Learning more about the Báb and His writings in preparation for celebrating the bicentenary of His birth in October 2019 has just become easier. The Wilmette Institute will be offering four new courses and two repeated courses in 2019 about this first Manifestation of the Bahá’í era, Who was the “portal to a superior Revelation.” Following up on conversations with family, friends, and acquaintances begun in 2017 around the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, you will learn more and have more to say about Bahá’u’lláh’s “humble Precursor.’”
In June 2018, the Universal House of Justice asked the Bahá’ís to begin to prepare for the October 2019 observance. With twelve months of preparation time ahead, plan with your community and friends which of the six courses the Wilmette Institute will be offering in 2019 that you will take; you might even want to plan to take the courses as a group:
1. Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Bábí Religion (starts January 15)
2. The Life of the Báb (starts February 5)
3. The Báb and the Bábí Faith, 1844–1863: Rediscovering the Dawnbreakers (starts April 25)
4. The Báb’s Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’: Commentary on the Qur’an’s Surih of Joseph (starts July 15)
5. The Writings of the Báb (starts August 25)
6. Sharing the Births of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb with Children (starts September 18)
One course—The Life of the Báb—will familiarize you with salient features of the Báb’s life, the divine Manifestation whom the Universal House of Justice in its Ridván 2018 letter referred to as the “sacred figure” who “was an answer to the prayers and entreaties of the generation that awaited the One foretold by all the Holy Scriptures.”
Three of the courses focus on the writings of the Báb: Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán, The Bab’s Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’, and The Writings of the Báb. These will familiarize you with important works by the Báb.
The remaining two courses—The Báb and the Bábí Faith, 1844–1863: Rediscovering the Dawnbreakers and Sharing the Births of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb with Children—are sure to help youth and adults, according to the Universal House of Justice in its Ridvan 2018 letter, to call to mind the “matchless, sacrificial acts” and the “fearlessness, consecration, and detachment from all save God” of the youthful “lionhearts” who “made their indelible mark on history.” With its focus on children, Sharing the Births of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb with Children will help parents and teachers instill stories of the Twin Manifestations into the youth of tomorrow at an early age.
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