Siyyd'Ali Muhammad Shirazi Claims He Is the Mahdi, Takes Name 'Bab'

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Siyyid 'Ali Muhammad Shirazi announces to Mulla Husayn that he has received a revelation that he is the promised Qa'im (or Mahdi), a messianic figure in Shia Islam.

After this declaration he takes the title of Bab, which means "Gate," founding a religious offshoot of Islam known as Babism. Baha'u'llah, a future follower of the Bab, will found the Baha'i Faith and claim to be the fulfillment of the Bab's promise that God would send another messenger to follow him.

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