Before Mullá Ḥusayn left Mashhad, hundreds of people came to the Bábíyyih to say goodbye. Many of them begged him to let them go with him on this journey. Mothers brought their sons, and sisters their brothers.
With tears in their eyes they asked him to take them along as a sacrifice to the Almighty. By the time he was ready to leave, two hundred and two men had joined him for the journey.
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Just before leaving Mashhad, a messenger came to Mullá Ḥusayn from the Báb. The messenger carried two things, a letter and the turban of the Báb. He also carried the news that the Báb had given him a new name, Siyyid ‘Alí.
The message said that he should place upon his head the Báb’s green turban, which was the sign of His family, and that he must carry the Black Standard (a black flag) in front of him, and hurry to give help to the Báb’s beloved Quddús. Quddús, at this time, had been imprisoned in the home of a relative and was unable to teach.
As soon as the news reached him, Mullá Ḥusayn gathered his two hundred and two companions together, raised the Black Standard, placed the Báb’s green turban on his head, climbed on his horse, and gave the command to march. His men joyfully followed him. This took place on 21 July 1848.