Celebrating the Birth of The Báb

The Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel. The Bahá’i community of St. John's will celebrate His birthday 7:30 p.m. at the Landing, Room 3018, University Centre, 1 Arctic Ave.

  • Start: November 8, 2018 7:30 pm
  • End: November 8, 2018 9:30 pm

1 Arctic Avenue, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

The Bahá’is of St. John’s welcome the public to join them to celebrate the birth of the Forerunner of their Faith – The Báb – at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Landing, University Centre, 1 Arctic Avenue.

The celebration of the birth of The Báb will draw heavily upon the arts – film, storytelling and music. We’re happy to welcome our friend Kathy Stock as our guest performer.

While Bahá’is regard The Báb as a Messenger of God with a revelation that predates their religion, they also see Him as the Forerunner or Herald of the Bahá’i Faith in that He foretold the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

In the middle of the 19th century—one of the most turbulent periods in the world’s history—a young merchant named Siyyid Ali Muhammad announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform the life of humanity.

At a time when His country, Iran, was undergoing widespread moral breakdown, His message aroused excitement and hope among all classes, rapidly attracting thousands of followers. He took the name “The Báb”, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic.

With His call for spiritual and moral reformation, and His attention to improving the position of women and the lot of the poor, the Báb’s prescription for spiritual renewal was revolutionary. At the same time, He founded a distinct, independent religion of His own, inspiring His followers to transform their lives and carry out great acts of heroism.

The Báb announced that humanity stood at the threshold of a new era. His mission, which was to last only six years, was to prepare the way for the coming of a Manifestation of God Who would usher in the age of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh.

While The Báb is the Forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, so too does The Báb’s birthday come just before that of Bahá’u’lláh. The community will celebrate the birth of Bahá’u’lláh at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Network Cafe, located at 6 East Drive in Pleasantville.