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Chapter 18

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    The Declaration of the Báb's Mission

    (Condensed Summary of Chapter 18)

    I. The Báb's custodians brought Him through Urúmíyyih on the way to Tabríz in order to circumvent Khuy where their tyranny would likely be protested. He was well received by the prince Malik Qásim Mírzá. The prince one day sought to test His courage by having his groom offer Him one of his wildest horses to ride. The Báb accepted despite his attendant's plea and impressed the multitude which watched Him approach the horse as it tamely waited for Him. They swarmed to see Him forcing the prince's men to restrain them. They also sought to take away His ablutions water; however, the Báb hinted that their belief would be tested. When news of His treatment in Tabríz arrived, only a few maintained their new-found faith.

    II. News of the Báb's wonders spread and inflamed the clergy. The clergy confined Him outside the city to dispel the excitement awaiting Him by the masses. When 'Azím hesitated to accept the Báb after He declared it to him, the Báb promised to make His declaration the next day in front of the heir to the throne (Valí-'Ahd) and that any other testimony besides His Word would be the seeker's idle fancy. 'Azím felt restless until sunrise the next morning, when he was transformed. The Báb commented on how the power of the Faith was such as to change even the 'Azím (Great). He promised he would become so strong in faith that he would not waver even were he cut to pieces.

    III. As the populace's restlessness did not dissipate, the authorites called a meeting of dignitaries including the Valí-'Ahd. When the Báb was ordered in by the chairman and He walked in sat in the one vacant seat that had been reserved for the Valí-'Ahd, all were overpowered by His presence. Finally the chair asked the Báb Who He was and what His claim was. The Báb made His declaration to be the Promised One whose names they had for 1000 years invoked & stated that it was incumbent on the peoples of East and West to accept His Faith. He was attacked by Mullá Muhammad-i-Mámáqání, a disciple of Siyyid Kázim who had been pitied and criticized by His master for what he was to do here. He called the Báb wretched, accused Him of stirring up turmoil, and told Him to hold His peace as he called Him Satan's follower.

    IV. The chair challenged that such a claim required serious evidence. The Báb declared that the mightiest proof was His Word and that He could reveal the equivalent of the Qur'án in 2 days and nights. The Báb agreed to the request of the chair to orally describe the proceedings there in a language resembling the Qur'án. As He began, He was interrupted by Mullá Muhammad who criticized His grammar. The Báb maintained that such errors were present in the Qur'án itself and that it was incumbent on the people to accept these, as their grammar had been derived from the Holy Books themselves. When another asked another grammatical question, the Báb quoted the Qur'ánic verse that the glory of the Lord was far from what the people impute to Him, then left the gathering.

    V. The chair was disappointed at the pettiness of the people's objections but the dignitaries were made to fear the Báb by Mullá Muhammad who insisted that His growing influence could lead to their downfall. The 'ulamás considered His punishment for occupying the Valí-'Ahd's chair and leaving without his permission and decided to have his feet thrashed (11 times with a rod), which the Shaykhu'l-Islám did after his body-guard refused to interfere. He suffered other cruel treatment from the 'ulamá. The Shaykhu'l-Islám, who had also been cruel to his subjects, was paralyzed, died a miserable death, and served as a reminder for the fate awaiting the cruel.

    VI. During His stay in Tabríz, He was visited by a European doctor, Dr. Cormick who commented favorably on the Báb's features & Faith, and described his brief encounter in which the Báb indicated His assurance of His Faith converting all of Europe.

    VII. After this incident had allowed Him to proclaim His Faith and spread its influence, He was returned to Yahyá Khán's keeping and wrote an epistle denouncing Hájí Mírzá Áqásí's behavior and had it delivered by Hujjat. Bahá'u'lláh told Nabíl how Hujjat visited Him after its delivery, His tone indicated how well Bahá'u'lláh thought of him.

    Cross-References for Chapter 18

    Regarding the Báb being summoned to Tabríz (via Urúmíyyih avoiding Khuy) (DB 309- 315, see also DB 305-308), see GPB 20-21; TN 14.

    Regarding the examination of the Báb in Tabríz and His public proclamation (DB 315-319), see GPB 17, 21-22, 35; TN 14-15.

    Regarding the persecutions of the Shaykhu'l-Islám (DB 320-322, note 1) and his demise (DB 321), see GPB 83-84.

    Regarding Hujjat's delivery of the Báb's Tablet to Hájí Mírzá Áqásí (DB 323), see also GPB 27.

    Overall of Chapter 18 (DB 309-323): GPB 17, 20-22, 27, 35, 83-84; TN 14-15.

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