Ataollah Rowhani

Born: 1940, Chikan, near Faridan, Isfahan

Executed in Daran, Isfahan, on 11th September 1981


Ataollah Rowhani, after completing 5 years of elementary school, joined his family in farming and raising cattle.  He was persecuted often, and in 1953 during the upheavals against the Baha’is of Iran, he was attacked and injured, his home and farm were destroyed, and his cattle was slaughtered.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Chikan for 3 years before pioneering to the village of Gholeh-Malek, where his uncle-in-law Ahmad Rezvani’s family resided.

After the commencement of the Islamic Revolution, the persecutions increased and in 1981 he and his family, as well as the family of Ahmad Rezvani were forced to leave their homes in Gholeh-Malek and seek shelter in Isfahan.  After some 40 days the village council of Gholeh-Malek sent them a letter promising that if they returned to their homes they would not be bothered.  Although they were certain that this was not true the two families decided to return to Gholeh-Malek.  Upon their return, on 17 August 1981, Ataollah Rowhani and Ahmad Rezvani were arrested and imprisoned in Daran, Isfahan.  They were executed by firing squad on 11 September 1981, together with three other believers, Goshtasb Sabet-Rasekh, Ezzat Atefi and Bahman Atefi.  The bodies of Ataollah Rowhani, Ahmad Rezvani and Goshtasb Sabet-Rasikh were buried by the authorities in a Muslim cemetery. Their immediate family and Baha’i relatives were not informed of their execution or burial.  The bodies of Ezzat Atefi and Bahman Atefi were taken to Afus and buried by the authorities in the presence of a few family members who were not permitted to put the bodies in coffins or to perform the Baha’i burial laws.


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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.