Baha'u'llah or Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri is the acknowledged founder of the Bahai Religion. He made the declaration to be God’s messenger and a prophet of Babism. He emphasized that humankind is a single race and unification of global civilization has come to light. Baha'u'llah maintained all creeds come from one deity. Baha'u'llah was exiled, incarcerated for more than four decades and tortured after being accused of conveying God’s message to the human race.
Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri was born in Iran (Capital City of Tehran) on November 12, 1817. He showed exceptional astuteness at a very early age. He stayed away from government service unlike his father and focused on caring for deprived people. Mirza accepted Babism and devoted his energy in advocating this religion. In 1848, Mirza Husayn-Ali took part in a congregation of Bab’s disciples and christened Baha'u'llah or “Glory of God’ in Semitic or Arabic language.
Disciples of Babism increased steadily. Unfortunately, there was a lot of antagonism against the Bab as thousands of his followers were tortured and executed. The Bab was put to death in public in 1850 while many of his staunch advocates were also killed. Baha'u'llah was accused of involvement in the assassination attempt against the King of Iran (Nasirrudin Shah) after two years. Mirza did not resist his accusers. He was incarcerated in an infamous prison called the “Black Pit”.
Baha'u'llah was finally released after four months and exiled to Baghdad (Capital of Iraq) along with his family. The remaining adherents of Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri relied on him for spiritual and ethical help. It was his judiciousness and dignity that revitalized the demoralized followers. However, Mirza Yahya (younger half-brother of Baha'u'llah) became very envious and committed blatant acts to malign him. Baha'u'llah had no choice but to flee to Kurdistan so he could avoid this situation. He stayed here for two years and contemplated on his heavenly purpose. This was also the time that he became more popular as a man of persuasiveness and prudence.
Return to Baghdad
Baha'u'llah returned to Baghdad where he bolstered the spirits of his devotees. The sect grew and his reputation became stronger. He wrote three books which were the Book of Certitude, Seven Valley and Hidden Words. The clergy became more jealous. They called on the Shah of Iran to implore the Ottoman Sultan to banish Bahá’u’lláh further from Iran’s boundary. It resulted to his expulsion.
In 1863, Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri was exiled from Iraq. Even then, Baha'u'llah was able to announce that he was the sublime Divine Educator and author of a new epoch wherein oppression will disintegrate. In its place will be peace and impartiality which will be an incarnation or personification of unity among all people worldwide. This was the era of the “Divine Springtime”.
Imprisonment at Akka
In April of 1863, Baha'u'llah spent 12 days at the Garden (Paradise) of Ridvan (on the side of the Tigris River) prior to his departure for Istanbul (known as Constantinople during that time).It was the occasion that he pronounced his anointment as the Messenger of God. Baha'u'llah and his disciples remained in Constantinople only for four months. Again, they were banished to Edirne or (Adrianople), which he described as an isolated prison.
Baha'u'llah’s half-brother tried to kill him which left him trembling and showed in the prophet’s handwriting until the day he died. In September of 1867, he sent out letters to monarchs and leaders of different nations. Baha'u'llah warned of disastrous turmoil in the social and political systems worldwide. He also urged them to organize a congress and put an end to armed conflicts.
Unfortunately, these forewarnings were simply ignored. For these acts, he was thrown to a penal colony in Akka (Mediterranean Region) by the Ottoman Government in August 31, 1868. This was where Baha'u'llah will live until his last days. It was a very difficult life at Akka.
The authorities told the residents that Baha'u'llah and his companions were mortal enemies of the government. The conditions were very harsh so many of them got sick and three actually died. It was also painful for Baha'u'llah since his 22-year old son was killed after falling from a skylight while walking back and forth praying.
He lived inside the top-security prison before transferring to an overcrowded space within the city. While at Akka, Baha'u'llah wrote the Kitab-i-Aqdas or Most Holy Book which turned out to be his principal writing. In this book, he explained the important tenets of his Creed and formulated the foundation for an international administrative order.
Baha'u'llah died on May 29, 1892 but the Bahá’í Faith remained well-entrenched. Bahá’í Faith appointed ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as his successor.
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