Photo: Michael V. Day

Michael V. Day is a journalist who was the editor of the Bahá’í World News Service at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel from 2003 to 2006, where he lived and worked within a few hundred metres of the Shrine of the Báb.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Michael was briefly a lawyer before becoming a newspaper reporter, leader writer and editor.

He first visited the Shrine of the Báb while on pilgrimage in 1980. After moving to Australia in 1988 with his wife, Chris, and sons Thomas and George, he was a journalist with Murdoch University in Perth before joining the staff of The West Australian newspaper where he was a national award-winning education and feature writer.

Michael was then appointed the newspaper’s Asia Desk Chief, specializing in covering Indonesia, and being awarded the Perth Press Club Award for consistent excellence, and the University of Western Australia's prestigious Arthur Lovekin award.  He is a currently working as a foreign affairs adviser.

Michael is also continuing to write on Bahá’í topics, especially on aspects of the Faith’s history. Michael and his wife, Chris, live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Quote from the author:

"I hope this book contributes to events in 2017 marking the bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, Who directed that the Shrine of the Bab be built on a spot He designated on Mount Carmel."~ Michael V. Day.


“ I pay tribute and express my profound gratitude to Fuad Izadinia, who accompanied me on this project.

A former joint custodian (with his wife, Manijeh) of the Shrine of the Bab, Mr Izadinia generously and unreservedly shared his knowledge of the Shrine with me, worked alongside me via email to solve many mysteries, and encouraged me. He did this virtually daily for the five years (so far ) of this project to tell the story of the Shrine, which he loves so much.

I am sure he would agree with me that we found it a thrilling privilege to spend so much time on such a meaningful and inspiring subject and to find out so much about the extraordinary story of the Shrine of the Bab.”
— Michael V. Day


Editor: May Hofman (

Production Manager: Erica Leith (

Cover: Rene Steiner and William McGuire

Photograph enhancement and maps: William McGuire  (

Initial text editor: Marjorie Tidman

Research colleague: Fuad Izadinia