Bahais across West Berkshire will be getting together on Monday 9 July to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Bahai Faith.
This major holy day marks the events surrounding the death of the Bab in 1850. The Bab (a title meaning ‘the Gate’) had many followers but his beliefs did not meet with approval from the leaders of the state religion in Persia, and they decided he should be taken from prison and put to death.
Shawn Khorassani, a Thames Valley Bahai, said: “9 July – the Martyrdom of the Bab – is an important holy day for Bahais, and a day when Bahais across the Thames Valley get together to pray.
“Prayer is a vital part of Bahai spiritual life. Bahais believe that prayer is more than making requests to God; it’s more like a conversation with God in contrast to meditation, which is like a conversation with one’s inner spirit.
“It is therefore not the language which is important, but rather the attitude of mind in which prayer is made.”