Public invited to free celebrations
TAMPA, FL – The public is invited to attend several celebrations in November to commemorate the birthdays of the two founders of the Baha’i.
The Baha’i Faith is a religion that promotes the unity of humanity and offers a vision of hope for a peaceful world. On November 1st and 2nd the Baha’is of Tampa will join with more than five million others around the globe to observe the “Twin Birthdays” of the founders of their faith. Baha’is mark these special days by taking time off of work and school and by holding commemorative events in their communities.
November 1st commemorates the Birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith.
Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title “the Bab,” meaning “the Gate,” was born in 1819 in Shiraz, Persia, (current day Iran). The Bab called for spiritual and moral reformation. He announced that humanity was standing at the threshold of a new era, and that a divinely-inspired educator would soon arise whose teachings would transform civilization, and begin and era of justice and peace, as promised in all of the world’s religions. This divine teacher is the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah.
In Tampa, The Birth of the Bab Commemoration will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m., with lunch served at noon, at the Tampa Baha’i Center at 3112 Nundy Rd. 33619. There is no cost to attend.
November 2nd commemorates the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
Born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali, in 1817 in Núr, Persia, the title Baha’u’llah means the “Glory of God.” In 1863 Baha’u’llah began to share teachings that God had revealed to Him. These teachings promote justice and peace and form the basis of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’i teachings call for the elimination of prejudice, the equality of women and men, and the recognition of the unity of all humanity.
Baha’u’llah proclaimed that God, our loving creator, sends divine messengers or manifestations of God with teachings that enable humanity to know and to worship one God. These great manifestations have appeared throughout history every 500 to 1,000 years, bringing human civilization to ever higher levels of spiritual and material advancement. Baha’u’llah is the latest in this long line of divine messengers, which has included Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster and the Bab.
In Tampa, The Birth of Baha’u’llah Commemoration will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m., with dinner served, at the Tampa Baha’i Center at 3112 Nundy Rd. 33619. There is no cost to attend.
The Baha’i Faith has been active in Tampa for decades and offers devotional programs, children’s classes, and study circles for spiritual education for people of all backgrounds. For information, call (813) 963-0080. The faith is represented in every state and thousands of communities throughout the United States. To learn more about the Baha’i Faith in America, visit www.bahai.us.
Note: To better understand the Baha’i Faith in America, check the Religion News Association’s “Source Guide on the Baha’i Faith” at www.religionlink.org/tip_090211.php.
Note: Bab is pronounced “BOB.” Baha’u’llah is pronounced “bah–hah-ol-LAH.”