Ahmad Abad

Maybe one day, this place will finally become the shrine that Iranians have been deprived of for nearly 50 years

by Fariba Amini

In memory of “Pir Mohammad Ahmad Abadi”

The disagreements between His Majesty and me were never of such a personal nature that His Highness should have forgiven me. Let him not think that I would have asked for amnesty when, following my conviction, the Court Minister offered this to me in a letter; I despised doing such a thing. As for his statement that since leaving prison in 1956 I was allowed to go to my residence, it is utterly false. I was taken there by force, I am a prisoner in this village, cannot leave without an escort and I cannot move without official permission. I want to leave this miserable existence as soon as I can.
-- Response to Mission for my country - Mohammad Mossadegh

I had a chance to visit Ahmad Abad in August of 2005 [photos]. Accompanied by a friend, the son of the late Seyed Ali Shaygan, who was the minister of Culture in Mossadegh’s cabinet, I drove some 60 kilometers to the town, which is located west of Tehran, past the city of Karaj. Mr. Takrousta, the caretaker of Ahmad Abad, showed us around, and it was really sad to see Ahmad Abad in such dilapidated condition. Apparently, a few years ago, the minister of Cultural Heritage (Miras-e- Farhangi) during a visit had learned about the sorry state of the compound and offered to help, but nothing had ever come of that promise.

Ahmad Abad, where Dr. Mossadegh lived until his death in 1967, is in extremely poor condition; the walls are cracked, the upstairs rooms are empty, and only a few renovations have been undertaken, thanks to the efforts of the late Varjavand of the National Front and other surviving members. Mr. Takrousta told me that until the very end, Mossadegh remained a mediator in all kinds of local disputes, and read and wrote from his place of exile. He was like a father to the villagers. He was never allowed to leave until he fell ill, at which point he was moved to Tehran’s Najmieh Hospital, where he died.

The residence, where Mossadegh conducted his affairs, was a remarkably unostentatious place. After his death, the Shah did not allow him to be buried near the tomb of the martyrs of 30 Tir outside of Tehran as he had requested in his will, so he was buried in Ahmad Abad. Maybe one day, this place will finally become the shrine that Iranians have been deprived of for nearly 50 years. Here are the photos of the humble dwelling where the beloved Prime Minister of Iran lived, worked and talked to the villagers of Ahmad Abad and the surrounding area.



Shrine or a pit stop...?

by Ghool on

I am totally against building a new shrine for Dr. Mosadeq. We are all aware of the habit of Iranians and what they do when they visit religious or any other kind of shrine. They use these shrines as an opportunity for pit stop, you know, to wash up, grab a bite to eat, take a dump, and relax! The next thing we need is to add one more pit stop to the tens of thousands of existing masjed and imamzadeh in Iran. I am not sure Dr. Mosadeq’s followers would appreciate his tomb become a pit stop!?



by Sabalan on

Great photos. Thanks so much for posting them. I hope someday Iranian people will finally realize who they should truly love and follow, to have the potency and merit of having another leader like Dr Mossadegh to lead them to freedom and prosperity.

p.s. Yeki in Abgousht ro bekobeh bokoneh to fellan khareh. khaili harf moft ziyadi mizani ghost kobideh, ye piyaz sefid feshari bezan booyeh peyi ashghal ghostet bepareh.


Oh great!

by mrclass on

Now we can add another imamzadeh to thousands of others all over Iran for people to worship and waste their time at!


Thank you

by Parham on

Many thanks for the pictorial. I wish there were captions for some of the photos (like the picture of that stone with the date 14.12.1355 engraved on it) so we could find out more about each shot.
Roohe Mossadegh shad.


Dr. Mosadeq's new shrine

by Abgousht on

I suggest Dr. Mosadeq to be buried next to the Imam Khomaini’s shrine in Ghombolazim.