Apostles of Baháʼu'lláh
The Apostles of Baháʼu'lláh were nineteen eminent early followers of Baháʼu'lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith. The apostles were designated as such by Shoghi Effendi, head of the religion in the earlier half of the 20th century, and the list was included in The Baháʼí World, Vol. III (pp. 80–81).
These individuals played a vital role in the development of Baháʼu'lláh's Faith, consolidating its adherents and bringing its teachings around the world. To Baháʼís, they filled a similar role as the sons of Jacob, the apostles of Jesus, Muhammad's companions, or the Báb's Letters of the Living.
List of ApostlesEdit
Many of the stories of the Apostles are well known to Baháʼís. The names of the apostles were:
- Mírzá Músá - The brother of Baháʼu'lláh
- Badíʻ - The 17-year-old who delivered Baháʼu'lláh's tablet to Nassiru'd-Din Shah and was subsequently killed.
- Sultánu'sh-Shuhadáʼ - The 'King of Martyrs' of Isfahan who was beheaded with his brother.
- Mírzá Abu'l-Faḍl - The famous scholar who travelled as far as America and wrote several notable books about the Baháʼí Faith.
- Varqá - The father of Rúhu'lláh. The two were killed at the same time for their adherence.
- Nabíl-i-Akbar - Famous teacher, and recipient of several tablets from Baháʼu'lláh.
- Nabíl-i-Aʻzam - The author of the historical narrative called The Dawn-breakers.
- Mishkín-Qalam - Noteworthy calligrapher of his time and designer of the Greatest Name.
- Zaynu'l-Muqarrabín - Doctor of Islamic law. He is the one who submitted questions to Baháʼu'lláh regarding the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the Baháʼí book of laws, which have been published in an appendix to the book.
- Kázim-i-Samandar- The favourite Apostle of Baháʼu'lláh. He travelled teaching the religion in Persia, the Lawh-i-Fu'ád is addressed to him.
- Hájí Amín - Eminent follower of Baháʼu'lláh who served as the trustee of Huqúqu'lláh.
- Ibn-i-Abhar - He traveled and taught about the religion in countries and regions of Iran, Caucasus, Turkmenistan and India.
- Hají Ákhúnd - He was given the task of transferring the remains of the Báb from various secret locations to ʻAkká. He was responsible for much of the Baháʼí activity in Iran until his death.
- Adíb - After the passing of Baháʼu'lláh, he became instrumental in dealing with the activities of Covenant-breakers in Iran. He later participated in the meetings that evolved into the Central Spiritual Assembly of Tihrán, which later became the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran, of which he was the chairman. He travelled to India and Burma to help spread the Baháʼí Faith in those areas.
- Mírzá Mustafá - Served the Baha'is travelling to Akká while living in Beirut on instructions of Baháʼu'lláh. He also met some of the Bab's Letters of the Living.
- Shaykh Muhammad-'Alí - Nephew of Nabíl-i-Akbar. Traveled to India and later Haifa and taught about the Baháʼí Faith. He was later sent to Ishqábád by Abdu'l-Bahá to take care of the education of children there. Along with other followers he helped in completing the unfinished writings of Mírzá Abu'l-Faḍl.
- Ibn-i-Asdaq - He was addressed by Baháʼu'lláh as Shahíd Ibn-i-Shahíd (Martyr, son of the Martyr). He was the son of Mullá Sádiq, a distinguished martyr of the Bábí movement. Along with Ahmad Yazdani, brought the Tablet to The Hague from ʻAbdu'l-Bahá to the Central Organisation for Durable Peace in The Hague. He was one of the few Apostles to live into the time of Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian.
- Mírzá Mahmúd - He was a well known teacher of the Baháʼí Faith, often dedicating himself to the welfare of the youth.
- Vakílu'd-Dawlih - He was an Afnán, a cousin of the Báb and the chief builder of the first Baháʼí House of Worship in Ishqábád which was initiated by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá in or about 1902.
Tablets of the Divine PlanEdit
ʻAbdu'l-Bahá addresses the Baháʼís of the United States and Canada in the Tablets of the Divine Plan with the phrase: "O ye Apostles of Baháʼu'lláh!" He goes on to encourage them to "strive ye with heart and soul so that ye may reach this lofty and exalted position".
He outlines certain conditions for this attainment, namely firmness in the Covenant of God, fellowship and love amongst the believers, and continually travelling to all parts of the continent, "nay, rather, to all parts of the world". 
Shoghi Effendi referred to Martha Root as "that unique and great-hearted apostle of Baháʼu'lláh", but she is not considered one of the nineteen Apostles designated as such by Shoghi Effendi. (Baha'i Administration, p. 112)
This picture of the Apostles was taken from Balyuzi's book on pg. 262. Individual photos can be seen on each respective biographical page, links to them are in the side box on the right-hand side of this page.
- Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 3, p. 88
- Balyuzi, H.M. (1985). Eminent Baháʼís in the time of Baháʼu'lláh. The Camelot Press Ltd, Southampton. ISBN 0-85398-152-3.
- Nabíl-i-Aʻzam (Effendi, Shoghi Tr.) (1932). Dawn Breakers - Nabil's Narrative. Baháʼí Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-900125-22-5.