Ezzatollah Forouhi

Born:  31 December 1934, Boroujen, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari             

Executed by firing squad in Tehran on 27th December 1981


Ezzatollah Forouhi completed his elementary education in Boroujen and then moved to Tehran to attend high school.  He later obtained a medical degree from Isfahan University, and after completing two years of military service in various cities in Iran, returned to Isfahan for two years.  He then moved to Tehran to work as an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Tehran University.  In later years he was appointed the head of the Anaesthesiology Department of the ‘Seven hundred bed Hospital, but was dismissed from his job for being a Baha’i, one year after the Islamic Revolution.

During his lifetime, Dr Forouhi travelled to several African countries to teach the Baha’i Faith.  In 1979 he was appointed as an Auxiliary Board member[1], and in 1980 elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly[2] of Tehran.  Then in late 1980 he was elected to the second National Spiritual Assembly[3] of Iran. 

Dr Forouhi was arrested on 13 December 1981, together with seven other members of the National Spiritual Assembly, Kamran Samimi, Jinous Naimat Mahmoudi, Mahmoud Majzoub, Jalal Azizi, Mehdi Amin-Amin, Sirous Rowshani and Ghodratollah Rowhani.  They were executed shortly after on 27 December 1981.  Their bodies were buried by the authorities. Their bodies were not returned to their families; they were possibly buried by the authorities.


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[1] 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.

[3] 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.