Mehdi Anvari

Born: 1921, Taft, Shiraz

Executed by fire squad in Shiraz on 16th  March 1981


From the age of 14, Mehdi Anvari worked at his father’s pharmacy and then opened his own in 1954.  In 1956 he married and a few years later moved to Mashhad so that his wife could attend the Medical School of Mashhad University. After the completion of her degree they returned to Shiraz. They later moved to Abadeh where he was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1], and 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 of Abadeh, Hedayatollah Dehghani, Ebrahim Yazdani and Vajehollah Furuzan.  They were detained in Abadeh for two days and then transferred to Adilabad prison in Shiraz. On 14 January 1981, Ebrahim Yazdani and Vajehollah Furuzan were released; however, he and Hedayatollah Dehghani were not freed.  Some two months later, on 16 March 1981, they were executed by firing squad.  Their bodies were laid to rest 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.