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At the time when Bahá’u’lláh was in `Akká, an Egyptian merchant by the name of `Abdu’l-Karím wrote a letter and asked for permission to attain the holy presence. Sometime later the reply came as follows: “When you have paid all your debts, you can come.”
Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín is one of the eminent believers of our precious history. He was appointed as an Apostle of Bahá’u’lláh and a life worth reading about. Unfortunately, there is not much information available in English. To remedy this, his life story has been shared on this blog over the past year (eleven parts). To make it easier to read about his life, I have put all parts as one document and made improvements. Hopefully, you will enjoy reading about his life and draw inspiration from his example.
You can download The Story of Jinab-i-Zayn here.
This is the eleventh and final post in a series of posts telling the life story of Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín.
After the Ascension of the Blessed Beauty, Jináb-i-Zayn remained faithful to the Covenant. During the Ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the pilgrims increased considerably. Year after year some 70 to 80 friends came on pilgrimage from different countries, wearing different types of clothes and speaking a multitude of languages. It was quite common that some ten pilgrims would be dismissed and asked to leave in the morning, and on the same evening, a new group of 10 or sometimes more pilgrims would enter ‘Akká. Oftentimes the Master, regardless of the season, would come to the Khan-i-Avamid and visit the pilgrims in the morning (sometimes even before sunrise). During these visits, which brought so much joy to the friends, they would recite from the Holy Writings, pray, listen to the Master and be blessed with His presence.
In Haifa, in the time of `Abdu’l-Bahá, lived a Christian priest who would, every now and then, bother the friends and not care much for what they had to say. One day, Haji Mirza Heydar Ali became aware of this and went to the priest. Heydar Ali asked the priest what that thing which was hanging from his neck. The priest answered that this is the cross of Christ.
This is the tenth post in a series of posts telling the life story of Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín.
In ‘Akká, Jináb-i-Zayn lived on the upper floor of the caravanserai named Khan-i-Avamid. He stayed there from when he moved to ‘Akká (around 1886) until he passed away in 1903. He had two rooms next to the pilgrim rooms. He lived in one of these rooms used the other for receiving and meeting with friends and for transcribing Holy Writings. The Khan-i-Avamid has about 40 rooms. Families residing there would usually have two rooms. One would be used for living in and the other for storage. The rooms were quite large so those living there would divide the room into three sections. The first section, closest to the entrance, functioned like a kitchen. The middle section would be for sleeping and the third section, furthest in and also commonly referred to as the head of the room, was a bit elevated and would be used as living room or for having guests.