… Consider thou the manner in which Ḥájí Mírzá Muḥammad-Taqí Afnán, that sanctified spirit and confirmed soul, arose to serve this great Cause. Forsaking a life of ease and comfort in Yazd, he hastened to ‘Ishqábád to labour for the Cause of God. How self-sacrificing he was in the rearing of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár! He dedicated his life wholly to this task, until he succeeded in establishing the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in that land. How extraordinary indeed was his service, for this is the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár that hath been raised up in the world in God’s name. Its significance, therefore, is very great. And yet, in the future a hundred thousand Mashriqu’l-Adhkárs shall be reared in glory, dignity, and utmost majesty. The Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of ‘Ishqábád hath the station of the mother, and the other Mashriqu’l-Adhkárs are like unto spiritual children that shall be born of it.
— 'Abdu'l-Bahá, From a Tablet translated from the Persian