people forget about Him, but the Báb changed the hearts of the inhabitants of Máh-Kú.
  4. No one was allowed to stay in Máh-Kú. Siyyid Hasan communicated to Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi, who was the intermediary of the believers, the replies of the Báb.
  5. Promise of the Báb that warden would bring Shaykh Hasan to His presence. Story of how Alí-Khan recognizes the Báb.
  6. Alí-Khan begged the Báb that he himself could bring Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi in His presence.
  7. Alí-Khan alleviated the rules of the Báb's captivity.
  8. The Báb revealed the Persian Bayan.
  9. Voice of the Báb could clearly be heard from the foot of the mountain, as He was dictating His teachings.
  10. Stream of pilgrims to visit the Báb and devotion of Alí-Khan.
  11. Winter of 1847-1848 was very cold and the Báb wept about future sufferings of Bahá'u'lláh.
  12. Dream of the Báb in 1844 of head of Iman Husayn. Start of His revelation.
  13. Up rise and rebellion of people against the forces of the Sháh.
  14. Mullá Husayn left Mashhad not to get involved in the revolt and set on pilgrimage on foot to Máh-Kú, denying all comforts from the friends.
  15. Mullá Husayn visited Tihrán and met Bahá'u'lláh. Description of Mullá Husayn.
  16. Dream of Alí-Khan that prophet Muhammad will visit the Báb. Next day he sees his dream being fulfilled by the arrival of Mullá Husayn.
  17. Celebration of Naw-Ruz 1848 of the Báb, Mullá Husayn and other believers.
  18. Mullá Husayn stayed in the castle.
  19. The Báb informs Mullá Husayn about future events and explains different prophesies mentioned in poems.
  20. Reports about behaviour Alí-Khan sent to Hájí Mirzá Aqásí by secret reporters.
  21. Hájí Mirzá Aqásí ordered transfer of the Báb to Chihriq.
  22. Farewell of the Báb to people of Máh-Kú after stay of 9 months. Instructions given to Mullá Husayn concerning treasure in Mazindaran.
  23. Farewell of the Báb to Qambar-Alí.

Chapter XIV:

Mullá Husayn's journey to Mazindaran (pp. 261-267)

  1. Mullá Husayn rejects the invitation of Alí-Khan to stay in his house before his departure.
  2. Mullá Husayn visited every town and village and met with the believers. In Tihrán he met again Bahá'u'lláh.
  3. Mullá Husayn reached Mazindaran, where he met Quddús in his house, and where Quddús organized a dinner for Mullá Husayn and the believers.
  4. Quddús inquired Mullá Husayn about his experiences with the Báb and Máh-Kú.
  5. Mullá Husayn recognizes the station of Quddús by reading one of his works. This was the Hidden Treasure hidden in Mazindaran.
  6. Reflection upon the grave mistake of Hájí Mirzá Aqásí and the keen judgement of Mullá Husayn.
  7. Through keen insight Mullá Husayn was able to recognize the Báb and sublime station of Quddús.
  8. Quddús gives instructions to Mullá Husayn to interview the Sa'idu'l-'Ulamá and to go to Khurasan to build a house.
  9. Rejection of Sa'idu'l-'Ulamá to the Faith.
  10. Mullá Husayn builds a house called Bábíyyih, and through him and Quddús, many new believers came to that house.

Chapter XV:

Táhirih's journey from Karbila to Khurasan (pp. 268-287)

  1. Although the Báb was imprisoned in Máh-Kú, God had lit two lamps in the east (Quddús) and west (Táhirih). Bahá'u'lláh bade them both to come to Tihrán.
  2. Letter of the Báb to all believers in Persia to go to Khurasan. Bahá'u'lláh was in Karbila teaching the Cause.
  3. Character of Táhirih, recognition of the Báb and her faith.
  4. Affectionate relationship between Táhirih and widow of Siyyid Kázim.
  5. People who embraced the Cause through Táhirih:
    - Shaykh Salíh
    - Shaykh Sultan
    - Shaykh Muhammad-i-Shibl
  6. Táhirih left with few other companions to Khurasan, ignoring the advice of the ulama's of Karbila.
  7. From Karbila to Baghdad where she silenced the protestations of leaders of different religions.
  8. Via Kirmanshah, she arrived in Hamadan, where ecclesiastical leaders had different opinions about her. Her father asked her to come to Qazvin, which she reluctantly consented.
  9. Staying in Qazvin in her father's house, Mullá Muhammad, her cousin and ex-husband, asked her to move into his house, which she boldly rejects.
  10. Tension between Táhirih and Mullá Muhammad and his father, Hájí Mullá Taqi.
  11. Story of Mullá Abdu'llah when he arrives in Qazvin and sees suffering of man who was follower of Shaykh Ahmad and Siyyid Kázim.
  12. Mullá Abdu'llah inquired about treatment of Shaykhis from Hájí Mullá Taqi himself, who denounced them.
  13. Mullá Abdu'llah murders Mullá Taqi in mosque.
  14. Many innocent people were taken into prison. Mullá Abdu'llah delivers himself as the murderer into the hands of the Governor, asking that other prisoners be released, which did not happen.
  15. Mullá Abdu'llah was secretly released by the Sahib-Divan and took refuge in the house of Rida Khan.
  16. Family of Mullá Taqi turned their wrath to Táhirih. They ordered strict house confinement and the prisoners to be sent to Tihrán and to be put to death.
  17. Bahá'u'lláh gave financial assistance to the prisoners in Tihrán to relieve their sufferings. The Kad-Khuda was greedy and reported this to his superiors.
  18. Those officials imprisoned Bahá'u'lláh hoping to receive money. Ja'far-Quli-Khan intervened without paying. First imprisonment of Bahá'u'lláh for few days.
  19. Family of Mullá Taqi wrote to Sháh to win his sympathy. Reply of the Sháh was that only the murderer should be punished.
  20. Family appointed Shaykh Salíh as the murderer and was put to death. He was the first martyr of the Faith in Persia.
  21. Hájí Mirzá Aqásí, convinced by Sahib-Divan, refused to listen to the family of Mullá Taqi. Then they turned to Sadr-i-Ardibili, arrogant ecclesiastical leader.
  22. Sadr-i-Ardibili asked the Sháh to send prisoners to Qazvin, family forgive them and give freedom. Sháh complied that nothing should harm the prisoners.
  23. Family of Mullá Taqi killed Hájí Asadu'llah in Tihrán, saying he got ill.
  24. Rest of companions was put to death immediately after their arrival at Qazvin.
  25. Reflection on ecclesiastical leaders and low state of people and their ruthlessness.
  26. Disapproval of Sháh and protest of Hájí Mirzá Aqásí, who was happy that Sadr-i-Ardibili was removed from his position because of this.
  27. Mullá Muhammad was now Iman-Jum'ih of Qazvin, and turned his wrath towards Táhirih. Challenge of Táhirih, ignored by Mullá Muhammad.
  28. Plan of Bahá'u'lláh to free Táhirih and bring her to Tihrán.
  29. Muhammad Hadi successfully accomplished his mission to bring Táhirih to Tihrán, and people of Qazvin were astounded by her challenge and power of the Faith.
  30. Already recognition of Bahá'u'lláh by Táhirih.
  31. Bahá'u'lláh instructs his brother Aqay-i-Kalím to bring Táhirih to Khurasan.
  32. Aqay-i-Kalím brings Táhirih and her attendant without problems outside the gate of Tihrán and founds an orchard with a house where she could stay.
  33. Bahá'u'lláh names orchard Bagh-i-Jannat (Garden of Paradise) and was prepared for that reception.
  34. After 7 days, Táhirih leaves to Khurasan with Fata and few others.

Chapter XVI:

The Conference of Badasht (pp. 288-300)

  1. Bahá'u'lláh instructions to Aqay-i-Kalím to prepare for His journey and care of His family.
  2. Intensive teaching done by Quddús and Mullá Husayn in Khurasan, which led to agitation.
  3. Sufferings of attendant of Mullá Husayn to imitate Mullá Husayn.
  4. Promise of Mullá Husayn to bring Hassan back.
  5. Cry of "Yá Sáhibu'z-Zamán!" in the streets of Mashhad.
  6. Free of Hassan by followers of Mullá Husayn.
  7. Prince Hamzih Mirzá ordered the arrest of Mullá Husayn, but his captain refused because he was a great admirer of Mullá Husayn.
  8. Prince then ordered that Mullá Husayn should be the guest in his camp for a while, assuring his safety.
  9. Quddús advises Mullá Husayn to accept the invitation of the Prince and he himself left for Mazindaran, together with Mirzá Muhammad Alíy-i-Qazvani.
  10. Mullá Husayn went to the camp of the Prince.
  11. Quddús told Mirzá Muhammad Baqir-i-Qa'ini to obey Mullá Husayn whatever he might wish.
  12. Via Baddasht, Quddús went to Sháh-Rúd.
  13. Bahá'u'lláh met Quddús in Sháh-Rúd and together went to Badasht.
  14. Bahá'u'lláh rented 3 gardens. One for Quddús, one for Táhirih, and one for Himself. All 81 believers were guests of Bahá'u'lláh and He gave each one of them a new name. Bahá'u'lláh named Himself Bahá.
  15. Each day abrogation of a law and repudiation of a long-established tradition.
  16. Bahá'u'lláh got sick and believers gathered around Him. Invitation of Táhirih to Quddús to see her who refused the invitation.
  17. Táhirih came into the tent unveiled.
  18. Reactions of believers of Táhirih being unveiled.
  19. Address of Táhirih to the assembled believers.
  20. Táhirih rebuked Quddús, and invited the believers to celebrate the happy occasion.
  21. Different camps of followers of Táhirih and Quddús.
  22. Controversy between Táhirih and Quddús and reconciliation by Bahá'u'lláh.
  23. Purpose of Conference had been achieved, to set aside the old laws and welcome the birth of the New Day. They left to Mazindaran.
  24. Some believers wanted to take advantages of the repudiation of old laws to fulfill their own desires. In village of Níyálá they were tested and suffered sever injuries.
  25. Bahá'u'lláh's story of attack in Níyálá.
  26. Muhammad Sháh ordered the arrest of Bahá'u'lláh and determined to put Him to death.
  27. Muhammad Sháh passed away and order to arrest became useless.
  28. Quddús confined in the Sárí and rest of his companions brought the news of Badasht to their fellow believers.

Chapter XVII:

The Báb's incarceration in the castle of Chihríq (pp. 301-308)

  1. Coherent with the stone attack in Niyala, the Báb suffered a sever injury in Tabriz.
  2. Strict confinement in Chihríq by Yahyá Khán-i-Kurd.
  3. Soon also Yahyá Khán and the people of Chihríq became attracted to the Báb and everybody was permitted to see Him.
  4. The Báb's example in business.
  5. Eminent people from Khuy embraced the Cause of the Prisoner and proclaimed the Faith.
  6. Dream and conversion of Mirzá Asadu'lláh.
  7. Mirzá Asadu'lláh wrote treatise in support of the valídity of the claim of the Báb. He got the name Dayyan and received tablet Lawh-i-Hurufat.
  8. Bahá'u'lláh later in Akka explains the significance of this Tablet which was not understood by the Bábis.
  9. Father of Mirzá Asadu'lláh reports about his son to Hájí Mirzá Aqásí.
  10. Conversion of a dervish from India, charm of his personalíty and compelling power of his Faith.
  11. Order to transfer the Báb to Tabriz. Before that news arrived the Báb, He already gave instructions to certain followers.
  12. Dervish, Qahru'llah, returned to his home country, alone, refusing any company.
  13. Muhammad-Alíy-i-Zunuzi, named Anis wanted to meet Him, but his stepfather confined him in his house.
  14. The Báb instructed Shakh-Hasan-i-Zunuzi to give Siyyid Ibrahim-i-Khalíl all the Tablets which He revealed during Máh-Kú and Chihríq.
  15. Story of Anis and the dream about the Báb, choosing him to share His Martyrdom with.

Chapter XVIII:

Examination of the Báb at Tabriz (pp. 309-323)

  1. The Báb was transferred to Tabriz via Urúmíyyih, where Malík Qásim Mírzá accorded Him the warmest hospitalíty.
  2. Story of wildest horse to ride by the Báb to bathhouse. Prince tested his courage and power. Multitudes were attracted to the Báb.
  3. People rushed to get some water of the bath. Excitement in Urúmíyyih, like Iman Alí in Adhirbayjan. Reference to Mullá Imán-Vardí.
  4. Fame of the Báb about His signs and wonders grew and rouse exertions of ecclesiastical dignitaries, who felt losing their position.
  5. Excitement of people in Tabriz and the Báb was confined in a house outside the city gate.
  6. Proclamation of the Báb as Qá'im to Azim, and announced that to reveal tomorrow to Valí-‘Ahd, in midst of ‘ulamá's.
  7. Agitation of ‘Azím and complete recognition of ‘Azím.
  8. Meeting of high ecclesiastical leaders and Násiri'd-Dín Mirzá set up by Hájí Mirzá Aqásí.
  9. Proclamation of the Báb in presence of ‘ulamá's and Násiri'd-Dín Mirzá. Arrogant behavior of Mullá Muhammad-i-Mamaqani, who was himself a follower of Siyyid Kázim.
  10. Nizamu'l-‘Ulamá asked the Báb openly to support His proclamation, which He did, interrupted by Mullá Muhammad-i-Mamaqani as grammatical error.
  11. The Báb leaves the gathering.
  12. Displease of Nizamu'l-‘Ulamá about people of Tabriz. Stubbornness of Nizamu'l-‘Ulamá.
  13. Clergy decided to bastinado the Báb. This was done by Shaykhúl-Islam himself. He was cared by Dr. Cormick.
  14. Same year Shaykhúl-Islam died from paralysis. Description of Shaykhúl-Islam.
  15. Reflection upon actions and attitude of ecclesiastical leaders.
  16. The Báb was taken back to Chihríq and the meeting had enabled the Báb to proclaim His Mission and to encourage His disciples.
  17. The Báb writes epistle to Hájí Mirzá Aqásí.
  18. Bahá'u'lláh recount of Hujjat delivering the Tablet to Hájí Mirzá Aqásí.

Chapter XIX:

The Mazindaran Upheaval (pp. 324-377)

  1. Mullá Husayn left camp of Prince Hamzih Mirzá to Mashhad to proceed to Karbila. He got sword and horse from Abdu'l-Alí Khan.
  2. Devotion of people of Mashhad through Mullá Husayn.
  3. Mullá Husayn received green turban of the Báb and instructed him to help Quddús.
  4. Mullá Husayn hoisted the Black Standard and left to Jazíriy-i-Khadrá with 202 companions and proclaimed the message in every village they passed.
  5. Hájí Abdu'l-Majid, father of Badi became Babí.
  6. Short stop in Chashmih-Alí, story of tree and death of Muhammad Sháh. Mullá Husayn warning to followers of trials ahead.
  7. Hatred and cruelty of mujtahid of Bárfurúsh, he gave speech and stirred up the population against Mullá Husayn.
  8. Inhabitants prepared themselves for the encounter.
  9. Mullá Husayn ordered his companions to leave behind all their belonging, only leave your steeds and swords.
  10. Encounter of Mullá Husayn and the people of Bárfurúsh.
  11. Story of Mullá Husayn courage and power and cutting tree, man and gun in two.
  12. Mirzá Ahmad tells this story to Nabil.
  13. Report of Mirzá Muhammad and that the parts of the gun were shown to the Amir-Nizam.
  14. Because of power and strength, Amir-Nizam used treachery to defeat the companions in an inglorious defeat.
  15. Dead of Mullá Husayn was inspiration of poets.
  16. Description of Mullá Husayn's courage, will and strength displayed in him, different than he used to be.
  17. Mullá Husayn after that stroke, was gone directly to Bárfurúsh, made his way to those who attacked him and went directly to house of mujtahid, addressing him for his cowardness.
  18. People of Bárfurúsh surrendered and arrival of companions of Mullá Husayn in Bárfurúsh.
  19. Mullá Husayn address to people of Bárfurúsh after granting their appeal for peace.
  20. Mullá Husayn went to caravanserai of Sabzih-Maydán and waited for his companions to arrive.
  21. Death of three youth by sounding the adhan on the roof. They were shot by the enemy.
  22. Sudden attack of Mullá Husayn to the crowd around the Sabzih-Maydan, which was left afterwards completely deserted.
  23. Nobles and chief of people beseeched the mercy of Mullá Husayn and asked them to leave this city guaranteeing his safe leave.
  24. Breaking of the fast.
  25. Mullá Husayn had dinner with Abbás-Qulí Khán and Hájí Mustafá Khán. Same night Sa'ídu'l-‘Ulamá ordered Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í to kill the companions.
  26. Abbás-Qulí Khán instructs Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í to ensure safe passage of Mullá Husayn and companions.
  27. Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í meets Mullá Husayn and Mullá Husayn's remarks about him.
  28. All leave in morning to Shír-Gáh, description of congregation. They went through the forest.
  29. Treacherous behavior of Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í by attacking and death of Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í.
  30. Death of soldiers and sending attendant of Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í to Bárfurúsh to tell happening and treachery of Khusraw-i-Qálí Kalá'í to Abbás-Qulí Khán .
  31. Arrival at shrine of Shaykh Tabarsí, the Karbila of Mullá Husayn and his companions. 12 October 1848.
  32. Dream of guarding of shrine about future happenings and joined companions.
  33. Mullá Husayn instructed Mirzá Muhammad Baqir to design the fort for their defense. Arrival and defending from the people of Qádí-Kalá who fled right away.
  34. Following of those people. Death of innocent mother of Nazar Khan and apologies of Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí.
  35. Nazar Khan invites Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí to his home and expresses interest in meeting Mullá Husayn and to learn about the Cause.
  36. Conversion of Nazar Khan.
  37. Building of fort and futile attacks of neighboring villages.
  38. Arrival of Bahá'u'lláh in the fort and devotion of Mullá Husayn.
  39. Bahá'u'lláh instructs Mullá Husayn to get Quddús in the fort who was at that time captived by Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí.
  40. Departure of Bahá'u'lláh to Tihrán and assurance to Mullá Husayn of victory.
  41. Liberty of Quddús, honoured guest of the mujtahid.
  42. Mullá Husayn informs his companions of coming of Quddús and instructions of behaviour towards him.
  43. Description of Quddús' imprisonment and explanation of "Black Standard".
  44. Quddús teaching Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí.
  45. Arrival of Quddús at fort Tabarsí and welcome of companions.
  46. Prophesy fulfilled when Quddús leaned against the Shrine, reference to Bahá'u'lláh.
  47. Three homilies written by Quddús, read aloud by Mullá Husayn. Knowledge of Quddús referring to mission of Bahá'u'lláh.
  48. Devotion and emotion of Mullá Husayn towards Quddús and fulfillment of prophecy.
  49. Counting of companions in the fort: 313, and fulfillment of prophecy.
  50. Devotions and communication of Quddús with his Well-Beloved. Reading and chanting of writings of the Báb every morning and afternoon.
  51. Reference to sufferings of Job and the people in the fort.
  52. Leadership and authority of Quddús. Knowledge and writings of Quddús.
  53. Curiosity of neighboring villages and jealousy of Sa'ídu'l-‘Ulamá and strict orders not to associate with them.
  54. Sa'ídu'l-‘Ulamá pleas Násiri'd-Dín Sháh to lay down the Bábí revolt.
  55. Násiri'd-Dín Sháh ordered the eradication of the Bábís. Hájí Mustafa Khan-i-Turkaman informed Sháh of weakness of group and only small army is needed.
  56. Abdul'llah Khan receives orders from Sháh to fight the Bábí's. He reiased an army of about 12,000 and blocked bread and water to go into the fort.
  57. Barricades in front of fort to shoot anyone who left. Prophesy of Quddús concerning rainfall and heavy snowfall.
  58. Rain and snow destroyed some of the ammunition of the enemy and refreshed the fort with water for a long period.
  59. Quddús, Mullá Husayn and other companions decided to leave the fort and scatter the army. After 45 minutes victory was raised, many people fled, because of fear.
  60. Call of Quddús to Mullá Husayn to return to the fort, as no necessary punishment is needed.
  61. No one of the Bábís was killed.
  62. Bábís dig a moat around the fort in 19 days, day and night.
  63. Arrival of Prince Mihdi-Quli Mirzá, sending a messenger to Mullá Husayn asking his intentions. Mullá Husayn expresses the truth of the Cause and suggests the clergy of Sari and Bárfurúsh to come and the Prince can decide who is speaking the truth.
  64. However, after 3 days the Prince prepares to launch a big attack on the fort.
  65. 202 companions rode without fear to the stronghold of the Prince.
  66. Mullá Husayn forced his way into the private apartment of the prince who disgraceful escaped.
  67. Companies took the sword of prince to Mullá Husayn as a sign of victory.
  68. Freedom of Mullá Yúsuf-i-Ardibí taking captive in prison on way to the fort.
  69. Quddús was shot in the mouth. Heroism of Mullá Husayn and able to have the entire army to flight.
  70. Companions went back to the camp and Quddús writes words of cheer for the companions.
  71. Bahá'u'lláh sets out with some companions to fort Tabarsí.
  72. Arrest of Bahá'u'lláh and companions and taken to Amul.
  73. Interrogation of Bahá'u'lláh by ‘ulamá's of Amul, because governor asked them. Embarrassment of ‘ulamás in criticizing work of Iman Alí.
  74. ‘Ulamás wishing Bahá'u'lláh and His companions to be put to death.
  75. Acting Governor instructed bastinado to Bahá'u'lláh and companions and to put them in prison waiting for the Governor.
  76. Bahá'u'lláh intervened for Mullá Baqir (Letter of the Living), Hájí Mirzá Jani and Mirzá Yahya, and suffered alone the bastinado.
  77. Similarities of sufferings between the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and unlimited love and devotion for each other.
  78. Bahá'u'lláh was freed from Mashid by acting governor and transferred to private house of acting governor. Tumult when Siyyid and mob met the group.
  79. Apologies and devotion of acting governor to Bahá'u'lláh.
  80. Bahá'u'lláh's account on his imprisonment in the house of the acting governor.
  81. Arrival of Governor in Amul and he rebuked ‘ulamás.
  82. Apologies of Governor, devotion towards Bahá'u'lláh. His heart was changed of what he saw at fort Tabarsí. Safe departure to Tihrán.
  83. Reflections Hand of providence withholding Bahá'u'lláh from Fort Tabarsí. Bahá'u'lláh actions, sacrifice and efforts for the Cause of the Báb.
  84. Reflection on Bahá'u'lláh's as the prime mover of forces which He released, and directed.

Chapter XX:

The Mazindaran Upheaval (continued) (pp. 378-429)

  1. Forces of Prince recovered and prepared to make new attack. New forces added.
  2. In fort, companions dug well. Mullá Husayn invited those who want to partake of the cup of martyrdom.
  3. Mullá Husayn's joy and radiance in last moments of his life. Sortie at midnight with 313 companions.
  4. Mullá Husayn successfully attacked several barricades. His horse got stuck in rope of tent and Mullá Husayn was shot in his breast by Abbás-Qulí Khán-i-Larijnani, who hid himself in a tree.
  5. Confidential conversation between Mullá Husayn and Quddús. Mullá Husayn was carried unconscious, but while talking with Quddús sat on his knees. Talked for 2 hours.
  6. Burial of Mullá Husayn by Quddús in inner room of shrine of Shaykh Tabarsí on 2 February 1849 and other 36 martyrs at northern side of the Shrine.
  7. A total of 72 persons died from day arrival of Bárfurúsh until death Mullá Husayn.
  8. Description on the accomplishments of Mullá Husayn and his life.
  9. Reordering of troops of Prince. Shortage of food and distribution of rice to companions. Warning of Quddús.
  10. Mirzá Husayn-i-Mutavalli betrayed his companions and wrote sealed letter to Abbás-Qulí Khán about situation fort and ease of defeat.
  11. Abbás-Qulí Khán killed the messenger and didn't divulge the news to anyone else, but verified if it was true.
  12. Quddús ordered Mirzá Muhammad Baqir to set out and fight with 18 companions against Abbás-Qulí Khán who wanted the sole victory.
  13. Mirzá Muhammad Baqir scattered the forces and army fled. Fear of Abbás-Qulí Khán and shameful defeat.
  14. Unity and power of the companions and obedience to Quddús.
  15. Prince Mihdi-Quli Mirzá delighted to hear about defeat of Abbás-Qulí Khán. Prince himself ordered directly new equipment from Tihrán to ensure the victory himself.
  16. Feelings of joy and thanksgiving in the fort. More enthusiasm and courage.
  17. Quddús' actions in the fort: distribute food believers gave him and continue with commentary.
  18. State of companions in the fort of the effect of Quddús.
  19. Cannon attack on the fort and words of Quddús concerning station of companions, martyrdom and futile actions of enemy.
  20. Zeal of companions by words of Quddús and other companions were fearful.
  21. Booming of guns did not silence the companions of chanting prayers, etc.
  22. Building of tower and placing of canon. Quddús ordered Mirzá Muhammad Baqir to go out and bring humiliation on them.
  23. Destroy of tower and barricades by companions.
  24. Lack of food and eating of grass and leather.
  25. Attack to fort and Quddús ordered 36 companions to go out. Reflection of Quddús about Holy War is staying besieged in the fort. Exalted mission of the Faith.
  26. Victory of Mirzá Muhammad Baqir, 5 martyrs.
  27. Prince Mihdi-Quli Mirzá took counsel with chiefs of his staff and decided to wait few days until they surrender.
  28. Messenger of Sháh from Khad meets friend Mullá Mihdi.
  29. Conversation between messenger and Mullá Mihdi and assurance of prince of safe return if people wanted to leave.
  30. Some companions left the fort, of the assurance of the prince, but were killed by Abbás-Qulí Khán.
  31. Request from Prince for two representatives for negotiations.
  32. Vow of the Prince of safety of companions when to settle peace and wrote confirmation of promise in Qu'rán.
  33. Gave Qu'rán to Mullá Yusuf and informed him of reception for Quddús and other that afternoon.
  34. Quddús instructed to prepare to leave the fort.
  35. Departure of Quddús and 202 companions to tent which the Prince pitched up for them.
  36. Address of Quddús to companions to show forth exemplary renunciation and detachment.
  37. Serving of food to Quddús and companions which was poor and not enough. Quddús refrained from eating. Bad behavior of some companions.
  38. Prince reiterated his vow of the safe departure of the companions. Quddús ordered his companions to disperse that night and promise of reunion in the next world.
  39. Prince failed his promised and called Quddús and companions to his headquarters. Attendants told companions to join him, but were sold as slaves.
  40. Death of Mullá Yusuf when refusing to inform companions of false instructions of Quddús.
  41. Destruction of fort and massacre of companions who were killed by bullets or swords or spears of the officers.
  42. Some men of recognized standing were sent to Tihrán to get a ransom. Orders were put to death immediately: cut in pieces, bound to trees and riddled with bullets, others blown from the mouths of cannons or burnt.
  43. Two companions and Siyyid Ahmad ushered in presence of Prince. Dream of Mir Muhammad-Alí that his two sons will be martyred.
  44. Story of Karbila'i Alí and Karbila'i Abu-Muhammad about Black Standard, and two sons of Karbila'i Abu-Muhammad: Abu'l-Qasim and Muhammad Alí.
  45. Interrogation by Prince of Siyyid Ahmad and Abu'l-Qasim and Muhammad Alí, last two put to death and first one sent to Sang-Sar.
  46. Plea of Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí to put Siyyid Ahmad to death, but Prince ordered Siyyid Ahmad to be a guest of him.
  47. Mirzá Muhammad-Taqí killed Siyyid Ahmad on he way to Sari.
  48. Prince and Quddús went to Bárfurúsh where city was celebrating the victory.
  49. Sa'idu'l-‘Ulamá stirred up the excitement of the people to have Quddús killed; as the Prince didn't want that. Meeting of Prince with leading ‘ulamás.
  50. Interrogation of Quddús by ‘ulamás during that meeting.
  51. Prince left Quddús in hands of ‘ulamás and left.
  52. Cruel acts on Quddús, which even Jesus did not suffer during his death.
  53. Mourning of the Báb when He heard of fort Tabarsí massacre and martyrdom of Quddús. No revelation for 6 months. Description of Quddús' martyrdom.
  54. Quddús asking for forgiveness for people of Bárfurúsh, his words to Siyyid-i-Qumi (traitor) and reference to his mother and his wedding. His martyrdom.
  55. List of martyrs of fort Tabarsí.

Chapter XXI:

The Seven Martyrs of Tihrán (pp. 430-465)

  1. The news of the tragic fate of Tabarsí brought sorrow to the heart of the Báb.
  2. For 5 months the Báb mourned and sorrowed and nothing was revealed during that period.
  3. Praise and tablets for Mullá Husayn, Quddús and others.
  4. The Báb orders Mullá Adi-Guzl (Sayyáh) to go on pilgrimage on His behalf to Mazindaran.
  5. Sayyáh goes on pilgrimage in January 1850 and then went to Tihrán.
  6. Account of meeting between Vahid and Sayyáh in the House of Bahá'u'lláh and His favours towards Vahid.
  7. Account of Sayyáh about his failure to recognize Bahá'u'lláh at that time.
  8. Letter to the Báb, dictated by Bahá'u'lláh and sent under Mirzá Yahya's name was taken with Sayyáh. Reply of the Báb for education and training of Mirzá Yahya.
  9. Account of Nabil about his early life.
  10. Nabil's bad experiences with ecclesiastical leaders.
  11. Nabil overheard a story of the Báb.
  12. Nabil meets Siyyid Husayn-i-Zavari and he accounts about his conversation about the Báb.
  13. Nabil is setting out to Qum to meet Siyyid Isma'il-Zavari.
  14. Siyyid Isma'il-Zavari deepens Nabil's understanding of the revelation of the Báb.
  15. Nabil leaves to Tihrán
  16. News of tragic fate of Fort Tabarsí and Nabil is forced to go back to Zarand.
  17. Nabil goes back to Tihrán, where he met Mullá Abdu'l-Karim, named by Bahá'u'lláh as Mirzá Ahmad.
  18. Mirzá Ahmad was a scribe and copies the Persian Bayan.
  19. Arrival of Táhirih in Tihrán.
  20. Nabil goes to the house of Bahá'u'lláh and recognizes the unworthiness of Mirzá Yahya.
  21. Story of Nabil taking Abdu'l-Bahá to His classroom and bring a message for Mirzá Yahya to Bahá'u'lláh.
  22. Nabil meets Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí, the Báb's maternal uncle and is impressed by his nobility and serenity.
  23. Turmoil started in Tihrán, by one siyyid who filtered into the Bábí community and gave 50 names of Bábís to the authorities, of which 14 were seized.
  24. Nabil brings into safety some Sacred Writings from Mirzá Ahmad.
  25. Bahá'u'lláh instructs Mirzá Ahmad to leave to Qum and Nabil to go to Zarand.
  26. Nabil leaves to Zaran and celebrates Naw-Ruz (1850) there, which fell on the same day as the Declaration of the Báb.
  27. Nabil was confined to his home and Sadiq-i-Tabrizi arrived from Tihrán and informed Nabil of the fate of the believers in Tihrán.
  28. 14 believers were confined for 22 days in the house of Mahmúd Khán-i-Kalantar, where they were tortured. Story of Muhammad-Husayn-i-Marághi'í.
  29. Matter was referred to the Grand Vizir, who ordered execution for those who would not recant. 7 of them recanted. The others are the seven martyrs of Tihrán.
  30. 1. Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí, surnamed Khál-i-A'zam, maternal uncle of the Báb who took care of the Báb.
  31. Conversation between Grand Vizir and Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí, rejecting to recant and asked to be the first one to be martyred.
  32. Address of Hájí Mirzá Siyyid Alí to the crowd that Promised One has come.
  33. Tale recounted of executioner who was greatly affected and repented for his act.
  34. 2. Mirzá Qurban-‘Alí, native of Bárfurúsh, a dervish, was considered the embodiment of virtue. Recount of his personalíty.
  35. Recount of his detachment and devotion.
  36. Conversation between Mirzá Qurban-‘Alí and Grand Vizir.
  37. Address to Grand Vizir and desire of Mirzá Qurban-‘Alí to sacrifice his life for the Báb.
  38. Anger of Amir-Nizam.
  39. Address of Mirzá Qurban-‘Alí to the crowd.
  40. Martyrdom of Mirzá Qurban-‘Alí.
  41. 3. Hájí Mullá Isma'il-i-Qumí, native of Farahan, overview of his life as a Bábí, characterized by detachment.
  42. Martyrdom of Hájí Mullá Isma'il-i-Qumí, while in devotion, and bought some sweets.
  43. 4. Siyyid Husayn-i-Turshízí, mujtahid, conversion to the Bábí Faith.
  44. Martyrdom of Siyyid Husayn-i-Turshízí, who asked for a meeting to show the truth, but was put to death by an officer with a dagger.
  45. 5. Hájí Muhammad-Taqiy-i-Kirmani angrily asked for his execution.
  46. 6. Siyyid Murtadá, remembered his brother's martyrdom together with Mullá Husayn.
  47. Muhammad-Husayn-i-Maraghi'í begged to be first executed before the others. His affection for Hájí Mullá Isma'il.
  48. All three begged to precede one another and finally were beheaded at the same time.
  49. Reflection on 7 martyrs of Tihrán.
  50. Nabil receiving the blessings of Bahá'u'lláh on 11 December 1888.
  51. Bahá'u'lláh recounts and give explanation of the verse "Turn your eyes away".
  52. Táhirih goes to Khurasan.
  53. Táhirih in Badasht.
  54. Táhirih is unveiled at the conference of Badasht.
  55. Reactions of the companions by Táhirih unveiling herself.
  56. Recount of story in Amul of Bahá'u'lláh with a Mullá and his dream.
  57. Bahá'u'lláh captive in Amul.
  58. Letter of Shaykh Abu-Turab to Bahá'u'lláh concerning release of Táhirih.
  59. The bad condition after the martyrdom of the seven martyrs.
  60. Burial of 7 martyrs in one grave.
  61. The Báb's analogy of the 7 goats walking before the Shepherd in martyrdom.
  62. Memorial year which witnessed martyrdom of the Báb, 7 martyrs of Tihrán, fort Tabarsí and Nayriz.

Chapter XXII:

The Nayriz Upheaval (pp. 465-499)

  1. Vahíd was unable to go to Fort Tabarsí and visited Bahá'u'lláh in Tihrán frequently.
  2. Journey of Vahíd to Yazd and he was teaching with zest and fearlessness.
  3. Answer of Vahíd to a remark of one of his greatest adversaries, Navváb-i-Radaví, at Naw-Ruz celebrations.
  4. Vahíd proclaimed fearlessly the Cause during the celebration of Naw-Ruz.
  5. Dignitaries are silent and many people got attracted to the Cause because of his proclamation.
  6. In Yazd and district, Vahíd was more hatred and on the other hand, many people came to Vahíd for guidance and advice about new religion.
  7. Navváb-i-Radaví convinced the Governor of the city to besiege the house of Vahíd and sent a mob as well to threaten the visitors.
  8. Vahíd addresses the Bábí's in his house, while mob is outside the house.
  9. Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh dispersed the forces of the Governor and mob, who fled in the fort of Nárín.
  10. Vahíd instructs Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh to leave the city and not fight with the enemy.
  11. Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh ignored advice of Vahíd and didn't want to abandon his friends.
  12. Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh besieges the fort of Nárín.
  13. Navváb-i-Radaví raised a general upheaval and prepared to attack the house of Vahíd. Vahíd sends one into the city to urge the populace to accept the Cause of the Báb.
  14. Proclamation to the populace of the city.
  15. Citizens agreed not to attack Vahíd anymore.
  16. Navváb-i-Radaví directs attack to Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh who gets wounded and goes to the house of Vahíd.
  17. Vahíd send Mullá Muhammad-Riday to disperse the troops outside the house.
  18. Mullá Muhammad-Riday successfully routed the enemy and Muhammad ‘Abdu'lláh came to Vahíd and was brought to a hidden place.
  19. Vahíd instructs his companions to disperse and secure their safety. His house and furtinure will be a sacrifice in the path of God.
  20. Vahíd instructs his servant Hasan to bring the Writings of the Báb and his into safety.
  21. Hasan doesn't follow instructions and gets captive.
  22. Departure of Vahíd from Yazd and martyrdom of his servant Hasan (blown from the mount of a cannon).
  23. Vahíd leaves to Nayríz and his house is destroyed. His brother helps him on the way.
  24. Vahíd's teaching in different villages.
  25. If there is no receptivity in a village, Vahíd went on directly with his journey.
  26. When Vahíd arrived in the village of Rúníz, many distinguished people came from Nayríz at night to see Vahíd.
  27. They welcomed Vahíd, who deepened them in the Cause.
  28. The Governor of Nayríz threatened the people when giving allegiance to Vahíd but in vain and Governor moved to Qutrih, out of Nayríz.
  29. Arrival of Vahíd in Nayríz and address of Vahíd to the believers, who became on fire.
  30. Audience told Vahíd of their allegiance to the Cause and their readiness to serve it, and asked Vahíd not to leave Nayríz so hastily.
  31. Crowd escorted joyfully Vahíd to his horse.
  32. Vahíd continued to address the people in the masjid the next days and the number of his audience and his influence grew.
  33. Fury of the Governor and his orders to raise an army of 1000 man and to make Vahíd a prisoner.
  34. Vahíd ordered 20 companions to occupy the fort of Khájih and appointed Shaykh Hádí as the leader.
  35. First victim of the army of the Governor was Mullá ‘Abdu'l-Husayn who was advanced in age and was shot in his foot.
  36. Several people were shaken in their faith by this sudden attack and joined the enemy. Vahíd leaves to the fort of Khájih.
  37. 1000 besieged the fort the next morning and a number of companions of Vahíd successfully dispersed the army.
  38. 3 companions met their death in that encounter.
  39. Governor urges Vahíd to leave Nayríz. Vahíd replies why they treat them so cruelly and warms him of a humiliating defeat of his army by the same of his companions.
  40. Companions of Vahíd successfully dispersed army and Governor request more reinforcements.
  41. Vahíd organized the Fort.
  42. The Governor sends another petition to the Prince and includes a personal gift. Mullá Báqir was instructed by the Governor to deliver it.
  43. Hájí Siyyid Isma'il, companion of Vahíd took captive of Mullá Baqir and brought him to Vahíd, he was later killed by his companions.
  44. Governor again appealed fervently to the Prince.
  45. Prince sends reinforcements to Governor.
  46. A bombardment of the fort and death of an officer of the army.
  47. Vahíd instructed next night to disperse the forces of the enemy. Ghulám-Ridáy-i-Yazdí with 14 companions, and most of them were old men of advanced aged.
  48. Camp of the enemy was desolate and forsaken after successful encounter of the companions. Cheering and support of the women of Nayriz.
  49. List of martyrs.
  50. Governor was unable to defeat the companions and will need to use treachery.
  51. Written appeal from Governor to establish the truth of the Cause, sealed by the Qu'rán.
  52. Vahíd accepts invitation, although he is aware of their treachery.
  53. Welcome of Vahíd in the camp and his address to the Governor and officers.
  54. Enemies kept peaceful and were afraid of fury of companions and eloquence of Vahíd.
  55. Vahíd was requested to write letter to companions, but warns them against evil plotting of enemy instead.
  56. Hájí Siyyid Abid treacherously brings letter to Governor and asks him to convey to companions to go to home.
  57. Companions leave the fort and go to Nayriz.
  58. Companions were blocked by soldiers on the way to town, but were able to go through it. Some suffered martyrdom.
  59. Officer in army opens fire on companions from Masjid.
  60. Companions did not know the fate and situation of Vahíd.
  61. Governor and his staff tried to conceal their oath and to kill Vahíd. Abbás-Qulí Khán is willing since he didn't make the oath.
  62. Vahíd was binded to a horse and dragged through the streets. Comparison with Iman Husayn.
  63. Matyrdom of 5,000 men, brutalíties to children and men, destruction of fort of Khajih, and captives taken to Shiraz and Nayriz and martyred cruelly.
  64. Sufferings of Siyyid Jáfar-i-Yazdi, who was greatly respected by the Governor himself.
  65. Great and esteemed men were cruelly tortured and martyred.
  66. Vahíd's martyrdom was on 29 June 1850.

Chapter XXIII:

The martyrdom of the Báb (pp. 500-526)

  1. Despite sufferings of Bábí community, heroism and loyalty was still there. The Amir-Nizam thought to put the Báb to death will root out His Cause.
  2. Amir-Nizam shares with his counselors his fears and hopes.
  3. Objection from minister of War and discussion between them.
  4. Amir-Nizam ignored the advice and instructs Navvah Hamzih Mirzá to direct the Báb to Tabriz.
  5. The Báb entrusts Mullá Baqir some time ago His documents, pen case, Tablets, etc, and a letter to Mirzá Ahmad.
  6. Mullá Baqir gives letter to Mirzá Ahmad, a beautiful scroll to be given to Bahá'u'lláh in Tihrán.
  7. When the Báb was in Tabriz, Grand Vizir ordered Prince of execution of the Báb.
  8. Refusal of prince and the brother of the Grand Vizir took over the instructions.
  9. The Báb and His amanuensis moved to another confinement. Anis Zunizi begs the Báb to join Him, as well as two other followers.
  10. Challenge of the Báb and selection of Mirzá Muhammad-‘Alí (Anis) to share His martyrdom.
  11. Confidential conversation between the Báb and Siyyid Husayn. Sudden interruption of the Farrásh-Bashi and claim of the Báb.
  12. Interrogation of Anis by the mujtahids.
  13. The Báb was brought before a muhjathid, who already issued the death warrant.
  14. Another muhjathid already signed it.
  15. Third muhjathid also refused to meet the Báb and signed His death warrant already. The Báb was brought to Sám Khán, now all sanctions had been given.
  16. Mirzá Muhammad-‘Alí (Anis) joined the Báb again.
  17. Sám Khán is affected by the Báb and expresses his fear and sincerity.
  18. Execution of the Báb.
  19. Disappearance of the Báb, and was found in His room, conversing with Siyyid Husayn.
  20. Nabil's own account of the location etc.
  21. Refusal of Sám Khán to continue and he leaves the barracks together with his troops.
  22. Aqá Jan Khán volunteered to carry out the execution and address of the Báb to the multitude.
  23. The momentous events related to the Báb's Martyrdom had hardly induced the people of Tabriz to think and reflect.
  24. Date of His Martyrdom.
  25. Bodies were thrown in a moat and guarded.
  26. Hájí Alí-Askar's account of his experience of seeing a sketch drawn from the Báb's body.
  27. Hájí Sulayman Khan arrives in Tabriz and with the help of Hájí Alláh-Yár succeeded in bringing the bodies into safety.
  28. Bahá'u'lláh instructs that the bodies be sent to Tihrán.
  29. Until Bahá'u'lláh went to Adrianople the bodies were kept in a secret place.
  30. Story and promise of Mirzá Aqa Khan-i-Nuri to protect the Faith if he would regain his high position.
  31. Incorrect understanding of Mirzá Aqa Khan about martyrdom of the Báb.
  32. Mirzá Aqa Khan explains about the high station of Bahá'u'lláh to his son.
  33. Consequences and sufferings for the people of Persia, because of the martyrdom of the Báb.
  34. Fate of Husayn Khan, governor of Shiraz.
  35. Fate of Hájí Mirzá Aqásí.
  36. Fate of the members of the regiment.
  37. Fate of the Amir-Nizám and his brother.

Chapter XXIV:

The Zanján Upheaval (pp. 527-581)

  1. Woes and sufferings of the Báb, and in addition the ‘storm of Zanján', the most violent and devastating of them all.
  2. Early life of Hujjat
  3. Hujjat taught his disciples in the Qu'rán for 17 years.
  4. Conversion of Hujjat to Bábí Faith, and new plans of attacks from his enemies.
  5. Letters to Muhammad Sháh from his enemies complaining about Hujjat.
  6. Hujjat and his enemies were invited to Tihrán to explain and defend the accusations. Hujjat wins the full confidence of the Sháh and returns to Zanján.
  7. Return in Zanján, hostility multiplied and zeal of his friends increased.
  8. Hujjat receives Tablet of the Báb, conferring upon the name "Hujjat", and urged him to proclaim the fundamental teachings of His faith.
  9. Confrontation between Iman-Jumih and Hujjat for leading the Friday prayer.
  10. Ulumas join hands with Iman-Hum'ih, and ask Hájí Mirzá Aqásí to plead with Muhammad Sháh to have Hujjat leave the country. Hujjat is being ordered to Tihrán.
  11. Hujjat sends messenger to the Báb, when He was close to Tihrán, and offered to rescue Him. The Báb declined and promise of meeting Him in the next world.
  12. Hujjat goes to Tihrán, and the Báb leave that area.
  13. Instruction of the Báb to believers not to rescue Him, and even avoid Him where ever He went.
  14. Believers could not resist meeting the Báb.
  15. The Báb was taken to Zanján to pass the night, where a multitude of people hath gathered to see the Báb.
  16. Conversion of Mirzá Muhammad-Alí, who received the Báb lovingly in the caravanserai.
  17. Instructions of the Báb to Mirzá Muhammad-Alí to leave for Hamadan and prophesy that the town he was in will be thrown in a great tumult.
  18. Open proclamation of the Cause of the Báb by Hujjat to Hájí Mirzá Aqásí in Tihrán.
  19. Muhammad Sháh conveyed special meeting for Hujjat to indicate his position in the presence of the ‘ulumás of Tihrán.
  20. Meetings with ‘ulumás and eloquently victory of Hujjat in proclaiming the truth of the Cause.
  21. Hujjat receives favours of Muhammad Sháh and Hájí Mirzá Aqásí conceals his envy and resentment towards Hujjat.
  22. Hujjat is virtually a prisoner in Tihrán and instructs believers in Zanján to observe with absolute loyalty the admonitions of the Báb.
  23. Believers became inflamed with his wishes and gave up their former customs and practice for the new claims.
  24. Inability of Hujjat to join the companions of fort of Tabarsí, and close association of Hujjat with Bahá'u'lláh in Tihrán.
  25. Muhammad Sháh passed away, throne followed by his son Násiri'd-Dín Sháh who tried to destroy Hujjat. Hujjat leaves in disguise to Zanján.
  26. Arrival of Hujjat in Zanján and behaviour of the Governor of Zanján towards him.
  27. Imprisonment of child of one of the believers by the Governor and protest of Hujjat.
  28. Hujjat sends Mir Jalíl to protest to Governor.
  29. Protest of ‘ulamás and their demand to arrest Hujjat.
  30. Two men volunteered to arrest Hujjat, while ‘ulumás excited the population.
  31. Mir Saláh unexpectedly confronted the man and frightened the whole band away.
  32. Tremendous force of "Yá Sáhibu'z-Zamán!" and the fear of the Governor.
  33. Martyrdom of Shaykh Muhammad-i-Tub-Chi, killed by the band, governor and muhtjahid.
  34. Further inflame of hostility of ‘ulumás and governor towards Hujjat and companions. Warming of death danger if you choose for Hujjat.
  35. Zanján was divided by two camps: 1. Followers of Hujjat and 2. enemies of Hujjat: divines, governor. Every tie of wordly affection seemed to be dissolving on that day.
  36. Address of Hujjat to his companions, for to flee to do it now.
  37. Governor recruited 3,000 men, and Hujjat and his companions moved to the fort of Alí-Mardan Khan.
  38. Mir Ridá, asked Hujjat to take the governor as a prisoner, but Hujjat declined.
  39. Governor wanted to leave Zanján, but a Siyyid convinced him to stay, but he himself suffered a humiliating defeat.
  40. Numbers of attacks to the fort were all easily defended by the companions who were instructed not to shed unnecessary blood.
  41. Amir-Nizam ordered one general, Sadru'd-Dawliy-i-Isfani to support the government forces in Zanján.
  42. Great defeat of Sadru'd-Dawliy by the companions of Hujjat.
  43. Only the merchants of Zanján were interested in the continuation of the besiege, so they could sell for extra-ordinary high prices provisions to companions of Hujjat.
  44. Though oppressed with hunger, companions erected 28 barricades.
  45. Promise of rewards and honour from the enemy when they would renounce faith, and denial of companions.
  46. Courage and faith of Zaynab, who dressed in man's clothes to join the companions in battle.
  47. Interview between Hujjat and Zaynab.
  48. Hujjat gives Zaynab the name Rustam-Alí, and allows her to join the rank of companions.
  49. Heroism and courage of Zaynab during defense of the fort.
  50. Zaynab begs Hujjat to give her life and to help some of the companions.
  51. Martyrdom of Zaynab.
  52. Hujjat instructs companions to say 19 times 5 verses, of which effect was tremendous and overpowering to the enemy.
  53. Statement of Hujjat regarding his aim and loyalty to the Cause.
  54. Contrast between spirit and deeds between companions in fort and soldiers in camp.
  55. Continuation of prayer, despite losses suffered by their invocation.
  56. Letter from Hujjat addressed to Násiri'd-Dín Sháh and his request for justice.
  57. Other companions also wrote similar appeals.
  58. Governor intervened messenger of these petitions. Killed messenger and sent forged letters to the Sháh.
  59. Sháh sent 2 regiments to destroy Hujjat and his companions.
  60. News of the Báb's martyrdom and the efforts of the enemy to have the companions recant their faith.
  61. The Amir-Tuman, head of 5 regiments was commissioned to demolish the fort and wipe all its occupants.
  62. Interview between Siyyid ‘Alí-Khan and Hujjat, and Aziz Khan denounces Hujjat before the farrash, to save his own life.
  63. Resumption of hostilities with the arrival of Amir-Tuman, with a greater number of regiment then before.
  64. Failure of Amir-Tuman and treat of the Amir Nizam.
  65. Victory of the companions, 300 companions suffered martyrdom, great battle and important role of women.
  66. Mushin, who calls for prayer (Adhan), and the effect on the people of Zanján.
  67. Mujtahid of Zanján bribed Amir-Tuman to kill Mushin.
  68. Death of Mushin.
  69. The marriages of a number of youth in the fort and their desire for martyrdom.
  70. 200 youth married and all found martyrdom, since none hesitated the call for battle. The Báb names Zanján the Ard-i-A‘la (The Exalted Spot).
  71. Martyrdom of youth who was conducted into the presence of the Amir-Tuman.
  72. Story of Ashraf and his mother. Courage and fortitude of mother and her admonitions to her son to be steadfast.
  73. Consuming enthusiasm of companions and labored with unabating fervour to strengthen the defenses of the fort.
  74. Spirit of solidarity and heroism of their acts made the enemy believe that their power was unshakable and their resources inexhaustible.
  75. Amir-Tuman, recognizing that he could not defeat his opponents honourably, decided to use treachery.
  76. False promise, sealed by the Qu'rán, to those leaving the fort that they would be safe.
  77. Hujjat receives appeal and consults with his chief companions. Hujjat sends small group to test sincerity, although he knows their deceitfulness.
  78. Story of survivor relating meeting of group of companions with Amir-Tuman.
  79. Rough address of Amir-Tuman and eloquent defense by one of the companions.
  80. Lieutenant's advice to Amir-Tuman and question of Darvish Salah.
  81. Escape of survivor, children and companions were taken prisoner, and treacherous behaviour of a brother of a companion.
  82. Hujjat meets with the boy and related prophesies from the Qu'rán.
  83. Address of Hujjat to companions to find safety for themselves and their wives.
  84. Loyalty of companions.
  85. A few departed the fort to find safety outside the fort.
  86. Fresh offensive of Amir-Tuman to the fort.
  87. Whole month continues attack and suffering of companions.
  88. Arrival of Alí Khan-i-Karrusi, and severe bombardment of the fort. Valour and skills of companions.
  89. Injury of Hujjat in his right arm.
  90. Hujjat calms his wife and relatives and to resign to God's will.
  91. Capture of 100 women and children and sufferings and ridicule they had to experience in the harsh winter.
  92. Capture of the fort by the enemy. Reordering of companions and power of their spirits, while scattering the forces.
  93. Demoralization of the enemy and to level of self-renunciation of the companions. Amir-Tuman took counsel with his officers.
  94. Plan of Amir-Tuman to destroy dwellings of Hujjat and thus force complete surrender.
  95. Death of the wife of Hujjat and his baby Hádí by a cannonball which hit their house.
  96. Reflection of Hujjat on his suffering and his joy of sacrifice. How can my sacrifices be compared with the blessings which the recognition of Thy Manifestations has bestowed upon me?
  97. Sufferings of Hujjat wanted the companions for revenge. But Hujjat exhorted them to resign themselves to the will of God.
  98. Passing of Hujjat while in prayer on 8 January 1851.
  99. Burial of Hujjat in secret room.
  100. Only 200 companions remained, the rest died or injured. Women were taken into Hujjat's house.
  101. Fierce attack of the enemy when notified that Hujjat died and the struggle of the companions.
  102. The ‘ulumás of Zanján encouraged tumult and plunder, which could not be coltrolled by Amir-Tuman or governor.
  103. Harsh imprisonment of captives in a house and bad treatment of a mujtahid for the women.
  104. Release of women, except family of Hujjat until instructions from Tihrán.
  105. Sufferings till death of wounded companions.
  106. Barbarism and cruelty of army against remaining survivors and cry of Hájí Muhammad-Husayn what made the Iraqi regiment resign.
  107. Sufferings and martyrdom of companions.
  108. Governor succeeds in convincing Hujjat's son of 7 years old to conceal the burial place of Hujjat. Indignities heaped upon his body and fate of his kinsman.
  109. Nabil's personal account of fort and Zanján.
  110. Estimate of number of martyrs: 1598 + 202 = 1800
  111. Sources of events in Zanján .
  112. Sources of events in Mazindaran.
  113. Sources of events with Vahid.

Chapter XXV:

Bahá'u'lláh's journey to Karbila (pp. 582-594)

  1. Enrichment of episodes with Bahá'u'lláh's comments.
  2. Nabil enters into Bahá'u'lláh's presence while He is visiting His brother Aqay-i-Kalím on 9 January 1889.
  3. Bahá'u'lláh's exhortation for moderation and admonition for deeds.
  4. Bahá'u'lláh never concealed His Cause; shameful behaviour of the people of Bayan.
  5. Bahá'u'lláh relates story and experience about being taken captive before Fort Tabarsí.
  6. Denunciations made towards Bahá'u'lláh and Bahá'u'lláh while in Sari.
  7. Bahá'u'lláh narrates his imprisonment, sufferings and his withdrawal in the mountains of Kurdistan.
  8. Bahá'u'lláh returns to Baghdad and revives the Bábí community and proclaims His Revelation.
  9. Rumours of death of Bahá'u'lláh, and his safe arrival in Akka.
  10. Bahá'u'lláh writes Tablets to several rulers from the Most Great Prison.
  11. Before someone recognizes Bahá'u'lláh, he must have done something, which God made him recognize the Truth.
  12. Nabil's search of Mirzá Ahmad, amanuensis of the Báb.
  13. Nabil was the bearer of a Tablet to be given to Ildirim Mirzá from Mirzá Ahmad.
  14. Bahá'u'lláh prophesized that faith of Ildirim Mirzá was insincere.
  15. Life and conversion of Siyyid Basir.
  16. Teaching activities of Siyyid Basir.
  17. Unerring exactitude and knowledge of Siyyid Basir in his teaching activities.
  18. Martyrdom of Siyyid Basir and later the death of Ildirim Mirzá.
  19. Bahá'u'lláh leaves from Tihrán to Baghdad.
  20. Bahá'u'lláh's instructions to Nabil and Mirzá Ahmad.
  21. Story of events of Nabil and Mirzá Ahmad.
  22. Bahá'u'lláh's arrival at Karbila and his transformative influence upon certain individuals by teaching the Cause of the Báb.
  23. Bahá'u'lláh revealed His station to Hasan-i-Zunuzi.
  24. Story of Mirzá Abdu'l-Vahhab-i-Shirazi.
  25. Experiences of Shaykh Alí-Mirzáy-i-Shirazi of influence of presence of Bahá'u'lláh.

Chapter XXVI:

Attempt on the Sháh's life, and its consequences (pp. 595-650)

  1. Teaching activities of Bahá'u'lláh in Iraq and inspiring the believers.
  2. Death of Amir-Nizam and list of his cruelties towards the Bábís made during his life.
  3. Successor is Mirzá Aqa Khan-i-Nuri who wanted reconciliation between government and Bahá'u'lláh.
  4. Bahá'u'lláh was honoured guest of Grand Vazir in Tihrán.
  5. Azim meets Bahá'u'lláh.
  6. Attempts on life of the Sháh by two irresponsible youth.
  7. Outbreak of persecutions and Bahá'u'lláh was thrown in dungeon for 4 months.
  8. Divines of Persia renewed their attack and convincing the authorities and accusing the Bábís.
  9. Jafar-Quli Khan (brother of Grand Vazir) suggest to Bahá'u'lláh to remain concealed for a while until passion of populace has subsided.
  10. Bahá'u'lláh, however, sets out and arrives at the village of Zarkandih, seat of the Russian legation.
  11. Russian minister trusted Bahá'u'lláh to the house of the Grand Vazir, and held him responsible for His safety.
  12. Mirzá Aqa Khan was too concerned about the safety of his own position.
  13. Minister's daughters distressed and promise of the minister.
  14. Confusion and state of tumult in the capital.
  15. Enemies are now focused on Bahá'u'lláh.
  16. Bahá'u'lláh's sufferings while being deported to the Síyáh-Chál. Story of an old woman throwing a stone into Bahá'u'lláh's face.
  17. Description of Síyáh-Chál and sufferings of Bahá'u'lláh.
  18. Fate of Sadiq-i-Tabrizi and Fathu'llah-i-Hakkák-i-Qumí, the youth attacking the Sháh.
  19. Fate of Hájí Qasim, comrade of the two youth, and injustice brought upon the Bábís.
  20. Similar martyrdom Hájí Sulaymán Khan and Hájí Qasim, and ruthlessness of people in attacking Bábís.
  21. Life and deeds of Sulaymán Khan and his influence over Amir-Nizam who ignored his acts.
  22. Rumour of repentance of the Amir-Nizam and inclination of his successor, Mirzá Aqa Khan for reconciliation, until attempt on life of the Sháh.
  23. Story of Abdu'l-Bahá when he was a little boy, and the brave and fearless deed of Abdu'l-Bahá.
  24. Description of martyrdom of Hájí Sulaymán Khan, a martyrdom which he himself could decide: 9 candles in his body and his body to hew in two.
  25. Sulaymán Khan describes his wish how to be martyred, so that the people could recognize the Báb.
  26. Eagerness of Sulaymán Khan to die, that he wanted to put the candles in his own body.
  27. Sulaymán Khan requested to place the candles as he wanted and remained completely silent and steadfast.
  28. Statements of Sulaymán Khan during his march to his martyrdom.
  29. Impression of his words.
  30. Sulaymán Khan's reaction when the candles burnt his flesh.
  31. Sulaymán Khan martyrdom by cutting his body in half.
  32. Martyrdom stirred the listeners to the very depths of their souls.
  33. Táhirih propetised her own upcoming martyrdom and shares her last wishes with the wife of Kalantar.
  34. Táhirih was ordered to leave her apartment.
  35. She was taken away to the place of her martyrdom.
  36. Arrival of Táhirih in the Ilkhani garden where the Sardar was drunk.
  37. Martyrdom of Táhirih, being strangled with her silken kerchief. Burial of Táhirih in a well.
  38. Sorrow of wife and son of Kalantar over Táhirih's death.
  39. Reflection on the life of Táhirih and meditation on the source of that special life.
  40. Delivery of package of Táhirih to an unknown but expected woman.
  41. Ode to Táhirih.
  42. Martyrdom of Siyyid Husayn-i-Yazdi, amanuensis of the Báb.
  43. Bahá'u'lláh's account of the conditions of Síyáh-Chál.
  44. Refusal to accept the meat which the Sháh offered to the prisoners.
  45. Each day one of the companions suffered martyrdom.
  46. Recount of a dream of Mirzá ‘Adbu'l-Vahháb-i-Shirází and interpretation by Bahá'u'lláh.
  47. Martyrdom of Mirzá ‘Adbu'l-Vahháb.
  48. Anger of Sháh's mother and Bahá'u'lláh was saved by the Divine Providence.
  49. Betrayal of a youth called Abbas, who identified Bábís.
  50. Abbas was not able to betray Bahá'u'lláh and failed attempted of poisoning.
  51. Azim is accussed of prime mover of attempt on life of the Sháh.
  52. Protest of Russian minister to Grand Vazir.
  53. Grand Vazir agrees with proposal of the Russian minister.
  54. Azim admits attempt on the life of the Sháh.
  55. Confession of Azim was recorded, which led to Bahá'u'lláh's release.
  56. Death of Azim, and Hájí Mirzá Jani.
  57. Turmoil in Mazindaran and stealíng of Bahá'u'lláh's possessions.
  58. Enemies' intention to destroy influence of Bahá'u'lláh in Mazindaran.
  59. Sháh orders Grand Vazir to repress Bábís in Mazindaran.
  60. Grand Vazir sends out Sháh-Sun regiment, headed by Husayn-Alí-Khan and supreme command to Mirzá Abu-Talíb to the village of Takur.
  61. Instructions of Grand Vazir to Husayn-Alí-Khan to use wisdom to set the noble example for Mirzá Abu-Talíb.
  62. Mirzá Abu-Talíb, overtaken by pride and enthusiasm orders attach on village of Takur, despite begging of Husayn-Alí-Khan.
  63. Mirzá Abu-Talíb refused appeal of Mirzá Hasan, his brother-in-law, and stated that massacre will happen.
  64. Men left village and women went into house of Mirzá Hasan.
  65. Destruction of House of Bahá'u'lláh.
  66. Destruction of village and capture of only a few prisoners.
  67. End of Mirzá Abu-Talíb, the only person taking care of him was Mirzá Hasan.
  68. Whole of Persia was in shock that great convulsion and Bábís were cruelly persecuted.
  69. Companions of Mirzá Alí decided to kill Zaynu'l-‘Abidín Khán, in Nayriz.
  70. Capture of Bábís and were taken to Tihrán.
  71. Cruel martyrdom of those Bábís.
  72. 200 heads of killed Bábís in Shiraz were intended to be brought to Tihrán.
  73. Great and horrific and unspeakable savageries inflicted upon the Bábís during those years.
  74. Order of release of Bahá'u'lláh.
  75. Shock of representative of Grand Vazir when seeing Bahá'u'lláh in the Síyáh-Chál.
  76. Bahá'u'lláh's refusal to war mantle of representative and proceeded directly to Grand Vazir.
  77. Bahá'u'lláh meets Grand Vazir.
  78. Bahá'u'lláh tells Grand Vazir to stop the killing and persecution of the Bábís.
  79. Bahá'u'lláh was ordered to leave Persia within a month.
  80. Bahá'u'lláh leaves for Baghdad.

Epilogue (pp. 651-668)

  1. The Faith of the Báb had sunk to its lowest ebb with the banishment of Bahá'u'lláh.
  2. Review of the life of the Báb listing all His sorrows and disappointments.
  3. Calamities and sorrows of His followers.
  4. Fate of His capable followers, and His Writings.
  5. Hopes that Bahá'u'lláh could revive Faith were vanished when He was banished from Persia.
  6. Násiri'd-Dín Sháh believed he finally crushed the Bábí movement.
  7. Also for the remaining followers, it seems that the Cause of the Báb was finished.
  8. Násiri'd-Dín Sháh set the task of rescuing his country from this and future heresies.
  9. However, instead of being destroyed, the Cause was passing through the fiery tests of a phase of transition, leading to an even higher destiny.
  10. The birth of the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh.
  11. Disillusions of the Sháh, when the Bahá'í Faith revived to great heights.
  12. Great progress of the Faith, which could not be imaged by Nabil when writing his narrative.
  13. Future achievements that are in store for the Bahá'í Faith.
  14. Whatever may befall this Cause, it will march onwards and shall be completely redeemed.
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