The proclamation of Baba (23/05)

The Annunciation of the Báb, the day on which the Báb, the forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith, proclaimed His Mission in 1844 in the city of Shiraz (Persia). This is the day of the birth of the Bahá'í Faith. The exact date when this happened is known - 2 hours 11 minutes after completion on May 22, 1844. On this day, a young Persian merchant, Siyyid Ali Muhammad, who later took the name “Bab” (translated from Arabic as “Gate”), proclaimed that He was called to announce to the world about the imminent coming of the Promised One of all religions and to prepare people for His coming.

The main theme of His Writings was the imminent coming of “He Whom God shall make manifest,” the Messenger promised in all the Sacred Books of the past. It is with the coming of this Messenger, said the Báb, that the long-awaited Kingdom of God on earth will come. The Bahá'ís revere the Báb along with all the other great Messengers of God in human history - Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad and others.

The Báb first announced His Mission to a young theologian named Mulla Hussain Bushrui. Mullah Hussain, full of expectation of the imminent fulfillment of the prophecy about the coming of Qaim (Promised in Islam), went along with several of his friends in search of Him. Having no idea where this Man might appear, Mulla Hussain relied entirely on Divine Providence.