160 Years After Bab's Execution on July 9, 1850

160 Years After Bab's Execution on July 9, 1850
by Nahzi

I had heard and read that the Germans who were born after the WWII were/are embarrassed by how the Jewish people were treated by their government and the prior generation during the war.  I used to think I knew what that embarrassment was all about until today!

Today, I experienced a similar feeling as I was listening intensely to a rendition of Bab's last few days and how he was treated and executed in Tabriz 160 days ago, today! (7/9/1850)And Bahais are being discriminated against, arrested, jailed and executed to this day in Iran.   

Today, I truly and deeply experienced how the Germans of my generation feel when they say that they are embarrassed by the actions of their government and their people.  

I felt ashamed today....

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There's another account not mentioned here, by Mirza Kazem Beg, transmitted in French translation. I've posted a facsimile and English translation on my blog at //senmcglinn.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/750-mus...

“At a signal, a platoon from the Christian regiment advanced and fired. By an extraordinary chance, the musket balls struck only the cords with which the Bab was tied: they broke and he felt himself free. A clamour arose. The Bab, it is said, moved towards the people in an attempt to persuade them it was a miracle.”

For reasons I've stated there, this is inherently more plausible than accounts of a whole regiment doing the deed. 


However - in my opinion, those who did the deed then, should feel shame for it (in the grave); those oppressors today should feel shame for being oppressors. I do not believe in historical guilt, or shared guilt, I do believe in the guilt of the silent witness 



What I can do, is keep my arm
from bringing others any harm.
How can I give the enviers ease?
They are themselves their own disease.
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"Amazing" Non Babi-Bahai and Bahai Accounts of The Execution.

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On the morning of July 9, 1850 in Tabriz, a young Persian merchant known as the Báb was charged with apostasy and shot by order of the Prime Minister of the Persian Empire.[1] The events surrounding his execution have been the subject of controversy among researchers, and are regarded as miraculous by Bahá'ís, who consider him to be a Manifestation of God.[2]

The Báb and one of his companions were suspended on a wall and a large firing squad prepared to shoot. When the smoke cleared after the first firing of bullets, the Báb was missing. Reports continue by stating that the Báb was found back in his prison room finishing dictation to his secretary.[3] Other sources, which include Persian and European reports, give a variety of accounts, some in agreement with the miracle-like Bahá'í story, and some indicating a less miraculous event. All agree that he survived the first firing squad, and was killed by the second.[1]

For many years after his death, the remains of the Báb were secretly transferred from place to place until they were brought to their final resting place at the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa on the middle terrace of the Bahá'í Gardens.[4]

Contents [edit]Execution order

In 1850 a new prime-minister, Amir Kabir,[5] ordered the execution of the Báb; he was brought to Tabriz, where he would be killed by a firing squad. The night before his execution, as he was being conducted to his cell, a young man, Anís (sometimes called Mulla Muhammad Ali), threw himself at the feet of the Báb, wanting to be killed with the Báb. He was immediately arrested and placed in the same cell as the Báb.[3]

On the morning of July 9, 1850, the Báb was taken to a courtyard filled with nearly ten thousand people wishing to watch his execution. The Báb and Anís were suspended on a wall and the firing squad of 750 rifles prepared to shoot.[6]

]Bábi/Bahá'í account

Here is an account which is in line with the common Bahá'í view by H.M. Balyuzi, a Hand of the Cause of God, who published several carefully researched histories about the Bahá'í Faith and its central figures:

Sam Khan approached the Bab: 'I profess the Christian Faith and entertain no ill will against you. If your Cause be the Cause of truth, enable me to free myself from the obligation to shed your blood.' To this the Báb replied: 'Follow your instructions, and if your intention be sincere, the Almighty is surely able to relieve you from your perplexity.'

The Báb and His disciple were suspended by ropes from a nail in the wall, the head of Mirza Muhammad-'Ali resting on the breast of the Báb. Seven hundred and fifty soldiers were positioned in three files. Roofs of the buildings around teemed with spectators.

Each row of soldiers fired in turn. The smoke from so many rifles clouded the scene. When it lifted the Báb was not there. Only His disciple could be seen, standing under the nail in the wall, smiling and unconcerned. Bullets had only severed the ropes with which they were suspended. Cries rang out from the onlookers: 'The Siyyid-i-Báb has gone from our sight!'

A frantic search followed. The Báb was found, sitting in the same room where He had been lodged the night before, in conversation with His amanuensis. That conversation had been interrupted earlier in the day. Now it was finished and He told the farrash-bashi to carry out his duty. But the farrash-bashi was terror-stricken and ran away, nor did he ever return to his post. Sam Khan, for his part, told his 158 superiors that he had carried out the task given to him; he would not attempt it a second time. So Aqa Jan Khan-i-Khamsih and his Nasiri regiment replaced the Armenians, and the Báb and His disciple were suspended once again at the same spot. The Nasiri regiment fired. The bodies of the Báb and His disciple were shattered, and their flesh was united.

– H.M. Balyuzi, [3]

Western accounts

These events were witnessed by western journalists. Provided below is one source that is attributed to Sir Justin Shiel, Queen Victoria's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran and written to Lord Palmerston, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs July 22, 1850.[7]

The founder of the sect has been executed at Tabreez. He was killed by a volley of musketry, and his death was on the point of giving his religion a lustre which would have largely increased his proselytes. When the smoke and dust cleared away after the volley, Báb was not to be seen, and the populace proclaimed that he had ascended to the skies. The balls had broken the ropes by which he was bound, but he was dragged [not literally, of course] from the recess where after some search he was discovered and shot. His death, according to the belief of his disciples, will make no difference as Báb must always exist.

– Sir Justin Shiel, [7][8]

Shoghi Effendi also prints a large selection of western quotes in his book God Passes By (p55), however most are unsourced.[9]

Mírzá Mihdí Khán Zaímu'd-Dawlih

Mírzá Mihdí Khán Zaímu'd-Dawlih was the son of a Shi'ite cleric who was present at the execution of the Báb and who took his son to the barracks square to review the events he witnessed. Zaímu'd-Dawlih recounted his father's version in a book, Miftáh-i-Bábu'l-Abváb ya Taríkh-i-Báb va Bahá (Key to the Gate of Gates, or the History of the Báb and Bahá), published about A.H. 1310 (about 1896). The work is a polemically anti-Bahá'í book. But the account of the execution (which is lengthy) includes the following details:[10]

1. The Báb and Anís were suspended about three meters above the ground on a rope and fired on by a Christian regiment. 2. The bullets cut the rope and one bullet wounded Anís. 3. The Báb ran into one of the rooms in the barracks. 4. The Báb was brought back out and he and Anís were shot again, this time fatally.


Going beyond remorse...

by alborz on

...we need to investigate that which was feared by the clerics then and now.

While few are complicit in the persecutions of the past and present, many more remain uninformed or misinformed.  Future generations will look back at us and wonder 'why?'.



Thank you Nahzi Khanom for recognizing this historic event.