Baha’is of Los Alamos to celebrate the Holy Days

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By Special to the Monitor

Baha’is of Los Alamos is joining Baha’is throughout the world in celebrating two of the nine annual Holy Days.  

Saturday, Baha’is will gather to celebrate the Declaration of the Bab, the prophet-martyr of the Baha’i faith and the herald of the coming of Baha’u’llah.

The Bab, which means Gate, declared his mission on May 22, 1844, in the city of Shiraz, Persia or modern day Iran.

The years immediately following his declaration saw a significant number of the people of Persia, from all walks of life, from humble farmers to highly educated religious leaders and members of the Persian ruling class, join the new religion.  

A wave of persecution ensued, conducted by the Persian government at the instigation of the Shi’ih Muslim clergy, in which tens of thousands of the adherents of the new religion, including, eventually, the Bab himself, were martyred.  

On May 29, the Bahá’ís of Los Alamos will commemorate the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í faith.

On this date in 1892, Bahá’u’lláh died as an exile in the Holy Land, to which he had been banished by officials of the Ottoman Empire because of his teachings.

He spent most of his 40 years of exile as a prisoner in and around the pestilential prison city of Akka, a place he described by him as “the most great prison.” He is buried near Akka, Israel.

The commemoration will take place at 3 a.m., the hour at which Baha’u’llah passed away.

The central principles of the Bahá’í faith are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness of mankind.

The teachings of Bahá’u’lláh also include the equality of men and women, the essential harmony of science and religion, the independent investigation of truth, economic justice based upon spiritual principles, the urgent need for the elimination of all prejudice, universal, compulsory education, an international, auxiliary language and a world federal system to maintain a lasting peace.

Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the manifestation of God for this age, who came to renew the religion of God which has been revealed progressively, over time, by all the divine educators, such as Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Christ, Muhammed and the Báb.

The Bahá’í Faith is the second most wide-spread religion in the world after Christianity, according to United Nations statistics.  

The World Center of the religion is in Haifa, Israel.

All are welcome to attend the two Holy Day commemorations. Call 662-0453 for information on venue.