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Chapter 16

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    The Declaration of the Báb's Mission

    (Condensed Summary of Chapter 16)

    I. Bahá'u'lláh departed for Khurásán.

    II. The efforts of Mullá Husayn and Quddús had gained such followers so as to prompt the chief constable to arrest Mullá Husayn's attendant, Hasan, parade him through the streets with a halter pierced through his nose. Mullá Husayn urged his companions to patience but they cried out the call to the Lord of the Age and killed those holding Hasan by the sword. Mullá Husayn remarked that if they could not be patient with the trials of Hasan, how could they accept the martyrdom of Husayn (foretelling his own martyrdom).

    III. Prince Hamzih Mírzá stationed with men and arms outside of the city was called upon to arrest Mullá Husayn, yet his captain, 'Abdu'l-'Alí Khán-i-Marághiyí, by his refusal to partake in disrespecting Mullá Husayn, even were it to mean his own death, induced the prince to ceremoniously receive Mullá Husayn, ostensibly for his protection. Before leaving, Quddús assured Mullá Husayn he would not be harmed, foretold their future meeting by Mullá Husayn's carrying of the Black Standards, and lovingly bade farewell. He was received in the prince's own tent by the captain & other officers. Quddús admonished the believers including Mírzá Muhammad-Báqir-i-Qá'iní, a Letter of the Living, of the violent tests to come, and that their only salvation lay in obedience to Mullá Husayn.

    IV. Quddús met Mírzá Sulaymán-i-Núrí who informed him of Bahá'u'lláh and Táhirih's departure and who later found out from Muhammad-i-Haná-Sáb and conveyed to Quddús that Bahá'u'lláh was with other believers including Táhirih who had joined Him on His way to Khurásán, and was in the village of Badasht. Bahá'u'lláh went on horse to meet him and returned with him to Badasht.

    V. Bahá'u'lláh had rented 3 gardens there, one for Himself, one for Quddús, and one for Táhirih and her attendant. He bestowed new names on the 81 believers there including Himself which were chanted by Mírzá Sulaymán-i-Núrí. The Báb later confirmed these names and their Divine Author by His use of them including when He defended the integrity of Táhirih. Every day a new law was abrogated though none knew the Source.

    VI. While Bahá'u'lláh was sick in bed, Quddús joined Him when Táhirih's messenger burst in and conveyed the message inviting Quddús to join her in her garden. He refused, and when the messenger returned again with the same message and refused, even so as to insist on Quddús cutting his head off rather than not go with him. As Quddús indicated his willingness to accept his alternative, Táhirih appeared adorned and unveiled, shocking the group (as she had been seen as the emblem of chastity breaking a sacred ordinance of Islám), prompting many to insult her for shamelessness and losing her mind, some forsook their Faith, some covered their faces, one cut his throat with his own hands and fled,while few defended her. Quddús appeared angry and ready to kill her while Táhirih showed serenity, joy, and victory, recited a prophecy which spoke of the pious dwelling in gardens and rivers in the presence of the potent King, hinting with intentional deception that she was either referring to Bahá'u'lláh or Quddús, declared herself the Word the Qá'im was to utter which would put the chiefs and nobles to flight and the Trumpet Blast awakening people from their sleep. She outwardly criticized Quddús for not having done for the Faith what she felt he should have, he replied he was not dependent on the will of his disciples, and then she called everyone to celebrate the festive occasion of breaking from the past. The manner of prayer and worship was subsequently transformed as new prayers were read.

    VII. Some felt that Táhirih was the one to turn to, others considered Quddús, while others recognized both, as representing a test of their Faith. In a few days, Bahá'u'lláh brought the controversy to an end by reconciling the two. This trumpet blast and ushering of the new Day mostly through moral suasion was contrary to what most expected would be brought in by blood and divine judgements.

    VIII. The excesses which some of the followers indulged in after this declaration brought about their dispersal through attacks in Níyálá by some villagers pelting stones from a mountain-top and seeking to take their possessions. Quddús was sent away by Bahá'u'lláh at this time while the young Mírzá 'Abdu'lláh courageously put up a defense against them until Bahá'u'lláh intervened, had him desist, convinced the villagers of their cruelty and restored some of the property. Bahá'u'lláh went with Táhirih to Núr and ensured her protection.

    IX. The mischief-makers sought to anger Muhammad Sháh into having Bahá'u'lláh arrested as the instigator of the commotion in Shah-Rúd and Mázindarán to which the Sháh agreed, ordered his deliverance by an officer's son in Tihrán, and indicated his wish to put Him to death. This officer's son was fond of Bahá'u'lláh and distressed by this, but Bahá'u'lláh assured him to trust in God. The next day, they received word that Muhammad Sháh was dead, nullifying the summons.

    X. Quddús had fallen into hands of opponents in Sárí in Mírzá Muhammad-Taqí's home, the leading mujtahid of Sárí. The other companions had scattered with news of Badasht after being dispersed in Níyálá.

    Cross-References for Chapter 16

    Regarding Táhirih and her martyrdom (DB 292-297, see also 268-272, 285, 621-631), see GPB 23, 66, 72-77; TN 19-20.

    Regarding Badasht (DB 292-297), see GPB 17, 31, 68, 72, 74.

    Regarding accusations toward Bahá'u'lláh (DB 299-300, see also 591, 602, 604), see GPB 70-71; TN 31.

    Regarding a summary of Bahá'u'lláh's life before the assassination attempt on the Sháh (and implied fulfillment of the Báb's prophecies) DB 292-299, see also 106-107, 112-117, 227-228, 279, 284-286, 348-350, 369-374, 519-522, 593-594), see GPB 40, 66-70; TN 34-37.

    Regarding the demise of Muhammad Sháh (DB 299-300, see also 253, 539), see GPB 82.

    Regariding the transfer of the Báb to Chihríq (predicted by Him before this) (DB 301, see also 259-261, 302-303), see GPB 19-20; TN 13.

    Overall of Chapter 16 (DB 292-300): GPB 17, 23, 31, 40, 66-70, 72-77, 82; TN 13, 19-20, 31, 34-37.

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