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- CHAPTER III: THE DECLARATION OF THE BAB'S
- The arrival of Mulla Husayn in
Inspired disciples saddened by attacks on them after Siyyid Kázim's death
Reminded them they were to leave and seek him but they did not respond
- Significance of the year '60 48
Imám Ja'far had said Cause shall be revealed then
Muhyi'd-Dín-i-'Arabí wrote followers to be Persian, name to be 'Alí-Muhammad,
Mírzá Muhammad-i-Akhbárí (poet) and tradition of 'Alí predicts renewal of Faith
- Departure of Mulla Husayn for Najaf and
Left with Muhammad-Hasan (brother) and Muhammad-Báqir (nephew)
Retired for 40 days in prayer & fasting
Mullá 'Alíy-i-Bastámí (learned disciple of Siyyid Kázim) and 12 companions
joined up with them and followed suit.
Sensed previous presence of Báb in Búshihr but drawn to Shíráz
Said he would "God Willing" join them later in evening prayer
- Interview of Mulla Husayn with the Bab in
Greeted and embraced lovingly, told to commit companions to care of God.
Poured water for ablutions, gave a refreshing beverage and tea, assured him
he was not breaking his pledge by missing the evening prayer. The Báb
declared Himself to be the Promised One, Mullá Husayn was skeptical & felt
remorse after expressing this. Asked Báb to unravel treatise and then reveal a
commentary on the Súrih of Joseph. Báb complied and more, then said that it
was not for his servants to judge Him and then revealed the first chapter of
His commentary. Mullá Husayn begged to leave but Báb assured that he
would be considered mad, pointed out significance of the night, ordered food,
revealed verses, explained what was happening, and gave him instructions.
Mullá Husayn followed instructions and was told that companions would arrive.
- Arrival of Mulla Aliy-i-Bastami and his
companions in Shiraz 66
Companions looked to Husayn for answers--he assured them, directed them to
trust in God. Mullá 'Alí came with and the evening was repeated without
argument. 12 other companions found him (and 3 others eventually).
- Arrival of Quddus in Shiraz 69
Quddús (Hájí Mullá Muhammad-'Alíy-i-Bárfurúshí-(SAQ, p. 54)) sought him out,
recognized Him through communion. (Quddús was favored disciple of Siyyid
Kázim despite his modest appearance & behavior)
- The early days of the Bab 72
- a. His birth 72
Was born of well-liked nobility, lost His father when an infant/young child.
- b. His school-days 75
Uncle, Hájí Mírzá Siyyid 'Alí placed the Báb under tutelage of Shaykh
'Ábid who was astounded when He interpreted Qur'án and returned
Him to uncle. Uncle induced Him back to school, he was induced to
take Him instead into business in which He excelled also.
- c. His marriage 76
Married and had a son, Ahmad, who died. Báb described this as but one
sacrifice for Beloved before martyrdom as He asked for world unity.
- d. His stay in Bushihr
Engaged here in commercial pursuits (insistently returned sum He had
not invested to client at appreciated value) but on Fridays devoted to
worship, directed gaze to Sun though heedless imagined Him to be
directing to physical sun. Tenderly & tearfully attended meetings in
praise of Imám Husayn (Bahá'u'lláh was return of Imám Husayn).
- Letters of the Living 80
18 Letters of the Living were enrolled.
- Reference to Tahirih 81
Recognized Him in a dream, sent a letter to Him. She (Zarrín-Táj (Crown of
Gold)) was daughter of renowned Bálá-Sarí mujtahid who supported Siyyid
Kázim and praised Shaykh Ahmad's teachings in letter to Siyyid Kázim. He
responded in praise of her, leading to her title Qurratu'l-'Ayn. After Badasht,
those who sought to undermine her were silenced as the Báb titled her
Had participated in discussions behind veil as bold, learned exponent of Islám.
- Explanation of the term Bala-Sari
Worshipers who entered the upper section of the shrine of the Imám Husayn
The Shaykhís felt it improper to do so.
- Dismissal of Mulla Husayn 85
The Báb dismissed Mullá Husayn and assured him of assistance and protection
until his task was accomplished. Told him that Quddús instead would join Him
on pilgrimage. Told him to visit cities, alluded to secret (Bahá'u'lláh) in Tihrán,
and told him to await instructions once in Najaf and Karbilá.
- Departure of Mulla Aliy-i-Bastami from
The Báb directed him to Najaf and Karbilá, alluded to severe trials and enjoined
steadfastness as he was 1st to suffer for His sake. Mullá 'Alí left promptly.
- Story of Abdu'l-Vahhab 87
Youth sought Mullá 'Alí and asked to join him as he saw him standing in the
same place he had seen him in a dream as Imám 'Alí distributing charters of
salvation. Mullá 'Alí tried to dissuade him to no avail.
- Sufferings of Mulla Aliy-i-Bastami
'Abdu'l-Vahháb's father through pride of his court position and out of anger,
savagely beat Mullá 'Alí while Mullá 'Alí calmly exhorted him and predicted
that he would later feel regret. The father brought the son home who related
the story of the dream. The father felt regret until Bahá'u'lláh Himself taught
and forgave him. Mullá 'Alí taught that His proof was His Word--He revealed
verses of all subjects to equal Qur'án in 48 hours which took Muhammad 23
years. Shaykh Muhammad-Hasan (ecclesiastic) denounced and abused him,
brought him in chains to government and advocated his death for blasphemy.
Was imprisoned (merchant urged the Muftí to judge him dispassionately which
he refused. Reports of Mullá 'Alí's eventual death conflicted, but still a hero.
- The Bab's farewell address to the Letters
of the Living 92
Gave special commands to remaining Letters (return to native province, raise
the call, but do not divulge His name) and urged detachment and
perseverance and assured assistance.
- The Bab's parting words to Mulla
The Báb comforted Mullá Husayn as to not accompanying Him on pilgrimage
and gave him further courage.
The Declaration of the Báb's Mission
(Condensed Summary of Chapter 3)
I. Mullá Husayn sought Promised One according to Siyyid Kázim's instructions, met and recognized the Báb.
II. Mullá 'Alíy-i-Bastámí, other Letters of the Living, Táhirih, and Quddús obtained His presence.
III. Mullá 'Alí was dismissed and was first to suffer for the Cause.
IV. The other Letters were given special instructions to go out and proclaim the Cause. Mullá Husayn, in particular, was reassured of victory.
V. Quddús was announced to be the one to accompany the Báb on His pilgrimage.
Cross-References for Chapter 3
Regarding Mullá Husayn and his martyrdom (DB 48, see also 328-383), see GPB 38-41,
50; TN 19, 22-24.
Regarding the Declaration of the Báb (DB 52-66), see GPB 5-7; TN 4.
Regarding the enrollment of the Letters of the Living (DB 66-96), see GPB 7-8; TN 5.
Regarding the date of the Birth of the Báb (DB 70 and also 8, 14), see TN 4.
Regarding the commotion after the Báb's retrun to Shíráz (DB 87-92), see GPB 10; TN 5-
Regarding the special mission to Mullá Husayn (DB 96), see GPB 8.
Regarding the Báb's references to Bahá'u'lláh (DB 96, see also 142-143), see GPB 67;
TN 4-5, 13-14, 25-26, 32-34.
Overall for Chapter 3 (DB 48, 52-96: GPB 5, 7, 8, 10, 38, 41, 50, 67; TN 4-6, 13-14, 25-26, 32-34.)
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