Thou art, in truth, the Almighty, the Most Exalted, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Compassionate. Special thanks to our readers, musicians and the gifting us of permission to use published material in our broadcast. Nay, by Myself! The relics are part of an exhibition created by Germany’s Baha’i community to commemorate the upcoming bicentenary of the Bab’s birth. Thus I departed therefrom by Thy leave, spending six months in the land of Sad [Isfahan] and seven months in the First Mountain [Maku], where Thou didst rain down upon Me that which beseemeth the glory of Thy heavenly blessings and befitteth the sublimity of Thy gracious gifts and favours. The master took the Qur’án from the tray of sweetmeats and opened it, saying to the Báb, “Come, read!” The Báb smiled. They asked the young Child how He could possibly have gained this knowledge, and the Child responded, “Should through grace the Holy Spirit again assist, others will do what Christ has done.”. OF THE BIRTH OF. SCRIPT: Celebration of the Birth of The Báb A program originally created by Anne Perry for the Dallas Bahá’í Community, which can be modified to fit other localities. And yet, I swear by Thy glory, were I to proclaim that wherewith Thou hast inspired me, the entire creation would pass away from joy and ecstasy, how much more then would it be overwhelmed before the billows of the ocean of Thine utterance in this most luminous, most exalted and transcendent Spot! The words, ‘O God, my God, my Beloved, my heart’s Desire!’ were uttered with a frequency and ardour that the visiting pilgrims near enough to overhear, instinctively interrupted their devotions, and marvelled, and were moved to tears, as they learnt from Him directly the lesson of true adoration. He held the cup with both hands, and drank deeply with unrepressed joy. I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction “Be Thou” hath been enforced, and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged, and all created things have been called into being, and all the Revelations have been sent down. He was my son. When one of His uncles arrived a little while later, they came to see him and complained about His behaviour, saying, he had insulted them and ruined their reputation by receiving back the dye, and that he should counsel Him never to repeat such offences. His rank excelleth that of all the Prophets, and His Revelation transcendeth the comprehension and understanding of all their chosen ones. The revered sixth Imám was sitting on one of the two plates. The astrologer made some calculations, and said, “He is protected from evil influence; he has suffered no harm.” On learning the Báb’s birthdate, he wrote down some protective charms and prayers, entrusted them to the family, and recited some mysterious verses; then he left. We have honed this craft over the last thirty years and have produced hundreds of super high quality personal protection dogs that have been raised and trained to the clients exact specifications. Pursuing his sister’s request, the uncle explained to Siyyid Kázim how the Báb’s mother had not seen her only child for so long, and wished to arrange His marriage. Seated and overpowered with a sense of delight, the Báb handed to Siyyid Kazim a silver cup filled to overflowing. The Báb was soon kneeling in a refined way between two twelve-year-old pupils, His head bowed over the student Qur’án; yet He held Himself in peace. It was soon after the Báb moved to my brother’s house, that Khadijih and I heard of His arrest. David Merrick has compiled the following stories on the Báb’s childhood and early life. The Báb moved from His uncle’s office in Shíráz, to the port city of Búshihr. I testify that through Thee the sovereignty of God and His dominion, and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed, and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven of Thine irrevocable decree, and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation. The Báb sat at the threshold, and the Siyyid fell absolutely silent for quarter of an hour. O concourse of earth and heaven! Having completed His prayers in the inner sanctuary, the Báb went out into the courtyard, and to Mullá Husayn’s utter astonishment, He repeated the prayers. At this, they ended the debate. Still occupied with His prayers, the Báb made no response, further deepening the young scholar’s wonder. Rapt in hours of prayer and glorification, He was wholly unmindful of the fierce summer sun and the bustling world around. They told him that He must stop His teaching. Thou beholdest the Lord of all mankind confined in His Most Great Prison, calling aloud Thy Name, gazing upon Thy face, proclaiming that which hath enraptured the denizens of Thy kingdoms of revelation and of creation. My husband died when the Báb was very young, and my brother became His guardian. In the name of the One born on this day, Him Whom God hath made to be the Herald of His Name, the Almighty, the All-Loving! Thou didst create Me, O Lord, through Thy gracious favour and didst protect Me through Thy bounty in the darkness of the womb and didst nourish Me, through Thy loving-kindness, with life-giving blood. His primary purpose was to awaken the people to the fact I bear witness that he who hath known Thee hath known God, and he who hath attained unto Thy presence hath attained unto the presence of God. He was a boy and the Báb named him Ahmad. The celebration of the bicentenary birth of the Bab will commence. In 1844, the Bab brought a new Revelation to humanity, setting in motion a spiritual movement that rapidly spread across what was then Persia. I did this immediately and the child was soon born, but its life was short. You could also add a few framed photos to help envision a scene, such as the Bab’s house in Shiraz and the Shrine of the Bab. I also knew Him well. Each morning, the learned schoolmaster would gather with the theological students, to engage in discussion and debate together. This is that first night, which God hath made to be a sign of that second night whereon was born He Whom no praise can befittingly extol and no attribute describe. My greatest happiness came when I recognized the Great One that my husband had given His life for; Bahá’u’lláh. Through it have appeared the manifestations of “There is no God but God” over them all. The Birth of the Bab Sunday, October 18, 1:30 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) The program is approximately 38 minutes long. The Báb spent a great deal of time praying, and was often late for school, because, as He said: “He had been in His grandfather’s house.” You see, we were direct descendents of the prophet Mohammed, and this is an expression that we sometimes used for prayer. “As you please,” He said. I mean, He was always extremely courteous, and very mild, but a new radiance seemed to surround him. There I saw him standing in that chamber, His hands raised heavenward, intoning a prayer in a most melodious voice, with tears streaming down His face. Bahá’í community of Ajax will celebrate the Birth days of the Báb, the prophet herald, and Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of The Bahá’í Faith on evenings of October 28-29, 2019. Neither can the power of the powerful frustrate Thee, nor the ascendancy of the rulers prevail against Thee. Thou art aware, O My God, that since the day Thou didst call Me into being out of the water of Thy love till I reached fifteen years of age I lived in the land which witnessed My birth [Shiraz]. He accepted only children brought up with good manners, and parents wishing their youngsters to be tutored by him came beforehand to meet him in person, requesting a place either by letter or distinguished acquaintance. The Báb would climb on to the roof of His house each Friday at noon, to hold communion with His Beloved. Your dream foretells that our life together will not last more than two and a half years. ALSO CHECK OUT > Birth of Baha'u'llah Holy Day Program Bahá’u’lláh left behind writings covering a vast range of subjects, teaching that: There is only one God : “Regard thou the one true God as One Who is apart from, and immeasurably exalted above, all created things. I beseech Thee, O Creator of the heavens and Fashioner of names, to graciously aid those who have sheltered beneath the shadow of Thine abounding mercy and have raised their voices amidst the peoples of the world for the glorification of Thy Name. He told Khadijih that it was for our safety that He was leaving us. One day in the late afternoon He came home earlier than usual. 7. Thou, verily, art the Lord of bounty, the All-Powerful, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.” (Baha’u’llah, Ayyám-i-Tis’ih, pp. Tablet Translated for the first universal observance of the Twin Holy Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah according to the Badi‘ calendar. Pressed hard to continue, he was quite at a loss where to begin. Praise be unto Thee, O My Lord, for all times, heretofore and hereafter; and thanks be unto Thee, O My God, under all conditions, whether of the past or the future. All glory be to that hour wherein the Treasure of God, the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise, hath appeared! Through it the hidden Secret and the treasured Mystery have been revealed. His fellow pupil noticing this, asked Him, “Why are You not reading out the lesson like the other children?” Two other pupils were sitting nearby, reading aloud some poems; shortly they uttered the verse: “From Heaven’s heights, the birdsong calls to you, in sorrow that you’re trapped in walls of clay;” the Báb turned to His fellow pupil, and told him, “There is your answer,” which charmed His companion. I served them some fruit and tea, and then I left the room. Sleep was impossible and the coming dawn was foreboding. Through Thee the choice wine of everlasting life hath been unsealed, the doors of knowledge and utterance have been unlocked before the peoples of the earth, and the breezes of the All-Merciful have been wafted over every region. It was soon after this that the heart of the storm entered our lives. Very courteously, the Báb replied that they were His calligraphy exercises. The official Baha'i international community website is www.Bahai.org. . I yield Thee praise for all Thy goodly gifts and I render Thee thanksgiving for all Thy bounties. I remember the first few months as the happiest days of my life. Fierce, fierce opposition. After having fashioned Me in a most comely form, through Thy tender providence, and having perfected My creation through Thine excellent handiwork and breathed Thy Spirit into My body through Thine infinite mercy and by the revelation of Thy transcendent unity, Thou didst cause Me to issue forth from the world of concealment into the visible world, naked, ignorant of all things, and powerless to achieve aught. There I tarried patiently in the path of Thy love and beheld the evidences of Thy manifold bounties and of Thy loving-kindness until Thou didst ordain for Me to set out in Thy direction and to migrate to Thy presence. THE BÁB. They arrested him one night, and it was rumored that they would put him to death. Some mornings the Báb was late coming to school, and whenever the master would ask the reason, the Child would remain silent. Sometimes we heard rumours of my son’s claim to be the Promised One, but at the time I personally was not able to investigate this claim. He was given the name, ‘Alí-Muhammad, after the Prophet Muhammad, and His Successor ‘Alí. Some merchants came to the Báb one day and negotiated for some indigo dye. . Through it the hidden Secret and the treasured Mystery have been revealed. We were childhood friends, and as our houses were beside each other, the Báb would often visit us with His family. . Birth of the Bab - Devotional Program. When His uncle arrived and received the key, he found everything was most satisfactory and accurate, and with great relief he wrote back to his brothers and praised the Báb for leaving everything in such exceptional order. He said: “In the hour of your perplexity, recite this prayer, ere you go to sleep. During business one day, a man entrusted to the Báb an article to be sold at a fixed price, and the Báb in due course sent its value to him. Before He left Shiraz, He had confided to me the secret of His future sufferings and unfolded to my eyes, the significance of the events that were to transpire in this day. Tablet Translated for the first universal observance of the Twin Holy Birthdays of the Bab and Baha’u’llah according to the Badi‘ calendar. When that which had been preordained in Thy Book came to pass Thou didst cause Me, through Thy kindness, to reach Thy holy precincts and didst suffer Me, through Thy tender mercy, to dwell within the court of fellowship, until I discerned therein that which I witnessed of the clear tokens of Thy mercifulness, the compelling evidences of Thy oneness, the effulgent splendours of Thy majesty, the source of Thy supreme singleness, the heights of Thy transcendent sovereignty, the signs of Thy peerlessness, the manifestations of Thine exalted glory, the retreats of Thy sanctity, and whatsoever is inscrutable to all but Thee. Before long, I realized that Khadijih was going to have a baby. Usually He wouldn’t join in our games, but when He did He was always very kind and considerate. Enable me then to fulfil that which will exalt Thy Name and will set ablaze the fire of Thy love. That same day the Báb’s mother and grandmother came to visit my mother. Potent art Thou to do what pleaseth Thee. Rays of light radiating from it. The character of His devotion to God was very unique. After several days, the master took the paper from Him to see what He was doing, and saw to his surprise that He had actually written something, though He had never practised; and on reading it, discovered it was a study of the mystery and knowledge of Divine Unity, written in the purest and most eloquent style, of unfathomable profundity. She said, “you see, the dream you had last night came true”. When the schoolmaster pretended not to know their meaning, the Báb began to explain them with such a sweetness, knowledge and fluency, that the master was left dumbstruck that he was the student of this Child. As soon as I heard Him speak these words, I believed in Him and my heart became calm and assured. In a while, he went out on some business, and upon his return, he heard someone reading the Qur’án in a most sweet and plaintive voice. I adjure Thee by Thy might that encompasseth the heavens and the earth to exempt me from mentioning Thee, for I myself have been called into being by virtue of Thy creative power. These were happy days. Neither does H. M. Balyuzi, in his biography of the Báb, present any portrait of how the One who was destined to usher in not merely a new religion but a new cycle of religion, came into the world. Each time that student ventured to approach Him, a force he could neither explain nor resist held him back. This Point [the Bab] is the focal centre of the circle of Names and marketh the culmination of the manifestations of Letters in the world of creation. “He is manifest as the sun! My son went on pilgrimage, and when He returned, the religious authorities summoned Him to the mosque. Naught do I now witness but the manifold evidences of Thy grace and loving-kindness, Thy bounty and gracious favours, Thy generosity and loftiness, Thy sovereignty and might, Thy splendour and Thy glory, and that which befitteth the holy court of Thy transcendent dominion and majesty and beseemeth the glorious precincts of Thine eternity and exaltation. After that we did have a few quiet months before my son moved to my brother’s house. We were married in His home two months later. He was 17 at that time. As a child He was always very serene, and had a dignified manner. Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab . “We are earthbound,” he was told, “and He is celestial – our counsel has no influence on Him.”. When the season was clement, on Fridays it was customary for the boys to invite their teacher and fellow-pupils on an outing to one of the numerous gardens bordering the city, and as they enjoyed themselves, they would often find the Báb had become drawn away into a secluded, shady spot in a corner of the orchard, where He would become enrapt in prayer and meditation. After describing the exceptional challenges and circumstances of the Child, he said he felt it was now time for His education and training, and desired the schoolmaster to give Him that necessary tuition. One of the Báb’s uncles tried to pressurise the Báb through an acquaintance, to cease writing and speaking in ways that would raise up their jealous reactions, only to be informed of its little use. Then I returned to the place of My birth. The Báb was disinclined to study; all the same, once He was passed four years, His uncle took Him off to school in the old neighbourhood of Shíráz, close by where His grandfather and uncle lived. I so wanted a child, and when Ahmad died, the Báb again gave me comfort and solace. Go on a Treasure Hunt. The festivities culminated in thousands of celebrations taking place in Australia and throughout the world on 28-30 October. The Báb is the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. The other children pointed at the Báb, saying, “It was Him!” When the schoolmaster asked if He had really been reciting the Qur’án, He kept His silence. Thou beholdest the Lord of all mankind confined in His Most Great Prison, calling aloud Thy Name, gazing upon Thy face, proclaiming that which hath enraptured the denizens of Thy kingdoms of revelation and of creation. At sunrise, He went to His mother’s room for tea. In thee do We verily behold the Mother Book. His grandmother came to the door, and the schoolmaster informed the family of what had passed, saying he was not fitted to instruct their Child. “Never utter such things here!” he exclaimed, shaking. The Báb’s life was spared. First came the death of our son. . Through the revelation of Thy grace, O Lord, Thou didst call Me into being on a night such as … Such words pertain to the realm of names, whilst God hath sanctified this Book above all names. I beseech God, by Thee and by them whose faces have been illumined with the splendors of the light of Thy countenance, and who, for love of Thee, have observed all whereunto they were bidden, to remove the veils that have come in between Thee and Thy creatures, and to supply me with the good of this world and the world to come. Then at the age of twenty-five I proceeded to thy sacred House [Mecca], and by the time I returned to the place where I was born, a year had elapsed. Reckon me then with those whom the changes and chances of the world have failed to deter from serving Thee and from bearing allegiance unto Thee, whom the onslaught of the people hath been powerless to hinder from magnifying Thy Name and celebrating Thy praise. Searching around extensively, he eventually heard a voice coming from the lower extremities of the mountain, raised in prayers of glorification to the Lord. This mosque-like school had several rooms, with an encircling porch; in its courtyard were a number of revered graves of saintly people. WE HAVE REACHED OUR MAXIMUM CAPACITY. The first of the two Manifestations of God -- Prophets -- of our faith, the Bab … Both He and His mother showered me with kindness and consideration. I demanded that He tell me why it was, if He possessed such powers, that He had not attempted to save the life of His own child. When that which had been preordained in Thy Book came to pass Thou didst cause Me, through Thy kindness, to reach Thy holy precincts and didst suffer Me, through Thy tender mercy, to dwell within the court of fellowship, until I discerned therein that which I witnessed of the clear tokens of Thy mercifulness, the compelling evidences of Thy oneness, the effulgent splendours of Thy majesty, the source of Thy supreme singleness, the heights of Thy transcendent sovereignty, the signs of Thy peerlessness, the manifestations of Thine exalted glory, the retreats of Thy sanctity, and whatsoever is inscrutable to all but Thee. As His claim became known; as many people became attracted to him, the greater the denial of the priests and government leaders. The uncles procrastinated and did nothing, and eventually the time came for departure. Nay, by Myself! For more information concerning the observance of this event, please contact us. Again Mullá Husayn approached, and greeted Him. Nay, by My life! Then I returned to the place of My birth. Whosoever hath recognized Me, hath known all that is true and right, and hath attained all that is good and seemly; and whosoever hath failed to recognize Me, hath turned away from all that is true and right and hath succumbed to everything evil and unseemly. the Truth is more manifest than the ray of light that has fallen upon the lap of that Youth,” he said, pointing to the Báb. Sometimes His teacher would tell him that a 10 year old boy did not need to spend so much time praying. So with some trepidation, I went up the steps at the northern side of the courtyard. The rest is history. “Last night,” He said, “I saw a large balance hanging in mid-air within a vast space. Nay, by My life! The master asked Him to repeat, “He is the Deliverer, the All-Knowing.” The Child remained silent, and the master repeated the verse; yet He still kept silent, and the master continued persistently. He said, “You awoke too soon”. Praise and thanksgiving be unto Thee for whatever conformeth to Thy pleasure within the empire of heaven and earth. It is very difficult for me to talk about what came after. We will provide a link to watch the live streaming of the event for those who … He who doeth good unto Me, it is as if he doeth good unto God, His angels and the entire company of His loved ones. At this point the Báb raised up His head, and addressed them, resolving for them the answer they sought. Whereupon, dumbfounded, the Pen of the Most High cried out: “O Thou Who art exalted above all names! His uncle removed his Nephew from the school, and associated Him within his own commercial venture; and in this the Báb revealed signs of a power and greatness that few could approach and none could rival. I implore Thee by the glory of Thy Manifestation and by the power of Thy might, Thy sovereignty and Thine exaltation to render victorious those who have arisen to serve Thee, who have aided Thy Cause and humbled themselves before the splendour of the light of Thy face. Home; Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab Through the revelation of Thy grace, O Lord, Thou didst call Me into being on a night such as this, and lo, I am now lonely and forsaken in a mountain. We were happy that He might reach a place of safety. Not long after, however, I dreamt one night, that a fiercesome lion was standing in the courtyard of our house and I had my arms around His neck. Born on October 20, 1819, the Bab would eventually become the Herald of the Baha’i Faith; the one who would declare his mission as preparing people of the world for the Promised One (Baha’u’llah).). Now, in My thirtieth year, Thou beholdest Me, O My God, in this Grievous Mountain [Chihriq] where I have dwelt for one whole year. Great, therefore, is the blessedness of him who hath believed in Thee, and in Thy signs, and hath humbled himself before Thy sovereignty, and hath been honored with meeting Thee, and hath attained the good pleasure of Thy will, and circled around Thee, and stood before Thy throne. Protect it, then, from the mischief of the aggressor and the hosts of tyranny. After He returned from Buchir to live in Shiraz again, I had another dream which puzzled me. Lawḥ-i-Mawlúd (Tablet of the Birth) “He is the Most Holy, the Most Exalted, the Most Great…” “He is God. - The Bab, I am the Lamp which the Finger of God hath lit within its niche and caused to shine with deathless splendour. The remembrance of God and His praise, and the glory of God and His splendor, rest upon Thee, O Thou Who art His Beauty! We could not have put together globally spanning program without a little help from our friends, old and new. 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