2005 Martyrdom of the Báb Holy Day
Ottawa, Canada

At noon on 9 July, Bahá'ís throughout the world commemorate the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb, the Forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh. In 1850, in His thirty-first year and in the seventh of His ministry, the Bab, together with a young follower, was executed by firing squad in the barracks square of the Persian city of Tabriz. His last words, delivered to the thousands of spectators, were: "The day will come when you will have recognized Me; that day I shall have ceased to be with you." His followers hid His remains, and in 1899 transferred them to the Holy Land. In 1909, 'Abdu'l-Bahá interred them in their resting place on Mount Carmel, the Shrine of the Báb (pictured below). To mark the Holy Day, Bahá'ís abstain from work and gather for prayers and the reading of sacred Writings.


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