Azizollah Ashjari

Born: 1928

Executed by firing squad in Tabriz on 19th November 1985


Azizollah Ashjari married in 1959 and in order to propagate the Baha’i Faith, pioneered with his wife and two children to Ardabil in 1973.  He was an assistant[1] to the Auxiliary Board member and travelled to many areas of Azerbaijan to encourage and assist Local Spiritual Assemblies[2]

Some years later, on 7 September 1981, he was arrested in Ardabil.  After some months he was transferred to Tabriz prison and was imprisoned for nearly four years.  He was executed by firing squad on 19 November 1985.  His body laid to rest on 23 November 1985 by his family.


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[1] Assistants: individuals appointed by the Auxiliary Board members to assist them in their work on a local level.

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.


[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.