House of Baha'u'llah destroyed in Baghdad


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Redlands, California
Some hours ago Baha'is have been informed that the House of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad was destroyed..

Universal House of Justice on Destruction Most Great House in Baghdad - 6/27/2013

This was a site of pilgrimage for Baha'is and the issue of the House had even come up before the League of Nations some years ago:

House of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad

The House of the Bab in Shiraz, Iran was also destroyed around 1979 due to the Islamic revolution

Baha'i News -- House of the Bab, Shiraz, Iran

and that was the other site of pilgrimage.
Verily, it shall be so abased in the days to come...

Call thou to mind that which hath been revealed unto Mihdi, Our servant, in the first year of Our banishment to the Land of Mystery (Adrianople).

Unto him have We predicted that which must befall Our House (Baghdad House), in the days to come, lest he grieve over the acts of robbery and violence already perpetrated against it. Verily, the Lord, thy God, knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth.

To him We have written:

This is not the first humiliation inflicted upon My House. In days gone by the hand of the oppressor hath heaped indignities upon it. Verily, it shall be so abased in the days to come as to cause tears to flow from every discerning eye. Thus have We unfolded to thee things hidden beyond the veil, inscrutable to all save God, the Almighty, the All-Praised.

In the fullness of time, the Lord shall, by the power of truth, exalt it in the eyes of all men. He shall cause it to become the Standard of His Kingdom, the Shrine round which will circle the concourse of the faithful. Thus hath spoken the Lord, thy God, ere the day of lamentation arriveth. This revelation have We given thee in Our holy Tablet, lest thou sorrow for what hath befallen Our House through the assaults of the enemy. All praise be to God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 114
I believe this is a photo of the House of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad:

Destruction of the House of Baha’u'llah: update

July 17, 2013
In a message addressed to the Bahais of the world, the Universal House of Justice has stated:

“… it was with utter shock and desolating grief that the Baha’is in Baghdad discovered on 26 June that the “most holy habitation” of Baha’u'llah had been razed almost to the ground to make way for the construction of a mosque. It has now been confirmed that the work was undertaken without a legal permit. The destruction of the property, it emerges, had been planned for some time, but the largest part of the operation was carried out over just three days and nights, from 24 to 26 June, using heavy machinery. We understand that the Department of Antiquities, which had previously been preparing to renovate the property, is already taking steps to establish precisely what led to the demolition, to attempt to halt any construction on the same spot, and to bring to account those responsible. ...

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