February 1951: Haji Mirza Habibu'llah Afnan, passes away – ‘Abdu’l-Baha had appointed him as the Custodian of the House of the Báb in Shiraz

Haji Mirza Habibu'llah was born in Shiraz on 7 February 1875.  He was called Muhammad-'Ali at birth, but his father later changed his name to Habibu'llah out of respect for the fact that one of Baha'u'llah's children was named Muhammad-'Ali.  Haji Mirza Habibu'llah grew up in Shiraz in constant contact with the wife of the Bab, who was his aunt.  In September 1890, he set out with his mother, brothers and sister to join his father in Egypt.  From there they proceeded to Haifa where they remained for nine months in the presence of Baha'u'llah. The family then returned to Port Sa'id, where they had a trading establishment.  After the ascension of Baha'u'llah, Mirza Habibu'llah's father left for Iran, while he himself remained in Egypt.  He was often at this time in the company of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl who was also then residing in Egypt.  He visited 'Abdu'l-Baha in the Holy Land on several occasions.  Then in 1900, he was instructed by 'Abdu'l-Baha to return to Shiraz to assist with the repair of the House of the Bab, and he was appointed Custodian of that House by 'Abdu'l-Baha.  He died in 1951. (Balyuzi, Baha’u’llah the King of Glory, p. 473)