The Bab and Bahu'u'llah:
An Intergrated Timeline
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"The story has never been told quite like this before. Writer and poet Druzelle Cederquist has gathered together a wealth of material about the lives of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and woven it into a story that carries us from the earliest glimmerings..." Read Book Excerpts
Baha’u’llah stood before the grand vizier dressed in the dirty, ragged clothes of a prisoner. His body was bruised and cut from the heavy chains He had worn, His feet still not healed from the bastinado beating. Yet He stood with a strength and dignity of spirit that even the Black Pit could not diminish.
Baha’u’llah’s battered condition did not soften the heart of Mirza Aqa Khan. “Had you chosen to take my advice,” said the grand vizier, “and had you dissociated yourself from the faith of the Siyyid-i-Bab, you would never have suffered the pains and indiginities that have been heaped upon you.”_______________________________
From the affluent courtyards of Tehran to the prison-city of Acre on the shores of the Mediterranean, The Story of Bahá’u’lláh brings to life in rich detail the compelling story of the prophet and founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Born to wealth and privilege, Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) was known as “Father of the Poor” for His help to the needy.
Yet despite His social standing, nothing could stop the forces that would have Him unjustly imprisoned in Tehran’s notorious “Black Pit.” Upon His release He was banished from Iran on a mountainous winter journey that His enemies hoped would kill Him.
Despite the schemes of His foes and the hardships of His exile, Bahá’u’lláh openly proclaimed the divine guidance revealed to Him. In over one hundred volumes He delivered teachings on subjects that ranged from the nobility of the soul to the prerequisites for nations to achieve a just and lasting peace.
The heart of His teaching was a new vision of the oneness of humanity and of the divine Messengers - among them, Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Christ, Muhammad - Whom He claimed represent one “changeless Faith of God.” Their teachings, He asserted, were the energizing force for the advancement of civilization.
In 1863 Bahá’u’lláh announced He was the Messenger of God for humanity today and declared that His mission was to usher in the age of peace and prosperity prophesized in the scriptures of the world’s great religions.
The sounds and smells of a market place in Tehran, the last conversation of a prisoner about to die, the betrayal of a brother, the sacrifice of a son, a day of disgrace turned into a day of celebration – at every step readers say, “It made me feel like I was there.” That is the power of creative nonfiction. It makes The Story of Baha’u’llah read like a novel, even though it is not a novel, but the accurate telling of a true story. What exactly is creative nonfiction? Read More
With every step of the mule, the howdah on its back jostled and swayed like a boat in rough seas. Inside, little Bahiyyih rode with her pregnant mother, Navvab. Another howdah carried the family of Mirza Musa, Baha’u’llah’s brother. Bells jingled on the harnesses of the other mules and horses, packed with provisions.
Baghdad lay six hundred miles to the southwest, on the far side of the Zagros Mountains. In the early stages of their journey, they crossed the Persian plains. Then the little caravan began the long days of climbing upward – across the Saveh Pass, across the icy and dangerous Qara Char River. The final stage lay across towering, snow-covered mountains.