Bahaullah’s Life

When the World Changed: Gallipoli and the Chief Vizier

Gallipoli suriy-i-rais

The future is hardly ever what we expect it to be. It almost always surprises us. This is proof enough that in any point of time, although we often write history as if it was inevitable, many possible futures stretch out before us. Sometimes there are pivot points in history when things change profoundly from…

And the People Wept …

house of baha'u'llah adrianople

Events moved quickly following the issue of the order for Bahá’u’lláh’s exile from Adrianople and perpetual imprisonment in Akka. Bahá’u’lláh and his followers lived together in a house in Adrianople. One morning they awoke to find that their home had been surrounded by soldiers of the Sultan. Guards were posted and Bahá’u’lláh and his followers…

Poisonous Envy

sultan selim mosque edirne

The spiritual world which continually surrounds us, but of which we are only dimly aware, has its own natural laws, so to speak. Among these are laws governing the ways in which the human soul interacts with that world. For some souls, close proximity with the spiritual world draws out the best in them, for…

Constantinople

constantinople

Constantinople was the capital of the 500 year old Ottoman caliphate. And before the Ottomans captured the city and made it their own, it had stood for more than 1000 years as the capital of the Christian Roman Empire. In April 1863 Bahá’u’lláh was exiled again – “summoned” to that capital. As we have seen, the…

The House the Prince Wanted to Build

most great house

After Bahá’u’lláh had returned to Baghdad from his two years of withdrawal to the mountains of Kurdistan, he lived in a house close to the western bank of the Tigris River. This was the period when increasingly the Babi community began to turn to Bahá’u’lláh. Although he had not announced his mission, his writings and presence…

What’s Happening in October? 200th Anniversary Celebrations

200th anniversary of birth of Baha'u'llah

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. The anniversary will be celebrated around the world on October 20 and 21. Baha’i communities everywhere will be hosting celebrations for their local areas. Two days are being celebrated is that the Baha’i Faith has two founding messengers (or manifestations) of God. The Bab…

The Miracle of Baghdad

miracle of baghdad

If we look in the Gospels or in the Quran we find ample evidence of the opposition of the religious hierarchies of the day to Jesus and Muhammad respectively. Again it was so in Bahá’u’lláh’s day. As we have seen before it is a tragic pattern of history that when the truth of a new…