Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari

Born: 1919, Maryamabad, Yazd

Executed in Yazd on 8 September 1980


Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari completed his elementary education in the village of his birth, and then moved with his parents to Tehran.  At the age of 18 he married.  A few months later, he and his wife moved to Nayriz.  They later pioneered to Baluchestan, and he moved to India and became a member of the National Spiritual Assembly[1] of India for some years.  They then returned to Iran, at the request of the Guardian, and settled in Yazd.

During the early stages of the Islamic Revolution he and his wife were continually threatened and persecuted. In July 1980, a group of Pasdars climbed the walls of their home, ransacked its contents and arrested him.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[2] of Yazd at the time.  That same day other members of the Local Assembly were also arrested.  They were taken to Yazd prison, and on 8 September 1980, he was executed by firing squad, together with six other believers, Mahmoud Hasanzadeh, Azizollah Zabihian, Fereidoun  Faridani, Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi, Jalal Mostaghim and Ali Motahhari.  The details of their execution are unknown, however it is rumored 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 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] National Spiritual Assembly: a nine-member administrative body elected annually by the Baha’is of each country, tasked with overseeing the affairs of the Bahá’í community of that particular country.

[2] 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.