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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The Promise of the Messiah
The Search Begins
The Promise Is Fulfilled
The Pilgrimage and the Proclamation
The Persecution Begins
The Gende Arrest
The Enchantment of the Kings Messenger
The Kings Summons
The Tumult in Tabrfz
The High Stone Prison
The Massacre at the Fort of Shaykh Tabarsf
A Wonder among Women
The Death of the Wisest Persian
The Seven Heroes of Tihran
The Martyrdom of the Bab

The Avenging Hand of God
The Kindly Governor

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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.

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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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