The next morning when the visitors came to see Mullá Ḥusayn, they were surprised to find him waiting on Quddús. The night before when they had been there for dinner, Mullá Ḥusayn had been the guest of honour; he was served by Quddús. This morning Mullá Ḥusayn had given his seat of honour to Quddús and was only Quddús’ servant. When the guests were all gathered together, the first words Quddús spoke to Mullá Ḥusayn, so all could hear, were: ‘Now, at this very hour, you should arise, go and speak to the Sa‘ídu’l-‘Ulamá’, the Chief Priest, and then go to Khurásán. In the town of Mashhad, you should build a house in which we can live and receive guests at the same time. To this house you will invite every pure soul, and we shall prepare them to join together and teach the Cause of God.’
Mullá Ḥusayn went to the Sa‘ídu’l-‘Ulamá’ and spoke to him in front of his pupils about the New Day. But the Priest was blind to the Truth and angry at Mullá Ḥusayn.
Alone, and detached from everything but God, Mullá Ḥusayn set out on his journey to Mashhad. Mullá Ḥusayn’s only companion on this journey was the thought of carrying out the wishes of Quddús and fulfilling the promise he had made.
Immediately after he arrived in Mashhad, he bought a piece of land and built the house Quddús had commanded him to build. He named the house the Bábíyyih, after the Báb. Working as a team, Mullá Ḥusayn and Quddús taught so many Bábís and sent them out to teach that great excitement filled the city of Mashhad. After a few months, Quddús left to take part in a conference at Badasht, leaving Mullá Ḥusayn to carry on the teaching in Mashhad alone. So many people became followers of the Báb that the government officials and the clergy became angry once again. Eventually, the number of Bábís in Mashhad became so great that Mullá Ḥusayn was asked by the authorities to leave the city.