Abdol-Ali Asadyari

Born: 1927, Kadijan, Azerbaijan-e-Sharghi

Executed by the firing squad in Tabriz on 29th July 1981


Abdol-Ali Asadyari was born into a Muslim family. He graduated from the College of Education at Tabriz University. He learned of the Baha’i Faith during his military service in Ardabil.  Upon his return to Kadijan, the news of his religious conversion spread rapidly and he was ridiculed and forced to leave his father’s home and was cut off from his vast inheritance.  Although he was an employee of the Ministry of Education he was sent from village to village and finally settled in a remote part of the city of Meshkinshahr.  A few years later he was transferred to Tabriz.  In 1969, he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Tabriz. 

Abdol-Ali Asadyari was arrested on 15 June 1980 and for 21 days he was held in solitary confinement and then transferred to a general ward in Tabriz prison, until 29 July 1981, when he was executed by firing squad, together with 8 other fellow believers, Masrour Dakhili, Hosein Asadollah-Zadeh, Allah-Vardi Misaghi, Manouchehr Khazei, Esmail Zehtab, Parviz Firouzi, Mehdi Baheri and Habibollah Tahghighi.  His body was buried according to Baha’i law at Rahmat cemetery.


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[1]  Local Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of a particular area, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Baha’i community of that area.