The Martyrdom of The Bab

The Martyrdom of The Bab

The Bab was martyred in Tabriz, Iran on the 9th of July 1850. Here is a brief recollection of the events that took place that day:

While The Bab was in his prison cell, working with His secretary, an officer suddenly interrupted the conversation to take Him to the place where the execution was to happen. "Not until I have said to him all the things that I wish to say, can any earthly power silence Me" He replied. Careless of the power of these words, the officer carried out his orders and took The Bab, along with one of His followers (Anis -who begged to be martyred with His Beloved) to the courtyard where a large crowd of people were gathered to witness the event.

Both individuals were lifted from the floor and tied to a nail on the wall. 750 armed soldiers were lined on three rows of 250 soldiers each to shoot at the couple. After the order, each row shot their rifles and a large cloud of smoke filled the atmosphere. After it had cleared away, the astonished crowd and frightened army saw Anis standing, unharmed and The Bab gone. A search for Him began, having found Him back in His cell, finishing what he had to say to His secretary. Once He was finished, he told the officers that they could carry out their orders, He was ready.

Once again, He was taken to the courtyard and a new army had to be brought in for the execution (the officer in charge refused to make his men shoot once again). This time, when the order was given, the bullets found their target and the sacred body of The Bab, as well as that one of Anis were destroyed, however, their faces remained almost intact.

Before the regiment opened fire, The Bab addressed the multitude with these Words:

"Had you believed in Me, O wayward generation, everyone of you would have followed the example of this youth, who stood in rank above most of you, and willingly would have sacrificed himself in My path. The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall ceased to be with you".

[caption id="attachment_704" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Shrine of The Báb in Haifa, Israel Detail of the Shrine of The Báb in Haifa, Israel[/caption]
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