’Idál, 10 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.
Just before sunrise…
Minutes after I took this the clouds rolled in and it started raining, as it kept doing off and on all day. Darn, I didn’t get to rake — haha.
My 2-year-old granddaughter discovered she REALLY likes grandpa’s pumpkin pie (even if it’s really butternut squash pie). Today, I puréed the cooked butternut squash (about 3 cups) leftover from last week’s “pumpkin pie” along with all other ingredients (except 1 tsp vanilla, which I forgot to put in) and baked it in a ceramic pie pan without a crust. It turned out good enough that I’m willing to let her be the judge AND I’m willing to try it again—this time with vanilla and a cooler 25-degree cooler oven. We’ll see what she says, though ;-)
“Following the Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” 1
The government and the clergy of Iran had combined to accomplish the Báb’s execution in the belief that it would put and end to His teachings and so discourage His followers that His religion would disappear. After the Báb’s martyrdom, every effort was made to eradicate His influence. But, a hundred-fifty years later, Bahá’ís in Tokyo and in New York, in Paris and in Buenos Aires—Bahá’í communities in thousands of cities all over the world—gather every year at noon on the anniversary of the Báb’s execution to remember Him and to pledge allegiance to His missions. And this, for Bahá’ís, is the Báb’s greatest miracle: that His martyrdom became a source of unity, strength, and solidarity for a new world community. This is the miracle that demonstrates the power of God to transform evil into good, defeat into victory, and death into life. 2
It is our hope that this short compilation of scripture and historical material will contribute toward a deeper understanding of the history of the martyrdom of the Báb in the Bahá’í community and provide a handy source of quotations for believers planning Holy Day programs that will commemorate this event. The book can also be used as a reference tool for the events surrounding the martyrdom and as a source of inspirational reading. 3
My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.
- Universal House of Justice. “1 December 2021 - To the Bahá’ís of the World.” Bahá’í Reference Library, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211201_001/1#639055600. [return]
- Kalimát Press Editorial Staff. Martyrdom of the Báb: A Compilation. 1st ed, Kalimát Press, 1992, x-xi. [return]
- Ibid, xiii. [return]