10. BAHÁ’U’LLÁH – 1817 AD

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God has made people both physical and also spiritual. Our spirit longs to talk to God. He sent us His Spiritual Teachers to teach us about God. These Spiritual Teachers are very, very special. They can hear God speak to them. This story is of Bahá’u’lláh, our Spiritual Teacher, the newest Prophet of God.

Bahá’u’lláh, like the Báb lived a long time ago in Iran. They lived at the same time but they never met. When someone came to tell Bahá’u’lláh about the Báb, He knew at once that what He heard was true and He decided at once to help Him. Bahá’u’lláh helped by teaching the people how God wanted them to live.

Do you remember that the Báb had so many followers who were put in prison or killed? Bahá’u’lláh was also put in prison. It was a most terrible place like a big dark room under the ground, that was named the Síyáh-Chál. There were many prisoners there. Bahá’u’lláh and His friends were chained round their ankles and round their necks. Bahá’u’lláh was kept in this terrible place for four months, while many of His followers were taken away and killed.

One night, while still in that horrible prison, Bahá’u’lláh had a wonderful dream. He dreamed that a big river was flowing from the top of His head, down His body and as it flowed His whole body seemed to be as hot as fire. In His dream He heard God speaking, and He understood that He should not be afraid for He was safe. He would be the Victor. He would win by Himself and by His Pen. When God said “By Yourself” it seems as if God meant that the way Bahá’u’lláh would live and the way He would speak would win the hearts of the people. And when God said “By your Pen” it seems that He meant the Words that Bahá’u’lláh would write would attract people’s hearts. And all that came true.

When He was freed from prison He and His family were sent away from His home in Iran and sent to the neighbouring country of Iraq. Bahá’u’lláh spent the rest of His life as a prisoner. But many people came to visit Him and listen to Him. Bahá’u’lláh also wrote many, many letters telling people about God and His Teachings which are like a medicine for the problems of the whole world. The words from these letters have been made into books for us to read. Bahá’u’lláh came to teach us that all the people of the world are God’s people and He wants us to forget our differences and live happily together.

Activity. Draw bricks/paving stones on the paper. Stick a black paper circle (to represent the Síyáh-Chál) in the centre of the paving. Then stick paper bars over it to represent the prison.