About the Birth of the Bab

Born in Shiraz, a city in southern 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 between past ages of prophecy and a new age of fulfilment for humanity. His primary purpose was to awaken the people to the fact that a new period in human history had begun, one which would witness the unification of the entire human race and the emergence of a world civilization of spiritual and material prosperity. This great day would be established through the influence of a divinely inspired Educator, whom the Bab referred to as “He Whom God shall make manifest.” It was His own mission, the Bab declared, 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”. These days are celebrated around the world after the 8th new moon following Naw Ruz.

Below are 35 Baha’i Blog resources about the Birth of the Bab and the Twin Holy Days:

 

1. The Bab – The Harbinger of the Most Great Light

Yas shares some tributes to the Bab as well as some of His titles to help us gain an understanding of this Harbinger of the Most Great Light. Continue to post…

 


2. The Bab: The Harbinger of the Most Great Light [Audio Version] 

You can hear Yas read the above mentioned article featuring tributes to the Bab and His titles in this audio recording of her article. Continue to post…

 


3. Universal House of Justice Releases Film “Dawn of the Light” for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

The Universal House of Justice has commissioned a feature film for the joyous and historic bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. “Dawn of the Light” can be downloaded or watched online from the official bicentennial website: bicentenary.bahai.org  Continue to post…


4. Message from the Universal House of Justice Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

The Universal House of Justice has just released a message marking the occasion of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. The letter can be found on the Baha’i International Community’s website dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab and is available in several languages. Continue to post…


5. Audio Reading of Universal House of Justice Message Marking the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

This is an audio reading of the message from the Universal House of Justice dated October 2019, marking the occasion of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. The letter can be found on the Baha’i International Community’s website dedicated to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab and is available in several languages. Continue to post…


6. 30 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Based on the Writings of the Bab

In honor of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, we thought we’d showcase all of our Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions whose lyrics are based on His Writings. At that time we had shared 30 songs! Continue to post…

 


7. Aerial Footage of the Shrine of the Bab Now Available in Baha’i Media Bank

Five new video clips of aerial footage of the Shrine of the Bab, located in Haifa, Israel, have recently been added to the Baha’i Media Bank. Continue to post…

 

 


8. The Shrine of the Bab – Aerial Footage with Music

This video shows aerial footage put to music of the Shrine of the Bab located in Haifa, Israel, and this year marks the bicentennial of the Birth of the Bab. Continue to post…

 

 


9. 19 Animated Videos by the Baha’is of Ireland for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

The Irish Baha’i Community has created a series of 19 short animated videos in honor of the bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. These charming and succinct videos share warmly-told stories about the early days of the Baha’i Faith and about some qualities of the Bab. Continue to post…


10. Remembering the Bab (Parts 1 & 2) – A Talk by Mr. Hooper Dunbar

In this two-part talk given at the Baha’i Winter School, December 2018 in Malaysia, Mr. Hooper Dunbar shares some quotations from the Baha’i Writings and personal reflections to assist us in recognizing the Bab. Mr. Dunbar asks questions such as: How can we summarize the Bab’s Mission? What was He like? What is an overview of His Ministry? What is His Position and Rank? Continue to post…


11. 10 Personal Reflections that Refer to the Bab (Part 1)

“Personal Reflections on the Baha’i Faith from Around the World” is a Baha’i Blog initiative in honor of the bicentenary anniversaries of the Births of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, Prophet-founders of the Baha’i Faith. As the bicentennial celebrations for the Birth of the Bab draw nearer, we wanted to showcase 10 portraits that have shared so far in which the participants speak about the Bab and His Revelation. Continue to post…


12. Twin Birthdays for Twin Manifestations

Kamelia writes about how, with the birth of the Baha’i Faith, the realization of two related but independent religions arising within one age was actualized. Continue to post…

 

 


13. The Twin Holy Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

In this article, Sam offers some thoughts on the extraordinary historical bond between the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Continue to post…

 

 


14. “This Newborn Child”: A Song for the Twin Holy Days

“This Newborn Child” is a moving single by Ramine Yazhari. It features the words of Baha’u’llah from a recently translated tablet in honour of the Twin Holy Days. Continue to post…

 

 


15. 3 New Tablets for the Twin Holy Days

In this article, we joyously share the news of the release of three newly translated tablets about the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha’u’llah that were revealed by Baha’u’llah. Continue to post…

 

 


16. An Introduction to the Bayan

In this article, Sonjel provides a brief introduction to both the Persian Bayan and the Arabic Bayan, volumes of the Bab’s prolific and powerful Revelation. The Persian Bayan is considered the Mother Book of the Bab’s Dispensation and it is a book of laws, teachings and traditions. Continue to post…


17. The Bab’s Revelation

Sonjel reflects and shares historical accounts of the astounding speed at which the Bab revealed Sacred Writings, a speed that was constrained only by the capacity of His ananuencis (or secretary). Continue to post…

 

 


18. The Bab’s Revelation [Audio Version]

This is the audio reading of the above article about the swiftness and prolific nature of the Bab’s Revelation here on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel. Continue to post…

 

 


19. The Bab – What Was He Like?

Michael looks at some quotations that historically document impressions of those who were able to be in the Bab’s presence. Continue to post…

 

 


20. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab

This short 10 part quiz includes introductory questions about the Bab and His Revelation. Continue to post…

 

 


21. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab (Part II)

Further test your knowledge — or that of you friends and family — with this second quiz about the Bab. Continue to post…

 

 


22. Dr. Nader Saiedi’s Talk “Fire and Light in the Bab’s Tablet”

In this audio recording of a talk by Dr. Nader Saiedi, a scholar on the Bab and His Revelation, we learn about a Tablet revealed by the Bab in which He proclaims to be the Promised Qa’im. Continue to post…

 

 


23. The Shrine of the Bab and Its Significance

Naysan offers an introductory explanation to the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab and some history about the construction of the Shrine of the Bab and its terraced gardens on Mount Carmel. Continue to post…

 


24. Negeen Sobhani’s Stunning Photos of the Shrine of the Bab

Some say that the Shrine of the Bab and its surrounding gardens are so beautiful that it is difficult to take a poor photo of them but Negeen’s photos uniquely capture the serenity, the vibrancy and the elegance of this special place. The physical beauty of the Shrine of the Bab and its terraced gardens are a physical representation, or a hint, of the spiritual beauty of the Bab’s revelation. Continue to post…


25. New Documentary Film ‘The Gate’: An Interview with Steve Sarowitz

The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith is a visually stunning documentary, rich with interviews and reenactments. It tells the story of the life of the Bab and describes some of His Teachings. Engaging, captivating and creatively put together, this film will be of interest both to those who have heard of the Bab and His Teachings, and those who have never heard of Him. Continue to post…


26. The Life of the Bab

In this article, Shamim provides a brief description of the Bab’s Life and His Dispensation. Continue to post…

 

 


27. Drawing Closer to the Bab in the Bicentenary Year of His Birth: Some Personal Thoughts

Shastri offers some personal reflections on what he has been studying and reflecting on in this historic year. Continue to post…

 

 


28. The Exalted One: A Bicentenary Album by Elika Mahony

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Elika Mahony has released an album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab and it’s befittingly titled The Exalted One. The 11 songs on the album set the prayers and Writings of the Bab to music with piano, cello, guitar, tiple, cuatro (South American instruments) and soaring voice. Continue to post…


29. 30 Books Relating to the Bab

This list of 30 books is in no particular order and it describes titles written for a variety of audiences and in a diversity of styles, including some creative non-fiction. We hope you find this list useful! Continue to post…

 


30. The Gate of God – A Song by Ann-Sofie Wensbo

“The Gate of God” is an original song about the Life and Martyrdom of the Bab, written in 2007 by Scott Rizzo (lyrics) and Ann-Sofie Wensbo (lyrics & music), and released in 2019 for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab. Continue to post…


31. Gate of Heaven: An Album Dedicated to the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab by Luke Slott

We’ve had Luke as a guest on our podcast series called the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson, and you can listen to that episode here. A couple of years ago we interviewed him about Year of the Nightingale, but we wanted to hear more about his new album called Gate of Heaven, so we caught up with Luke to find out more about this special musical tribute to the Bab. Continue to post…

 


32. Birth of a New Revelation: Documentary About the Bab by Youth of Andaman Islands, India

In honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, the youth of the Andaman Islands, India have produced a documentary about the Life of the Bab. Continue to post…

 

 


33. The Gate: An Album by Navid Lancaster for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

Navid Lancaster has produced an orchestral album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, Prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith. The official website for the bicentenary celebrations around the world, www.bicentenary.bahai.org, gives us glimpses of the diversity of artistic expressions that have flourished from all corners of the planet. We’re also really honoured when people reach out to us and tell us what they’ve been working on such as Navid and his album, The Gate. Continue to post…


34. Eroica: Afshin Jaberi’s Piano Sonatas and Ballades Honoring the Life of the Bab

The title Eroica means “heroic”, and it’s the title of the cycle of nine ballades for piano that describe the Heroic Age of our beloved Faith and is a musical tribute to the Bab. Continue to post…

 


35. Al Romper el Alba (At the Break of Dawn)

“Al Romper el Alba”, which translates to “At the Break of Dawn”, is a musical created by the Baha’is of the Canary Islands. Originally performed on December 1, 2019 in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, this musical tells the story of the first followers of the Bab, Forerunner of the Baha’i Faith. Continue to post…


 

That concludes our list of 35 Baha’i Blog posts and resources related to the Birth of the Bab and His Revelation! We hope you’ve found this list useful!