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The Khan-i-Avamid in Akka functioned as pilgrim house during the time of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. As such, it is of interest for pilgrims. This post (as part of a series of posts on places of interest in the Holy Land) tells the story of the Khan-i-Avamid. The text below can also be downloaded as a pdf (Khan-i-Avamid).
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During the last visit of the Blessed Beauty to the Ridvan Garden, He said: “I have never enjoyed being in any Garden as much as in this one, and I have never seen so beautiful a Garden.” Many remarkable events took place in this wonderful garden, and as such, this compilation on the Ridvan Garden in Akka is an attempt to capture a glimpse of how special the Ridvan Garden is.
On the afternoon of 31st of August 1868, the Blessed Beauty and His companions arrived to Akka and began their two year long incarceration at the Prison Barracks of Akka. When on pilgrimage, one is taken to the Prison Cell of the Blessed Beauty. These two years were very hard but eventful. In this compilation titled “Incarceration in the Barracks of Akka” the stories of main events that took place in direct connection to the Barracks are told. The contents of this compilation are:
- The Arrival of the Blessed Beauty and the other prisoners to the Barracks.
- The hardship endured during the first days of incarceration.
- Life in the Barracks (the solitude of the prisoners and daily life)
- Believers residing in the Holy Land
- Some stories of early pilgrims
- Tablets revealed in the Barracks
- Some stories of events that took place in the Barracks (such as the story of Shaykh Mahmud, Ahmad-i-Jarrah, the miraculous recovery of one of the friends, the transformation of Badi and the Great Sacrifice of the Purest Branch).
Maybe you would like to see the post on the arrival of the exiles to Akka.
On the 31st of August in 1868, Bahá’u’lláh and about 70 of His companions, arrived to the prison city of Akka. They arrived at the Sea Gate of the prison city, and were taken, among the to prison cells of the barracks square of the prison. In this document, Arrival to Akka I have, to the best of my knowledge, put together pictures of the path that the Blessed Beauty took from the Sea Gate to the Prison Cell. As there are many pictures, the size of the file is large (80 mb) so be ware before downloading it.
All references used in the pictorial path the exiles took, are from www. bahaullah.com.
One of the wisdoms and reasons for the Bahai Fast is to experience the state in which ones beloved is in. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá says;
“For every sincere soul who has a beloved longs to experience that state in which his beloved is. If his beloved is in a state of sorrow, he desires sorrow; if in a state of joy, he desires joy; if in a state of rest, he desires rest; if in a state of trouble, he desires trouble.”
Maybe this story about the Master, while in Akka, will serve to give us a small reminder.