Hushmand Fatheazam

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Hushmand Fatheazam
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Born January 8, 1924
Tehran, Iran
Passing August 13, 2013
Vancouver, Canada
NSA member India, 1955 - 1963
UHJ member 1963 - 2003

Hushmand Fatheazam (January 8, 1924 - August 13, 2013) was a member of the Universal House of Justice from 1963 to 2003.

Mr. Fatheazam was born in Tehran, Iran to a Bahá’í Family. He served as curator at the Library of the Faculty of Arts at Tehran University from 1950 to 1952, as lecturer of Persian literature at the Punjab University in New Delhi, India from 1959 to 1963, as staff artist of All-India Radio in New Delhi from 1955 to 1963, and as managing director of the Bahá’í Publishing Trust, New Delhi from 1955 to 1963. Mr. Fatheazam served as secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of India from 1955 to 1963. He was elected to the Universal House of Justice in 1963 and served in that capacity until 2003.


He received master's degrees in arts from Tehran University, Iran in 1945, and from Wiswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan, India in 1954.


The Bahá’í World News Service announced August 14th, 2013 that Mr. Fatheazam had passed away in Vancouver, Canada the previous day. The House of Justice released the following statement:

We have learned, with profound sadness, of the passing of our dearly cherished, greatly esteemed former colleague Hushmand Fatheazam. Tenderness of spirit, profound knowledge, noble humility, and tireless endeavour characterized his highly valued services rendered over the course of many decades, whether as a member of the Universal House of Justice for forty years beginning in 1963, as Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of India, or as an enkindled pioneer, avid proponent of teaching among the masses, and inspired author. His wholehearted and resolute defence of the community of the Greatest Name was unwavering, and his determination in the face of adversity unyielding. Gifted with a unique eloquence in Persian prose and verse, he leaves a remarkable legacy of deploying the power of that language in service to the Cause. Beyond a distinguished record of consecrated exertion in the path of the Blessed Beauty, he will also be remembered for his manifold outstanding personal qualities, for his delightful humour, and for his kindly and radiant heart that exuded an all-embracing love.

We extend our deep condolences to his dear wife, Shafiqih, and to his bereaved sons and other family members and assure them of our ardent supplications at the Sacred Threshold that his illumined soul may reap a rich reward in the Abha Kingdom. The friends throughout the world are called upon to hold memorial meetings in his honour, including befitting commemorative gatherings in all Houses of Worship.

The Universal House of Justice