Celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Shrine of Baha'u'llah


This year (2017) Bahá’ís all over the world are celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Two hundred years after His birth, the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh has spread to virtually every country in the world. The photograph shows the entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, which for Bahá’ís, is the holiest spot on earth.

Bahá’u’lláh was born into a wealthy and powerful family in Iran in 1817, but He gave up all his wealth and possessions to bring God’s Message for today. Because of His Faith, Bahá’u’lláh was bastinadoed (beaten on the soles of the feet), imprisoned in a dungeon in heavy chains, exiled from country to country, and imprisoned again for much of the rest of His life. But all this only served to spread His teachings to a wider audience. He was still able to deliver God’s Message to the world: the message of unity, peace and justice for all people and all nations.

Bahá’ís understand that each Messenger builds upon the Messages of Those gone before. Like children in a school, we learn more from each Teacher, so that our individual souls may progress towards spiritual perfection, and human society may make progress towards equality, prosperity and peace.

All the Messengers in the past have promised that a great World Teacher would come Who would bring an age of peace to mankind. Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh fulfilled all the promises and prophecies of the past when He announced His Message to the world. We believe that the same spirit which was in all the Messengers is in Bahá’u’lláh.

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