Martyrdom of the Báb

The Báb’s message aroused hope and excitement among people from every walk of life. Although a number of prominent Muslim clerics accepted the Báb, many others felt insecure and threatened by His growing influence and feared their entrenched positions of privilege and authority would be threatened by the empowerment of the people. They denounced the Báb’s teachings as heretical and set out to destroy Him and His followers.

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh passed away on 29 May, 1892. He designated ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as His successor and Head of the Bahá’í Faith. This choice of a successor is a central provision of what is known as the “Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh,” enabling the Bahá’í community to remain united for all time.