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||Birth of Mírzá-`Alíy-i-Bárfurúshí (Quddús), the 18th Letter of the Living.
||Quddus; Letters of the Living; Births and deaths
|1848. late Spring
||Mullá Husayn went to the house of Quddús in Bárfurúsh, Mázindarán, and realized that the `hidden treasure' was his recognition of the station of Quddús. [DB261–5; MH148–54]
Mullá Husayn proceeded to Mashhad and built a `Bábíyyih', a centre for the Bábís, as instructed by Quddús. He and Quddús took up residence in it and began to teach the Bábí religion.
- See DB288–90 and MH158–68 for the result of this effort.
- Among those who come to the Bábíyyih was Sám Khán, the chief of police. [MH158]
- See MH156 for a picture of the Bábíyyih.
|Barfurush; Mazandaran; Mashhad; Iran
||Mulla Husayn; Quddus; Babi centre; Letters of the Living
|1848. 10 Oct
||Mullá Husayn and his company from Mashhad arrived near Bárfurúsh. The Sa`ídu'l-`Ulamá, threatened by their presence, stirred up the townspeople, who went out to meet them. Some three or four miles from the city they clashed and seven of Mullá Husayn's companions were killed. [B172; BW18:381; DB329–31; MH192–3]
- MH188 says that the journey from Mashhad had taken 83 days.
- In the ensuing battle, the townspeople were worsted. They begged for peace and a truce was agreed. [B172; DB336; MH197]
- It was during this skirmish that Mullá Husayn cut a man, a musket and a tree with one blow from his sword. [B172; DB 330–1; MH193]
- Mullá Husayn and his companions took shelter in a caravanserai. Three young men in succession mounted the roof to raise the call to prayer were each met with a bullet and killed. Mullá Husayn gaves the command to attack the townspeople, who were again routed. [BW18:381; DB337–8; MH201–5]
- Mullá Husayn and his companions were offered safe passage by the town's leaders if they would leave Bárfurúsh. They agreed but were attacked by their escort, Khusraw-i-Qádí-Kalá'í and his hundred men. [B172; DB338–42; MH206–9]
|1848. 12 Oct
||The band of 72 Bábís took refuge in the shrine of Shaykh Tabarsí which was located about 14 miles southeast of Bárfurúsh and prepared it for siege. [B173; BBRSM26; BW18:381; DB344–5]
|1849. 11 May
||Quddús was taken to Bárfurúsh and handed over to the priests. [DB408]
|1849. 16 May
||Quddús was tortured and, in the public square, he was struck down with an axe, dismembered and burnt. [B176; BBD191; BW18:381; DB409–13; MH283–4]
- As he died he begged God's forgiveness for his foes. [DB411; MH284]
- His remains were gathered and buried by a friend. [B176; DB413]
- See GPB49–50 for the rank and titles of Quddús.
- See Quddus, Companion of the Bab by Harriet Pettibone.
||Quddus; Persecution, Iran; Persecution, Deaths; Persecution; Letters of the Living
||Mírzá Muhammad-`Alí and his wife were killed in Bárfurúsh, Mázandarán. [BW18:387]
||Barfurush; Mazandaran; Iran
||Persecution, Iran; Persecution, Deaths; Persecution
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