BICENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Who is the Báb?
At the end of October 2019, Bahá’ís around the world will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, born Siyyid Ali Muhammad, in what is now Iran.
The 19th century was one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history, and as a young merchant, the Báb announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity. At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the name “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic.
With His call for spiritual and moral reformation, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Báb’s prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary. He announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions. This Manifestation of God was named Bahá’u’lláh.
Celebrate with us!
The Bahá’ís of Durham are planning activities to honor this event that will be open to all, culminating in a large event on Sunday, October 27, 2019. Join us at 3pm at the B.N. Duke Auditorium on the North Carolina Central University Campus for an uplifting commemoration followed by a reception. Parking information for this event can be found here.