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The Birth of Baha’u’llah

The Birth of Baha’u’llah November 12
From communities:

“Annually on November 12th Bahá’ís all around the world commemorate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Gatherings are held in local communities in homes, hired halls or Bahá’í centres. It is an opportunity for Bahá’ís and their friends to come together to share prayers, engage in artistic performances and enjoy refreshments. It is one of the nine Holy Days on which work is suspended to allow Bahá’ís to dedicate the day to celebrating the birth of “the most precious Being ever to draw breath on this planet.””(Phoenix Baha’i Community)

“Bahá’u’lláh was born Mírzá Husayn-’Alí on November 12th 1817 in Tehran, the capital of Persia − now Iran – into a noble family. His father was a wealthy government minister. His son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “Fromearliest childhood He was distinguished among Hisrelatives and friends…In wisdom, intelligence and as a source of new knowledge, He was advanced beyond His age and superior to His surroundings. All who knew Him were astonished at His precocity. It was usual for them to say, ‘Such a child
will not live,’ for it is commonly believed that precocious children do not reach maturity.” Despite not having received a formal education, Bahá’u’lláh became known for His learning and wisdom.”(Phoenix Baha’i Community)

The commemoration of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth is a time to recall the new spiritual and social teachings that He brought for our
modern age, teachings which are contributing to the progress of the world. Through His Writings, a unifying vision of the nature and purpose of humanity can be found. This, Bahá’ís believe, is crucially needed for
humanity’s progress.”(Phoenix Baha’i Community)

Selected Readings

“This Tablet is read at the Shrines of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb. It is also frequently used in commemorating Their anniversaries.”
Tablet of Visitation
“The praise which hath dawned from Thy most august Self, and the glory which hath shone forth from Thy most effulgent Beauty, rest upon Thee, O Thou Who art the Manifestation of Grandeur, and the King of Eternity, and the Lord of all who are in heaven and on earth! I testify that through Thee the sovereignty of God and His dominion, and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed, and the Daystars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven of Thine irrevocable decree, and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation. I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction “Be Thou” hath been enforced, and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged, and all created things 231 have been called into being, and all the Revelations have been sent down.”
“I bear witness, moreover, that through Thy beauty the beauty of the Adored One hath been unveiled, and through Thy face the face of the Desired One hath shone forth, and that through a word from Thee Thou hast decided between all created things, caused them who are devoted to Thee to ascend unto the summit of glory, and the infidels to fall into the lowest abyss.
I bear witness that he who hath known Thee hath known God, and he who hath attained unto Thy presence hath attained unto the presence of God. Great, therefore, is the blessedness of him who hath believed in Thee, and in Thy signs, and hath humbled himself before Thy sovereignty, and hath been honored with meeting Thee, and hath attained the good pleasure of Thy will, and circled around Thee, and stood before Thy throne. Woe betide him that hath transgressed against Thee, and hath denied Thee, and repudiated Thy signs, and gainsaid Thy sovereignty, and risen up against Thee, and waxed proud before Thy face, and hath disputed Thy testimonies, and fled from Thy rule and Thy dominion, and been numbered 232 with the infidels whose names have been inscribed by the fingers of Thy behest upon Thy holy Tablets.”
“Waft, then, unto me, O my God and my Beloved, from the right hand of Thy mercy and Thy loving-kindness, the holy breaths of Thy favors, that they may draw me away from myself and from the world unto the courts of Thy nearness and Thy presence. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Thou, truly, hast been supreme over all things.”
“The remembrance of God and His praise, and the glory of God and His splendor, rest upon Thee, O Thou Who art His Beauty! I bear witness that the eye of creation hath never gazed upon one wronged like Thee. Thou wast immersed all the days of Thy life beneath an ocean of tribulations. At one time Thou wast in chains and fetters; at another Thou wast threatened by the sword of Thine enemies. Yet, despite all this, Thou didst enjoin upon all men to observe what had been prescribed unto Thee by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.”
“May my spirit be a sacrifice to the wrongs Thou didst suffer, and my soul be a ransom for the adversities 233 Thou didst sustain. I beseech God, by Thee and by them whose faces have been illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy countenance, and who, for love of Thee, have observed all whereunto they were bidden, to remove the veils that have come in between Thee and Thy creatures, and to supply me with the good of this world and the world to come. Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate.”
“Bless Thou, O Lord my God, the Divine Lote-Tree and its leaves, and its boughs, and its branches, and its stems, and its offshoots, as long as Thy most excellent titles will endure and Thy most august attributes will last. Protect it, then, from the mischief of the aggressor and the hosts of tyranny. Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the Most Powerful. Bless Thou, also, O Lord my God, Thy servants and Thy handmaidens who have attained unto Thee. Thou, truly, art the All-Bountiful, Whose grace is infinite. No God is there save Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.”—Bahá’u’lláhBahá’í Prayers: A Selection of Prayers Revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1991 edition Pages: 268

“We desire the good of the world and the happiness of the nations, that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened … what harm is there in this? … these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come.” Bahá’u’lláh. Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint Pages: 122.

Sources

Birth and Childhood of Baha’u’llah by David Merrick

Shastri Purushotma. 5-11-2013. “The Birth of Baha’u’llah.” Huffington Post.

Bahá’í International Community (BIC). Office of Public Information. “Statement on Bahá’u’lláh: His Life and Work”

Bahá’í International Community (BIC). Office of Public Information. The Childhood of Baha’u’llah.

“Bahá’u’lláh, a title that means “the Glory of God” in Arabic, was born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran, Iran. His given name was Husayn Ali, and He was the son of a wealthy government minister, Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri. The family could trace its ancestry back to the great dynasties of Iran’s imperial past. Bahá’u’lláh led a princely life as a young man, receiving an education that focused largely on calligraphy, horsemanship, classic poetry, and swordsmanship.
His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, said this concerning His childhood: “… Bahá’u’lláh, belonged to the nobility of Persia. From earliest childhood He was distinguished among His relatives and friends.… In wisdom, intelligence and as a source of new knowledge, He was advanced beyond His age and superior to His surroundings. All who knew Him were astonished at His precocity. It was usual for them to say, ‘Such a child will not live,’ for it is commonly believed that precocious children do not reach maturity (BIC).” (1)

138. ALL FEASTS HAVE ATTAINED THEIR CONSUMMATION IN THE TWO MOST GREAT FESTIVALS, AND IN THE TWO OTHER FESTIVALS THAT FALL ON THE TWIN DAYS # 110
This passage establishes four great festivals of the Bahá’í year. The two designated by Bahá’u’lláh as “the two Most Great Festivals” are, first, the Festival of Riḍván, which commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration of His Prophetic Mission in the Garden of Riḍván in Baghdád during twelve days in April/May 1863 and is referred to by Him as “the 225 King of Festivals” and, second, the Báb’s Declaration, which occurred in May 1844 in Shíráz. The first, ninth and twelfth days of the Festival of Riḍván are Holy Days (Q and A 1), as is the day of the Declaration of the Báb.

The “two other Festivals” are the anniversaries of the births of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb. In the Muslim lunar calendar these fall on consecutive days, the birth of Bahá’u’lláh on the second day of the month of Muharram 1233 A.H. (12 November 1817), and the birth of the Báb on the first day of the same month 1235 A.H. (20 October 1819), respectively. They are thus referred to as the “Twin Birthdays” and Bahá’u’lláh states that these two days are accounted as one in the sight of God (Q and A 2). He states that, should they fall within the month of fasting, the command to fast shall not apply on those days (Q and A 36). Given that the Bahá’í calendar (see notes 26 and 147) is a solar calendar, it remains for the Universal House of Justice to determine whether the Twin Holy Birthdays are to be celebrated on a solar or lunar basis.” The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Author: Bahá’u’lláh Source: Bahá’í World Centre, 1992 edition Pages: 254

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