Arrest of Sorour Foroughi Mehdi Abadi, a Baha’i Citizen Who Suffers from Cancer


Source: BahaiNews1

Translation by Iran Press Watch


Based on a report by Bahainews, security agents arrested Mrs. Sorour Foroughi Mehdi Abadi (Roshan) at 7:30 AM on 21 February 2017, and transferred her to Evin Prison.

According to this report, Sorour Foroughi Mehdi Abadi is a Baha’i citizen residing in Yazd, who had come to attend the wedding of her son, to be held in two days. However, four security agents, three men and a woman, entered the building this morning and arrested her.

A source close to Mrs. Abadi said: “The agents knocked the doors of the neighbors, entered the building and transferred her to Evin Prison’s detention center.”

According to this informed source, Mrs. Mehdi Abadi suffers from cancer, and is not in good physical condition. In addition, she has had high blood pressure, which has created many problems for her. Mrs. Mehdi Abadi is 69 years old.

Within the past few weeks, arrests of Baha’i citizens in Tehran Province have repeatedly occurred. Faruq Izadinia, a researcher and translator, and Haleh Gholami, a children’s rights and child labor activist, were arrested because of their belief in the Baha’i Faith.

In the past few months, arrests of Baha’i citizens have also increased substantially in the provinces of Fars, Esfahan, Zahedan, Kerman and Yazd.


  1. BahaiNews is an independent non-Baha’i initiative, and is not affiliated with any Baha’i institutions.

2 Responses

  1. N. E. Hoyle

    February 26, 2017 10:16 pm

    Puts me in mind of this Hadith of Mohammad: “A day shall be witnessed by My people whereon there will have remained of Islam naught but a name, and of the Qur’an naught but a mere appearance. The doctors of that age shall be the most evil the world hath ever seen. Mischief hath proceeded from them, and on them will it recoil.” And, again: “At that hour His malediction shall descend upon you, and your curse shall afflict you, and your religion shall remain an empty word upon your tongues.”

  2. Brooks Garis

    February 27, 2017 11:29 am

    The Baha’i community is characterized by peacefulness, truthfulness and transparancy, love for all and service to the world of humanity, reverence for the Prophet of Islam and all the Prophets, reverence for His Holy Book of Islam and regard for all the Holy Books, and obedience to the law of the land. The behavior and practice of the Baha’is clearly elevate that quality recognized everywhere as noble conduct. No verse of any Holy Book condemns the conduct of the Baha’i community, and likewise, any pronouncement against them by contemporary authorities that claims as it’s basis verse of any Holy Book, has twisted the obvious meaning of the Book and abused its intended purpose. Peace upon those who see goodness in good. May this dear person be quickly released and restored to her family.


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