Mohammad Movahhed

Born: 15 February 1938, Shiraz

Abducted and disappeared in Tehran on 24 May 1979

 

Mohammad Movahhed was born into a staunch Muslim family.  He was the son of a well-known mulla of Shiraz, Shaykh Mohammad-Ali.  Following in the footsteps of his father, he also became a staunch mulla.  However, he later discovered the Faith and publicly declared his belief in Baha’u’llah.  He encouraged his fellow clergymen and the people of Shiraz to investigate the teachings of the Baha’i Faith enticing the fury of the Faith’s enemies.  His wife also became a Baha’i and was shunned by her influential fundamentalist Muslim family.  After much persecution in Shiraz, they moved to Tehran.  He had two sons, one of whom was born only a few months after his abduction.

On 24 May 1979, he left his home early in the morning and was presumably abducted.  Investigations made by the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran and his family revealed that on 12 May 1979 a warrant for his arrest had been issued by the Revolutionary Attorney General.  The Attorney General, while confirming the issuance of the warrant, categorically denied having implemented the order of his arrest.  Despite rumours that he had been seen at Evin and Qaṣr prisons, and that he had been taken to Qom and would soon be tried and sentenced, his whereabouts were never successfully traced.

 

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