Mr. Vahid Tizfahm
Unless something changes, Vahid Tizfahm will celebrate his 40th birthday in prison on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Born in 1973 in the city of Urumiyyih. Vahid spent his childhood and youth in Urumiyyih until, after receiving his high school diploma in mathematics, he went to Tabriz at the age of 18 to become an optician. He later also studied sociology at the Advanced Bahá’í Studies Institute (ABSI).
Since his youth, Vahid has served the Bahá’í community in a variety of capacities. At one time he was a member of the Bahá’í National Youth Committee. Later, he was appointed to the Auxiliary Board, an appointed position which serves principally to inspire, encourage, and promote learning among Bahá’í. He has also taught local Bahá’í children’s classes.
For many years Vahid worked as an optometrist and owner of an optical shop in Tabriz, until early 2008, when he moved to Tehran.
When he was 23 years old, Vahid married Furuzandeh Nikumanesh. They have a son who was only eight or nine when his father was arrested in 2008.