Martyrdom of Mr. Abdullah Mogharrabi
Martyrdom of Mr. Abdullah
5 October 1999
To all National Spiritual Assemblies
Dear Baha'i Friends,
The Universal House of Justice has requested us to announce the
martyrdom by assassination of Mr. Abdullah Mogharrabi, steadfast and
devoted pioneer of the Faith to Tajikistan.
After spending the majority of his years in the Cradle of the Faith,
serving in various teaching and administrative capacities, he left Iran,
upon the advice of the institutions when his life was in danger, to
settle elsewhere. He resided a few years in the United Kingdom, close
to his daughter, before pioneering to Tajikistan where he had been a
pillar of strength to that community since the inception of the National
Spiritual Assembly in 1994. He was the Secretary of that institution
for all but one year of his time in Tajikistan.
The manner in which he was killed leaves no doubt that the attack
was carried out by fanatical elements in the country. It is significant
that in 1993 one of the Iranian newspapers mentioned his name abusively,
accusing him of anti-Islamic activities aimed at deceiving the Muslims
He was killed during the evening of Friday, 24 September 1999.
The Baha'i friends who participated with the authorities in the
investigation of his death reported that Mr. Mogharrabi's hands had been
tied behind his back, he had been gagged and was forced to lie face down;
there were signs of torture over his body. He was shot in the back, the
bullet piercing his heart. His room was left untouched, and the money
which he held in various currencies was not taken. The front door to the
house had been left open, which attracted the attention of neighbours a
few hours after the incident.
His sacrifice will certainly draw fresh confirmations upon the
efforts of the Baha'i community in Tajikistan and neighbouring countries.
Despite his advanced age, 88, he tirelessly served the people of this
country and its Baha'i community, providing a true example to us all of
devotion to the Faith. In one of his letters to the Baha'i World Centre
some time ago, he had expressed his desire to give his last breath as a
martyr of the Faith. Mr. Mogharrabi's illustrious life reminds us all of
the statement made by the Blessed Beauty in the Hidden Words:
O SON OF MAN!
Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed
thy life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, and so become the
manifestation of My command and the revealer of My light in the
highest paradise? Judge thou aright, O servant!
The House of Justice prays for the progress of his soul, and
extends its loving sympathy to the members of his family. It will also
supplicate on behalf of the believers in Tajikistan, a country in which
Mr. Mogharrabi was proffered the crown of martyrdom.
With loving Baha'i greetings,
Department of the Secretariat
cc: International Teaching Centre
Boards of Counsellors
Baha'i International Community,
United Nations Office,
New York and Geneva
Office of Public Information,
Haifa and Paris
Offices of External Affairs
of the National Assemblies
of Australia, Canada (Ottawa
and Toronto), Germany and
the United States
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