Jalal Mostaghim

Born: 1928, Marvast, Yazd

Executed in Yazd on 8 September 1980


Jalal Mostaghim was born into a Baha’i family.  His father came from a staunch Muslim family and was shunned and cut off from his inheritance when he embraced the Faith.  Jalal completed grade 4 in primary school.  As a child he witnessed a great deal of persecution toward his family for their adherence to the Faith, on one occasion his home was even plundered by the enemies of the Faith.  When he was 18 years old his family moved to Yazd. He was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Yazd in 1973.  Then in 1976 he was appointed as an assistant[2] to the Auxiliary Board[3]

On 18 June 1980, he was arrested at his home after he returned from a Local Spiritual Assembly meeting.  Other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly were also arrested that night.  They were imprisoned in the militia prison.  Then on 8 September 1980, he was executed by firing squad, together with six other believers, Azizollah Zabihian, Fereidoun  Faridani, Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Mahmoud Hasanzadeh, Ali Motahhari, and Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi.  The details of their execution are 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 be executed.  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] 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.