Between 2017 and 2019, Bahá’ís across Canada are celebrating significant anniversaries in the history of the Bahá’í Faith. 2017 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet and founder of the Bahá’í Faith. 2019 will be the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith.
Born in 1817 in Tehran, Bahá’u’lláh is revered around the world as the most recent of history’s Messengers from God, whose purpose has been to guide humanity towards the advancement of human civilization.
Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings revolve around the oneness of humanity, and His Revelation signals a special time in history as the entire human race moves to a new stage in its collective maturity and wholeness. The challenges and tribulations of this transitional phase in the story of humanity resemble the changes encountered as a person passes through adolescence and becomes an adult. The world is on the threshold of an age in which education for all, equality of women and men, a just and equitable system of governing the earth, and upholding science and religion will be among the values and achievements of a prosperous and peaceful society.
The coming of Bahá’u’lláh was foretold by the Báb, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic. Appearing in mid-19th century Persia, the Báb led a movement calling for spiritual and moral reformation, which paid particular attention to the position of women and the poor. He established a new religion, and his followers responded to government repression with great acts of heroism. The Báb foretold the imminent appearance of a new Messenger of God, who would guide humanity into a new era of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh.
The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh and the Birth of the Báb are celebrated as twin holy days, and festivities encompass both days with events spread over a 48-hour period. The dates of Bahá’í days can be found here.
More information about this topic and others is available on Bahai.org, the official website of the worldwide Bahá’í community:
- Bahá’u’lláh, ‘The Glory of God’https://www.bahai.ca/images/uploads/baha-u-llah1817-1892.pdf
- International website for the bicentenary of the birth of the Bahá’u’lláhhttps://bicentenary.bahai.org/
- A message from the Universal House of Justicehttps://bicentenary.bahai.org/universal-house-justice-message
- Stories of Bahá’u’lláh, produced by WestWind Pictureshttps://vimeo.com/album/4785274