Hedayatollah Dehghani

Born: 1924, Kushkak, Shiraz

Executed by firing squad in Shiraz on 17 March 1981


During opposition against the Baha’i Community in 1943 Hedayatollah Dehghani’s family home was attacked and destroyed.  Hedayatollah, and his family were banished from Kushkak.  They moved to Abadeh where he later married and raised his family. He was both a businessman and a farmer.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of the Baha’is of Abadeh.  He also served as an assistant[2] to the Auxiliary Board member[3]

On 9 August 1980, he was arrested together with three other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly. Hedayatollah Dehghani, Mehdi Anvari, Mohammad Ebrahim Yazdani and Vajihollah Forouzan were detained at the Sepah headquarters in Abadeh. After two days they were transferred to Adilabad prison in Shiraz.  On 14 January 1981, Mohammad Ebrahim Yazdani and Vajihollah Forouzan were released, nonetheless Hedayatollah and Mehdi Anvari were not released.  On 17 March 1981, after months of torture and suffering, they were both executed by firing squad.  Their bodies were buried in Shiraz on 18 March 1981, in the presence of their families and a large number of friends.


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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] Assistants: individuals appointed by the Auxiliary Board members to assist them in their work on a local level


[3] 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.