Nouriddin Taiefi

Born: 1924, Sangsar, Semnan

Passed away in prison in Gorgan, Golestan on 12 October 1985


Nouriddin Taiefi was born into a Baha’i family.  He attended school for 6 years and then entered the workforce at a young age.  In 1956 he pioneered to Agh-Ghola and opened a drug store.  He married there and had 7 children.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1].

At midnight, on 31 October 1983, his home was raided by 9 Pasdars and he was arrested.  Three other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly were arrested that evening.  They were taken to the police headquarters in Agh-Ghola and then transferred to Gorgan prison the next morning.  Nouriddin Taiefi suffered from a heart condition and required medication and special food; however both of these were denied to him.  After a few days he was transferred to Buyeh prison where he was interrogated harshly and taken out in the freezing cold, barely clothed, and questioned for hours.  Some months later, on 1 March 1984, he was transferred to Aliabad prison in Gorgan.  After many requests to see a doctor he was permitted to visit the prison doctor.  The authorities were informed that if he was not treated, he would die.  They ignored this warning and continued to withhold his medication.  Seventeen months later he was transferred back to Buyeh prison, and on 12 October 1985 he suffered a fatal heart attack.  His body was laid to rest by his family in the Baha’i cemetery of Gorgan, in the presence of a large number of friends and in accordance with Baha’i law.


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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.