Courage & Sacrifice: Martyrs of Hamadan June 14, 1981


The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahjí, north of Akká in Israel



“Let there be no compulsion in religion.”   Qur’án (2:256/257)



We have made abasement the garment of glory, and affliction the adornment of Thy temple, O Pride of the worlds.


Thou seest the hearts are filled with hate, and to overlook is Thine, O Thou Concealer of the sins of the worlds.


When the swords flash, go forward! When the shafts fly, press onward! O Thou Sacrifice of the worlds.



From the Lawh-i-Qad Ihtaraqa’l-Mukhlisún (The Fire Tablet)



A video tribute:

Husayn Motlaq Aráni    Muhammad Baqer Habibi    Dr. Násir Vafá’í

Husayn Khándil    Sohráb Habíbí    Tarázu’lláh Khuzayn    Hossein Mutlaq

This is a tribute to the seven Bahá’í martyrs of Hamadan, Iran who suffered imprisonment and endured cruel torture before finally sacrificing their lives for their religious beliefs on June 14, 1981.

The excerpts from letters written in their final moments of life provide us with only a glimpse of the deep love for the families they left behind and the profound courage and nobility arising out of the depth of their love of God and their faith in His Messenger for this age, Bahá’u’lláh.

The hauntingly beautiful music was composed in their honor by Farzad Khozein, a nephew of one of the martyrs. To simply be a Bahá’í in Iran is an act of courage in and of itself. We who are fortunate enough to live in relative freedom continue to send them our love and our prayers.

Video and comments received courtesy of Edward Widmer


 Here is a more graphic account of their martyrdoms.

On June 14, 1981, seven members of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Hamadan were executed by a firing squad. Their bodies were released to the Bahá’í community for appropriate burial. Examination of the corpses while the bodies were being prepared for the funeral revealed that six of these men had been physically tortured before their deaths. The body of the seventh was “riddled with bullets.”


Reuters published a detailed account of the men’s injuries:

The body of Husayn Motlaq Aráni showed no signs of torture but he had been shot nine times. Muhammad Baqer Habibi had a broken shoulder; Dr. Násir Vafá’í had had his thighs cut open as far as the waist and had been shot seven times; Husayn Khándil had had the fingers of one hand pressed and his back had been burned; Sohráb Habíbí had had his back burned and had been shot five times and Tarázu’lláh Khuzayn suffered a smashed chest and left hand and had been shot seven times.


Similar reports reached the Bahá’í International Community:

The ribs of Tarázu’lláh Khuzayn were crushed, and his hands were slashed. His legs and thighs had been pierced with a bayonet, and the injuries had turned his skin black and the tissues were swollen. [He was sixty-four when he died.] Suhráb Habíbí’s back had been branded with a hot ring – his own – and he had severe burns. The fingers of Husayn Khándil were slashed and his abdomen had been cut open. Dr. Na’ímí’s back had been broken and Dr. Vafá’í’s thighs had been cut open; Suhayl Habíbí’s shoulders had been broken and smashed. Hossein Mutlaq had not been tortured but his body showed the greatest number of bullet wounds.


Courtesy Iran Human Rights Documentation Center


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