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Golden History of Martyrdom

By: Nosratollah Sabet

Beloved martyr Dadash Mohammad Akbari


One day, in the first summer after the revolution, at the office of Mr. Kourosh Talaie (the temporary office of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Tehran, Mr. Taslimi pointed out a piece in the newspaper where in two lines in small print, among the more insignificant news, it was reported: "Man Executed in Rasht for Adultery." That was beloved martyr Dadash Mohammad Akbari, but the allegation of adultery was serious, disgraceful, and an outright lie.

The Local Spiritual Assembly, as expected, investigated until the fabrications of the deceitful and the innocence of Dadash Mohammad Akbari were made clear.

Years prior to the revolution, Mr. Mohammad Akbari had embraced the Faith in Lahijan. As a result of the machinations of the foes, the locals had stopped buying bread from his bakery and made life very difficult for him. The believers who travelled for any reason to the north would buy bread from him in bulk and sell them to the friends in Tehran.

The pressures in Lahijan became so heavy that he was forced to leave and take residence in Saveh, where he started to live a simple life.

At the beginning of the revolution, he [Mr. Akbari] made a trip to Lahijan where he got into a minor car accident with a revolutionary guard. After having paid the revolutionary guard for the small damage, the guard asked him to go to the Revolutionary Committee so that they could make a record of the accident, to protect the guard from further consequences.  

As he left the Committee, a local clergyman recognized him and asked: "Are you not that Mohammad Akbari who turned away from religion?!" He was then taken to jail and executed shortly thereafter.

He had limited schooling; thus his handwriting was undeveloped. It appears that the execution guards had tricked him. They took two pages from a desk calendar and asked him to write his will twice, and perhaps told him to sign the very bottom of the pages, inasmuch as in the space of about one line between the will and testament and his signature, the matter of adultery was added in beautiful traditional handwriting in the pen of someone educated, in complete contrast to Mr. Akbari's handwriting.

The will and testament, dated 3 Ordibihisht 1358 [23 April 1979), stated: “I, Dadash Mohammad Akbari, am a Baha'i, and when I am executed, I should be buried according to Baha'i laws.