Azizollah Zabihian

Born: 1924, Yazd

Executed in Yazd on 8th September 1980


Azizollah Zabihian was born into a Baha’i family.  He was a teacher by profession and worked for the Ministry of Education.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Yazd and served in that capacity for 30 years.  He was also an Auxiliary Board member[2] for the provinces of Yazd, Kerman and Baluchistan. 

On 29 July 1980, while visiting the friends in Shiraz, he was arrested.  He was taken to Yazd and imprisoned with 6 other Baha’is.  He was executed by firing squad on 8 September 1980, together with Mahmoud Hasanzadeh, Nourollah Akhtar-Khavari, Fereidoun Fradiani, Abdol-Vahhab Kazemi-Manshadi, Jalal Mostaghim and Ali Motahhari.  The details of their execution is unknown, however it is rumoured that they were killed in a garden outside the city; that a single guard conducted the executions and that each insisted to be the first to be executed.  Their bodies were buried on a piece of barren land outside the city, in the presence of their families and some 200 believers.


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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]  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.