Martyrdom of the Bab: A Compilation
At about noon on July 9, 1850, the Báb was suspended by ropes against a wall in Tabriz, before a firing squad and a multitude of curious onlookers, and shot to death. A youthful believer, who had refused to be separated from his Master, was executed with Him. Their mangled bodies, torn to pieces by bullets, were dragged outside the city walls and left to be eaten by wild beasts. One hundred and fifty years later, Bahá’í communities in thousands of cities around the world gather on the date of the Báb’s martyrdom to remember his sacrifice and to pledge allegiance to His mission.
This book brings together for easy reference passages and quotations from Bahá’í literature concerning the Báb, His station, and His martyrdom. Selections from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, of the Báb, of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and of Shoghi Effendi are included. Also provided here are five different narrative histories and eyewitness accounts which provide the reader with a full record of the events surrounding the Bab’s death in painful detail.
It is our hope that this short compilation will contribute toward a deeper understanding of the history of the martyrdom of the Báb in the Bahá’í community and provide a handy source of quotations for believers planning Holy Day programs that will commemorate this event.