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November 12, 1817 in Tehran, Persia


The cabinet containing the photograph of Bahá’u’lláh is to the left in the set.

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At Dawn, November 12 in 1817 in Tehran, Persia (Iran), Mirza Husayn-‘Ali was  born of a noble family that lived  in the province of Núr (Light). His father, Mirza Buzurg, was minister in the court of the Shah. Mirza Husayn-‘Ali (from here on referred to as "Bahá’u’lláh"), descended from Sasaniyan kings of Persia and Zoroaster (a divine Messenger) fulfilling the belief that the great Redeemer of Mankind would be of pure Persian blood.  Bahá’u’lláh was also a descendant from Abraham and his third wife Katurah.

Baha'u'llah's daughter, Baha'iyyih Khanum, The Greates Holy Leaf and 'Abdu'l-Baha's siter - Baha'iyyih Khanum, la Plus-Sainte-Feuille, soeur de 'Abdu'l-Baha.Baha'u'llah's daughter, Baha'iyyih Khanum, The Greates Holy Leaf and 'Abdu'l-Baha's siter - Baha'iyyih Khanum, la Plus-Sainte-Feuille, soeur de 'Abdu'l-Baha.At the age of nineteen years, Bahá’u’lláh married Asiyih Khanum, also of noble birth. Their marriage brought forth seven children. Two of the three surviving children were ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’iyyih Khanum,  (The Greatest Holy Leaf) and Mirza Mihdi (The Purest Branch).

Bahá’u’lláh was a follower of the Báb (who was the leader of the Badi religion and precursor to the Bahá'í Faith) and spent four months in the Black Pit (Siyah-Chal) in Persia, during which time he contemplated the full extent of His mission. "I was but a man like others, asleep upon My couch, when lo, the breezes of the All-Glorious were wafted over Me, and taught Me the knowledge of all that hath been," He later wrote. "This thing is not from Me, but the One Who is Almighty and All-Knowing. And He bade Me lift up My voice between earth and heaven..."  Upon His release, Bahá'u'lláh was banished from His native land, the beginning of 40 years of exile, imprisonment, and persecution. He was sent first to neighboring Baghdad. After about a year, He left for the mountainous wilderness of Kurdistan, where He lived entirely alone for two years.

Napoleon III, the Emperor of France also called (until 1852) Louis-Napoléon, in full Charles-Louis-Napoléon BonaparteNapoleon III, the Emperor of France also called (until 1852) Louis-Napoléon, in full Charles-Louis-Napoléon BonaparteBeginning in September 1867, Bahá'u'lláh wrote a series of letters to the world leaders of His time, addressing, among others, Emperor Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Emperor Franz Joseph, Pope Pius IX, Sultan Abdul-Aziz, and the Persian ruler, Nasiri'd-Din Shah.

In these letters, Bahá'u'lláh openly proclaimed His station. He spoke of the dawn of a new age. But first, He warned, there would be catastrophic upheavals in the world's political and social order. To smooth humanity's transition, He urged the world's leaders to pursue justice. He called for general efforts at disarmament and urged the world's rulers to band together into some form of commonwealth of nations. Only by acting collectively against war, He said, could a lasting peace be established.

In the late 1860's Bahá’u’lláh, his family and followers moved to Acre and during the late 1870's were finally allowed to move outside this his final city of exile, Acre. Bahá’u’lláh wrote his most important tablet while at Acre called the Kitab-i-Aqdas (the Most Holy Book) which lays out the essential laws and principles observed by Baha’is. On May 29, 1892, Bahá’u’lláh passed away. His remains have been laid to rest in a garden room off the restored mansion called Bahji.  It is the holiest spot on earth to the  Bahá'ís of the world

Bahá'í delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women - And among the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings - one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be. ('Abdu'l-Baha) - BIC.ORGBahá'í delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women - And among the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings - one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be. ('Abdu'l-Baha) - BIC.ORGOn November 12th, Bahá'ís worldwide will gather together to celebrate and observe the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Work and school, is generally suspended in observance of this Holy Day.

Bahá’u’lláh announced that he is the one sent by God to fuflill the promise of the Day of God. He testifies: “Verily I say, this is the Day in which mankind can behold the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One.”

Bahá'u'lláh divided religious history into two parts. The first part is the Prophetic Cycle, which stretches from antiquity to the appearance of the Bab in 1844. The second part is the Day of God, which began after that. To bring about the Day of God, Bahá'u'lláh explained that He has, in His capacity as the Word of God, ‘recreated’ the world, cleansing it of the past and making it new. We can see this in the extraordinary changes that have occurred in human affairs in the 20th century and that are still taking place.

"His station is the Lawgiver and Redeemer of mankind... To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the "Everlasting Father", the "Lord of Hosts" come down "with ten thousands of saints;" to Christiandom Christ returned "in the Glory of the Father;" to Shi'ih Islam the descent of the "Spirit of God (Jesus Christ);" to the Zoroastrians the promised Shah-Bahram; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha." (Shoghi Effendi, Guidance for Today and Tomorrow, pp 11-12). Tablet on the Birth of the Greatest Name II by Universal House of Justice.

Below, watch video of the beautiful "O Bahá’u’lláh" Title Song from the 3rd Annual Baha'i Choral Music Festival. Bahá'u'lláh is the Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. His name in Arabic means, "The Glory of God".

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