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The Declaration of the Bab

The Bab

New religions start when a prophet of God receives a divine revelation—a mystical transference of inspiration, knowledge and spiritual power from the Creator. Then a few visionary early disciples begin to respond with their hearts and souls. With Buddha, with Abraham, with Jesus, with Muhammad, the same basic pattern took place. Each of those prophets opened the path to a new level of human consciousness.

Baha’is view The Bab as a Messenger of God, who had a role that can be likened to John The Baptist (who told of the coming of Christ) in heralding the coming of the latest Manifestation of God, Baha’u’llah.

In the early evening of May 23, 1844, Bab declared his mission to an ardent seeker. On that day, Baha’is believe, a new era of faith began, a renewal of the eternal promise of religion itself. Soon many thousands became followers of The Bab, who overturned the corrupt practices of the Persian clergy, upended tradition by abrogating the laws of the past and declared that he had come to pave the way for another prophet of God, Baha’u’llah, the founder of a universal and unifying world religion.

The Bab

“On this day in 1844 the Bab was sent forth heralding and proclaiming the Kingdom of God, announcing the glad tidings of the coming of Baha’u’llah and withstanding the opposition of the whole Persian nation. Some of the Persians followed Him. For this they suffered the most grievous difficulties and severe ordeals. They withstood the tests with wonderful power and sublime heroism. Thousands were cast into prison, punished, persecuted and martyred. Their homes were pillaged and destroyed, their possessions confiscated. They sacrificed their lives most willingly and remained unshaken in their faith to the very end. Those wonderful souls are the lamps of God, the stars of sanctity shining gloriously from the eternal horizon of the will of God.

The Bab was subjected to bitter persecution in Shiraz, where He first proclaimed His mission and message. A period of famine afflicted that region, and the Bab journeyed to Isfahan. There the learned men rose against Him in great hostility. He was arrested and sent to Tabriz. From thence He was transferred to Maku and finally imprisoned in the strong castle of Chihriq. Afterward He was martyred in Tabriz.”

Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

Baha’i communities around the world celebrate every year the anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab, a holy day commemorating the very beginning of the Baha’i Faith.

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Multifaith Devotions

Multifaith Devotional Gathering

Brockville Public Library

Saturday, May 27

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.