Obituary of Bahram Katirai

Mr. Bahram Katirai was the third child of Mr. Aminollah and Mrs.Vajieh Katirai. He was born in the city of Hamadan, in Iran, in 1948. He had two older brothers, Taymour and Khosrow Katirai, and two younger sisters, Haideh Mottahedin and Jila Katirai. Mr. Katirai was survived by his beloved daughter Samare and her husband Payam Yazdani.

Mr. Katirai was deeply loved by his family and friends. Indeed anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, could not help but to be attracted to his gentle, noble nature, and it was not uncommon for strangers, whom he would meet, to be quickly attracted to his gentle and saintly character.

After finishing his high school in Iran, Mr. Katirai moved to Canada in 1967, where he earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Katirai was a great teacher of the Baha'i Faith throughout his life. During most of his university days and later in married life, he was a home front pioneer.

Throughout his life, Mr. Katirai displayed an immense degree of love, faith and devotion towards the Cause of Baha'u'llah, which led him to teach and champion the Cause at every occasion and opportunity. Many souls discovered the Baha'i Faith through him. He pioneered and taught the Faith in places as far away as Yemen, Cameroon and Romania.

From early childhood Mr. Katirai displayed signs of intelligence and creativity, and showed interest in science and research. Throughout his life he spent much of his time delving in scientific matters. He was the author of numerous patents, and two extraordinary scientific books (Revolution in Physics, and Revolution in Astronomy), based on years of research. He held the conviction that within the writings of the Faith lay not only the blueprint for the spiritual and social advancement of humanity, but also hidden gems in the realm of science and the arts. His efforts to correlate the Baha'i teachings with questions in science may well prove to be of great significance to future scientists and Baha'i scholars.

Mr. Katirai also displayed in his daily life those virtues and qualities that are emphasized in the Baha'i teachings and indeed all of the great religions of the world. He was one of those precious souls who perpetually emanated qualities such as humility, both inwardly and outwardly, meekness, faith, gentleness of soul, devotion, courtesy and steadfastness. He was a perpetual source of good to others, a source of unity.

Baha'u'llah states "O Son of Spirit! My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting." Our dear Mr. Katirai truly embodied those words.