The Báb -  Herald of the Baha'i Faith

 The story of the Baha'i Faith begins with the life, teaching and eventual martyrdom of a young man from the city of Shiraz in southern Persia (now called Iran). He was known as the Bab, which means 'The Gate'.

During the first half of the nineteenth century, millennial fervour gripped countless people throughout the world. Many Christians expected the return of Christ, whilst Muslims awaited the appearance of the 'Lord of the Age'. 

In Persia this messianic expectancy reached a dramatic climax on May 23, 1844, when a young merchant, the Bab, announced that He was the Bearer of a long-promised Divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of mankind.

Against a backdrop of wide-scale moral breakdown in Persian society, the Bab's declaration that spiritual renewal and social advancement rested on  'love and compassion' rather than 'force and coercion' aroused hope and excitement among all classes, and He quickly attracted thousands of followers.

The Bab declared that His purpose was to prepare mankind for the imminent appearance of the long-awaited Messenger of God, Whose mission was to usher in the age of peace and justice as promised by all the world's religions.

Swift and savage persecution followed this announcement. The Bab was arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and finally on July 9, 1850 executed in the public square of the city of Tabriz. Some 20,000 of His followers perished in a series of massacres throughout Persia. Today, the majestic building with the golden dome (see the photo above), overlooking the Bay of Haifa, Israel, and set amidst beautiful gardens, is the Shrine where the Bab's earthly remains are buried.

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