1884 Nov 26 Bab

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1884 Nov 26 Bab - The Bab. But the most formidable religions...
The Bab. But the most formidable religions movement the East has known in many years, an impulse which still operates with increasing energy and of which the end cannot bo conjectured, was originated by an obscure fanatic named Ali Mohammed, but who is known among his followers as tho Bab (or gate,) and whose faith, now entrenched and waxing throughout the empire, is denominated Babism. He was the son of a grocer of Shiraz, and, like Mohammed, Mohammed, early began to dream dreams and see visions. He was educated at Kerbela, at the feet of a great Mohammedan Mohammedan doctor who early discovered in his pupil indications of mystic and supernatural endowment. From Kerbela Kerbela ho went to Bushire, where tho spirit of prophecy fell upon him. Ho proclaimed the comingof the Twelfth ImaHu. Ho essayed miracles. Those which aro recorded of hia seem better calculated to excite ridicule than wonder, wonder, but they were sullicient to gather round him a group of believers and followers. Tho del usion spread rapidly. With each accession of proselytes his pretensions of supernatural power and vision rose. Ho proclaimed himself the Twelfth Imaun. Iu no long timo he avowed himself to bo Mohammed returned to earth again, and claimed the dominion of all the Mohammedan people. Lastly, as increasing multitudes multitudes thronged round aud worshipped worshipped him as the orator of tho holy prophet of God, ho advanced his pretensions to their final limit, and proclaimed himself tho earthly incarnation incarnation of God himself. It seemsstrango that the exorbitancy of his successive claims did not alieuato his proselytes, but it had, instead, tho ellect of attaching attaching them more passionately to him. They wero determined that his native city should hear from his lips of tho mystic trausubstanliation which had made of tiio grocer's boy of Shiraz, whom tiie priests and ciders had doubtless doubtless often seen at play with other boys near tho city gates at evening, or barefooted barefooted iu the mosque kneeling at his prayers, a portion of tho substance of the Almighty himself. But a prophet is traditionally without honor in his own country, and tho bastinado was applied to the feetof tho Bab with such promptitude and energy that ho made a full confession of his impostures and was put iu prison. This persecution, however, only served to inureaso tho number of his believers, who were penetrated penetrated with the same fiery and warlike fanaticism as that which Mobamniejl infused into his followers. There were mauy proselytes among the priesthood and the schism, hitherto local and obscure, obscure, broke out simultaneously in all parts of the empire. In 1850 tho chief priest of Zingan, a city on tho road from Tabriz to Teheran, publicly avowed his belief in the new faith, and an army was sent against him. With thousands of followers he took refugo within the walls of the city and maintained a scige for many months, but was at last overcome, overcome, and his entire garrison, including including the women and children, was slain. Meantime, during the progress of tho seige, the Persians, maddened by tho obstinacy of his followers and alarmed at the spread of his doctrines, brought fourth the Bab to execution. He was bound to a post with ropes, and a file of musketeers, at the word of command, discharged a volley at him. When tho smoke cleared away it was found that the bullets had cut the ropes which bound him, and he had disappeared. The soldiers and tho multitudes assembled assembled to witness the execution were for a moment awed at what seemed to them a miracle. But in a few minutes tho fugitive was discovered, un-wounded, un-wounded, iu the guard house near by, where he had taken refuge. He was brought out again, and this time was shot If he had reached the bazar near at hand, instead of tho guard house, he would very likely have escaped, as he had multitudes of secret friends aud believers among trie people there, and they would have concealed him. It may be imagined than an occurrence so miraculous as his disappearance disappearance would have been hailed everywhere everywhere throughout the East as a proof of his divine mission. As it is, Babism is a vital and augmenting spiritual force in Persia, and, having in view the impassioned and fanatical character of the people among whom it has struck its roots, ho would 00 a bold prophet who should venture to forecast its future. Trhcrau, (Persia), Cor. Brooklyn Brooklyn Eagle. I I ' I ' j ; I i

Clipped from The Columbus Journal26 Nov 1884, WedPage 4

The Columbus Journal (Columbus, Nebraska)26 Nov 1884, WedPage 4
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