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The Shrine of the Báb
"Purge your hearts of worldly desires, and let angelic virtues be your adorning.... The time is come when naught but the purest motive, supported by deeds of stainless purity, can ascend to the throne of the Most High and be acceptable unto Him.... "
- The Báb
The origins of the Bahá’í Faith can be traced back to 1844 and the announcement of Siyyid Ali Muhammad who took on the name, The Báb (meaning The Gate in Arabic). The Báb was an independent Messenger of God who announced that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humankind for the advent of the Promised One foretold by all the world’s religions.
The Báb declared the Revelation of God to be a recurring and never-ending phenomenon whose purpose is the gradual training and development of humankind. As human consciousness recognizes and responds to each Divine Messenger, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual capacities latent in it steadily develop, thus preparing the way for recognition of God's next Manifestation.
Tens of thousands of people joined the Báb’s Faith and were known as Bábís. The Báb was unjustly imprisoned for His teachings and was finally executed in a public square in Tabriz in 1850. He was Bahá'u'lláh's Herald : His principal mission was to prepare the way for Bahá'u'lláh's coming.
Accordingly, the founding of the Bábi Faith is viewed by Bahá'ís as synonymous with the founding of the Bahá'í Faith--and its purpose was fulfilled when Bahá'u'lláh announced in 1863 that He was the Promised One foretold by the Báb. Bahá'u'lláh later affirmed that the Báb was "the Herald of His Name and the Harbinger of His Great Revelation which hath caused...the splendour of His light to shine forth above the horizon of the world."
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“We must now highly resolve to arise and lay hold of all those instrumentalities that promote the peace and well-being and happiness, the knowledge, culture and industry, the dignity, value and station, of the entire human race. Thus, through the restoring waters of pure intention and unselfish effort, the earth of human potentialities will blossom with its own latent excellence and flower into praiseworthy qualities.”
Abdu’l-Bahá was Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son. In His Will and Testament, Baha’u’llah appointed Abdu’l-Baha as the one authorized interpreter of His teachings and Head of the Faith after His own passing. The question of religious succession has been
crucial to all faiths. Failure to resolve this question has inevitably led to acrimony and division. Bahá’u’lláh's appointment of `Abdu’l-Bahá as His successor was the means for diffusing His message of hope and universal peace to all corners of the world, for realizing the essential unity of all peoples.
As the authorized interpreter of Bahá’u’lláh's teachings, `Abdu’l-Bahá became the "living mouth of the Book, the expounder of the Word. He elucidated the teachings of His Father's Faith, amplified its doctrines, and delineated the central features of its administrative institutions. He was the unerring guide and architect of a rapidly expanding Bahá’í community.
In addition, Bahá’u’lláh vested in `Abdu’l-Bahá "the virtues of perfection in personal and social behavior, that humanity may have an enduring model to emulate." As the perfect Exemplar of Bahá’u’lláh's teachings and the Centre of His Covenant, `Abdu’l-Bahá became "the incorruptible medium for applying the Word to practical measures for the raising up of a new civilization.
In 1911, He travelled to Europe and America, where over the next two years, He addressed church congregations, peace societies, the members of trade unions, university faculties, journalists, government officials, and many public audiences, proclaiming Bahá’u’lláh’s message of unity and social justice.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away in 1921, having consolidated the foundations of the Bahá’í Faith and greatly expanded its reach.
Read more about the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá here.
"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations. That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled -- what harm is there in this?...Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the `Most great Peace' shall come..."
Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith was born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran. His teachings of unity, justice and peace and his prescription for personal and social requirements of a future global society, form the basis of the sacred texts of the Faith.
Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed that God sends Divine Messengers known as Manifestations of God, with teachings that enable humanity to know and to worship God. These great Manifestations, which have appeared throughout history at intervals of about 500 to 1000 years, bring human civilization to ever higher levels of spiritual and material advancement. Bahá’u’lláh is the latest in this long line of Divine Messengers, which has included Abraham, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and the Báb.
Bahá'u'lláh's message for humanity in this day is one of unity and justice. "The best beloved of all things in My sight is justice," He wrote, and "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens" in two often-quoted passages. He also stated, "The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." This is the prescription of God, the divine and all-knowing Physician, for our ailing world.
Central to Bahá'u'lláh's Writings is an exposition of the great themes which have preoccupied religious thinkers throughout the ages: God, the role of Revelation in history, the relationship of the world's religious systems to one another, the meaning of faith, and the basis of moral authority in the organization of human society.
Bahá’u’lláh has attracted millions of adherents from every part of the globe. He has provided laws and teachings on how to realise His vision, and His followers everywhere strive towards attaining this goal.
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