Names of the Bab

Shoghi Effendi beautifully lists the titles and names of the Bab as defined by Baha'u'llah, `Abdu'l-Baha, and Himself.

The Báb, acclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh as the “Essence of Essences,”


the “Sea of Seas,”


the “Point round Whom the realities of the Prophets and Messengers revolve,”


“from Whom God hath caused to proceed the knowledge of all that was and shall be,”


Whose “rank excelleth that of all the Prophets,” and


Whose “Revelation transcendeth the comprehension and understanding of all their chosen ones,” had delivered His Message and discharged His mission.


He Who was, in the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the “Morn of Truth”


and “Harbinger of the Most Great Light,”


He, as affirmed by Himself, “the Primal Point from which have been generated all created things,”


“one of the sustaining pillars of the Primal Word of God,”


the “Mystic Fane,”


the “Great Announcement,”


the “Flame of that supernal Light that glowed upon Sinai,”


the “Remembrance of God”.


He the “Qá’im” (He Who ariseth) promised to the Shí’ahs,


the “Mihdí” (One Who is guided) awaited by the Sunnís,


the “Return of John the Baptist” expected by the Christians,


the “Ushídar-Máh” referred to in the Zoroastrian scriptures,


the “Return of Elijah” anticipated by the Jews,


The “Second Woe,” spoken of in the Apocalypse of St. John the Divine, had, at long last, appeared,


and the first of the two “Messengers,” Whose appearance had been prophesied in the Qur’án, had been sent down.


The first “Trumpet-Blast”, destined to smite the earth with extermination, announced in the latter Book, had finally been sounded.


(Excerpt from God Passes By, Shoghi Effendi)

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