Heshmatollah Rowhani

Born: 1931, Najafabad, Isfahan

Abducted and missing in Tehran since 21st August 1980


Heshmatollah Rowhani was born into a Baha’i family. After completing his primary and high school education he obtained a medical degree from Tehran University.  For many years he worked as the medical director of various government agencies in Karaj, Ray and Tehran.  He was a member on several Local Spiritual Assemblies[1] including those Kashan and Karaj.  He was later appointed as an Auxiliary Board member[2] and served in that capacity until the time of his arrest and abduction.

On 21 August 1980, the National Spiritual Assembly[3] had a joint meeting with two Auxiliary Board members, including himself and Yousef Abbasian Milani, to discuss the situation of the Baha’is imprisoned in Yazd and Hamadan.  At approximately 4 pm, the meeting was raided by a number of Pasdars.  The members of the National Spiritual Assembly, namely Houshang Mahmoudi, Abdol-Hosein Taslimi, Ebrahim Rahmani, Hosein Naji, Manouher Ghaem-Maghami, Ataollah Mogharrabi, Yousef Ghadimi, Bahiyyeh Naderi and Kambiz Sadeghzadeh, as well as himself and Yousef Abbasian Milani, were abducted.  They were never seen or heard from again.


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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.

[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.