Yadollah Vahdat

Born: 1913, Eshtehard, near Tehran

Executed by firing squad in Shiraz on 30 April 1981


Yadollah Vahdat was born into a Baha’i family.  After completing his primary and high school education he entered the Military Academy of Tehran.  He later became a colonel in the army and was assigned to various cities in Iran.  After 21 years of military service he retired.  He was an Auxiliary Board member[1]

He was arrested on 5 June1980 together with his wife who was a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly[2] of Shiraz.  They were first detained at the Baha’i Centre which had been taken over by the authorities and used as a temporary prison.  They were later transferred to Adilabad prison.  He was executed by firing squad on 30 April 1981, together with Ehsanollah Mehdi-Zadeh and Sattar Khoshkhou.  His body was laid to rest in the Baha’i cemetery of Shiraz in accordance with Baha’i law.


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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.