About the Birth of the Bab

Born in Shiraz, a city in southern Iran, on 20 October 1819, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad would become known to the world as the Bab (meaning “the Gate” in Arabic). The Bab was the symbolic gate between past ages of prophecy and a new age of fulfilment for humanity. 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 Bab referred to as “He Whom God shall make manifest.” It was His own mission, the Bab declared, to herald the coming of this promised Manifestation of God whom we know to be Baha’u’llah.

In the Baha’i calendar, the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah are celebrated one after the other in one festival referred to as the “Twin Holy Days”. These days are celebrated around the world after the 8th new moon following Naw Ruz.

Below are 12 Baha’i Blog resources about the Birth of the Bab and the Twin Holy Days:

1. The Bab – The Harbinger of the Most Great Light

Yas shares some tributes to the Bab as well as some of His titles to help us gain an understanding of this Harbinger of the Most Great Light.

2. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab

This short 10 part quiz includes introductory questions about the Bab and His Revelation.

3. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab (Part II)

Further test your knowledge — or that of you friends and family — with this second quiz about the Bab.

4. Twin Birthdays for Twin Manifestations

Kamelia writes about how, with the birth of the Baha’i Faith, the realization of two related but independent religions arising within one age was actualized.

5. The Twin Holy Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

In this article, Sam offers some thoughts on the extraordinary historical bond between the Bab and Baha’u’llah.

6. “This Newborn Child”: A Song for the Twin Holy Days

“This Newborn Child” is a moving single by Ramine Yazhari. It features the words of Baha’u’llah from a recently translated tablet in honour of the Twin Holy Days.

7. An Introduction to the Bayan

In this article, Sonjel provides a brief introduction to both the Persian Bayan and the Arabic Bayan, volumes of the Bab’s prolific and powerful Revelation. The Persian Bayan is considered the Mother Book of the Bab’s Dispensation and it is a book of laws, teachings and traditions.

8. The Bab’s Revelation

Sonjel reflects and shares historical accounts of the astounding speed at which the Bab revealed Sacred Writings, a speed that was constrained only by the capacity of His ananuencis (or secretary).

9. The Bab – What Was He Like?

Michael looks at some quotations that historically document impressions of those who were able to be in the Bab’s presence.

10. 6 Books About the Life of the Bab

Naysan offers a short list of books about the life of the Bab, from The Dawn-Breakers to Release the Sun. These books all explore the short, dramatic and powerful life of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith.

11. 7 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of the Bab

At the time of the celebration of the Birth of the Bab in 2017, we had shared 7 Studio Sessions based on the Writings of the Bab, including multiple melodies to the prayer that begins “I adjure Thee by Thy might…”

12. 3 New Tablets for the Twin Holy Days

In this article, we joyously share the news of the release of three newly translated tablets about the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah that were revealed by Baha’u’llah.