Bahá’í celebrates birth of founders

The Ridgecrest Bahá’ís will celebrate the births of the two founders of the movement with a two-day celebration on Oct. 29-30.

“On two consecutive days, to reflect both the Gregorian and lunar calendar dates, the birth of their religion’s two founders who created an inclusive, monotheistic faith that has grown to more than 5 million believers in nearly every country and territory,” said a local spokesperson. “These are Bahá’í holy days, when work is suspended, and the Ridgecrest Bahá’í community holds commemorative events.”

Oct. 29 is the 200th anniversary of the Oct. 20, 1819, birth of Siyyid Ali-Muhammad in Shiraz, Persia. He later took the title “The Bab,” meaning “The Gate.”

“The Bab was the herald who prepared the way for Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith. With his own distinct revelation, he called on people to purify themselves for the coming day of God.”

The Oct. 30 observance commemorates the Nov. 12, 1817, birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’u’llah (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) in Núr, Persia.

“Baha’u’llah means the ‘Splendor of God,’ who announced in 1863 that He is God’s messenger for this age,” said a spokesperson. “His teachings and sacred writings are the basis of the Bahá’í faith.”

The Bahá’í faith has been active in Ridgecrest since 1990 and offers devotional programs and holiday celebrations.

For information, call 760-371-1399. To learn more about the Baha’i faith in America, visit bahai.us or call 800-228-6483.

Story First Published: 2019-10-04