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Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith 43 A father and his son (left) and members of the Baha’i community in chains after being arrested. This photograph was taken around 1896. The founders and members of the Baha’i Faith endured many years of persecution and banishment for their beliefs. 44 BAHA’I FAITH However officials were reluctant to let Baha’u’llah go. They knew that he would immediately attract followers to the Bab’s cause. Finally the prime minister, who was a relative of Baha’u’llah, persuaded the court that Baha’u’llah should be banished from Persia.
However as soon as they left the fort the army set on them again. Those who were not killed outright were tortured to death or sold into slavery. This horrible scene played itself out in other towns as well. In Nayriz in the south The Bab’s Final Statement of Persia and in Zanjan in the northwest the Shii clergy aroused their followers to Oh wayward generation! Had you riot and then blamed the Babis. The govbelieved in me every one of you would ernment’s troops joined in. People hunted have followed the example of this youth, the Babis down, seized their property, and who stood in rank above most of you, and would have willingly sacriﬁced himself in killed them.
M. ) remarkable events surrounding the execution of the Bab. The army jailers suspended the Bab and one of his young followers by ropes from the top of a wall. A firing squad of 750 Armenian Christian soldiers lined up facing them. The order to fire was given. The rifles made a deafening roar and black smoke filled the entire area. When the smoke cleared the Bab’s companion stood by the wall, unhurt. The Bab had disappeared. Searchers found him in his room calmly dictating to his secretary. The original firing squad was so shaken by what had happened that they refused to continue.
Baha'i Faith (World Religions) - 3rd edition by Paula Hartz