A translation of Ḥurúf-i-Ḥayy.
The first eighteen people who independently recognized and believed in the Báb
. Together with Him, they form the first Vaḥíd
(“Unit”) of the Bábí Dispensation
The word Ḥayy, which is the Name of God “The Living”, has the numerical value of eighteen in the abjad
system of notation in which each letter of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a specific numerical value.