The Báb was the forerunner and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh.
In 1844, He founded an independent religion, the Bábi Faith. His teachings promoted extensive religious and social reform. The Báb’s message aroused enormous interest as well as violent opposition throughout Persia, which had been undergoing widespread social and political changes by the middle of the 19th century.
The Báb, Whose title means “the Gate” in Arabic, announced that humanity was standing at the threshold of a new era that would witness its unification in a new global society. His mission was to prepare humanity for the advent of Bahá’u’lláh, a Messenger of God, who would usher in an age of justice and peace.
The mission of the Báb was potent but brief. He was imprisoned for His teachings and executed by firing squad in 1850.
The remains of the Báb, hidden for six decades following His execution, were finally laid to rest on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Bahá’í pilgrims and other visitors are now able to visit the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb.