Manouchehr Ruhi

Born:  26 June 1936, Zahedan

Executed by firing squad in Bojnourd, Khorasan on 16th August 1984


Manouchehr Ruhi was born into a Baha’i family.  Shortly after his birth his family moved to Gonabad, however due to intense persecution and the martyrdom of his elder brother by a rioting mob, they were forced to move to Mashhad.  At the age of 15 his father passed away.  He found a job as an apprentice in a local pharmacy and continued his studies in the evenings.  Later he moved to Bojnourd and in 1965 he established his own pharmacy with a friend.  He was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[1] of Bojnourd until the time of his arrest and imprisonment in 1983.

On 25 September 1983, while returning from work he was arrested on the street.  Within two days seven other members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Bojnourd were also arrested.  He was executed by firing squad on 16 August 1984.  His family were not informed of his execution until 19 August 1984 when they were called to collect his body from the morgue.  His body was laid to rest by his family under the supervision of a number of Pasdars.  They were not permitted to place his body in a coffin nor to perform the Baha’i burial laws.


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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.