On July 9th 1850, the Bab, the forerunner to Baha’u’llah, was executed in Tabriz, Persia by a firing squad of 750 men. The Bab, which means “the Gate” in Arabic, was a Messenger of God whose role was to herald the coming of the latest Manifestation of God: Baha’u’llah. In 1909, after being hidden away for more than half a century, the Bab’s remains were finally interred on Mount Carmel, Israel.
Negeen Sobhani’s Stunning Photos of the Shrine of the Bab
Negeen Sobhani is an incredibly talented photographer whose photos of the Shrine of the Bab are my all-time favourites. To celebrate the Birth of the Bab, I thought I’d share a visual feast with you and I hope that Negeen’s eye for colour, composition and detail leaves you feeling as uplifted as I feel when I gaze at her photographs.
Some say that the Shrine of the Bab and its surrounding gardens are so beautiful that it is difficult to take a poor photo of them but Negeen’s photos capture the serenity, the vibrancy and the elegance of this special place unlike anyone else. Whenever I look at her work, I feel myself slowing down and absorbing every little richness, as if I were there. The physical beauty of the Shrine of the Bab and its terraced gardens are a physical representation, or a hint, of the spiritual beauty of the Bab’s revelation which Baha’is all over the world celebrate on the anniversary of His birth.
If you’d like to read more about the Bab, here are a few Baha’i Blog articles that might interest you:
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.