Please join the Huntsville Bahá’í community in observing the Declaration of the Báb, tomorrow, on Sunday, May 22, 9 p.m., at the Huntsville Baha’i Center.
There are many stories of the events that led up to the declaration, but the most frequently shared one recounts a turbulent time in Islamic history around the turn of the 19th century in Persia. A man of faith and knowledge, Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’í, traveled through the country professing that the day of the arrival of the Qá’im, the Promised One of Islam, was near.
These teachings caught the attention of one young man, Siyyid Kázim-i-Rashtí, who quickly became the favorite student of Shaykh Ahmad.
After Shaykh Ahmad died in 1826, Siyyid Kázim took up his torch and continued to travel and teach of the coming of The Promised One. However, many opposed these teachings, and in the tradition of his teacher before him, Siyyid Kázim enlisted one of his own students, Mullá Husayn, to visit leaders, to teach, and answer their questions. While Mullá Husayn was successful in speaking with these authorities, Siyyid Kázim still had to endure slander and threats from those who opposed his views. Shortly before his death in 1843, he sent his students out to search for the Promised One, whose revelation he said was at hand.
This led Mullá Husayn to the city of Shíráz on May 22, 1884, where he was greeted by a young man named Siyyid Alí-Muhhamád. Mullá Husayn was struck by the young man’s benevolence and compassion.
After a lengthy discussion, Mullá Husayn agreed that Siyyid Alí indeed embodied all of the traits Siyyid Kázim had always attributed to the coming Promised One. From that day forward, Siyyid Alí referred to Himself as The Báb, which means “The Gate.” To this day, as The Báb Himself pledged, the Declaration of The Báb is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Bahá’ís across the globe.
The Báb said His primary purpose was to awaken the people to the fact that a new period in human history had begun, one which would witness the unification of the entire human race and the emergence of a world civilization of spiritual and material prosperity. This great day would be established through the influence of a divinely inspired Educator, whom the Báb referred to as “He Whom God shall make manifest.” It was His own mission, the Báb declared, to herald the coming of this promised Manifestation of God. The Báb explained that the new Manifestation would usher in an age of peace and justice that was the hope of every longing heart and the promise of every religion. The Báb instructed His followers to spread this message throughout the country and to prepare people for this long-awaited day.
Read more about the Declaration of the Báb at Bahai.org