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COLLECTIONSHistorical documents, Books
TITLEمصابیح هدایت (Masabih-i-Hidayat): "Lights of Guidance"
AUTHOR 1Azizu'llah Sulaymani
DATE_THIS1948-1976
ABSTRACTBiographies of 99 prominent Bahá'ís from the formative years of the Faith, published between 1948 and 1976.
NOTES Documents first online at h-net.org, later hand-typed and proofread by Adel Shafipour et al. for posting here. See also A Brief Biography of ‘Azizu’llah Sulaymani.
CROSSREFFire on the Mountain-Top by Gloria Faizi (1973)
TAGSAzizullah Sulaymani; Bábí history; Bahá'í history; Biographies (general); Iran (documents); Stories
 
CONTENT
About: Consisting of 10 volumes, Masabih Hidayat [The Lights of Guidance] contain biographies of 99 prominent Bahá'ís. His Sulaymani’s younger days when he traveled throughout Iran, he recorded and collected many documents, manuscripts, and accounts that he heard from early believers. Gradually, he produced these volumes and published them over time. Of the 99 people he wrote about, 98 of them are men, and one of them is a woman, Qudsih Khanum Ashraf. These 10 volumes make up a total of 5671 pages, in an easy to read style. They are indispensable research in the formative years of the Baha’i Faith. Volumes of 1 through 4 were published twice in Iran, but the other volumes were published once, except volume 10 which had never been published in print (and published electronically for the first time on H-Baha’i). While the biographies appear in order that Sulaymani collected information, when someone had received a Tablet or had composed poetry, he ensured these facts were mentioned. (from A Brief Biography of ‘Azizu’llah Sulaymani)

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Volume 1 — Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 104 BE/1948 — Biographies of Haji Mirza Haydar `Ali Isfahani (p. 4), Niyar va Sina (p. 56), Aqa Mirza Husayn Zanjani (p. 106), Varqa and Ruhu'llah (p. 154), Mulla Nasru'llah Shahmirzadi (p. 215), Shaykh Muhammad Ibrahim Fadil-i Shirazi (p. 237), Aqa Muhammad Qa'ini (Nabili-i Akbar) (p. 275), Aqa Buzurg Girayli "Mustawfi."(p. 350). hand-typed Word doc:
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Volume 2 — Volume 2. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 106 BE/1950 — Biographies of Mirza Yusuf Khan Thabit Vujdani (p.3); Shaykh Haydar Mu'alim (p.92); Mulla Ali Sabzivari, the martyred, (p.110); Abbas Qabil (p.158); Abu'l-Fadl Gulpaygani ( p.189); Shaykh Ali-Akbar Quchani, the martyred, (p.321); Aminu'l-'ulama Ardabili (p. 357); Haji Siyyid Javad Karbala'i (p. 390); Husayn-Quli Mirza Muzun (p. 421); and Mirza Azizu'llah Khan Misbah (p. 452). hand-typed Word doc:
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Volume 3 — Volume 3. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 106 BE/1950 — Biographies of Siyyid Mihdi Gulpaygani (p. 18); Mulla 'Abdu'l-Ghani Ardikani (p. 72); Muhammad Na'im (p. 124); Mirza Muhammad-Thabit Maraghi'i (p. 183); Siyyid Muhammad Nazimu'l-Kukama (p. 282); Mirza Muhammad Natiq Ardistani (p. 399); Mirza Mahmud Furughi (p. 435); Mirza Ali-Muhammad Rishtih-dar (p. 505); and Ustad Ali-Akbar Yazdi, the martyred, (p. 572). hand-typed Word doc:
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Volume 4 — Volume 4. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 116 BE/1960 — Biographies of Aqa Mirza Mihdi Akhavan-Safa (p. 4); Aqa Mashhadi Abdal Qarih-baghi (p. 97); Aqa Mirza Abdu'llah Mutlaq (p. 118); Aqa Mirza Munir Nabilzadih (p. 220); Aqa Abdu'l-Karim Ishraq (p. 317); Mulla Bahram Akhtar-khavari (p. 376); Haji Midhi Arjuman Hamadani (p. 447); Aqa Mirza Musa Khan Hahim-Ilahi (p. 468); Mulla Ali-jan Mahfuzaki, surnamed Ali-A'la, (p. 499); and Aqa Mirza Haji Aqa Rahmanian Sangsari (p. 538). image scan: sulaymani_masabih_hidayat_4_scan.pdf [38 MB]
Volume 5 — Volume 5. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 118 BE/1962 — Biographies of Sadru'l-'Ulama Hamadani (p. 3); Mirza Abdu'l-Majid Hakim Maraghi'ih (p. 40); Siyyid Yahya Sirjani (p. 77); Haji Va'iz Qazvini (p. 112); Mirza Haydar-'Ali Usku'i (p. 137); Sadiqu'l-'Ulama, the martyr (p. 230); Haji Shaykh Zaynu'l-'Abidin Abrari (p. 253); Muhammad-Husayn Ulfat (p. 278); Hajji Muhammad Tahir Malmiri (pp. 300); Hassan Fouadi (pp. 378); Zien'u' Moqarebin Najaf Abadi (pp. 414); Mirza Muhammad Baqer Basar Rashti (pp. 473). image scan: sulaymani_masabih_hidayat_5_scan.pdf [15 MB]
Volume 6 — Volume 6. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 125 BE/1969 — Biographies of Mirza Yusuf Khan Vahid Kashfi; Aqa Siyyid Hasan Mutivajih; Aqa Mirza Hasan Rahmani Nushabadi; Aqa Siyyid Abbas Alavi Khurasani; Aqa Mirza Muhammad-Thabit Sharqi; Aqa Shaykh Muhammad-Ali Qa'ini; Haji Mirza Hasan Mu'alim Yazdi; and Aqa Siyyid Asadu'llah Hirat Qumi. image scan: sulaymani_masabih_hidayat_6_scan.pdf [13 MB]
Volume 7 — Volume 7. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 129 BE/1973 — Biographies of Shaykh Muhammad-Kazim Samandar; Mirza Asadu'llah Fadil Mazandarani; Mirza Ali-Ashraf Andalib; Mulla Ramadan-Ali Baqa'i Tilaki; Aqa Ramadan-Ali Baqa'i; Ali Mumtazi, known as Fadil Yazdi; Mulla Muhammad-Sadiq Muqaddas Khurasani; Abu'l-Hasan Mirza Shaykhu'r-Ra'is; and 'Azizu'llah Jadhdhab Khurasani. hand-typed Word doc:
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Volume 8 — Volume 8. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 130 BE/1974. — Biographies of Dr. Atau'llah Bakhshayish; Mir Abu-Talib Shamirzadi; Siyyid Muhammad-Rida Shahmirzadi; Mulla Yusuf Big Nakhai; Sulayman Khan Tunkabuni; Mirza Mahmud Zaraqani; Siyyid Mustafa Shahid Rumi; Mirza Muhammad-'Ali Khan Bahá'í; Ghulam-Husayn Asifi; Haji Abu'l-Qasim Shidanshahi. hand-typed Word doc:
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Volume 9 — Volume 9. Tehran: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 132 BE/1976 — Biographies of 'Abdu'l-Hamid Ishraq-Khavari (p. 8); Sulayman Shakiba (p. 123); Mahfuz al-Haqq Ilmi (p. 195); 'Ali Azari (p. 242); Abbas Mahmudi (p. 309); Ahmad Yazdani (p. 352); Qudsiyyih Ashraf (p. 390); Mirza Taqi-Khan Qajar, the Bayni-A'in, (p.439); 'Abdu'l-Vahhab Zabihi (p. 482). Pages 131-149 missing. image scan: sulaymani_masabih_hidayat_9_scan.pdf [16 MB]
Volume 10 — Volume 10. 1st edition from MSS in private hands. — Biographies of Khusraw Baman Farsi; Shah-Bahram Mu'bid-Zadeh; Isfandiyar Bakhtiyari; Javanmard Shirmard; Farju'llah Majidi; Siyyid Artida Husayn 'Abadi known as Fadil Nuganui; Dr. Aminu'llah Ahmad-Zadeh; Hand of the Cause Mirza Muhammad-Taqi Ibn-Abhar; Allah-Quli Subhani Sangsari; Nabil Zarandi. hand-typed Word doc:
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