Bahai News - Baha'is to solemnize martyrdom of man who predicted prophet
Saturday, June 24, 2000
Bahais to solemnize martyrdom of man who predicted
Members of the Baha'i Faith will observe a day of remembrance for one of
the central figures of the religion next month.
The Hawaii congregation will commemorate the martyrdom of the Bab, who
had predicted the coming of the leader of the Baha'i faith, with an
outdoor program and potluck lunch scheduled for 11 a.m. July 9 at Ewa
The Baha'i faith began in Islamic countries in the 19th century. In 1844
the Bab, one of God's messengers, proclaimed the coming of a new era
when the world would be unified.
The Bab, whose name means "the Gate," predicted that a great prophet
would appear. He is best described as the equivalent of what John the
Baptist was to Jesus, said Paul Sjoquist of the National Spiritual
Assembly of the Baha'i of the Hawaiian Islands.
The Bab won many followers, but his teachings alarmed Islamic clergy and
Persian government officials. On July 9, 1850, the Bab was executed in
Three years after his death, Mirza Husayn-Ali declared he was the
predicted prophet and assumed the name Baha'u'llah, which means "Glory
to God." He is the founder of the Baha'i faith.
Sjoquist estimates there are as many as 1,000 Baha'i followers in Hawaii.
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