Posted by anon on September 10, 2101 at 12:26:23:
In Reply to: Question about Baha's brother Musa... posted by Dawud on September 10, 2101 at 01:18:43:
These are some detailed subjects! I like to address the largest topic though - the siblings of Baha'u'llah. Let's start with Mírzá Buzurg-i-Vazír (Mírzá `Abbás-i-Núrí) who we will call Mirza Buzurg. Mirza Buzurg had four fives and three concubines. Here is the listing of these women and their children in chronological order.
Wives and children of Mirza Buzurg:
1 Khan-Nanih (wife)
2 Khadijih Khanum (wife)
+Baha'u'llah (Mirza Husayn-`Ali)
+Mirza Musa (Aqay-i-Kalim)
3 Kulthum Khánum-i-Núrí (wife)
+Sháh-Sultán Khánum (`Izziyih Khánum)
4 Kuchik Khanum (concubine)
+Mírzá Yahyá (Subh-i-Azal)
5 Nabat Khanum (concubine)
6 Turkamaniyyih (concubine)
7 Diya'u's-Saltanih (Shah Bigum) (wife)
Now Khadijih Khanum also had children from a previous marraige:
+Sakinih Khanum (Tallan Khanum)
So here are the totals, Baha'u'llah had:
4 full siblings (same mother and father)
10 half siblings (same father)
3 half siblings (same mother)
And here is a quote from the Revelation of Baha'u'llah by Adib Taherzadeh about the brothers:
On account of their love for Him, two others with the
utmost willingness accompanied Baha'u'llah into exile. They
were His younger brother Mirza Musa, surnamed Aqay-i-Kalim
by the Pen of Baha'u'llah, and the youngest half-brother
Mirza Muhammad-Quli who was in his teens. Both brothers
remained with Him and shared the hardships of repeated
banishment's from land to land.
Aqay-i-Kalim, whose heart was awakened on that historic
occasion when the envoy of the Bab delivered His message to
Baha'u'llah, was the most loyal of His brothers and a trusted
supporter, staunch in his faith and indefatigable in his efforts to
shield and protect Baha'u'llah. Until Abdu'l-Baha assumed
such functions, he would frequently deputize for Baha'u'llah
in meeting ministers, government officials, notables and divines.
His life of service and devotion elevated him to a rank foremost
among the Apostles of Baha'u'llah.
The other brother Mirza Muhammad-Quli, who was only
about seven years older than Abdu'l-Baha, had from childhood
developed a strong attachment to Baha'u'llah, for their father
had died soon after Mirza Muhammad-Quli was born and he
was, consequently, brought up by Baha'u'llah. He had a quiet
disposition and a loving nature and, throughout his life, remained
a true servant at the threshold of his illustrious Brother.
He was accorded the honour of pitching the tent of Baha'u'llah
on the way from Baghdad to Constantinople, as well as on
other occasions, and often used to serve tea in His presence.
As for the eight remaining brothers of Baha'u'llah, only one,
Mirza Muhammad-Hasan, who was older than Baha'u'llah and
much esteemed by Him, is known to have been a loyal follower.
The others with the exception of Mirza Yahya, who became the
arch-breaker of the Covenant of the Bab and a great enemy of
Baha'u'llah, had either died before the Revelations of the Bab
and Baha'u'llah, or remained untouched by the light of God's
I hope this answers some of your questions.
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