justice and fairness at a very young age. People also remarked on his wisdom and spiritual insight. His deep knowledge of the Qur'án and the Hadíth astounded many learned men.
The well-known scholar Shaykh Muhammad-Taqí, once asked a gathering of about a thousand students to explain a particular saying from the Hadíth (oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of the Islamic prophet Mohammed). Bahá'u'lláh, who had received no formal education, gave an explanation that left the great man silent.
Bahá'u'lláh was a very generous man. He was not impressed by the trappings of wealth, even though He had grown up surrounded by them. His main focus in life was always spiritual. When he was a boy Bahá'u'lláh had a dream of being in a garden while huge birds attacked him on all sides, but the birds were unable to harm Him. He then went to sea, where he was attacked by birds and fish, but again he wasn't harmed. His father called a famous seer to interpret the dream. The seer indicated that Bahá'u'lláh would become the founder of a great Cause and would be attacked by the leaders and learned men of the world, but they would be unable to harm him. His life, as it turned out, would be very much like his childhood dream.
He heard about the Báb's new religion when the Báb sent a letter to him, and embraced the Báb's religion. He never met the Báb, but became one of His foremost followers and suffered imprisonment and torture as a result.
After the Báb's execution in 1850, Bahá'u'lláh Himself went to prison on false charges. His property was confiscated and his house sacked by a mob. When he was released from prison he was exiled to Baghdád in Iraq. Ten years later he was exiled to Constantinople, then transferred to Adrianople and finally to the distant prison-city of Akká, in the Holy Land near Mt. Carmel.
Throughout these 40 years of imprisonment and exile, Bahá'u'lláh was beleaguered by enemies in the government, the clergy and even within His own family. There were several attempts on His life. Despite all this, He remained a person of deep spiritual insight and wisdom, dedicated to justice and integrity, full of goodness and generosity.
For Bahá'ís, the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh is a Holy Day celebrating the rebirth of the world through the love of God.