I came into the Baha’i Faith in 1982, and have been very moved by stories of the martyrs of the Faith ever since, including the story of Mona Mahmudnizhad, a 16 year old who was martyred for her beliefs in 1983.
Azadeh Rohanian-Perry an American-Iranian woman living in Durham, North Carolina recounts the story of her childhood friend, Mona Mahmudnizhad. Mona was only 16 years old when she was executed together with nine other women in Shiraz, Iran on June 18, 1983. She was offered her life to recant her Faith. She refused. Mona asked to be the last of the nine to be hung so she could pray for their others as they faced their deaths. When it was her turn, she kissed the rope and calmly placed the noose around her neck.
Here’s my favorite play about Mona’s life:
Here’s an interview with Ruhi Jahanpour, who spent many months in prison in Shiraz. She shares her experiences with the other Bahá’í women incarcerated along with her, including 16 year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad. All ten women and youth were hanged in 1983.
Here’s a song about Mona that was popular on the “hit charts”:
Here’s another song paying tribute to Mona, by Smith And Dragoman.