Memorials of the Faithful
Mirzá Mustafá Naráqí
Among that company of
pure and goodly souls was
Mirzá Mustafá, a leading citizen of Naráq and one of the
earliest believers. His face shone with the love of God. His
mind was concerned with the anemones of mystic meanings,
fair as meadows and beds of flowers.
It was in the days of the Báb that he first set his lips to
the intoxicating cup of spiritual truth, and he had a strange
tumult in his brain, a fierce yearning in his heart. In the
path of God he threw down whatever he possessed; he
gambled everything away, gave up his home, his kin, his
physical well-being, his peace of mind. Like a fish on the
sand, he struggled to reach the water of life. He came to
`Iráq, joined the friends of his soul, and entered the presence
of Bahá'u'lláh. For some time he lived there, joyful
and content, receiving endless bounty. Then he was sent
back to Persia, where, to the utmost of his capacity, he
served the Faith. He was a whole and accomplished man,
staunch, firmly rooted as the hills; sound, and worthy of
trust. To him, in all that turmoil and panic, the wild dogs
howling were only buzzing flies; tests and trials rested his
mind; when cast into the fire of afflictions that broke out,
he proved to be shining gold.
On the day when the convoy of Bahá'u'lláh was leaving
Constantinople for Adrianople, Mirzá Mustafá arrived from Persia. There was no opportunity for him to reach Bahá'u'lláh except once; and he was thereupon directed to return
to Persia. At such a moment he had the honor of being
When Mirzá Mustafá reached Ádhirbayján, he began
to spread the Faith. Day and night he remained in a state
of prayer, and there in Tabríz he drank of a brimming cup.
His fervor increased, his teaching raised a tumult. Then
the eminent scholar, the renowned Shaykh Ahmad-i-Khurasani,
came to Ádhirbayján and the two of them
joined forces. The result was such overwhelming spiritual
fire that they taught the Faith openly and publicly and the
people of Tabríz rose up in wrath.
The farráshes hunted them down, and caught Mirzá
Mustafá. But then the oppressors said, "Mirzá Mustafá
had two long locks of hair. This cannot be the right man."
At once, Mirzá Mustafá took off his hat and down fell the
locks of hair. "Behold!" he told them. "I am the one." They
arrested him then. They tortured him and Shaykh Ahmad
until finally, in Tabríz, those two great men drained the
cup of death and, martyred, hastened away to the Supreme
At the place where they were to be killed, Mirzá
Mustafá cried out: "Kill me first, kill me before Shaykh
Ahmad, that I may not see them shed his blood!"
Their greatness has been recorded for all time in the
Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. They received many a Tablet from
Him, and after their death He set down, with His exalted
pen, the anguish they endured.
From youth till old age, this illustrious man, Mirzá
Mustafá, devoted his entire life to service on the pathway
of God. Today he dwells in the all-glorious Realm, in the
neighborhood of the ineffable mercy of God, and he rejoices
with exceeding gladness, and he celebrates the praise
of his Lord. Blessedness be his, and a goodly home.[Cf. Qur'án 13:28. Qur'án 3:190.] To him be tidings of great joy, from the Lord of Lords. May God grant him an exalted station, in that high Company.
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