About the Declaration of the Bab

On a spring evening on May 22rd, 1844, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation whose aim was to prepare the world for “Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest,” a Messenger of God known as Baha’u’llah. Baha’is refer to Siyyid Ali-Muhammad by His title, the Bab, which is Arabic for “the Gate,” and that eventful evening is celebrated every year by Baha’is around the world.

Below are 14 Baha’i Blog resources about the Declaration of the Bab, the life of the Bab, and His Station:

1. The Declaration of the Bab and His Station

In this article, Naysan explores what happened during the Declaration of the Bab and he quotes from Shoghi Effendi’s The World Order of Baha’u’llah in order to help us understand this Holy Day and its significance to the world.

2. The Declaration of the Bab

Roya offers a historical perspective on what occurred on “one of the greatest and most significant of all festivals” and she draws on quotations from Nabil’s The Dawn-Breakers.

3. The Bayan – an Introduction

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.

4. 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).

5. A New Era Begins: Reflections on the Declaration of the Bab

Layli ponders on the significance of the Declaration of the Bab by sharing quotations from the recently-translated volume of Baha’u’llah’s Writings on Holy Days, Days of Remembrance.

6. Purity of Heart, Determination and Devotion: A Tribute to Mulla Husayn

The Bab proclaimed His Message to Mulla Husayn, the first Letter of the Living. In this article, Sonjel shares three outstanding qualities that Mulla Husayn demonstrated in the moments leading to and immediately following the birth of the Bab’s Revelation.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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…”

10. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab

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

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Dr. Nader Saiedi’s Talk “Fire and Light in the Bab’s Tablet”

In this audio recording of a talk by Dr. Nader Saiedi, a scholar on the Bab and His Revelation, we learn about a Tablet revealed by the Bab in which He proclaims to be the Promised Qa’im.

14. Baha’i Blog Studio Session: “I am the Promised One”

In this Studio Session, Carl Brehmer from Phoenix (USA) sings the words of an address by the Bab as it was recorded in The Dawn-Breakers. You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/i-am-the-promised-one-carl-brehmer