Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Bahá’ís Commemorate the Martyrdom of The Báb

This week Baha’is from around the world mark the 158th anniversary of the Martyrdom of The Bab, one of the two central figures in the founding of their religion. The Bab attracted tens of thousands of people to His teachings, thousands of whom were killed in persecutions that swept Iran. Finally, authorities had the Bab Himself put to death in an attempt to stamp out the new religion.

This dramatic presentation highlights the events that took place on 9 July 1850 at noon, when the Bab was put to death by firing squad in the public square of Tabriz, Iran.

A half century after His execution, His sacred remains were brought to Haifa for entombment on Mount Carmel. Today His shrine is one of the most famous landmarks in Israel, and the Baha’i Faith is established in virtually every country.

The anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab is one of nine holy days when Baha’is suspend work. It is commemorated with prayers and special programs at noon on 9 July.

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