Rouhollah Bahramshahi

Born: 1933, Rahatabad, Taft, Fars

Executed in Yazd on 25 February 1985


Rouhollah Bahramshahi was born into a Baha’i family.  He completed grade 7 in Iran and then, accompanied by several youth, moved to Pakistan and later India.  In India he worked in a shop owned by a Baha’i in Bombay and later pioneered to a village called Allahabad and helped form its first Local Spiritual Assembly[1].  Sometime later he returned to Iran, and in 1958 he married.  After a year of marriage, he and his wife moved to India and settled in Bombay.  He obtained a degree in Commerce there and later returned to Iran to be close to his mother who was suffering from ill health.  They settled in Yazd where he served as an assistant[2] to the Auxiliary Board Member[3].  In 1981 he was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly of Yazd.

On 18 May 1983, he was arrested.  He was executed on 25 February 1985, after almost two years of imprisonment.  His body was laid to rest at the Baha’i cemetery of Yazd according to 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.

[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.