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Group to celebrate beginning of Baha'i faith
The Baha'is of Athens-Clarke County on Friday will celebrate the
anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab, which marks the beginning
of the Baha'i faith.
Mirza Ali-Muhammad, the Bab, was a young merchant who declared his
mission in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), on May 23, 1844. He declared that
he was a prophet of God who would establish a new religion after Islam.
He took the name "The Bab," which means "the Gate" in Arabic.
He told his followers (who were known as Babis) that his mission was to
prepare the world for the appearance of another prophet who would fulfill
the promises of all previous religions and usher in an age of unity and
peace. A Babi leader by the name of Baha'u'llah, Arabic for "the Glory
of God," later announced he was the one foretold by the Bab. Baha'u'llah's
followers are known as Baha'is.
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