Bahá'u'lláh - Messenger of God
In the past, God's Messengers have for the most part
presented their messages to humanity by speaking or preaching; these
outpourings have been recorded by others, sometimes during the
Prophet's life, sometimes later, from the memory of His followers. The
Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, however, Himself took up pen and paper
and wrote down for humanity the revelation He received or dictated His
message to believers who served as secretaries.
Bahá'u'lláh addressed not only those timeless
theological and philosophical questions that have plagued humanity
since antiquity--such as Who is God? What is goodness? and Why are we
here?--but also the questions that have preoccupied 20th century
thinkers: What motivates human nature? Is real peace indeed possible?
Does God still care for humanity?
From His words, the worldwide community of
Bahá'u'lláh draws its inspiration, discovers its moral bearing and
derives creative energy.
Bahá'u'lláh, whose name means "The Glory of God" in
Arabic, was born on 12 November 1817 in Tehran. The son of a wealthy
government minister, Mirza Buzurg-i-Nuri, His given name was
Husayn-`Ali and His family could trace its ancestry back to the great
dynasties of Iran's imperial past. Bahá'u'lláh led a princely life as
a young man, receiving an education that focused largely on
horsemanship, swordsmanship, calligraphy and classic poetry.