Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab

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.

On July 9, Baha’is around the world commemorate the date in 1850 that the Bab – one of two main figures in the founding of their Faith – was executed by a firing squad in Iran, then called Persia.

The Bab, 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 Baha’u’llah announced publicly that He was that promised one.

The Bab 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 Bab are now entombed in Haifa, Israel, in a beautiful shrine on Mount Carmel.

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
Saturday, July 9, 2011
12:00 pm

5355 SW Murray Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Portland Portland Baha’i Center
Saturday, July 9 2011
12:30 pm

8720 Ivanhoe Street
Portland, OR 97203


Adapted with permission from the Baha’i World News Service.