The Bab, prophet founder of the Bab'i faith and fore-runner of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God.
|Founder||The Báb (Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází). Title meaning ‘The Gate.’|
|Origins||Shírází, Persia (modern day Iran) on May 23, 1844.|
|Believers||Unknown. Most Báb’is became Baha’is when Baha’u’llah declared His mission in 1863.|
|Good and Evil|
The Bayan and other revealed writings. Bayan literally means, “explanation, exposition, utterance”. The Persian Bayan was revealed in the fortress of Mah-Ku while He was under arrest. In God Passes By (pp. 24-25), Shoghi Effendi described the Bayan as a "monumental repository of the laws and precepts of the new Dispensation and the treasury enshrining most of the Báb’s references and tributes to, as well as His warning regarding, ‘Him Whom God will make manifest (Baha’u’llah).’” The Bayan is about eight thousand verses in length but it is regarded primarily as a eulogy of the Promised One rather than a code of laws and ordinances designed to be a permanent guide to future generations."