Badi was transformed from ‘a handful of dust‘, into a soul within which had been breathed ‘the spirit of might and power‘ by Bahá’u’lláh Himself. One of the executioners of Badi, when at an old age, visited a Bahai family in Tehran. This is what he recounted.

One day, a bahai friend from Tehran recounted that they had received a new neighbour so they invited him over. The new neighbour was an old man, he missed many teeth but had a thick beard and a set of fearsome eyes. He brought a bottle of liquor with him. Once seated in the living room, he looked around and saw a picture of Abdul-Baha on the wall. Instantly, he hid his bottle under his robe and bowed his head in shame. As the evening proceeded, he began to tell about his life. He used to be one of Nasir-Din Shah’s executioners. He remarked that he had killed many by the order of the Shah but one was different. He continued to explain that the one who had brought a letter to the Shah (referring to Badi), he cannot forget. He had been one of the executioners who had tortured and in the end executed Badi.

He recounted that he could not understand what that young man was made of. “Was it iron, alloy steel, from what, I don’t know. We put steel rods into the fire until they became glowing red. One after the other, we put on his body so he would reveal the name of at least one Babi. Of no avail. He remained silent. We were a few who worked on him. He did not say anything. Finally, we decided to do something we had never done before. We took a brick and put it into the fire until it was glowing red. The we place dit on his chest. He did not say a word. The youth had his gaze somewhere else, as if he had left his body and were somewhere else. We hoped in vain for him to say something. Finally, we gave up. We smashed his head with a wooden hammer and threw his body under some stones in Galanduk.” (Adapted from Faizi, Dastan Dostan page 52-53)

No wonder, Bahá’u’lláh says “Call thou to mind his honor Badí’, … and reflect how he laid down his life. … If things such as these are to be denied, what shall, then, be deemed worthy of credence? (Bahá’u’lláh, The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p72)

Picture of Badi 1