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Declaration of the Bab

The Declaration of the Báb in Shiraz Shavuot is observed annually on May 22. The actual event itself took place on May 23, 1844, but the observation begins two hours and 11 minutes after sunset on the 22nd. A Shi’a Muslim named Mulla Husayn was on a quest to search for the Promised One.

Declaration of  the Bab
Declaration of  the Bab

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May 22, 2024, 12:00 AM

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About the event

The Declaration of the Báb in Shiraz Shavuot is observed annually on May 22. The actual event itself took place on May 23, 1844, but the observation begins two hours and 11 minutes after sunset on the 22nd. A Shi’a Muslim named Mulla Husayn was on a quest to search for the Promised One — a messiah described in the holy scriptures. This led to the formation of the Bahá’í faith, which quickly spread from Shiraz to 200 countries. The principles of the Bahá’í belief are based on the writings of the Báb.

The arrival of the Promised One was anticipated decades before Báb’s Declaration. A man named Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsá’i started to preach the arrival of a great day when the Promised One will come with his message for the world. A group of students were keen followers of the Shaykh, and one of them became his successor, Sayyid Kázim-i-Rashti. He had his own students, among whom was Mulla Hussayn — the one who discovered the Báb.

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