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Baha’u’llah returned to Baghdad in March 1856 and assumed control over the Babi community there. During the next seven years Babism experienced a rebirth. Baha’u’llah’s reputation as a spiritual leader spread, and he attracted many new followers. He composed the Kitab-i-Iqan, or “Book of Certitude,” which describes God’s plan for humanity and explains Baha’u’llah’s mission. Baha’u’llah’s growing reputation did not please everyone. Back in Persia the shah once again felt that his power and authority were being threatened.
Baha’u’llah established the Baha’i Faith following the death of the Bab. 36 BAHA’I FAITH ThE CoLLaPsE of BaBisM For the surviving Babis, however, the Bab’s death was a disaster. In a few months they had lost not only the Bab but also most of the Letters of the Living. Mulla Husayn had died in the siege at Shaykh Tabarsi, and Vahid at Nayriz. Quddus, the gentle young man and Letter of the Living whom the Bab called “Most Holy,” was dragged through the streets in chains and finally tortured to death.
The survival of the faith, the Bab decreed, was in the hands of God. “ThE PurE onE” ThE ConfErEnCE aT BaDashT ne of the converts was a woman known as Tahirih, “The Pure One,” who attracted attention and became one of the most remarkable leaders of the Babi movement. Encouraged by a family of scholars, Tahirih was able to study the Quran with her brothers in a time when few women learned to read or write. She mastered its ideas easily, and also became a gifted poet. The young woman was much taken with the Bab’s ideas and began corresponding with him.
Baha'i Faith (World Religions) - 3rd edition by Paula Hartz