As Mullá Ḥusayn and his followers went through each town, they bravely told everyone about the New Day. They invited people to follow the Báb and join the march on the way to help Quddús.
On the way, Mullá Ḥusayn stopped for three days at a small town so that everyone could rest. On the third day, he said to his followers, ‘If there is anyone here who is not prepared to suffer greatly for this Cause, he should now turn back and return to his home.’
He repeated these words several times. Finally, he said, ‘Soon I, together with seventy-two of you men, shall suffer death for the sake of our Beloved. If you are afraid to die for the Cause, you must leave immediately. Later, there will be no chance to escape.’ So terrible did Mullá Ḥusayn make the future sound to his men that twenty of them decided to return to their homes.
In Bárfurúsh, the news was received that Mullá Ḥusayn and his men were coming near. The Sa‘ídu’l-‘Ulamá’ in that town had hated Mullá Ḥusayn since he had told him of the Báb.
As soon as he heard the news, he hurried to the mosque and called all of his followers to hear him. The Muslims of Bárfurúsh gathered at the mosque, and when they were all together, they listened to their leader. The priest threw his turban on the ground, tore open the neck of his shirt, and started to speak.