Masih Farhangi

Born: 1912, Lazargand, near Shahsavar, Mazandaran

Executed by firing squad in Tehran on 24th June 1981


Masih Farhangi was a skilled medical doctor and established a clinic in Rasht.  In 1942 he pioneered to Iraq with his family.  He served on the National Spiritual Assembly[1] of Iraq until he was ordered to leave the country by the government.  He returned to Iran, and was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly in 1949.  He served in that capacity until 1956 when in promoting the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, he pioneered to Turkey with his family.  They lived in Turkey for 6 years and during that time he served on the National Spiritual Assembly of Turkey.  After his return to Iran, he was again elected to the National Spiritual Assembly.  Then in 1968 he was appointed as a Counsellor[2] for Asia until the time of his arrest and imprisonment in January 1980.

He was imprisoned at Evin prison and executed by firing squad some months later, on 24 June 1981, together with 3 other Baha’is, Badiollah Farid, Yadollah Poustchi and Varqa Tebyanian (Tebyani).  Their bodies were laid to rest in the Baha’i cemetery of Tehran, in the presence of hundreds of fellow Baha’is.


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[1] 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.

[2] Continental Board of Counselors: group of individuals appointed by the Universal House of Justice for a five year term.  Their responsibility is to encourage individuals and strengthen Baha’i communities in their area of service - multiple countries in a particular continent. Continental Counselors have a consultative role in relation to the National Spiritual Assemblies.