Martyrdom of the Bab

This solemn day commemorates the day in 1850 when the forerunner of the Bahá’í faith, the Báb (“the Gate”), was publicly executed in Tabriz, Iran. Siyyid Ali-Muhammad proclaimed himself the Báb in 1844 but he and his followers were increasingly persecuted until the Báb was eventually imprisoned and later killed.

Bahá’u’lláh, the subsequent founder of the Bahá’í faith, secretly transported the Báb’s remains from Iran to Haifa, Israel and his tomb is an important place for pilgrimage for Bahá’ís today.