For those wishing to wear a ring on the right hand adorned with the Greatest Name, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá designed a calligraphic symbol that incorporates Arabic letters in “Bahá” into a visual representation of the relationship among the worlds of God, of Revelation and of humanity. (See picture above.)
The top and bottom horizontal lines—each a stylized doubling of the Arabic letter “h”—represent respectively the world of God and the world of creation. In between, a stylized letter “b” represents the world of the Manifestations of God. That letter is repeated vertically to represent the role and station of the Manifestations in “joining the world of the Creator to that of His creation,” Mr. Faizi wrote.
The five-pointed stars at the right and left, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote, “represent the divine origin and also the human personality of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. …”
Five- and nine-pointed stars
In fact, Shoghi Effendi identified the five-pointed star as the sacred symbol of the Faith. A striking form of that symbol is the Star of Haykal (Temple), vertically elongated as an abstract representation of the human body.
Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb both wrote Tablets in the visual form of this mystically rich symbol. One special tablet revealed by the Báb presents 360 derivatives of the name “Bahá” in that form, symbolizing the essence of the Greatest Name in a human frame and subtly identifying Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger Who would fulfill the Báb’s prophecies.
The nine-pointed star gained popularity among Bahá’ís after it was used as an element in the design of the House of Worship. Shoghi Effendi clarified that while not a sacred symbol, it is an acceptable emblem of the Faith. Its affinity with the Greatest Name is indirect; numerical values traditionally assigned to the Arabic letters in the word “Bahá” add up to nine. As the highest single-digit number, nine has other symbolic significances such as perfection or completeness.