When the Báb declared Himself, Bahá’u’lláh was immediately convinced that this was the True One from God, and without ever meeting Him, became His most ardent disciple. In 1853, three years after the treacherous execution of His Lord, one of the many pogroms against the followers of the Báb resulted in Mirza Husayn Ali, whom the believers had begun to refer to as “the Blessed Beauty”, also being imprisoned.
It was during this harsh period of incarceration in the Shah’s dungeons that He received the Divine Revelation singling Him out among all men as the Great Teacher the Báb had foretold, the Promised One of all Faiths. He told no one of this revelation, though many noticed a mighty change in the One they soon came to regard as their Defender and Protector. Ten years would pass before Bahá’u’lláh revealed himself to the exiled Bábi community in Baghdad as the Manifestation of God for this day, destined to unite all humanity into one family and one Faith. At that time He was referred to as Bahá’u’lláh, which means “Glory of God”.
A time of persecution and exile had begun for Bahá’u’lláh, His family and companions that would send them away from Iran to Baghdad in Iraq, then to Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman empire, and finally to the prison fortress of Acre, now part of Israel, in what was formerly Palestine. From being despised and feared upon His arrival, Bahá’u’lláh became the object of deep veneration and respect in the region. Although still officially a prisoner, the last years of His life were spent in relative freedom at the Mansion of Bahji, close to Acre, where He died in 1892 and where his earthly remains are interred. It is now the most sacred spot on earth for the Bahá’í World Community, the point toward which all believers turn in daily prayer.