The Life of
Mírza Badi'u'llah Effendi

Mirza Badi’u’llah Effendí  (1871[1] – November 1, 1950) was one of the sons of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. He was born in Adrianople. He was the son of his father’s second wife, Fatimih Khanum, later known as Mahd-i-‘Ulya, whom Baha’u’llah married in Tehran in 1849. Mirza Badi’u’llah Effendi received the title from his father of Ghusn-i-Anwar (“The Most Luminous Branch”).

Badi’u’llah Effendi along with Zia’u’llah Effendi his brother were engaged in copying the holy tablets of Baha’u’llah and sometimes taking them down while they were revealed.

Badi’u’llah, was more outspoken and less willing to tolerate the injustices he saw in his own life and the lives of others in his family. He was a charismatic and gregarious man and resembled, both in personality and appearance, his eldest brother Abbas Effendi.

Although he has passed the age of seventy-five, he was hale and healthy, active and vigorous. He was land and sociable, always ready to meet visitors with a smile and to give them good advice when it is needed.

Mirza Badi’u’llah was married to Alia Khanum. His daughter, Sadhij, was one of the most important militant leaders of women’s movement in Palestine, and in 1927 she married the Palestinian journalist Najib Nassar.

Badi’u’llah died on Wednesday, November 1, 1950.The news of his death went into the head of a Tel Aviv News Agency to broadcast his death all over the world calling him as the leader of the Baha’is.   

There is a small site set aside for Iranians in the Moslem quarter called Abu Ataba situated in the vicinity of the Bahja mansion. Mirza Badi’u’llah and other members of Baha’s family are buried there.


1. Badi Ullah Effendi was born in 1867,1868, or 1871, depending on the source, which is consistent with this manuscript being written in the mid 1940s.