Bahá'u'lláh - History

The Latter Years of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'u'lláh - Writings



The Latter Years of Bahá'u'lláh

Into this environment, Bahá'u'lláh and His family arrived on 31 August 1868, the final stage in His long exile. He was to spend the rest of His life, 24 more years, in Acre and its environs. At first confined to a prison in the barracks, Bahá'u'lláh and His companions were later moved to a cramped house within the city's walls. The exiles, widely depicted as dangerous heretics, faced animosity from the city's other residents. Even the children, when they ventured outside, were pursued and pelted with stones. As time passed, however, the spirit of Bahá'u'lláh's teachings penetrated the bigotry and indifference. Even several of the town's governors and clergy, after examining the teachings of the Faith, became devoted admirers. As in Baghdad and Adrianople, Bahá'u'lláh's moral stature gradually won the respect, admiration and even leadership of the community at large.

It was in Acre that Bahá'u'lláh's most important work was written. Known more commonly among Bahá'ís by its Persian name, the Kitab-i-Aqdas(the Most Holy Book), it outlines the essential laws and principles that are to be observed by His followers, and lays the groundwork for Bahá'í administration.

In the late 1870s, Bahá'u'lláh was given the freedom to move outside the city's walls, and His followers were able to meet with Him in relative peace and freedom. He took up residence in an abandoned mansion and was able to further devote Himself to writing.

On 29 May 1892, Bahá'u'lláh passed away. His remains were laid to rest in a garden room adjoining the restored mansion, which is known as Bahji. For Bahá'ís, this spot is the most holy place on earth.


For Further Information

Bahá'u'lláh - Teachings

Bahá'u'lláh - Introduction

The prison of Baha'u'llah - Acre
The prison of Bahá'u'lláh - Acre
An aerial view of the mansion of Baha'u'llah at Bahji
An aerial view of the mansion of Bahá'u'lláh at Bahji

The Almighty...hath transformed this Prison House into the Most Exalted Paradise, the Heaven of Heavens.

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