This fall, Baha’is worldwide will celebrate the birth of their religion’s two founders who established an inclusive monotheistic faith that’s grown to five million believers in nearly every country and territory. These are Baha’i holy days when work is suspended and Baha’i communities in hundreds of U.S. localities will hold public commemorative events.
The Birth of the Bab on Oct. 20 commemorates the 1819 birth in Shiraz, Persia, of Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title “the Bab,” meaning “the Gate.” The Bab was the herald who prepared the way for Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. The Bab called on people to purify themselves for the coming day of God.
The Birth of Baha’u’llah on Nov. 12 commemorates the 1817 birth of Baha’u’llah (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) in Nur, Persia. Baha’u’llah, whose name means the “Glory of God,” announced in 1863 that he is God’s messenger for this age. His teachings and sacred writings are the basis of the Baha’i Faith.
Baha’u’llah proclaimed that God, our loving creator, sends divine messengers or manifestations of God with teachings that enable humanity to know and to worship God. These great manifestations have appeared throughout history every 500 to 1,000 years, bringing human civilization to ever higher levels of spiritual and material advancement. Baha’u’llah is the latest in this long line of divine messengers, which has included Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster and the Bab.
The Bahai Faith is represented in every state and thousands of communities throughout the United States. To learn more about the Baha’i Faith in America, check www.bahai.us.