Mulla Zaynu’l-‘Abadin, given the title Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín (meaning Ornament of Them that Are Nigh unto God), also called Jinab-i-Zayn, was one of the most eminent early believers and one of the “Apostles of Bahá’u’lláh”. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says that he was “one of the greatest of all the Bab’s companions and all the loved ones of Baha’u’llah.” Even before he became a follower of the Bab, he was “famed for his purity and holiness of life”, he was “talented and highly accomplished in many directions. He was the leader and spiritual exemplar of the entire population of Najaf-Abad, and the eminent of that area showed him unbounded respect. When he spoke out, his was the deciding opinion; when he passed judgment, it took effect; for he was known to all as the standard, and the authority of last resort.

Jinab-i-Zayn

Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín

Bahá’u’lláh loved Jinab-i-Zayn. In fact, in one of His Tablets, Bahá’u’lláh says (provisional translation);

O Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín, The name of those who are mentioned in your letters, those names have been mentioned by the Pen on High (Qalam-i-Ala), and this is due to the bounty I have for you. For example, if the worst kind of human today asks you to intercede on his behalf, he will be forgiven and his name will be mentioned, even if he is unaware of it.

Jinab-i-Zayn was one of the most eminent of transcribes of Bahá’u’lláhs Writings. Taherzadeh write; He was meticulous in transcribing the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and took great pains to ensure that they were correctly recorded. Any Tablet in the handwriting of Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín is considered accurate. He has left to posterity, in his exquisite hand, many volumes comprising most of Bah’u’lláh’s important Tablets; today Bahá’i publications in Persian and Arabic are authenticated by comparison with these. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 1, p. 26).

It was Jinab-i-Zayn that was asked to ask any questions regarding the laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdás. Bahá’u’lláh says (provisional translation) to Jinab-i-Zayn;

God Willing, you will be covered by the Bounty of God in all the worlds of God. Your questions in My presence are acceptable because mankind will benefit from them, We have especially commanded you to ask questions about the laws and verses of God. We have made you a source of good for the all the peoples of the world.

Taherzadeh explains that him “being a mujtahid and thus highly qualified in the application of Islamic laws, Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín received permission from Bahá’u’lláh to ask any questions he might have regarding the application of the laws revealed in the Kitáb-i-Aqdás. The answers given by Bahá’u’lláh provide further elucidation and expansion of His laws and this book is regarded as a supplement to the Kitáb-i-Aqdás. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh v 1, p. 26)

Jinab-i-Zayn was also very witty. He used to say that; My son and me always follow to of the laws of the Aqdás to the letter. I follow the law “Whensoever ye be invited to a banquet or festive occasion, respond with joy and gladness”. Every time I am invited, I will attend with exceeding joy. My son, follows “[r]ead ye the sacred verses in such measure that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency.” Every time, in any meeting, they start reading the scriptures, after one or two minutes, he reminds the reader that it is enough.

The life of Jinab-i-Zayn is very interesting and worth studying. In a series of blogposts, his life story, based on his memoirs and other some accounts, will be posted. Perhaps the story of his life will inspire the friends of today in some way.

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