Abdu’l-Baha was born in Tehran on May23rd1844, the same day and year which marks the declaration of the Bab and the beginning of the Baha’i Era. He was the oldest son of Baha’u’llah who bequeathed upon Him the titles “The Most Great Branch” and “The Mystery of God.” Abdu’l -Baha chose his own name meaning  “The Servant of Baha” after the passing of Baha’u’llah and today He is affectionately referred to, by the friends, as “The Master.”


In the Book of the Covenant, Baha’u’llah named Abdu’l-Baha as  His successor and the authorized Interpreter of His writings. His station is described by Shoghi Effendi as The perfect Exemplar of His Faith, endowed with superhuman knowledge, and to be regarded as the stainless mirror reflecting His light.”


While still a child Abdu’l-Baha recognized His Father’s station and was loyal and steadfast as He shared His exile to Constantinople, and imprisonment in Akka with his sister and younger brother Mirza Mihdi. 

At 29 years old He married Munirih Khanum and together they had nine children. His eldest daughter Diya’iyyih was the mother of Shoghi Effendi.

In 1911 Abdu’l Baha began His historic journey to Europe and North America where he travelled to proclaim Baha’u’llah’s revelation to the seekers throughout the West and laid the corner stone of the Mother temple in Wilmette.

In 1920 he was knighted by the British Government for His humanitarian efforts for the relief of hunger in Palestine during World War 1. Abdu’l-Baha established the first institutions of the Baha’i Administrative Order and wrote many books and tablets during His lifetime including The Secrets of Divine Civilization, Memories of the Faithfull and Some Answered Questions.

He passed away in Haifa on November 28th 1921 and is buried in a vault at the Shrine of the Bab, on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land.



In accordance with the guidelines set  down by the Universal House of Justice this original oil painting of Abdu’l-Baha’s  portrait, is available as  an individual print on canvas  stretched, hand embellished by the artist, repainted and varnished ready for display with all the appearance of the original  portrait. (Please allow a one month turnaround for the oil paint and varnish to dry with this order.)


“The Universal House of Justice has no objection if the friends commission skillful artists to paint portraits of Abdu’l-Baha from photographs.”

                                                                Universal House of Justice Sept.14 1982



“The portrait of the Master, which you obviously painted with so much care and love, he has placed in the Western Pilgrim House, where it can be enjoyed by the friends. He has no objection to your giving friend’s photographs of your portraits.”

                                              Written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi March 28th 1947



To discuss this painting, arrange an individual payment plan, make an offer on this original work of art please contact the artist directly at info@ivanlloyd.com .

“The Universal House of Justice has no objection if the friends commission skilful artists to paint portraits of Abdu’l-Baha from photographs.”

                                                                Universal House of Justice Sept.14 1982

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