Bahá'u'lláh - Founder of the Baha'i Faith

"Verily I say, this is the Day in which 

mankind can behold the Face, 

and hear the Voice, of the Promised One."

"He hath ordained that in every age and dispensation

 a pure and stainless Soul be made manifest 

in the kingdoms of earth and heaven."


The leading figure among the followers of the Bab was a young nobleman by the name of Baha'u'llah, meaning 'The Glory of God'. Born into a wealthy family in nineteenth century Persia, it was assumed that Baha'u'llah would follow in His father's footsteps and have an important position at the Shah's court. Yet, from an early age He dedicated himself to helping the poor and needy. He was deeply loved for His generosity and kindliness, and became known as the 'Father of the Poor'.

Following His announcement of support for the message of the Bab, Baha'u'llah suffered the loss of all His worldly endowments and was imprisoned, torured, and banished from Persia. He spent the last forty years of His life as a prisoner and an exile, first under the Persian and then under the Turkish Ottoman governments. It was while in Baghdad in 1863, that He first announced that He was the One promised by the Bab, Whose coming had been foretold by all the Messengers of the past.

From Baghdad, Baha'u'llah was again banished, this time to Constantinople, then Adrianople, and finally to the prison-duty of Acre, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire. He arrived there as a prisoner in 1868 and passed away in 1892. His Shrine is today the focal point for the Baha'i world community.

Throughout these long years of exile and imprisonment and despite unceasing efforts to crush Him, Baha'u'llah never faltered in proclaiming His message of unity, peace and justice for humanity. He revealed over 100 volumes of divinely inspired and mystical writings. These include social and ethical teachings, laws and ordinances, and a fearless proclamation of His message to monarchs, rulers and leading figures of the nineteenth century (including Queen Victoria) which are among the most remarkable documents in religious history. These letters proclaim the coming unification of humanity and the emergence of a world civilisation. They call upon those powerful rulers to reconcile their differences, curtail their armaments, and devote their energies to the establishment of world peace.