Fereidoun Faridani

Born: 1922, Yazd

Executed by firing squad in Yazd 8 September 1980


Fereidoun Faridani was born into a Baha’i family in Yazd.  After completing high school he obtained a diploma in education and was employed by the Ministry of Education in Yazd.  He worked as a teacher and was later promoted to an administrative position in the Ministry.  He was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Yazd in 1950 and some years later appointed as an Auxiliary Board member[2]

He was arrested on 22 July 1980, and executed by firing squad six weeks later, on 8 September 1980, together with Azizollah Zabihian, Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Jalal Mostaghim, Mahmoud Hasanzadeh, Ali Motahhari and Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi.  The details of their execution is unknown, however it is rumoured that they were killed in a garden outside the city; that a single guard conducted the executions, and that each insisted to be the first to die.  Their bodies were buried on a piece of barren land outside the city, in the presence of their families and some 200 believers.


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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.

[2]Auxiliary Board Members: group of individuals appointed by the Continental Board of Counselors for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - usually smaller regions within a country.  Auxiliary Board Members have a consultative role in relation to the Local Spiritual Assemblies.