July 3, 2004 – The Bahá'ís of the Virgin Islands will join Bahá'ís worldwide in observance of the Martyrdom of the Báb. On Friday, July 9, at noon two public events will be held on St. Croix and one on St. Thomas. The Báb, whose name means the Gate, was the Prophet-Herald of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
According to a press release from the Bahá'ís information office, "On July 9, 1850, the Báb was executed by a firing squad in a public square in Tabriz, Persia (Iran). In 1844, the Báb had proclaimed a new religion and declared that the promised one of all religions would soon reveal himself. For six years the Báb, who is regarded by Bahá'ís as a messenger of God, continued to teach and to gather thousands of followers. He proclaimed the coming of a new era in which the world would be unified and mankind would become one."
The release continues, "The enthusiasm with which thousands accepted the Báb's teachings alarmed the clergy and government officials in Persia at that time. Three years after the Báb's martyrdom, the one he foretold appeared in the person of Bahá'u'lláh."
The Bahai Faith is an independent world religion with principles including the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness of humanity. The World Center of the religion is in Haifa, Israel.
For more information on the Bahá'í Faith call: 340-774-3648 or email [email protected] or check the website at www.vi.bahai.org
The public is invited to Holy Day activities, which are scheduled on St. Thomas at the Bahá'í National Center, 129 Contant. Call 774-3648 for directions. On St. Croix, the celebrations will be at the home of Doug Covey and at the Frederiksted Bahá'í Center at 22A Smithfield. Call 772-3827 for directions and additional information. Persons attending the Holy Day activities are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m.
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