Declaration of the Bab

Gate on the Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab. © Bahá'í International Community

Two hours after sunset on May 22, 1844, a young man, Whose title is the Bab (“gate” in Arabic), announced that He was the bearer of a long-promised Divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of the human race.

His role was that of a portal through which the universally anticipated Revelation of God would appear in the form of another Messenger. This Messenger from God would be far greater: He would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in Islam, Judaism, Christianity and all the other world religions.

The Bab referred to the Messenger as “Him Whom God shall make manifest” and said, “No words of Mine can adequately describe Him nor. . . do justice to His Cause.”

That Messenger was Baha’u’llah.

After His announcement, the Bab was arrested, beaten and imprisoned. On July 9, 1850, He was executed in the public square of the town of Tabriz. Prominent 19th century French writer A.L.M. Nicolas wrote that the Bab’s life “is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold.”

Around the world, Baha’is celebrate the Declaration of the Bab with joy and gratitude. We hope you can join us!

Beaverton Beaverton Baha’i Center
Saturday May 22, 2010
7:15 pm
Potluck Dinner and Program

5355 SW Murray Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Portland Portland Baha’i Center
Saturday May 22, 2010
10:00 pm
(commemoration at 10:43 pm)

8720 Ivanhoe Street Portland,
OR 97203