This year, in countless settings and places throughout the world, people celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, whose revitalising message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
“The first half of the 19th century was a period of messianic expectation in the Islamic world, as was the case in many parts of Christendom. In Persia a wave of millenialist enthusiasm had swept many in the religiously educated class of Shí‘ih Muslim society, focused on belief that the fulfillment of prophecies in the Qur’án and the Islamic traditions was at hand. It was to one such ardent seeker that, on the night of 22–23 May 1844, the Báb (a title meaning Gate) announced that He was the Bearer of a Divine Revelation destined not only to transform Islam but to set a new direction for the spiritual life of humankind.
During the decade that followed, mounting opposition from both clergy and state brought about the martyrdom of the Báb, the massacre of His leading disciples and of several thousands of His followers, and the virtual extinction of the religious system that He had founded. Out of these harrowing years, however, emerged a successor movement, the Bahá’í Faith, that has since spread throughout the planet and established its claim to represent a new and independent world religion.
It is to Bahá’u’lláh (Mírzá Husayn-‘Alí, 1817–1892), that the worldwide Bahá’í community looks as the source of its spiritual and social teachings, the authority for the laws and institutions that shape its life, and the vision of unity that has today made it one of the most geographically widespread and ethnically diverse of organized bodies of people on the planet. It is from Bahá’u’lláh that the Faith derives its name and toward Whose resting place in the Holy Land that the millions of Bahá’ís around the world daily direct their thoughts when they turn to God in prayer.” (Extracts from The Mission of the Báb)
The Bahá’í Community of Wollongong invites you to a special celebration to mark the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb. This will be an occasion to reflect on the life of the Báb and the significance of His revelation through artistic performances and presentations. Sit-down dinner will be served.
The event will be held on Saturday 16 November 2019, 6:00-10:00 PM at North Wollongong Surf Club, 1A Cliff Rd., Wollongong
Please RSVP by 2 November 2019 by registering at RSVP site.