Light: ‘Akkā, Israel

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Public Bath in Akka

Negeen Sobhani ©

In this public bath in Akka that Baha’u’llah frequented from the prison, He met Háji Abu’l-Hasan-i-Ardikáni, the first pilgrim to enter Akka and attain His presence. Although Abdu’l-Hasan was advised to make no sign of recognition, as soon as his eyes fell upon the illustrious person of Baha’u’llah, he was so overcome by emotion that his body shook and he fell to the ground, injuring his head on the stone floor so badly that he had to be carried out.

“Say: He, verily, hath established Himself upon the Throne of might and glory. Whosoever desireth to gaze upon His countenance, lo, behold Him standing before thee! Blessed be the Lord Who hath revealed Himself in this shining and luminous Beauty. Whosoever desireth to hearken unto His melodies, lo, hear them rising from His resplendent and wondrous lips! And unto whosoever desireth to be illumined by the splendours of His light, say: Seek the court of His presence, for God hath verily granted you leave to approach it, as a token of His grace unto all mankind.” – Baha’u’llah,  Suriyih Haykal

Negeen has had a film or digital SLR within arm’s reach for much of the past twenty years. She, her Italian-born husband, and Israeli-born children live in Oklahoma where she runs a wedding and photography business called Negeen Sobhani Photography. Stories behind the photos and new projects can be found on her blog.


  1. Alisa

    6 June, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Negeen – thank you so much for taking and posting this. It is profoundly moving.

  2. Saleem

    6 June, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    What she said. I don’t know if it’s the light or the sculpture itself, but they seem incredibly real.