Banishment from Iran
After four months in the Black Pit, Bahá’u’lláh was banished from His native land – the beginning of 40 years of exile, further imprisonment and persecution. He was forced to set out even before recuperating from the ill health caused by being in the dungeon and from the wounds resulting from the weighty chains around His neck. He went first to Baghdad, then a part of the Ottoman Empire. Complicity between the Persian and Ottoman rulers governed all His remaining banishments.