The Baha’is are marking the 162th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Bab, one of the two central figures in the founding of their religion, with a service on Monday.
On 9 July 1850, at noon, the Bab was put to death by firing squad in the public square of Tabriz, Iran. Six years earlier, he had declared that he was a messenger of God whose mission was to prepare the way for the imminent arrival of the Promised One of all religions who would come to establish a new age of peace and
prosperity in the world. In 1863, Baha’u’llah announced publicly that he was that Promised One. 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
A half century after his execution, his 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. On St. Thomas, the Holy Day will be commemorated with a special observance beginning at 11:45 July 9 at the Baha'i National Center at 129 Estate Contant. Those seeking more information can call 776-7024 or visit the web site www.bahaivi.org.