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Commemorating a remarkable day in Baha'i history
Posted : June 28, 2006 - 1:34pm
On July 9, Baha’is throughout the world celebrate the Martyrdom of the Bab which occurred on that date in 1850. A young Persian merchant named Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, and known as the Bab ("the gate" in Arabic), was the forerunner of Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith.
The Bab’s declared mission – to herald the arrival of an "even greater religion"-- attracted many followers. For this he was imprisoned and sentenced to death in Tabriz (in northwest Persia, now Iran).
On the day of his execution, a young follower burst through the assembled crowd and begged to be allowed to be martyred along with the Bab. At noon, 10,000 people gathered to watch the double execution by a 750-man firing squad.
When the smoke cleared ....
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