Bahá’u’lláh, Whose name means “Glory of God” in Arabic, was the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
He was born into a noble family in Tehran, Persia, in 1817. He was known for His kindness and generosity and was deeply loved by His countrymen.
Bahá’u’lláh endured many years of imprisonment, torture and exile for His public support of the Bábí movement and for His own teachings. After having been imprisoned in Tehran, Bahá’u’lláh was exiled first to Baghdad (Iraq), then to Constantinople (Istanbul) and Adrianople (Edirne), and finally to ‘Akká (Acre) in Palestine (now Israel). The ‘Akká and Haifa region of Israel is now known as the Holy Land.
In 1863, He announced Himself as the One Who had been foretold by the Báb, and that He was the Manifestation of God Who would bring a new Revelation to humanity.
Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings proclaim the unity of religion and the fundamental oneness of humanity, and it contains prescriptions for the personal and societal requirements of a future global society. His collected works amount to more than 100 volumes.
Some of Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings are available at the Bahá’í Reference Library.
Bahá’u’lláh passed away on 29 May 1892. In His will, He designated ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as His successor and head of the Bahá’í Faith. His appointment of a successor is the pivotal provision of the “Covenant” of Bahá’u’lláh, which maintains the unity of the Bahá’í Faith.
The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh is located in the garden of Bahjí, just outside of ‘Akká, Israel.
See a visual presentation on the life of Bahá'u'lláh.