Solace Of The Eyes
The woman who was born in Qazvin in 1817 has come to be known by many names. She was given the name Fatimah Zarrin Taj Qurratul- Ayn ( Solace of the eyes) used by Seyyid Kazim Rashti, the leader of Shaykhi School and by the title Tahirih (pure) given to her by Mirza Husayn- Ali Nuri Bahaullah, a leader of the Bahai faith. She died a martyr for her cause in 1852, strangled to death at night in garden in Tehran by a drunken soldier carrying out his orders, her body thrown in a dry well and covered over with stone. She was first and foremost a woman of action. Her words alone were they not limned against the dramatic deeds of her short and stormy life, would given ample evidence of her revolutionary and pioneering character. But it is the resonance of her deeds and her words that brings into focus the heroic figure of Tahirih.