By Sulz, Dave on October 26, 2019.
The Bah‡’i Community of Lethbridge is about to celebrate a milestone date in the faith.
The bicentenary of the birth of the B‡b, the forerunner of Bah‡’u’ll‡h, will be marked Oct. 29 with an event at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort.
The B‡b is one of the Bah‡’i faith’s two founders, the other being Bah‡’u’ll‡h. Born Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad in 1819, he took the name the B‡b, meaning “the Gate” in Arabic. From 1844 to 1850, his public mission represented a spiritual revolution that upended the prevailing social, political and religious order in Persia, setting the stage for Bah‡’u’ll‡h’s new, unifying vision.
The B‡b was martyred in 1850. His teachings called for a purity of heart and deeds, and directed his followers to an strict pattern of prayer, meditation, self-discipline and solidary of community life.
Through his title and his teachings, the B‡b indicated he was just the gate to the revelation of Bah‡’u’ll‡h, which followed 19 years after the B‡b’s announcement of his own religion in 1844. The B‡b called himself “the humble Precursor” to one greater than himself.
The birth of the B‡b and the birth of Bah‡’u’ll‡h are observed as Twin Holy Days each year, since their birthdays occurred within a day of each other according to the Persian calendar of that time. In 2019 the days are commemorated on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.
For more information about Bah‡’i, visit bahai.org.