Central Figures

Baha'u'llah

Shrine of Bha'u'llah in Acre

Born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran, Baha'u'llah was a member of one of the great patrician families of Persia. He announced His support for the message of the Bab. Engulfed in the waves of violence unleashed upon the Babis, after the Bab's execution Bahá'u'lláh suffered not only the loss of all His worldly endowments but was subjected to imprisonment, torture, and a series of banishments. The first was to Baghdad where, in 1863, He announced Himself as the One promised by the Bab. From Baghdad, Bahá'u'lláh was sent to Constantinople, to Adrianople, and finally to Acre, in the Holy Land, where He arrived as a prisoner in 1868. Bahá'u'lláh passed away in Acre, and is buried there. His teaching that "religion should be the cause of love and unity" is reflected in the worldwide Baha'i community.

The Bab

Shrine of Bab in Haifa

Born on 20 October 1819 in Shiraz, Iran, He announced that He had brought a new message. The specific purpose of His message was to prepare humanity for the appearance of another Messanger, who in turn would usher in the age of peace and justice, as promised in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and all the other world religions. It was through this new Messanger that all religions would come together under one banner and a unified world would result. The Bab Himself, after suffering severe persecution, was publicly executed in the city of Tabriz in Iran. He  was thirty years old.

Abdu'l-Baha

Shrine of Abdu'l-Baha in Haifa

Born in Tehran in 1844, from earliest childhood, Abdu'l-Baha the eldest son of Baha'u'llah shared His father's sufferings and banishments. Bahá'u'lláh appointed Him the one authorized interpreter of the Baha'i teachings and as Head of the Faith after His own passing. While Abdu'l-Baha was still a prisoner of the Ottomans the first Baha'i pilgrims from the western world arrived in Acre in 1898. After His release in 1908, Abdu'l-Baha set out on a series of journeys which, in 1911-1913, took Him to Europe and America. There He proclaimed Baha'u'llah's message of unity and social justice to church congregations, peace societies, the members of trade unions, university faculties, journalists, government officials, and many public audiences. Abdu'l-Baha passed away in 1921. more