Who Is the Bab?
No understanding can grasp the nature of His Revelation, nor can any knowledge comprehend the full measure of His Faith . . . how great and lofty is His station!” - Baha’u’llah
“On a spring evening in 1844, a conversation took place between two young men that heralded a new era for the human race. A Persian merchant announced to a traveler in the city of Shiraz that He was the Bearer of a Divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of humanity. The merchant’s name was Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad, and He is known to history as the Báb (meaning “the Gate” in Arabic).”Read More
The Roots of the Baha'i Faith: The Bab and Baha’u’llah
Where is the Bab
in The Story of Baha’u’llah?
Chapter 7: Witnesses of the Dawn
Chapter 10: Awake, Awake!
arrested on His return to Persia
Chapter 11: The Scholar and the Governors
Chapter 12: The Open Mountain and the Grievous Mountain
Chapter 14: The Blast of the Trumpet
Chapter 15: The Sermon of Wrath and a Royal Command
Chapter 16: Bandar Gaz and the Black Standard
Chapter 18: Courage at Tabarsi
Chapter 19: Embattled
Chapter 20: No Peace in the City of Tabriz
Chapter 26: The Mystery of God and His Treasure
the Bab and Baha’u’llah
Chapter 66: The Holy Mountain and the Maryrs of Yazd
“Witnesses of the Dawn”
from The Story of Baha’u’llah
While people in many parts of the world had been preparing for the coming of a new divine Messenger, ‘Ali-Muhammad – the Bab* – had been growing up quietly in Shiraz. . . . The Bab worked as a merchant from the age of fifteen. Always considerate, courteous, and truthful, fair in His dealings and generous to the poor, He earned a reputation as one whose character was above reproach.
Then, taking up a fresh reed pen, his Host began to write quickly and without hesitation, intoning the verses as He wrote. The rich beauty of His voice and the spiritual power that poured forth as He chanted, captivated Mulla Husayn. These verses spoke to the deepest questions of his soul – questions that could only be answered by the promised Qa’im. . . .
As his host continued without pause, Mulla Husayn’s every doubt dissolved. Excitement and joy, awe and wonder flooded his being, for he knew his quest was complete. “This Revelation, so suddenly and impetuously thrust upon me came as a thunderbolt which, for a time, seemed to have benumbed my faculties,” Mulla Husayn would later report. “I was blinded by its dazzling splendor and overwhelmed by its crushing force.” . . .
“O thou who art the first to believe in Me!” said his Host. “Verily I say, I am the Bab, the Gate of God.” The Bab cautioned Mulla Husayn not to tell anyone what he had seen and heard. “Eighteen souls must, in the beginning, spontaneously and of their own accord, accept Me and recognize the truth of My Revelation.” . . . .
With the number of His chosen disciples complete, the Bab gave them a sacred mission, directing His disciples “to teach the Word of God and to quicken the souls of men.” His Cause, He told them, was to proclaim the coming of the Qayyum – “the All-Compelling” – the Promised One of all religions. . . .
“O My beloved friends!” said the Bab, “You are the bearers of the name of God in this Day . . .
O My Letters! . . . You are the witnesses of the Dawn of the promised Day of God . . . Scatter throughout the length and breadth of this land, and, with steadfast feet and sanctified hearts, prepare the way for His coming.”
On the other side of the world, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse was testing a new invention – the telegraph. . . . He knew nothing about the Bab or His Letters of the Living, but on May 24, 1844 – one day after the Bab had revealed to Mulla Husayn that He was the Gate, the promised Qa’im – Samuel Morse sent the first official telegram. The message, taken from the Bible, said simply, “What hath God wrought!”
That short verse, traveling from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, reflected the same feelings of wonder and joy and gratitude that had stirred in the heart of Mulla Husayn half a world away when he realized that the young man in the green turban who had served him tea was the first trumpet blast of God – the first new divine Messenger sent to wake a sleeping world.