The Shrine of The Bab and Terraces as seen from Ben Gurion in Israel.

The Baha’is of the Virgin Islands joined believers around the world on Tuesday at noon to observe the anniversary of the martyrdom of one of the central figures of their faith, The Bab.

Mirza Ali-Muhammad, a 25-year-old Persian youth, took the title of The Bab (meaning the “Gate”) and was the prophet-herald of the Baha’i faith. He proclaimed that the purpose of his mission was the preparation of the world for the appearance of an even greater prophet who would reveal the will of God for a new age.