Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh

The Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh were nineteen eminent early followers of Bahá’u’lláh. The apostles were designated by Shoghi Effendi and are also termed ‘Pillars of the Faith’.

These individuals played a vital role in the development of the Faith, consolidating its adherents and bringing its teachings around the world. The List is as follows:

Bahaullah

1. Mírzá Músá, ‘Bahá’u’lláh’s ‘only true brother’

2. Badí‘, ‘youthful martyr’, the bearer of Bahá’u’lláh’s letter to Nasiru’d-Din Shah

3. Sultánu’sh-Shuhada’, King of Martyrs

 

4. Hájí Amín, ‘faithful steward’ of Bahá’u’lláh and `Abdu’l-Bahá

5. Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl, Foremost Bahá’í scholar

6. Varqá, ‘poet, teacher, and martyr’

7. Mírzá Mahmúd, an indomitable spirit and zelous defender of the Faith

8. Hají Ákhúnd, ‘a flame of zeal and devotion’

9. Nabíl-i-Akbar, ‘learned and steadfast exponent of the Bahá’í Revelation’

10. Vakílu’d-Dawlih, ‘Kabir-i-Afnan’,’chief builder’ of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of ‘Ishqábád

11. Ibn-i-Abhar, ‘prominent teacher’

12. Nabíl-i-A’zam, ‘poet, historian, and teacher of the Faith’

13. Samandar, ‘a flame of the love of God, favoured of Bahá’u’lláh’

14. Mírzá Mustafá, ‘brave and vigilant custodian and bearer of the remains of the Báb’

15. Mishkín-Qalam, calligrapher and Bahá’u’lláh’s companion-in-exile

16. Adíb, ‘devoted teacher of the Cause’

17. Shaykh Muhammad-’Alí, ‘eloquent and learned champion of the Faith in Russian Turkistan’

18. Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín, ‘noted scribe’ and chief among the exiles of

Mosul

19. Ibn-i-Asdaq, ‘zealous advocate’ of the Covenant