Release the Sun

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 323 pages
Millennial fervor gripped many people around the world in the early nineteenth century. While Christians anticipated the return of Jesus Christ, a wave of expectation swept through Islam that the "Lord of the Age" would soon appear. In Persia, this reached a dramatic climax on May 23, 1844, when a twenty-five-year-old merchant from Shiraz named Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, later title "The Bab," announced that He was the bearer of a divine Revelation destined to transform the spiritual life of the human race. Furthermore, He claimed that He was but the Herald of another Messenger, who would soon bring a far greater Revelation that would usher in an age of universal peace. Against a backdrop of wide-scale moral decay in Persian society, this declaration aroused hope and excitement among all classes. The Bab quickly attracted tens of thousands of followers, including influential members of the clergy--and the brutal hand of a fearful government bent on destroying this movement that threatened to rock the established order.
 

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Contents

Prologue
5
The Promise of the Messiah
9
The Search Begins
19
The Promise Is Fulfilled
31
The Pilgrimage and the Proclamation
41
The Persecution Begins
49
The Gende Arrest
55
The Enchantment of the Kings Messenger
63
The Kings Summons
99
The Tumult in Tabrfz
107
The High Stone Prison
113
The Massacre at the Fort of Shaykh Tabarsf
139
A Wonder among Women
169
The Death of the Wisest Persian
193
The Seven Heroes of Tihran
211
The Martyrdom of the Bab
259

The Avenging Hand of God
77
The Kindly Governor
89

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Page 336 - I am, I am, the promised One ! I am the One whose name you have for a thousand years invoked, at whose mention you have risen, whose advent you have longed to witness, and the hour of whose Revelation you have prayed God to hasten. Verily I say, it is incumbent upon the peoples of both the East and the West to obey My word and to pledge allegiance to My person.

About the author (2003)

William Sears (1911-1992), a radio and television personality and the author of several books, including Thief in the Night and God Loves Laughter, was also an internationally known Baha'i teacher.

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