‘Alíy-i-Mírí, the Muftí of ‘Akká, had even, at the suggestion of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, to plead insistently that He [Bahá’u’lláh] might permit the termination of His nine-year confinement within the walls of the prison-city, before He would consent to leave its gates. The garden of Na‘mayn, a small island, situated in the middle of a river to the east of the city, honoured with the appellation of Ridván, and designated by Him the ‘New Jerusalem’ and ‘Our Verdant Isle,’ had, together with the residence of ‘Abdu’lláh Pásh
á—rented and prepared for Him by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and situated a few miles north of ‘Akká—become by now the favourite retreats of One Who, for almost a decade, had not set foot beyond the city walls, and Whose sole exercise had been to pace, in monotonous repetition, the floor of His bed-chamber.”
Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, pp. 192-193.