On May 22, 1844 two hours after sunset, Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a new Divine Revelation and the imminent appearance of the Promised One of all religions. Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad took the title “the Báb” which means “the Gate”. The Báb stated that His purpose was to prepare mankind for this next Divine Messenger who would usher in a time where peace and harmony would be established on earth and humankind will live in prosperity.
Bahá’u’lláh, one of the Báb’s leading advocates, announced in April 1863 that He was the Divine Messenger the Báb had promised. Today Bahá’ís all over the world celebrate the anniversary of the Báb declaration of His mission on the evening of May 22 and during the day of May 23. May 23 is one of the nine holy days Bahá’ís suspend work or school.
Here in Arlington, we will be commemorating this very important date with the Bahá’ís of Alexandria with a picnic potluck on Friday May 23rd at Fort Ward Park at 3:00pm. The park is located next to St. Stepehen’s & Agnes school which is located at 4401 W Braddock Road. You are invited to come and join us!