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Proclamation at Badasht



Tahirih Proclaiming the Liberation of Women
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View of Badasht

One of the major events in the life of Tahirih occurred at Badasht in 1848. It was there that three of the Bab's most devoted followers met to proclaim the Bab's station as the promised Qa'im (Promised One). The three were Tahirih, Quddus and Baha'u'llah. It was Tahirih who made the proclamation:

"The Trumpet is sounding! The great Trump is blown! The universal Advent is now proclaimed!"

The fact that she did this without her veil served to punctuate this announcement. Those in attendance were panic-stricken and many fled. Some even renounced their belief in this new faith, but there were those that returned and remained steadfast. Shortly thereafter, the conference broke up, but the Advent of the Qa'im had been proclaimed.

“On that memorable day the 'Bugle' mentioned in the Qur'án was sounded, the 'stunning trumpet-blast' was loudly raised, and the 'Catastrophe' came to pass. The days immediately following so startling a departure from the time-honored traditions of Islám witnessed a veritable revolution in the outlook, habits, ceremonials and manner of worship of these hitherto zealous and devout upholders of the Muhammadan Law...Almost immediately after, the Báb Himself, still a prisoner, was vindicating the acts of His disciples by asserting, formally and unreservedly, His claim to be the promised Qá'im, in the presence of the Heir to the Throne, the leading exponents of the Shaykhí community, and the most illustrious ecclesiastical dignitaries assembled in the capital of Ádhirbayján.

A little over four years had elapsed since the birth of the Báb's Revelation when the trumpet-blast announcing the formal extinction of the old, and the inauguration of the new Dispensation was sounded. No pomp, no pageantry marked so great a turning-point in the world's religious history. Nor was its modest setting commensurate with such a sudden, startling, complete emancipation from the dark and embattled forces of fanaticism, of priestcraft, of religious orthodoxy and superstition. The assembled host consisted of no more than a single woman and a handful of men, mostly recruited from the very ranks they were attacking, and devoid, with few exceptions, of wealth, prestige and power. The Captain of the host was Himself an absentee, a captive in the grip of His foes. The arena was a tiny hamlet in the plain of Badasht on the border of Mázindarán. The trumpeter was a lone woman, the noblest of her sex in that Dispensation, whom even some of her co-religionists pronounced a heretic. The call she sounded was the death-knell of the twelve hundred year old law of Islám." Shoghi Effendi God Passes By