The Bab

Celebrating the birth of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh’s herald

“The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.”
— The Báb

On Monday, October 20, 2014, from noon till 4 pm, the Bahá’is of Arlington, VA will join neighboring communities in celebrating the Birth of the Báb, with a picnic and devotional program hosted by the Bahá’i community of Falls Church, at Cherry Hill Park.

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration - Oct. 20 - Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration – Oct. 20 – Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

The Bahá’í Faith traces its origin to 1844 and the announcement by a young man, Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, in Shiraz, Persia. He took the title of the Báb (meaning “Gate” in Arabic). On May 22, 1844, in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran)— the Báb announced that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation, which would prepare humanity for the advent of the Promised One foretold by all the world’s religions.

The Báb’s role can be compared to John the Baptist in the founding of Christianity. The Báb was Bahá’u’lláh’s herald: His primary mission was to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh’s coming.

“Harbinger of the Most Great Light” as extolled by Abdu’l-Bahá, the Bab describes Himself as:

the “Primal Point from which have been generated all created things”,
one of the “sustaining pillars of the Primal Word of God”,
the “Mystic Fane”,
the “Great Announcement”,
the “Flame of that supernal Light that glowed upon Sinai”,
the “Remembrance of God”,
the “Qa’im” promised to the Shi’ahs,
the “Mihdi” awaited by the Sunnis,
the “Return of John the Baptist” expected by the Christians,
the “Ushidar-Mah” referred to in the Zoroastrian scriptures, and
the “Return of Elijah” anticipated by the Jews.

As Baha’is all over the world come together to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of this Glorious Figure, we can reflect on the words of the Báb:

“Issue forth from your cities, O peoples of the West and aid God ere the Day when the Lord of mercy shall come down unto you in the shadow of the clouds with the angels circling around Him [cf.Qur’an 2:206], exalting His praise and seeking forgiveness for such as have truly believed in Our signs. Verily His decree hath been issued, and the command of God, as given in the Mother Book, hath indeed been revealed…

Become as true brethren in the one and indivisible religion of God, free from distinction, for verily God desireth that your hearts should become mirrors unto your brethren in the Faith, so that ye find yourselves reflected in them, and they in you. This is the true Path of God, the Almighty, and He is indeed watchful over your actions.”

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab

The Martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, took place on July 9, 1850 at noon. An event with no parallel in history save the crucifixion of Jesus, it is commemorated as a solemn Holy Day by Bahá’ís around the world.

Martyrdom of the BabThe holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work, for Baha’is, is suspended. There are no prescribed activities for this solemn day, but usually Baha’is will gather to read from the writings and say prayers at noon (the time of the execution).

Arlington Baha’is will commemorate the Martyrdom of the Báb on at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, at the the Woman’s Club of Arlington (700 S Buchanan St, Arlington, VA 22204) with a devotional program and light refreshments.

All are invited to the commemoration. In order to ensure a solemn atmosphere for the devotional program, please arrive by 12:45 pm.

Arlington Baha’is celebrate the Declaration of the Bab

A group of Arlington Baha’is, joined by a Chilean guest, gathered in the evening of May 22, 2014 to commemorate the Declaration of the Babmarking 170 full years since the beginning of the Baha’i Faith!


While sharing light refreshments, the friends viewed a video presentation about the house of the youthful Messenger of God whose title the Bab means the Gate to the knowledge of God.

The gathering continued with spiritually-uplifting conversations about the momentous event which took place 170 years ago in the city of Shiraz, Iran, and concluded with songs and the reading of the potent Tablet of Visitation at 10:31 pm — two hours and 11 minutes after sunset — the moment when the Bab informed His first disciple of His mission.

“I am,” thrice exclaimed the Báb, “I am, I am, the promised One! I am the One whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at whose mention you have risen, whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word and to pledge allegiance to My person.”

Local Baha’is to celebrate Birth of the Báb, Sunday, October 20

A picnic-gathering of Bahá’ís in northern Virginia to celebrate the Birth of the Báb, the Herald Prophet of the Bahá’í Faith, will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at the Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church, VA.

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration - Sunday, Oct. 20 - Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration – Sunday, Oct. 20 – Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

The Holy Day program including music, prayers and readings, storytelling around the firm, and children’s activities, will begin at 2:00 pm. Hot dogs will be provided; bring food for all to enjoy. Please join us, families and children, one and all!

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration - Sunday, Oct. 20 - Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration – Sunday, Oct. 20 – Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA

*The park is located in the 300 block of Park Av.,
one block north of West Broad St.(Route 7), two blocks west of Washington St. (Rte 29)
and behind City Hall and the Community Center

Click here for a Google map.