In less than a week, we celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. As part of preparation for this Holy Day and its celebration, it might be valuable to read some stories and recounts of believers who had the honour of being in the presence of the Blessed Beauty and experience the Majesty of His Person. For the next five days, beginning with today, such stories will be posted. The first story is from Revelation of Bahaullah (vol 3) and is about when Bahá’u’lláh arrived to the Prison City of Akka. A large crowd had gathered to see and jeer at Him whom they had heard was the “God of the Persians”. Some of those in the crowd, however, recognized the Majesty and Greatness of the Blessed Beauty.

These, as they gazed upon the countenance of Baha’u’llah, were struck by His majesty and witnessed a glory they had never seen before. Among them was a certain Khalil Ahmad ‘Abdu, a venerable old man who used to say to the inhabitants of ‘Akka that he could see in the face of Baha’u’llah signs of greatness and of majesty and truthfulness. He often said that the people of ‘Akka should rejoice and be thankful to God for having ennobled their homeland by the footsteps of this great Personage.

Another man in the crowd watching the arrival of the exiles was known as ‘Abdu’llah Tuzih. He saw the radiance, the power, and the glory of Baha’u’llah’s countenance and was drawn to Him. He later became a believer and his daughter (who was born on the same day that Baha’u’llah arrived in ‘Akka) was some years later joined in wedlock with Husayn-i-Ashchi, a cook in Baha’u’llah’s household and one of His devoted servants.