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Foundations of the Baha’i Faith 37 CHAPTER 3 BAHA’U’LLAH, FOUNDER OF THE BAHA’I FAITH O ne important follower of the Bab escaped the fatal end of so many others. His name was Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri. Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri was born on November 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). His family was Persian nobility. His father was a landowner and a government official. The family was well-todo and socially prominent, and the boy’s father held a high position in the Persian court. Young Mirza Husayn Ali had no formal education; he was homeschooled.

There he lived quietly, writing, meditating, and enjoying his gardens. Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith 51 A Subject of Devotion and Love While living at Bahji Baha’u’llah received visitors from the many places to which the Baha’i Faith had begun to spread. One visitor was an English scholar, Edward Granville Browne, whom Baha’u’llah impressed deeply. Browne wrote: No need to ask in whose presence I stood. I bowed myself before the one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain .

After the conference at Badasht the Bab had named Mirza Yahya as the one to be the head of the Babi Faith if the Bab were to die. At the time the Bab was in prison, and he and Baha’u’llah both felt that Baha’u’llah could do the most good for the faith from behind the scenes. Since Baha’u’llah was both older and wiser than his brother, they believed that Mirza Yahya would continue to take his advice. Mirza Yahya was easily swayed. After the Bab’s death he fell under the influence of a Muslim cleric named Siyyid Muhammad.

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