Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Bahá'í Gardens, Acre
Born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Núrí [a]
12 November 1817 (1817-11-12)
Tehran, Persia (present-day Iran)
Died 29 May 1892 (1892-05-30) (aged 74)
Acre, Beirut Vilayet, Ottoman Empire, (present-day Israel)
Known for Founder of the Bahá'í Faith
Successor `Abdu'l-Bahá

Bahá'u'lláh ( ɑː/; Arabic: بهاء الله‎‎, "Glory of God"; 12 November 1817 – 29 May 1892), born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Núrí ( Persian: میرزا حسینعلی نوری‎‎), was the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. He claimed to be the prophetic fulfilment of Bábism, a 19th-century outgrowth of Shaykhism, [1] and, in a broader sense to be a Manifestation of God. He also claimed he was the fulfillment of the eschatological expectations of Islam, Christianity, and other major religions. [2]

Bahá'u'lláh taught that humanity is one single race and that the age has come for the "union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith." [3] "He taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite." [4] His ultimate vision of the future, considered "the inevitable destiny of the peoples and nations of the earth" [5] foresees a "destined" [6] time when a world super-state would be created and governed by the Bahá'í Universal House of Justice. [7] Initially imprisoned and banished as a follower of the Báb, his claim to divine revelation led to further persecution and imprisonment by the Persian and Ottoman authorities, and his eventual 24-year confinement in the prison city of Acre, Palestine (present-day Israel), where he died. He wrote many religious works, most notably the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the Kitáb-i-Íqán and Hidden Words.

There are two known photographs of Bahá'u'lláh. Outside of pilgrimage, Bahá'ís prefer not to view his photo in public, or even to display it in their private homes.

Early and family life

Bahá'u'lláh was born on 12 November 1817, in Tehran, the capital of Persia, present-day Iran. Bahá'í authors state that his ancestry can be traced back to Abraham through Abraham's wife Keturah, [8] to Zoroaster and to Yazdgerd III, the last king of the Sassanid Empire, [9] and also to Jesse. [10] [11] According to the Bahá'í author John Able, Bahá'ís also consider Bahá'u'lláh to have been "descended doubly, from both Abraham and Sarah, and separately from Abraham and Keturah." [12] His mother was Khadíjih Khánum and his father was Mírzá Buzurg. Bahá'u'lláh's father, Mírzá Buzurg, served as vizier to Imám-Virdi Mírzá, the twelfth son of Fat′h Ali Shah Qajar. Mírzá Buzurg was later appointed governor of Burujird and Lorestan, [13] a position that he was stripped of during a government purge when Muhammad Shah came to power. After the death of his father, Bahá'u'lláh was asked to take a government post by the new vizier Hajji Mirza Aqasi, but declined. [14]

Bahá'u'lláh had three wives. He married his first wife Ásíyih Khánum, the daughter of a nobleman, in Tehran in 1835, when he was 18 and she was 15. [15] She was given the title of The Most Exalted Leaf and Navváb. [16] His second wife was his widowed cousin Fátimih Khánum. The marriage took place in Tehran in 1849 when she was 21 and he was 32. [15] She was known as Mahd-i-`Ulyá. His third wife was Gawhar Khánum and the marriage occurred in Baghdad sometime before 1863. [15]

Bahá'u'lláh declared Ásíyih Khánum his "perpetual consort in all the worlds of God", and her son `Abdu'l-Bahá as his vicar. [17] He had 14 children, four daughters and ten sons, five of whom he outlived. [18] Bahá'ís regard Ásíyih Khánum and her children Mírzá Mihdí, Bahíyyih Khánum and `Abdu'l-Bahá' to be the Bahá'í holy family. [19]

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