Baha’is celebrate Anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab
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PORT BLAIR, MAY 21: Baha’is all over the world will celebrate the 173rd Anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab, the Prophet -Herald of the Baha’i Faith, on 23rd May 2017.
The Baha’s communities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, particularly Port Blair, Diglipur, Mayabunder, Hut Bay and Campbell Bay, have organised various jprogrammes on 22ndMay evening. In Port Blair, programmes have been planned at three places i.e. Phoenix Bay, Shadipur and Garacharama. The programme includes prayers and readings and meditation on the importance of the day, besides cultural events.
On a spring evening, ie: on 23rd May 1844, a conversation took place between two young men that heralded a New Era for the human race. A Persian Merchant announced to a traveller in the City of Shiraz that He was the bearer of a divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of humanity. He is known to history as the Bab (meaning “The Gate” in Arabic).
The Bab was only 25 when He declared His station to Mulla Husayn, The first eighteen, who believed in Him were given the special title of “Letters of the Living”. Each of these 18 Letters of Living investigated about the Bab’s message independently and accepted it by his/her own free will. Just like the 12 Apostles of His Holiness Jesus Christ and the “Ansar” or “helpers” of Prophet Muhammed, these Letters of the Living were pious people with open heart, which enabled them to be receptive to – and ultimately accept – their Lords newest message to humanity.
With His call for spiritual and moral information, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Bab’s prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary. At the same time, He founded a distinct, independent religion of His own, inspiring His followers to transform their lives and carry out great acts heroism.
The proclamation went forth that the Bab was shot dead on 9th July 1850 in Tabriz and great excitement prevailed in the city. The Declaration of the Bab is one of the nine Baha’i Holy Days of the year, when work is suspended.