Friday, August 31, 2012

On this day, Aug. 31

The two windows farthest right on the second floor show the room that Bahá’u’lláh occupied in the prison.

On this day, Aug. 31, in 1868, Baha'u'llah arrived in Akka (Acre) along the Mediterranean coast on the Bay of Haifa. At this time in history, it was considered the end of the world...the place to which the Ottoman regime sent its most notorious criminals and political enemies with the hope that they would never been seen or heard from again.
Akka was a walled city with no source of fresh water. The air was described as being so foul that birds flying overhead would fall dead out of the sky. Baha'u'llah referred to Akka as "the most desolate of cities" and "the Most Great Prison.
" Baha'u'llah remained a prisoner in Akka and its surrounding area for the last 24 years of His life. The events which occurred there fill volumes. "Baha'u'llah: The King of Glory," by renowned Baha'i historian and Hand of the Cause, H. M. Balyuzi, is a comprehensive look at the life of Baha'u'llah, including His years in Akka. Much of its story is taken from the unpublished memoirs of His companions who themselves observed the events they describe. You can learn more about Balyuzi's book by following the link below.
The interior of the cell occupied by Bahá’u’lláh.
For an informative and moving online photographic narrative of the life of Baha'u'llah in Akka (and elsewhere), go to