As Baha’is in Canada and around the world prepare to celebrate the upcoming bicentenary of the birth of the Bab, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada has published a new presentation, titled The Báb: The Gate and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh.
Over 20 pages, laid out against stunning photography that features the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel, the presentation illuminates the relationship between the Bab and Baha’u’llah in the genesis of the Baha’i Faith.
Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad was born in Persia in October 1819, and took the name the Bab, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic. During His public mission, from 1844 to 1850, He established a new religion that marked a theological and social departure from Islam. He prepared His followers for the imminent appearance of another Messenger of God, who would usher in a new era of peace and unity – foretold by the prophets of the past. This Messenger was Baha’u’llah, whose name means, “The Glory of God”.
The presentation describes the dawn of the Bab’s revelation, followed by His execution as a young man at the hands of the Persian authorities, and the lasting influence of His teachings.
The combined teachings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh constitute the sacred writings of the Bahá’í Faith, which convey the message of humanity’s coming of age: the peoples of the world are passing from our long childhood, through the tumultuous period of adolescence, and are now approaching the maturity of the human race as one, inseparable organic family. In the scriptures of these two Manifestations of God, we see the vision and promise that the human race will become one, and that a global civilization of peace and justice, prosperity and well-being, will be established.
The presentation is available to view online, and it can also be downloaded in PDF or ordered in print copy.