Eugene-Springfield area Bahá’ís will join Bahá’ís around the world in celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the founder of their religion, Bahá’u’lláh, who was born on November 12, 1817.
Bahá’u’lláh, whose given name was Mirza Husayn-Alí, was born into Persian nobility in Tehran. In 1863, he declared that he was God’s messenger for this age. As a result, he was stripped of his belongings and exiled, along with his family, to Baghdad and, later, to the Ottoman prison city of Acca in Palestine. His followers are known as Bahá’ís.