Ali Nakhjavani


230px-Ali_NakhjavaniAli Nakhjavani
 September 19, 1919
Place of Birth: Baku, Azerbaijan


Ali Nakhjavani was born to Bahá’í parents named Ali-Akbar who died after Ali was only 2 years old. His mother Fatimih Khanum was advised by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to move the family to Haifa where he was raised.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the American University of Beirut in 1939. He then returned to Iran and became the member of the National Spiritual Assembly.[1]

In 1951 he moved his family to Uganda, Africa and worked as a teacher and lecturer.  He travelled to Cameroon with Enoch Olinga to teach the Bahá’í Faith and three years later he was an Auxiliary Board member and two years later (1956) he was elected to the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly of Central and East Africa.[2]

In 1961 he was elected as a member of the International Bahá’í Council and then was elected to the Universal House of Justice until he retired in 2003.

Nakhjavani has given hundreds of talks throughout the country and one that is very poignant during our teaching efforts can be heard below which is on the Institute Process Core Activities.

He’s married to Violette Nakhjavani and they have two children Bahiyyih and Mehran.


1  “Two members of Universal House of Justice leave after 40 years service”. Bahá’í World News Service: (April 29, 2003)
2 Mughrab, Jan (2004). “Jubilee Celebration in Cameroon“. Bahá’í Journal of the Bahá’í Community of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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