At noon on 9 July, Baha’is throughout the world commemorate the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb, the Forerunner of Baha’u’llah. In 1850, in his thirty-first year and in the seventh of His ministry, the Báb, 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-Baha interred them in an alabaster sarcophagus in their resting place on Mount Carmel, the Shrine of the Báb. To mark the Holy Day, Baha’is abstain from work and gather for prayers and the reading of sacred Writings. (Photo: The Shrine of the Báb, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel)