Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m. at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
This Holy Day commemorates one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Bahá'í Faith, concerning one of its Central Figures, the Báb, who was the forerunner to Bahá'u'lláh.
In 1850, Mirza Taqi Khan, Grand Vizier of the new Shah [of Persia], Nasiri'd- Din, ordered the Bab executed. On July 9, the Bab was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabriz, along with a young follower. When the smoke cleared, the Bab was nowhere to be seen. He was later located in the room He had occupied, finishing a conversation with His amanuensis. The commander of the Armenian regiment, Sam Khan, refused to fire a second time and another regiment had to be found. This time their bullets killed the Bab. His remains were hidden by the Bábís and in 1899 transferred to Palestine. In 1909 'Abdu'l-Bahá Himself interred the Báb's remains in the sepulcher on Mount Carmel known as the Shrine of the Bab. (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities).
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Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on
Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m.
at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).
All are welcome. Tea and light refreshments will be served.
Please note since the United States observes DST the commemoration is to take place at 1:00 pm.