How was the Baha’i division created?
In Iraq, Baha’u’llah was taking matters in his own hand, and this infuriated Subh-i-Azal and caused a quarrel between the two brothers. As a result, Baha’u’llah left for the mountains of Soleimani.
His majesty was living there with special cloth and a dervish kashkool (a beggar’s bowl) and used the fake name ‘Darvish Muhammad’.
He studied irfan and alchemy. After two years in the Soleimani Mountains he decided to come back to Iraq. Baha’u’llah requested permission from his brother Mirzá Yahyá Núri Subh-i-Azal.
There came the summons bidding us return whence we came. Surrendering our will to His, We submitted to His injunction.
After his return to Iraq, because of the disturbance they made, Bábis were again exiled to Istanbul.
At 1863 en route to Istanbul, Baha’u’llah declared his perceived mission and claimed to be the ‘manifestation of God’, even though Báb prophesized that such a person will rise in 1511 years later. Along with Baha’u’llah, 25 other people declared to be the manifestation of God.
When the declaration of Baha’u’llah reached to the Bábi population, it created a new division:
The followers of Subh-i-Azal, were named Azalis (or Bábis).
The followers of Baha’u’llah were named Baha’is.
The division took the dispute between the brothers to a new level. The Azalis were exiled to Famagusta in Cyprus and the Baha’i were sent to Acre in Palestine. Subh-i-Azal died in Palestine, Baha’u’llah died in Acre.
Baha’u’llah had other claims for himself, other than ‘Manifestation of God’, he knew himself as a mortal ant , and at some times, he knew himself from the deities and as the God of all Gods.
All his claims were made, while he knew Prophet Muhammad as the Seal of the Prophets.