Memorials of the Faithful
Hájí Muhammad Khán
Another of those who left
their homes and came to
settle in the neighborhood of Bahá'u'lláh was Hájí Muhammad
Khán. This distinguished man, a native of Sístán,
was a Balúch. When he was very young, he caught fire and
became a mystic--an árif, or adept. As a wandering dervish,
completely selfless, he went out from his home and,
following the dervish rule, traveled about in search of his
murshíd, his perfect leader. For he yearned, as the Qalandar
dervishes would say, to discover that "priest of the
Magi," or spiritual guide.
Far and wide, he carried on his search. He would speak
to everyone he met. But what he longed for was the sweet
scent of the love of God, and this he was unable to detect
in anyone, whether Gnostic or philosopher, or member of
the Shaykhí sect. All he could see in the dervishes was
their tufted beards, and their palms-up religion of beggary.
They were "dervish"--poor in all save God--in name only;
all they cared about, it seemed to him, was whatever came
to hand. Nor did he find illumination among the Illuminati;
he heard nothing from them but idle argument. He
observed that their grandiloquence was not eloquence and
that their subtleties were but windy figures of speech.
Truth was not there; the core of inner meaning was absent.
For true philosophy is that which produces rewards of excellence, and among these learned men there was no such fruit to be found; at the peak of their accomplishment,
they became the slaves of vice, led an unconcerned
life and were given over to personal characteristics that
were deserving of blame. To him, of all that constitutes
the high, distinguishing quality of humankind, they were
As for the Shaykhí group, their essence was gone, only
the dregs remained; the kernel of them had vanished,
leaving the shell behind; most of their dialectics was lumber
and superfluities by now.
Thus at the very moment when he heard the call from
the Kingdom of God, he shouted, "Yea, verily!" and he
was off like the desert wind. He traveled over vast distances,
arrived at the Most Great Prison and attained the
presence of Bahá'u'lláh. When his eyes fell upon that
bright Countenance he was instantly enslaved. He returned
to Persia so that he could meet with those people
who professed to be following the Path, those friends of
other days who were seeking out the Truth, and deal with
them as his loyalty and duty required.
Both going and returning, the Hájí betook himself to
each one of his friends, foregathered with them, and let
each one hear the new song from Heaven. He reached
his homeland and set his family's affairs in order, providing
for all, seeing to the security, happiness and comfort
of each one. After that he bade them all goodby. To his
relatives, his wife, children, kin, he said: "Do not look for
me again; do not wait for my return."
He took up a staff and wandered away; over the mountains
he went, across the plains, seeking and finding the
mystics, his friends. On his first journey, he went to the
late Mirzá Yúsúf Khán (Mustawfíyu'l-Mámalík), in Tihrán.
When he had said his say, Yúsúf Khán expressed a
wish, and declared that should it be fulfilled, he would believe; the wish was to be given a son. Should such a bounty become his, Yúsúf Khán would be won over. The Hájí
reported this to Bahá'u'lláh, and received a firm promise
in reply. Accordingly, when the Hájí met with Yúsúf
Khán on his second journey, he found him with a child
in his arms. "Mirzá," the Hájí cried, "praise be to God!
Your test has demonstrated the Truth. You snared your
bird of joy." "Yes," answered Yúsúf Khán, "the proof is
clear. I am convinced. This year, when you go to Bahá'u'lláh,
say that I implore His grace and favor for this child,
so that it may be kept safe in the sheltering care of God."
Hájí Muhammad then went to the blissful future martyr,
the King of Martyrs, and asked him to intercede, so
that he, the Hájí, might be allowed to keep watch at the
doorway of Bahá'u'lláh. The King of Martyrs sent in this
request by letter, after which Hájí Khán duly arrived at
the Most Great Prison and made his home in the neighborhood
of his loving Friend. He enjoyed this honor for
a long time, and later, in the Mazra'ih garden as well, he
was very frequently in Bahá'u'lláh's presence. After the
Beloved had ascended, Hájí Khán remained faithful to
the Covenant and Testament, shunning the hypocrites. At
last, when this servant was absent on the journeys to Europe
and America, the Hájí made his way to the travelers'
hospice at the Hazíratu'l-Quds; and here, beside the Shrine
of the Báb, he took his flight to the world above.
May God refresh his spirit with the musk-scented air
of the Abhá Paradise, and the sweet savors of holiness
that blow from the highest Heaven. Unto him be greetings
and praise. His bright tomb is in Haifa.
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