Over 4000 years old, Akka is one of, if not the, longest-inhabited city in the region. There are references to it found in Egyptian writings from as early as 2000 BC. Over the years it has been a fought over and captured by the likes of Alexander Jannaeus, Cleopatra, and Tigranes the Great. It was visited by Marco Polo, served as a fortress of the crusaders and as a prison city for the Ottoman Empire. By 150 years ago, it was a city known for its terrible conditions, the air said to be so foul that if a bird flew over it 3 times, it would drop dead. For me its greatest significance is that Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith was exiled here in 1868, His teaching of peace, equality of men and women, and the unity of humankind considered a threat to the reigning powers.
The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.
All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth. Say: O friends! Drink your fill from this crystal stream that floweth through the heavenly grace of Him Who is the Lord of Names. Let others partake of its waters in My name, that the leaders of men in every land may fully recognize the purpose for which the Eternal Truth hath been revealed, and the reason for which they themselves have been created.