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TITLEThe Khamsis: A Cradle of True Gold
AUTHOR 1Boris Handal
ABSTRACTBiography of the five-brother Báqirof-Khamsi clan, designated by Bahá'u'lláh as the "Five Siyyids" after they accepted the Bahá'í Faith in 1881.
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TAGSAmatul-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum; Amatul-Bahá Ruhiyyih Khanum, Journeys of; Baqirof-Khamsi (Sadat-i-Khams); Green Light Expedition; Iran (documents); Latin America; Masud Khamsi; Russia; Siyyid Ahmad Khamsi-Baqirof; Siyyid Nasrullah Baqirof

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About: In 1881 five brothers, known as the Báqirof-Khamsi clan, whom Bahá'u'lláh designated as Sádát-i-Khams (The Five Siyyids, in Arabic) accepted the Bahá'í Faith in the northern part of Iran. For such an intrepid decision they were automatically disinherited from the family fortune although, interestingly, became affluent later by their own toil.

This book describes this wealthy family and their struggles to survive in the midst of a fanatical establishment. It is the narrative of a kinfolk using their high social position, to defend, overtly and covertly, their newly espoused religion and the vulnerable community gathered around those teachings. Bigotry, persecution and harassment could not abate their inner spiritual forces but rather strengthened their resolution for getting their religion known, recognised and protected.

Going through various tumultuous Iranian social scenarios, three main waves in such a courageous family are easily recognisable namely, Siyyid Naṣru'lláh Báqirof, Siyyid Ahmad Khamsi-Báqirof, and Mas'ud Khamsi, the latter whom ultimately brought the Bahá'í Faith to ten of thousands of indigenous people of South America.

An exemplary trilogy taking the reader to Iran, Russia, the Holy Land, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Africa and even to awe-inspiring areas such as the Amazon rain forest and the Andes mountains, exemplifying that love for humanity also travels and it never tires in giving if inspired by higher principles. (from

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