Bahai News - BIRTH OF THE BAB (BAHAI)
BIRTH OF THE BAB (BAHAI)
The Baha'i (pronouced buh-HIGH) religion was founded by Siyyid Ali Muhammed
who was born in Persia, which we now call Iran, on October 29, 1819. In 1844,
he began teaching, calling himself the Bab, which means the gate. He meant
he was the Gate to God. The Bab claimed that he was the forerunner of the
Great Divine Teacher Baha'u'llah, who would appear soon and fulfill the
promises of all the world's religions. The Bab was executed in 1850 by order
of the Shah's chief minister. Muslim religious leaders thought this movement
was a threat to orthodox Islam.
In 1866, one of the Bab's followers, Mirza Husayn-'Ali-i-Nuri (1817-1892), a
prominent follower of the Bab, declared that he was the Manifestation
predicted by the Bab. He called himself Baha'u'llah. The world headquarters
of the Bahá'í Faith is in the Holy Land. There are about 5 million
followers of the Baha'i religion worldwide.
Baha'is believe that humanity is a single people with a common destiny. In
the words of their Founder, "The earth is but one country, and mankind its
The Bahá'i religion teaches that there is one God who little by little
reveals His will to humanity. There have been several Messengers of God --
Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Muhammad and Zoroaster -- in the world's
great religions. Bahá'u'lláh is the most recent Messenger.
The Bab's son came to Canada in 1912 and gained many followers. Canada is
second only to the United States in the number of followers. In 1937 a woman
from Montreal married the grandson of the Bab. Her house, called the Maxwell
House in Montreal, is a pilgrimage site for Baha'is.
The birthday of the Bab is celebrated with prayers and great joy. There is
no work on the Bab's birthday.
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