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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.

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On the afternoon of 31st of August 1868, the Blessed Beauty and His companions arrived to Akka and began their two year long incarceration at the Prison Barracks of Akka. When on pilgrimage, one is taken to the Prison Cell of the Blessed Beauty. These two years were very hard but eventful. In this compilation titled “Incarceration in the Barracks of Akka” the stories of main events that took place in direct connection to the Barracks are told. The contents of this compilation are:

  1. The Arrival of the Blessed Beauty and the other prisoners to the Barracks.
  2. The hardship endured during the first days of incarceration.
  3. Life in the Barracks (the solitude of the prisoners and daily life)
  4. Believers residing in the Holy Land
  5. Some stories of early pilgrims
  6. Tablets revealed in the Barracks
  7. Some stories of events that took place in the Barracks (such as the story of Shaykh Mahmud, Ahmad-i-Jarrah, the miraculous recovery of one of the friends, the transformation of Badi and the Great Sacrifice of the Purest Branch).

Maybe you would like to see the post on the arrival of the exiles to Akka.

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Arial Picture of the Barracks

The story of Badi is fairly well-known and there is a compilation on his life in a previous post at this blog (click here). As to the picture of Badi;

The Shah, who was usually eager to see the photographs of prisoners, ordered a photograph to be taken of Badi’, especially when he had heard the stories of his fortitude under torture. This photograph shows the brazier of fire containing the rods of iron in the foreground and is the best testimony to the spirit of steadfastness and resignation, of calm and assurance which Badi”s face portrays. (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 3, p. 186)

Abdu’l-Baha says the following about the picture of Badi.

We have also sent unto thee a photograph of His Holiness the glorious Badí whom thy Lord did send to His Highness Nassir-ed’Din-Shah with a manifest epistle by which He perfected the proof and evidence to the people of Persia. … He was sitting between the executioners at the time of his death with all dignity, while turning unto God. (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 717)

 But, torture, brand, and torment him as they might, they saw naught but steadfastness and silence, and found naught but dumb endurance [on his part]. So, when the torture gave no result, they [first] photographed him (the executioners on his left and on his right, and he sitting bound in fetters and chains beneath the sword with perfect meekness and composure), and then slew and destroyed him. This photograph I sent for, and found worthy of contemplation, for he was seated with wonderful humility and strange submissiveness, in utmost resignation. (Abdu’l-Baha, A Traveller’s Narrative, p. 58)

Here are two pictures of Badi, worthy of contemplation.




Bahaullah 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?” I think that its more than just a series of events put together as a story of one persons life. Its a story that demands reflection and meditation. To facilitate this, I have put together a compilation from various Bahai sources that tell the story of Badi. Here is The Story of Badi – Compilation.

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