Photo of the Shrine of the Báb, Mount Carmel (BWNS)

Today, the Bahá’ís commemorate the martyrdom of the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith. The events surrounding His execution, no less than the way He lived, were a portent of the persecutions that have afflicted the Bahá’ís and their response. The Bahá’í World News Service shares details surrounding this Bahá’í Holy Day:

“On July 9, Bahá’ís around the world commemorate the date in 1850 that the Báb – one of two main figures in the founding of their Faith – was executed by a firing squad in Iran, then called Persia. The Báb, whose name means “gate” in Arabic, had declared in 1844 that He was a messenger of God sent to prepare the way for the long-awaited promised one of all religions who would come to establish an age of universal peace. In 1863 Bahá’u’lláh announced publicly that He was that promised one.

The Báb attracted tens of thousands of followers, and the unease and commotion created by His message led the authorities to put him to death on a charge of heresy. He and a disciple who begged to share His martyrdom were executed by a firing squad of 750 soldiers in a public square in Tabriz. The remains of the Báb are now entombed in Haifa, Israel, in a beautiful shrine on Mount Carmel.”

The full story is available at http://news.bahai.org/story/568

In an effort to inform the world about the persecutions Bahá’ís have endured, particularly in countries such as Iran and Egypt, this site will be highlighting past and recent incidents involving deprivation of basic human rights to Bahá’ís in the Middle East. Bringing to light these injustices is just one small way we have today to make past wrongs right and recognizing the truth and nobility of humanity, regardless of one’s religion.