BRATTLEBORO -- On Sunday, Oct. 20, local Baha’is and their friends will join Baha’is around the world in celebration of the Birth of the Bab, one of 11 Holy Days in the Baha’i calendar.
The Bab is often referred to as the Herald of the Baha’i Faith, because it was His mission to prepare the way for Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. He was born in the city of Shiraz in northern Persian (now Iran) in 1819 and was a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. Like John the Baptist some 2,000 years before, the Bab called upon the people to purify themselves for the coming of the day of God.
Unlike John, however, He founded an independent religion and claimed equal station with Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Baha’is view the Bab and Baha’u’llah both as "Manifestations of God" even though by the Bab’s own testimony His mission was subordinate to Baha’u’llah’s. At the age of 25, He announced His Mission to a number of individuals who were seeking the return of the 12th Imam. These select few recognized truth of His Mission and became His disciples, helping to spread the news of His station and teachings.
Area Baha’is will gather at a local restaurant to celebrate this Holy Day. If interested in attending or wanting to learn more about the Baha’i Faith, call 802-254-2115 or visit the national website at www.bahai.us.