Ataollah Mogharrabi

Born: 1912, Najafabad, Isfahan

Abducted and disappeared in Tehran on 21st August 1980


Ataollah Mogharrabi was born into a Baha’i family. After completing his high school education his family was forced to move to Tehran as their home in Isfahan was looted and destroyed in an uprising against the Baha’is.  While in Tehran, he attended the Tehran Military College and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He later moved back to Isfahan with his family.  He was elected as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly[1] of Iran until the time of his arrest.

On 21 August 1980, the National Spiritual Assembly had a joint meeting with two Auxiliary Board members[2], Yousef Abbasian Milani and Heshmatollah Rowhani, to discuss the situation of the Baha’is imprisoned in Yazd and Hamadan.  At approximately 4 pm, the meeting was raided by a number of Pasdars.  The members of the National Spiritual Assembly, including Ataollah Mogharrabi, together with Abdol-Hosein Taslimi, Houshang Mahmoudi, Ebrahim Rahmani, Hosein Naji, Manouher Ghaem-Maghami, Yousef Ghadimi, Bahiyyeh Naderi and Kambiz Sadeghzadeh, as well as the two Auxiliary Board members, were abducted.  They were never seen or heard from again.


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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]  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.