Rouhollah Taalim

Born: 1937, Tehran

Executed by hanging in Tehran on 9th December 1984


The father of Rouhollah Taalim was of Jewish heritage and embraced the Baha’i Faith. His mother was not a Baha’i, however, she allowed her children to be raised as Baha’is and to attend Baha’i children’s classes.  After completing his primary and high school education he entered the medical school of Tehran University.  He specialised in gynaecology and moved to Kermanshah where he established a hospital named Arya Hospital.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Kermanshah for many years.

He was arrested on 5 December 1983 and first imprisoned in Kermanshah.  He was later transferred to Evin prison and executed by hanging on 9 December 1984, together with five other Baha’is, Enayatollah Haghighi, Firouz Athari, Jamshid Pour-Ustadkar, Jamal Kashani and Gholam-Hosein Farhand.  Their bodies were not returned to their families; they were possibly buried by the authorities. Their families were not informed of their execution. His family discovered his martyrdom 8 days later.


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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.