Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, passed away on 29 May, 1892. This holy day is commemorated by Baha’is all over the world and is known as ‘The Ascension of Baha’u’llah’. To pay their respects, Baha’is honor this holy day with prayers and selections from the Baha’i Writings. It is also one of nine days in the year where work should be suspended. The date to commemorate the Ascension shifts within the Gregorian calendar — in the Baha’i calendar it always falls on the 13th of Azamat .
The final resting place of Baha’u’llah, known as the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, is located in Bahji (outside Akka, in present day Israel), and is the Point of Adoration to which Baha’is turn when reciting their Obligatory Prayer.
In commemorating this holy day, we thought we’d share these 16 Baha’i Blog resources about the Life of Baha’u’llah, His Ascension and the Shrine of Baha’u’llah:
In this article, Naysan shares a historic account of the Ascension of Baha’u’llah, including a passage from Shoghi Effendi’s God Passes By to help us commemorate this Holy Day.
In honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, we compiled a list of all the Baha’i Blog Studio Session based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. At that time, we had shared 43 Studio Sessions in a diversity of languages.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
“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.