Baha’is commemorate martyrdom of the Bab, forerunner of Baha’u’llah

Shrine of the Bab

The Shrine of the Bab in Haifa is a special place of prayer for Baha’is and others. The remains of the Bab were laid to rest there in 1909, nearly 60 years after His martyrdom in Iran.

Every year on July 9, Baha’is commemorate the martyrdom of the Báb, one of the two central figures in the founding of the religion.

At noon on 9 July 1850, the Báb 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, Bahá’u’lláh announced publicly that He was that Promised One.

The Báb attracted tens of thousands of people to His teachings, thousands of whom were killed in persecutions that swept Iran. Finally, authorities had the Báb Himself put to death in an attempt to stamp out the new religion.

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 Báb is one of nine holy days when Baha’is suspend work. It is commemorated with prayers and special programs. We hope you can join us:

Beaverton Beaverton Baha’i Center
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
5355 SW Murray Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Portland Portland Baha’i Center
12:30 pm
Performance by Grant Hindin Miller
8720 Ivanhoe Street
Portland, OR 97203