About the Declaration of the Bab

On a spring evening on May 22rd, 1844, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation whose aim was to prepare the world for “Him Whom God Shall Make Manifest,” a Messenger of God known as Baha’u’llah. Baha’is refer to Siyyid Ali-Muhammad by His title, the Bab, which is Arabic for “the Gate,” and that eventful evening is celebrated every year by Baha’is around the world.

Below are 28 resources created by the Baha’i Blog team or featured on Baha’i Blog about the Declaration of the Bab, the life of the Bab, and His Station:

1. The Declaration of the Bab and His Station

In this article, Naysan explores what happened during the Declaration of the Bab and he quotes from Shoghi Effendi’s The World Order of Baha’u’llah in order to help us understand this Holy Day and its significance to the world.

2. The Declaration of the Bab

Roya offers a historical perspective on what occurred on “one of the greatest and most significant of all festivals” and she draws on quotations from Nabil’s The Dawn-Breakers. (You can also find out more about The Dawn-Breakers here on Baha’i Blog.)

3. The Bayan – an Introduction

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.

4. 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). You can also listen to an audio recording of this article here: The Bab’s Revelation [Audio Version]

5. A New Era Begins: Reflections on the Declaration of the Bab

Layli ponders on the significance of the Declaration of the Bab by sharing quotations from the recently-translated volume of Baha’u’llah’s Writings on Holy Days, Days of Remembrance.

6. Purity of Heart, Determination and Devotion: A Tribute to Mulla Husayn

The Bab proclaimed His Message to Mulla Husayn, the first Letter of the Living. In this article, Sonjel shares three outstanding qualities that Mulla Husayn demonstrated in the moments leading to and immediately following the birth of the Bab’s Revelation.

7. 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.

8. 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!

9. Who Were the Letters of the Living?

In this article, Soheila shares a brief introduction to the Letters of the Living, the title given by the Bab to His first 18 followers. Soheila writes that most of the Letters of the Living remained in the forefront of the Babi Dispensation and there’s much to learn from their dedication. The Bab also  used the term “letter” to refer to all of His believers, not just the first 18. He welcomed all of humanity to join a new civilization, a revitalized way of thinking – a living mindset we can all strive for.

10. Baha’i Blog Quiz: The Bab

This short 10 part quiz includes introductory questions about the Bab and His Revelation.

11. 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.

12. 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. You can also listen to Yas read this article here on Baha’i Blog: The Bab – The Harbinger of the Most Great Light [Audio Version]

13. 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.

14. 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. As of September 2019, we’ve shared 30 songs! You’ll find them listed below, in no particular order.

15. The Other Witnesses: Khadijih Bagum and Haji Mubarak at the Declaration of the Bab

This article by Layli explores how Khadijih Bagum, the wife of the Bab, and Haji Mubarak, His faithful servant, became aware of the Bab’s station. You can also listen to this article read aloud here: The Other Witnesses: Khadijih Bagum and Haji Mubarak at the Declaration of the Bab [Audio Version]

16. 19 Animated Videos by the Baha’is of Ireland for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab

The Irish Baha’i Community is creating 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.

17. Mulla Husayn: The Unlikely Hero Who Advanced the Cause of Truth

In this article, Sharon offers from recollections and impressions of Mulla Husayn, the first to believe in the Bab. You can also listen to a reading of this article here on Baha’i Blog: Mulla Husayn: The Unlikely Hero Who Advanced the Cause of Truth [Audio Version]

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

This wonderful film follows the story of eight people from around the world as they describe their spiritual journeys to discovering the Bab and Baha’u’llah. “Dawn of the Light” can be downloaded or watched online from the official bicentennial website: bicentenary.bahai.org

19. My Beloved: A Prayer by the Bab Sung by Elika Mahony

“My Beloved” is a track from Elika Mahony’s album created in honour of the Bicentenary anniversary of the Birth of Bab. The album is titled The Exalted One and it features 11 songs based on prayers and Writings of the Bab with piano, cello, guitar, tiple, cuatro (South American instruments) and voice. “My Beloved” puts the prayer “O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart’s Desire” to music and it is sung in six different languages: English, Spanish, Swahili, Chinese, Italian and French.

20. 8 Photos of the House of the Bab

From the collection of photographs now on the Baha’i Media Bank, we thought we’d showcase eight photos of the House of the Bab in Shiraz, which was designated by Baha’u’llah as a place of pilgrimage. Unfortunately, the House was destroyed in 1979 as part of ongoing persecution against the Baha’is, making these photos priceless.

21. 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.

22. 6 Photos the Bab’s Personal Belongings

In a recent Baha’i World News Service article, we learned that 43 images associated with the life and mission of the Bab have been published online for the first time on the Baha’i Media Bank. This also includes aerial footage of the Shrine of the Bab that we turned into this short video. From these photographs, we thought we’d showcase six photos of personal objects that belonged to the Bab.

23. 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.

24. New Video Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Destruction of the House of the Bab

The Australian Baha’i Community has just released a video commemorating the 40th anniversary of the destruction of the House of The Bab in Iran called Sacred Space: Impressions in Retrospect, 40 Years Since the Destruction of the House of The Bab. In this video, three Australian Baha’is reflect on their pilgrimage to this sacred spot, which was destroyed as part of a widespread campaign orchestrated over many decades aimed at extinguishing the life of the Baha’i community in Iran.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Ep. 48: A Declaration of the Bab Conversation with Nader Saiedi [Video]

Rainn thought it would be nice to create a special video episode of the blogcast about the Declaration of the Bab and its significance, so he got online with his friend, Dr Nader Saiedi, to have a chat about this special commemoration for Baha’is.

28. Recreation of the House of the Bab: The Declaration Chamber

Oscar Gomez, an animator from Australia, has recreated the room in which the Bab, known as “the Gate”, first declared His station as a Messenger of God. The room in which the Bab declared His mission was located on the upper level of a house in Shiraz, Iran. Tragically, government authorities ordered the destruction of the house in 1979.