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|1934. 26 Apr
||The first national convention of the Bahá'ís of Iran was held in Tehran over a period of eight days. The social and religious affairs of the national community prior to this time had been directed by the former Central Assembly of Tehran. Following the formation of the National Spiritual Assembly, the by-laws of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States were translated into Persian and adopted with modifications. Also national committees were appointed to help the National Spiritual Assembly with specific tasks.
[BW6p22-23, 94; BAHAISM v. The Bahai Community in Iran by V. Rafati]
||By-laws; Conventions, National; Central Assembly of Tehran; NSA Iran
|1980 21 Aug
||The members of the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran were arrested along with two colleagues. They disappeared without trace and were presumed dead. [BW19:43, 235]
Those that went missing were: Abdolhossein Taslimi, Houshang Mohammadi, Ebrahim Rahmani, Hassan Naji, Manouher Ghaemmaghami, Ataollah Mogharabi, Yousef Ghadimi, Behieh Naderi, Dr. Kambiz Sadeghzadeh Milani, Yousef Abbasian and Heshmatollah Rouhani.
See Iran Press Watch # 20394.
||NSA Iran; Persecution, Iran; Persecution, Arrests; Persecution, Deaths
|1981 27 Dec
||Eight of the nine members of the replacement National Spiritual Assembly of Iran were executed. They replaced the members who had been arrested and who had "disappeared" the previous August. The members of the second National Assembly were:
Mr.Mihdi Amin Amin,
Dr. 'Izzatu'lláh Furúhi
Dr. Mahmud Madjhub,
Mr.Sirus Rawshani, and
Mr.Qudratu’llah Rawhani. BI13; BW19:43]
Note: The Archives of the Bahá'í Persecution in Iran reports that seven members of the second National Assembly after the revolution were executed in December 1981. There is a photo but the members are not identified.
See Iran Press Watch # 20394.
A video of the trial of the second Assemlby was shown on the BBC on the 17th of October, 2015. Mrs Ahinous Ne'mat was not present in the video. The remaining members shown were:
Mehdi Amin Amin,
Sirous Roshani Oskou'i, and
||NSA Iran; Persecution, Iran; Persecution, Deaths; Persecution; Manucher Hakim; Mihdi Amin Amin; Zhinus Mahmudi; Giti Vahid; Kamran Samimi; Jalal Azizi; Mahmud Madjhub; Sirus Rawshani; Qudratu’llah Rawhani
|1983 3 Sep
||In response to the Iranian authorities banning all Bahá'í administrative and community activities and the making of membership in a Bahá'í assembly a criminal offence, as their last act the National Spiritual Assembly of Iran sent an open letter to the Prosecutor General of the Islamic Revolution refuting the false charges made against the Bahá’ís and informing him of their willingness to obey the government and disband the Bahá'í administration. [BW19:43]
In a gesture of good will and in accordance with their law of obedience to the government the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Iran and all local assemblies were dissolved. In its place, they formed groups of three persons in cities and villages called Khadimeen (“Servants”), and on the national level named the Yaran-e Iran to address the immediate needs of the community such as births, marriages, divorces, burial ceremonies and other services. [BW19:62]
Since the 1920s when the Bahá'í administration was introduced in Iran they had made considerable progress.
1950 Local Spiritual Assemblies: 280 Localities: 712
1968 Local Spiritual Assemblies: 560 Localities: 1,541
1979 Local Spiritual Assemblies: 679 Localities: 1,699 [BAHAISM v. The Bahai Community in Iran by V. Rafati]
||NSA Iran; Persecution, Iran; Persecution; Yaran; Khadimeen; Statistics