Baha’is celebrate 173rd anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab

Port Blair
22 May 2017

Baha’is across the world will celebrate the 173rd anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab, the Prophet -Herald of the Baha’i Faith on May 23. The community in these islands various programmes on Sunday including prayers and readings and meditation on the importance of the day.
In the Persian City of Shiraz on 23rd May 1844, the Bab declaraed His mission to a young man named Mulla Husayn, who had been searching tirelessly with his companions for the coming of the Promised One.
The Bab explained that He was the predecessor of another Messenger of God (Baha’u’llah), who would come soon after Him, and that His role was to prepare others for the coming of this new Messenger, whose divine revelation would unite the world of humanity. Mulla Husayn became the first disciple of the Bab, and the events of this day marked the beginning of the Baha’i Faith.
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. The Bab explained that the new Manifestation would usher in an age of peace and justice that was the hope of every longing heart and the promise of every religion.
The Bab instructed His followers to spread this message throughout the country and to prepare people for this long-awaited day. Baha’u’llah, one of the Bab’s leading advocates, announced on 21st April 1863 that He was the Divine Messenger the Bab had promised.
The Bab was imprisoned and later executed for His beliefs and activities on 9th July 1850 at Tabriz. Baha’ullah ordained that the Declaration of the Bab is one of the two “ Most Great Festivals” (the other being Ridvan Festival). The Declaration of the Bab is one of the 9 Baha’i Holy Days during the year on which Baha’is suspend work.