About the Birth of Baha’u’llah

Mirza Husayn-Ali, who is known to the world by His title, Baha’u’llah, was born in Tehran, Iran on 12 November, 1817. Baha’u’llah means “Glory of God” in Arabic and He is the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Two centuries later, the anniversary of the day He was born is celebrated around the world alongside the Birth of the forerunner of His Revelation, the Bab (according to the calendar used in Persian at the time of Their Births, these two anniversaries fell on consecutive days and Baha’is across the planet continue to celebrate these special days one after another). These Twin Holy Birthdays, or Twin Holy Days, are celebrated annually as one festival where the closely interwoven lives and missions of these two Divine Luminaries are remembered together.

Below are 30 Baha’i Blog resources about the Birth of the Baha’u’llah, Baha’u’llah’s life and Revelation, and the Twin Holy Days:

1. The Birth of Baha’u’llah

Preethi shares some introductory thoughts on the Birth of Baha’u’llah and His childhood.

2. A Birthday Like No Other – the Birth of Baha’u’llah

In this article, Arvel offers some contextual thoughts on how Baha’is everywhere gather to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. He reflects on the quiet revolution of human consciousness brought about by this serene child prodigy born on 12 November, 1817 to Khadijih Khanum and Mirza Buzurg.

3. The Birth of Baha’u’llah and the Spirit of the Age

Sam reflects on the Revelation of Baha’u’llah and its aim to unify mankind and its quiet revolution to uplift human consciousness.

4. Baha’i Blog Quiz – The Birth of Baha’u’llah

This 10 question quiz asks questions about Baha’u’llah’s life and His Revelation. Test your knowledge, or that of your friends and family!

5. Baha’i Blog Quiz – The Birth of Baha’u’llah (Part 2)

This second quiz about the Life and Revelation of Baha’u’llah features another 10 questions for a light-hearted self-examination of how well you know Baha’i history!

6. Twin Birthdays for Twin Manifestations

Kamelia writes about how, with the birth of the Baha’i Faith, the realization of two related but independent religions arising within one age was actualized.

7. The Twin Holy Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

In this article, Sam offers some thoughts on the extraordinary historical bond between the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

8. “This Newborn Child”: A Song for the Twin Holy Days

“This Newborn Child” is a moving single by Ramine Yazhari. It features the words of Baha’u’llah from a recently translated tablet in honour of the Twin Holy Days.

9. 3 New Tablets for the Twin Holy Days

We joyously share the news of the release of three newly translated tablets about the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah that were revealed by Baha’u’llah. These tablets can now be found in Days of Remembrance, a volume of Baha’u’llah’s Writings dedicated to Baha’i Holy Days.

10. “Light to the World”: A Film for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

The Universal House of Justice commissioned a feature film for the joyous and historic Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. This wonderful film shares several personal reflections from around the world about aspects of the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah and it illustrates how His Teachings are transforming the lives of individuals and communities.

11. Stories of Baha’u’llah Told by Children

“Stories of Baha’u’llah” is a series of short videos produced by Clark Donnelly and Mary Darling of Westwind Pictures. In this sweet and sincere series of videos, each video consists of a child telling us a one particular story relating to Baha’u’llah.

12. ‘Rejoice’: An Album for the Bicentenary by Ramin Yahari

Ramine Yazhari has released an album for the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. It’s called Rejoice and its lyrics are based on Writings revealed for this celebratory holy day.

13. 6 Poems in Honour of the Bicentenary from Around the World

In this post we thought we’d share some of the poetry penned in celebration of the historic and jubilant 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

14. Celebrating the Upcoming Bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

Layli offers some thoughts on what the Birth of Baha’u’llah signifies to her and how she’s planning on celebrating it.

15. Ancient Beauty: A Single by Eduke Ft. Raheen Kashon

As part of the world-wide celebration of the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, DJ and music producer Eduke has released a single featuring Raheem Kashon on vocals. The song, which can be downloaded for free from 9 Star Media, uses verses from the Writings of Baha’u’llah as its lyrics.

16. “Light of Unity” Dinner Party Booklet for the Bicentenary

One of the initiatives for the Bicentenary that recently grabbed Naysan’s attention is the “Light of Unity” Dinner Party Booklet, which Baha’is can use in 2017 and 2019 to host dinner parties in celebration of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

17. “The Ancient Beauty”: A Music Video by Elika Mahony

“The Ancient Beauty” is the title track of Elika Mahony’s album created in honour of the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. Accompanied by images of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Bahji, this song glorifies Baha’u’llah’s titles and appellations.

18. Baha’u’llah: The Divine Physician – A New Video from the Baha’is of the UK

“Baha’u’llah: The Divine Physician” is a 17 minute video produced by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom. It features youth and junior youth from diverse backgrounds, and from different parts of the UK, discussing the problems facing the world today and how Baha’u’llah’s message offers a healing remedy to address these issues.

19. Recognizing Baha’u’llah on the Bicentenary of His Birth – A Talk by Hooper Dunbar

In this talk by Mr. Hooper Dunbar, we hear his personal reflections, thoughts and comments in regard to the worldwide spread of Baha’u’llah’s resplendent Faith and its healing Message. Given the close proximity to the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Mr. Dunbar invites us to consider the progressive stages in the rise of the Sun of Truth and the potential offered for greater awareness of the role Baha’u’llah plays in our collective lives.

20. 43 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah

We thought we’d showcase all of our Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions whose lyrics are based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah! To celebrate the world embracing vision of Baha’u’llah, we’ve begun with those songs in a variety languages other than English, then we showcase all the Studio Sessions in English based on The Hidden Words, those based on quotations from Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, and finally, those that sing prayers revealed by Baha’u’llah.

21. The Trumpet Blast: A Soundtrack by Nikolai Clavier

The Trumpet Blast is a musical score for a play about the life of Baha’u’llah by that same name. Composed by Nokolai Clavier and performed in Norway to celebrate the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, this 14 track instrumental album includes pieces titled “Ridvan”, “The Heavenly Maid”, and “The Mansion of Bahji”, among many others.

22. Arsham Evoghli Rahbin Sings “Tu Eres”

“Tu Eres” is a song in Spanish, composed and performed by Arsham Evoghli Rahbin. The title translates as “You Are” and this song was composed as a tribute to Baha’u’llah in honour of the bicentenary anniversary of His Birth.

23. Debes Agradecer a Dio – Luces de Guia (Music Video)

“Debes Agradecer a Dios”, which translates as “We Must Thank God”, is a song created by Lights of Guidance, an indigenous family band from Bolivia. Sung in Spanish, this folk-style song was created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

24. “The Life of Baha’u’llah”: A New Children’s Book by Melissa Charepoo

In this new 72-page book filled with elegant drawings, Melissa chronologically outlines the events of Baha’u’llah’s life from His Birth to His Ascension through short stories and explanations of Baha’i concepts. The book also includes a family tree, a timeline, maps, and a glossary. It’s a fantastic and beautiful resource!

25. Omid Gollmer’s Nightingale Sessions

Omid Gollmer is a musician based in Stuttgart, Germany. In commemoration of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, he created several videos where he put excerpts from the Baha’i Writings to music. The video series is titled “The Nightingale Sessions”. In this video, Omid and Irena sing one of Baha’u’llah’s Hidden Words in German.

26. “Remember My Days”: A New Album by Corinne Padilla McLoughlin

Corinne Padilla McLoughlin has produced an album entitled Remember My Days. The tracks incorporate elements from various genres including jazz, blues, folk, classical, rock and world music and each song is a heartfelt tribute to Baha’u’llah.

27. Waters of Unity: An Album by Angela Bryan

Waters of Unity is a new album by Angela Bryan from Tasmania, Australia. 10 years in the making, the album is based on the Baha’i Writings, and was released in light of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah

28. A Dramatized Reading of E. G. Browne’s Meeting with Baha’u’llah

Baha’i Blog is thrilled to share with you a downloadable audio reading of a dramatic reading of Edward Granville Browne’s account of meeting Baha’u’llah.

29. Year of the Nightingale: A New Album by Luke Slott

In this interview, we hear from Luke Slott about his album, Year of the Nightingale, dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Baha’u’llah.

 

30. “What If?” A Theatrical Presentation for the Birth of Baha’u’llah

“What If?” is a theatrical production that was staged in honour of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah. Created by the Baha’is of Hamilton (Canada), “What If?” features drama, film and entertainers like Jack Lenz and Toronto’s Countermeasure to pose the question – “What if Baha’u’llah has brought the answers the world has been seeking?” This bicentennial celebration highlights the transformative impact of Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the lives of families, neighborhoods, and communities.

 

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