Ḥájí Mírzá Muḥammad-Taqí (d.1917) known as Ibn-i-Abhar (ابن ابحار), was an eminent follower of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, a global religion of Persian origin. He was appointed a Hand of the Cause, and identified as one of the nineteen Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh.
Ibn-i-Abhar was born in the village of Abhar
. His father came from a family of the leading Islamic
clergy of the village, and became a Bábí
after reading some of the writings of the Báb
. Due to the persecution which followed, the family moved to Qazvin
, and in 1868 became followers of Bahá'u'lláh, who claimed to be the messianic figure of which the Báb had foretold.
In 1874 his father was poisoned. He began travelling to different parts of Iran
, where he taught many in the Bábí community who accepted Bahá'u'lláh. His teaching, however, led to a fourteen-month imprisonment. After his release, he continued travelling throughout Iran, and in 1886 made a trip to ‘Akká
. That same year he became one of the four Hands of the Cause
appointed by Bahá'u'lláh, and began travel-teaching outside of Iran, to Caucasia
, and India
From 1890 to 1894 he was imprisoned in a dungeon in Tihrán, actually wearing the same chains that once were used on Bahá'u'lláh while a prisoner there.
After his release in 1894, he again travelled to ‘Akká, and then to ‘Ishqábád. In 1897 he participated in the gathering which led to the formation of the Central Spiritual Assembly of Tihrán, which later became the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran.
In 1907 he travelled across India with Mírzá Mahmúd-i-Zarqání and two American Bahá'ís, Harlan Ober and Hooper Harris.
Throughout his life he was able to visit the Holy Land eleven times, and travelled extensively inside Iran, passing away in 1917.
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