Declaration of His Holiness 'The Báb' will begin at the Sunset of Friday, 22 May and ends at the Sunset of Saturday, 23 May, 2020.
( 8 ‘Azamat, 177 BE)
On the 23rd of May, 2020, millions of Bahá'ís will be celebrating in every corner of the world to celebrate the 176th Anniversary of the Declaration of His Holiness“The Báb” (meaning “The Gate” in Arabic), who was the Forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh and the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá'í Faith.
Its observation begins at about two hours after sunset on the Sunset of Friday, 22nd May and ends at the Sunset of Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.
In the Persian city of Shiraz on May 23, 1844, The Báb declared His Mission to an young man named Mulla Husayn, who had been searching tirelessly with his
companions for the coming of the Promised One.
The Báb explained that He was the predecessor of another Messenger of God (Bahá'u'lláh) who would come soon after Him, and that His role was to prepare the people for the coming of this new Messenger whose divine revelation would unite the world of humanity.
Mulla Husayn became the first disciple of the Báb, and the events of this day mark the beginnings of the Baha’i Faith.
Bahá'u'lláh ordained that the Declaration of the Báb is one of two “ Most Great Festivals” ( the other being the Ridván festival) and it is celebrated by the Bahá'ís around the world as a Holy Day.
Born in Shiraz, a city in southern Iran, on 20 October 1819, the Báb was the symbolic Gate between past Ages of Prophecy and a New Age of fulfillment for humanity.
This great day would be established through the influence of a divinely inspired Educator, whom The Báb referred to as " He Whom God shall make manifest” (Bahá'u'lláh).
In the middle of the 19th century—one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history—a young merchant announced that He was the Bearer of a Message destined to transform the life of humanity.
At a time when His country, Persia (Iran), was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His Message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers.
It may astound us to know that until the exact day 23rd May 1844, when the Báb first proclaimed His Mission to Mulla Husayn who believed in Him first, the speed of human communication and transportation had not increased since the dawn of history and was limited to the speed of a fast horse. (Though steam locomotives had just become a reality, they could not excel the speed of a horse.)
During the early evening of May 22nd, 1844, The Báb declared His Mission to an ardent seeker named Mulla Husayn. Younger than Jesus when He declared His revelation, The Báb started, on that day, New Era of the Faith–and the renewal of the eternal promise of religion itself.
Soon many thousands of people became followers of The Báb. He upended the corrupt practices of the Persian clergy, challenged tradition by abrogating the laws of the past and declared that He had come, like John the Baptist, as the Herald for another Manifestation of God, the Promised One of All Ages, the Founder of a Universal and Unifying World Religion—Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
On that very day, exactly twelve hours after the Báb’s momentous announcement of a New Era, an American scientist, Samuel Morse, tapped out the first message to be transmitted by electromagnetic waves travelling at the speed of light and it read, “What Hath God Wrought” which is a phrase from the Holy Bible, (the Book of Numbers 23:23), and may refer to: "What hath God wrought", the official first Morse code message transmitted in the US on May 24, 1844, to officially open the Baltimore–Washington telegraph line. ( Thus precisely fulfilling the Scriptural Prophecy).
It was hardly coincidence that the Báb’s revelation should be accompanied by a quantum leap in the speed of human communication. Rather, it was one more demonstration of the inexorable working of the Destiny.
With the Báb's call for spiritual and moral reformation, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Báb’s prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary.
Bahá'ís rejoice and celebrate every year on the anniversary of the Declaration of His Holiness ' The Báb', who first sounded the great call for the unity of all peoples, cultures, nations and religions.
The Declaration of the Báb, which is one of the nine Bahá'í Holy days in the Bahá'í Calendar of the year when work is suspended.
( Compiled by Jaya Raju Thota)