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Bahá'u'lláh's passport at the time of His exile from Iran, 1853, with translation of text.

Baha'u'llah's passport, with translation

translated by Mehran Ghasempour
published in Bahá'í World, Vol. 9 (1940-1944), page 110
Haifa: Bahá'í World Centre, 1945

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The caption at the bottom of page 110 reads:
"Bahá'u'lláh's passport.
At the time of His exile from Persia 1269 A.H., the above passport, made out in
the name of Mirza Husayn 'Aliy-i-Nuri, was issued to Bahá'u'lláh and His Family."

Passport Printed in the Supreme Capital

He is taking along four women with Him
They also have two male children with them

Mirza' Husayn-'Ali Nur-i

      Number: BLANK
      Features: BLANK
      Age: 35
      Height: Medium
      Eye [eye color]: Black
      Eyebrow: Black
      Beard: Black
      Mustache: Black
      Particular Features: BLANK

The holder of the passport is a citizen of the Supreme Government of Iran. By the order of His Excellency the Prime Minister, He is dismissed and is departing for the sublime pavilion of the Holy Shrines.[1] Border guards and passport officials should not prevent passage at the time of crossing within the provinces or the cities, or at the borders and frontiers, but should give due consideration when necessary. The duration of this passport shall be extended up to one year, and after the lapse of this period it is no longer valid.

      Year: 1269[2]
      Fee: 500 Dinar

      By the written order of the Foreign Minister [3]
      Issued in Tehran, 1 Rabí'u'th-Thání[4]


1. The Shi'ah holy sites in Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Najaf, Karbila'.
2. According to the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
3. The name of the minister is hand-written and not legible in its entirety. It is most likely Mírzá Sa'íd Khán as his name is mentioned in Súratu'l-Haykal (Áthár-i-Qalam-i-A'lá, Vol. 1, third edition, 1996, p. 67).
4. The fourth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar: although the day appears to be hand written as "9" but most likely it is "1". Because the former would place the date back to January 19, 1853, while the latter would be more consistent with the historical facts and convert to January 12, 1853 (i.e. the same day that Bahá'u'lláh was actually exiled from Iran on January 12, 1853). See God Passes By, Shoghi Effendi, p. 108. Also see The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, Adib Taherzadeh, 1975, vol: 1, p. 13.
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