Every year, Bahá’í communities around the world celebrate two special occasions, the Births of Bahá’u’lláh (born 1817) and the Báb (born 1819), the two successive Messengers of God who ushered in a new era for humanity. This year is particularly special as it marks the 200th year anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
Bahá’u’lláh (meaning the “Glory of God”) was born in Persia 200 hundred years ago. From early childhood, He showed extraordinary knowledge and wisdom. As a young man, rather than pursuing a career in government service as His father had done, He chose to devote His energies to the care of the poor. He showed no interest in seeking position or prominence.
Throughout His life, Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed the oneness of the world of humanity and taught that all are created and nourished by the one loving and merciful God. He promoted principles such as the equality of women and men, the abolition of prejudices, harmony between science and religion, and the need for universal education.
Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God’s latest message to humanity. During these years, thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of the future human civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.
Today, Bahá’u’lláh’s life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world.
“The Eternal Truth is now come. He hath lifted up the Ensign of Power, and is now shedding upon the world the unclouded splendor of His Revelation.”
“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”
“O SON OF SPIRIT! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.”
“The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race, and to foster the spirit of love and fellowship amongst men.”
Queen Marie of Romania"The Baha’i teaching brings peace and understanding. It is like a wide embrace gathering together all those who have long searched for words of hope. It accepts all great Prophets gone before, it destroys no other creeds and leaves all doors open."
Mahatma Gandhi“The Baha'i Faith is a solace to humankind."
Leo Tolstoy“Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings … now present us with the highest and purest form of religious teaching."
UN Secretary-General (1987) – Javier Perez de Cuellar"In recognition of a significant contribution to the program and objectives of the International Year of Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, The Secretary-General designates, Baha'i International Community as a Messenger of Peace."
“… Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings of unity and peace are cherished values in our multi-racial and multi-religious society. I am heartened that the Baha’i community is active in inter-faith engagements, and continues to promote understanding, dialogue and interaction among people from different religions. …”
Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong
July 31, 2017
“I extend my heartfelt greetings to the Indian Baha’i community on the occasion of the 200th Birth anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’, the Founder Prophet of the Baha’i Faith. His call for the unification of humanity was made more than 150 years ago and emphasized that well-being, peace and security cannot be attained until such unity is firmly established. This message continues to remain a guiding light. …”
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind
August 18, 2017
“October 22, this year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh’ – the founder of the Baha’i faith. Many people in New Zealand and around the world will be celebrating this very special anniversary, and I hope you enjoy the festivities with your family and friends. …”
Prime Minister of New Zealand, Bill English
September 12, 2017
“… the City of Cambridge, in recognition of the significance of the bicentenary, urges all citizens to work for the realization of the principles of peace, justice, and human solidarity promoted by Bahá’u’lláh.”
United States, Cambridge, Massachusetts City Council
July 3, 2017
“…I call upon the Baha’i community as well as all Indians to use this occasion to reflect on Baha’u’llah’s life, His vision for the unity of humanity and the monumental body of His Writings about the moral and spiritual transformation of the individual and society…”
Pranab Mukherjee - President of India (2012-2017)