Film on Baha'i faith to be aired locally June 3


A new Faith was born 172 years ago on May 23 when Siyyid Ali Muhammad, a young Persian merchant, declared His Mission in the city of Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). He took the title of "The Bab" which, in the Persian language means "The Gate" signifying His Station as a bridge between one prophetic cycle which started with Adam and the emergence of a new cycle in religious history.

The public is invited to view a major film entitled "The Gate" depicting the dramatic life of this Prophet-Herald of the Baha'i faith which will be shown on cable channel stations 5 and 9 on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Persians from all walks of life were drawn to The Bab's teachings which raised the station of women, proclaimed the oneness of God and religion and promised the appearance of one who would bring teachings to unite the world. Thousands of followers were martyred in an attempt to crush and discredit the new Faith, culminating in the arrest and dramatic martyrdom of The Bab in the city of Tabriz on July 9, 1860.

For more information about the Baha'i Holy Days and the local Baha'i Community, call 254-2115 or visit our national website at


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