June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
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.
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. He revitalised religious teachings and was the Herald of another Messenger of God greater than Himself: Baha’u’llah.
The Declaration of the Bab took place on the 23rd May 1844 with a conversation between the Bab and Mulla Husayn, a prominent scholar who was searching for the Promised One awaited by the world’s great religions. The day of the Bab’s declaration is celebrated by Baha’is around the world as one of the most significant religious festivals.
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.
Forty years later, this artistic rendering has recreated the room in its entirety as a digital simulation based on extensive research of all available photos and videos that could be found online.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.