Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
Baha’is see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment, such as can be found in the children’s classes happening all around the world.
Born in Shiraz, Iran on 20 October 1819, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad would become known to the world as the Bab (meaning “the Gate” in Arabic). The Bab was the symbolic gate; it was His mission to herald the coming of this promised Manifestation of God whom we know to be Baha’u’llah. In the Baha’i calendar, the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah are celebrated one after the other in one festival referred to as the “Twin Holy Days”.
The Bab and Baha’u’llah: The Twin Manifestations of God – A Children’s Book
This particular book, which you can purchase here on Amazon, draws our attention to the unique relationship between the Bab and Baha’u’llah, even though They never met. Never before had a Manifestation of God served as the Herald of another Manifestation, as the Bab did for Baha’u’llah, and for this reason, They are known as the Twin Manifestations of God. This book shares the facts and major milestones of the lives of both Manifestations in a format that is easy for children to understand. The illustrations are vibrant and joyful. In this interview, Melissa tells us why she was inspired to create the book, who its intended audience is, and how the book came together:
Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write a book that would explore the station of the Bab and Baha’u’llah as the Twin Manifestations of God in a format that was easy for the reader to compare, contrast, and memorize important facts and major milestones of both Manifestations.
Baha’i Blog: Who is the audience for your book?
The book was written for children 6 years and older but the whole family can enjoy it as well.
Baha’i Blog: Can you tell us a little about how you created the illustrations?
Similar to my previous books I wanted to create illustrations that evoked a sense of reverence and respect. Specifically, the illustrations in this book were created to reinforce the concepts in the text by researching primary and secondary sources of the history of the Baha’i Faith to include illustrations that will further describe an event or a fact in the life of both Manifestations. I then proceeded to create the illustrations in watercolor in the same style as my previous books.
Baha’i Blog: What did you learn in the process of making this book specifically?
The theme of perseverance is one that keeps coming up for me during the process of creating my books. I was in the process of creating the book when the COVID-19 pandemic started in our state and many things changed for our family. I was tempted to stop altogether and resume the project at a later time, but instead, I decided to work a little every day and with much sacrifice and support of my family, I was able to complete the book.
Baha’i Blog: And we are so glad you did! Thank you so much, Melissa, for sharing this with us.
You can purchase ‘The Bab and Baha’u’llah: The Twin Manifestations of God’ here on Amazon. You can find out more about Melissa and her work from her website delighted-hearts.com
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.